Grand Palace Hotel, Tokyo, Japan (review, video, pictures)

Watch video of my room above at the Grand Palace Hotel in Tokyo, Japan above.

What did I think of the Grand Palace Hotel in Tokyo, Japan? Not a lot. Although it is one of the more popular and recommended of the Tokyo hotels.

This hotel is so typical of what I find depressing when travelling on business. It is a large, very dated and beige hotel situated out of the main buzzing centre of town in a suburb full of uninspiring office blocks. It gets a busy and regular trade from people like me staying near the office and from busloads of tourists on economic packages. The hotel is very large and the 4 days I was staying there were hoards of tourist groups. I did feel a bit sorry for them staying so out of the way!

The problem with the hotel is that everything is terribly average, especially for the price. Service, room, food and so on. As mentioned earlier, it is a very beige and dowdy decor that needs a lot of updating. The lobby is large but unimpressive and the bedrooms, while a decent size, feel cheap. There is a mini-bar, desk to work with free wired internet, the beds are comfortable enough. I also had a small seating area as had a king room. There is a small flat screen TV with very limited channel choices. The only English language channel was CNN.

The bathroom was small with toilet, basin and bath with hand held shower.

The buffet restaurant is ok, though has a fairly small range of food at each meal time considering the diversity of travelers staying. There was a good (but expensive) Japanese restaurant in the basement. There is also a Chinese one but did not try that.

The hotel has very limited facilities, even more surprising considering the size. It has no fitness centre or pool and the “business centre” is 2 coin internet machines and a printer.

There is a bus service to and from the airport. The service to the airport is 3000 yen and takes an hour and a half. As the airport is so far away it can be very costly to get to and from Tokyo.

The hotel was near to a large garden that is worth a walk to.

Overall I did not enjoy staying at the hotel and found it a bit of a “down” as was so average.

View my photos of the hotel and surrounding area: click here

Gary Bembridge

I grew up in Zimbabwe, but I have been based in London since 1987. My travel life spans more than three decades and that includes more than 95 cruises. In 2005, I launched Tips for Travellers to make it easy and fun for people to discover, plan and enjoy incredible cruise vacations. And the rest, as they say, is history. I have the largest cruise vlogger channel currently on YouTube, with more than 3 million video views per month.

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