October 29, 2012

Hotel Review: Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu

My lucky streak with hotels hasn't waned yet. Thank goodness!

For our Tokyo trip, I booked Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu. There are a lot of hotels in that area so choosing the best hotel for us really took a lot of my time.

Depending on where you book your hotel room (Agoda.com, Hotels.com, Booking.com, etc) and the season (peak, off-peak), Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu's premier double room rate is around  $275 - 350/night.

I booked our room thru Hotels.com because at that time they had the best rate.

Premier Double Room at Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu. Picture from the hotel's website. We had a late check-in so I forgot to take a picture of our room.

My husband and son enjoying the Shibuya view from our room. We were allocated a room on the 19th floor and we had the view of Tokyo Tower.

The Shibuya Scramble Crossing made famous by the movie Lost in Translation. This picture was taken from the hotel's elevator hallway.

Okay, let's get down to business.

We had a pleasant stay at Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu. I could easily recommend this hotel for the following reasons:

1) Accessibility. The hotel is conveniently located near the Shibuya Station. When you are in a big city, I think it's best to stay where the train station is for easy hopping in and hopping off.

2) Location. Shibuya Scramble Crossing is a tourist destination itself. And you don't have to travel for it if you stay in this hotel. You'll see it from your room (depending on your room allocation), from the elevator hallway and when you go out of your hotel room. Another thing, the hotel itself is on top of a mall called Mark City. Right there, you'll have plenty of food choices if you're too tired to go out.

3.) Affordability. Well, this one is relative. But then again, hotels in Tokyo are very expensive. I say affordable because in that area, I find Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu's rate to be reasonable compared to others.

4.) Room Size. I heard Tokyo's room are very tiny (14sqm, 16sqm). But our room wasn't too crowded. I checked their website and it says the premier double has 30sqm of space.

5.) The Vibe. Our Japanese friend said our location was in a "noisy" place, more suited for the younger people. It's true. But we are still young, so we belong with the crowd. LOL!