Do you want to stay in the central area of Tokyo while experiencing traditional and modern comfort at the same time? Located just 3 minutes away from JR Suidobashi (水道橋) Station is Hotel Niwa Tokyo (庭のホテル東京). It is popular for its location as it is near attraction sites such as the Yasukuni Shrine (靖国神社) and the Nippon Budokan (日本武道館), as well as convenient train stations. It opened in 2009 and has since earned two stars in the Michelin Guide for 8 consecutive years. This place is one of the great choices for travelers who are interested in culture and friendly people. It has a top rated value compared to other properties in the city of Tokyo. It is imbued with a touch of classic Japan and all the facilities of a large hotel.
Upon entering the place, you will be greeted by a beautiful harmony of water. A stream flows through their beautiful garden which looks gorgeous in every angle. You can stay comfortably in the hotel with its 5 types of rooms, namely Standard, Superior, Comfort, Premium, and Hollywood Rooms. These rooms are square shaped and equipped with a flat screen TV, spacious bathroom, custom-made furniture, and high-quality beds. You may also opt to choose between a non-smoking room and a smoking room.
The Standard Room is a modern room featuring sliding paper screens and Japanese design touches. It is furnished with an LCD TV, a refrigerator, and a comfortable extra long bed with several amenities including free toiletries, a safety deposit box, and satellite channels. Superior Rooms have extra long beds greater than 2 meters each and a 37-inch LCD TV. On the other hand, the Premium Room has a 42-inch LCD TV and a seating area. It also has an en-suite bathroom consisting of a shower booth, spa bath, and a small LCD TV. The Hollywood Room has a 37-inch LCD TV and 2 comfortable single beds placed closed to each other.
To perfect guests’ stay, the following restaurants can be found inside the hotel.
Grill & Bar LIEU
First is the Grill & Bar LIEU which serves French-inspired dishes for all-day dining. The name of the restaurant has been taken from the French word “place,” which is phonetically identical to the Japanese word for “flow.” You’ll truly enjoy the place if you’re a fan of French food as every dish is made from seasonal vegetables. It offers a delightful dining experience with high-quality dinner priced at 1,000 yen or more. A weekday lunch with a fresh salad bar is also available wherein you can enjoy a wide selection of salad.
Grill & Bar LIEU is also the place to be if you’re looking for an authentic Japanese tea or coffee experience to relax your mood. Western buffet-style breakfast is served daily at 2,500 yen per head. Some of their food include freshly baked baguette, eggs, pastries, crescent rolls, and many more. You may also opt for a Japanese breakfast which comes with rice.
Japanese Cuisine YUKURI
For authentic Japanese cuisine with a patio view, you may head to YUKURI. The restaurant’s name comes from an ancient Japanese word which means “to achieve rapport,” so this is probably a good location for establishing harmonious and sympathetic relationships. Apart from enjoying their delicious meals, you can also get to see a sweeping view of the garden courtyard. A private dining room is also available for special occasions.
You can start your day with YUKURI’s healthy and delicious premium Japanese breakfast for 2,500 yen. Their Kaiseki Set Lunch costs 4,000 yen, while their Bento Box Lunch costs 3,000 yen. It is also a chance for you to experience traditionally prepared Japanese cuisine served in different seasonal styles ranging from 8,000 yen to 15,000 yen. The main dining area consists of 30 seats, while the private dining room has 6 seats. Breakfast starts at 7:00 am, lunch at 11:30 am, and dinner at 5:30 pm.
Facilities in the hotel include a smoking deck, a business corner, a workout room, a lounge, and a partner facility (not in-house). The smoking deck provides an easy access to smokers with its convenient location. The business corner is available for 24-hour guest use and is located on the first floor. It is equipped with computers, a printer, fax and copy machine, and a high-speed Internet access free of charge.
The workout room, located on the third floor, will keep you energetic all day and is available from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm. It is equipped with the following amenities: treadmill, exercise bike, cross trainer machine, weight scale, yoga mats, and a blood pressure manometer. For safety reasons, children are not allowed to use the machines and you have to follow the rules and instructions provided by the hotel. You also have to use your own shoes and exercise outfit.
The refresh lounge is located on the same floor as the workout room. It has a rooftop mini garden and full-body massage chairs to help guests feel relaxed. There are vending machines available, as well as a microwave and ice dispensers (both free of charge), and coin-operated washers and dryers. A partner facility of the hotel is the Esforta Suidobashi (エスフォルタ水道橋), which is a sports gym with a swimming pool and is just a minute walk from the hotel. You may purchase a ticket at the front desk which is inclusive of the rental fee for swimwear, towel, and shoes.
For a more refined stay, other services are being offered such as the Room Deli in which the hotel food will be delivered to your room, laundry requests which are accepted at the front desk, free newspapers available in the lobby every morning, and aesthetic treatments which can be done in your room. Free Wi-Fi access is being offered all throughout the property. During your stay, you can also rent equipment such as a desk lamp, Blu-ray or DVD player, wheelchairs, baby cot, humidifier, and laptop computer. You also get the chance to have an unlimited digital access to The Wall Street Journal.
Hotel Niwa Tokyo, as a hotel, delivers elegance and charm right in the heart of Tokyo. It opposes extravagant luxuries in providing every experience as it focuses more on quality. This is a comfortable hotel which is unpretentious and relaxing in every way!