Taking an early morning flight is stressful enough, especially if it’s an international flight – the last thing you need to add to your worries is working out where to stay the night before your flight.
In a big city like Tokyo where getting to the airport can take hours, a place to stay that is close to the airport is ideal. If you’re heading out from Tokyo’s Haneda airport, consider staying at MyStays Haneda, an extravagant yet affordable hotel.
At only 4 minutes on foot from Anamori Inari Station (Keikyu Line) you can reach the hotel easily, even if you have baggage. The hotel is 10 minutes by car from the airport, and a free shuttle bus runs frequently from the early morning – a timetable is available on the MyStays Haneda website. If you’re travelling into Tokyo from the airport, the hotel is a 45-minute train journey from Shinjuku Station or 20 minutes to Yokohama.
The rooms are not cheap, but compared to European based hotels of the same quality, it’s an absolute bargain. Standard double rooms are 11,550 Yen per person per night or 12,750 Yen with breakfast, Superior double rooms are 15,330 Yen per person per night or 16,530 Yen with breakfast, and the Accessible doubles are 15,750 Yen per person per night or 16,950 Yen with breakfast. The rooms are spacious, tastefully decorated and entirely classy. I couldn’t believe how big my room was – I stayed in a Superior Double because there was a special deal and I got the room much cheaper than the listed price.
On the ground floor is the stylish Travel Cafe. During my stay there I left before the morning breakfast had been served (it was a very early flight!) but as I walked past, it smelt fantastic. The restaurant serves hot and cold food throughout the day and turns into a lively bar in the evening. On the fifth floor, there is a small gymnasium, free of charge to guests. My personal favourite was on the fourth floor – a lounge with large, cosy massage chairs placed in front of widescreen TV’s – the ultimate way to relax before you have to take a long flight.
Splashing out and staying at a hotel that was more expensive than what I usually go for was really worth the extra cost. Before taking my international flight for a short trip home early the next morning, I had a relaxing evening in my plush room – I used the free Wi-fi to Skype my family, I had a luxurious bath in the enormous bathroom, a massage in the lounge and a jolly good night’s sleep in my massive bed. What a blissfully peaceful start to an arduous journey!
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