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During our stay in Tokyo, we had the chance to stay at the Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo Hotel located only a few minutes walk from JR Shinagawa Station (served by the shinkansen). This location is ideal for recharging while enjoying a magnificent view of the Tokyo metropolitan skyline.
Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo
From Shinagawa Station, you can find the hotel just a 3-minute walk away. The lobby is decorated in sober and elegant hues and shows a contemporary Japanese style, and we later learned that the hotel was completely renovated in 2013. As we entered the reception area, we were greeted by friendly staff who spoke excellent English.
The staff showed us the main facilities: a relaxation area with Jacuzzi, gym and spa, a Japanese restaurant and an Italian restaurant, then finally a Japanese garden.
A Luxurious Room Overlooking Tokyo
An adorable hostess who could also speak French took us to our room. The room had a breathtaking view of Tokyo, including the famous Tokyo Tower! We spent the night in a deluxe twin room. All 288 rooms are very spacious with an average surface area of 46 square meters, an entrance alcove which leads to the toilet and a luxurious bathroom with shower and bubble bath!
The room also had any facilities which were needed for our stay: mini bar, coffee machine, tea set, bathrobes, speakers and of course TV. As this is Japan, there were also yukata (light cotton kimono) and pajamas. For those who do not want to leave such a beautiful room, room service is available. Obviously, it does not need to be mentioned that the beds were very comfortable!
The Japanese Garden of Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo
After putting our bags down and admiring the view, we went down again to check out the Japanese garden. The garden was built on a historic site: the former residence of the emperor. The emperors garden was miraculously preserved despite the expansion of the city. The garden is an ideal haven for relaxing after a long sightseeing day in Tokyo. Stroll to the pond to greet the beautiful koi carp in all their colors. In spring, you can admire the many blossoming cherry trees.
A Moment at the Relaxation Area
Back in our room, we quickly put on our yukata to test the relaxation area, which opened in March 2017. Having to choose between the fitness room and the jacuzzi, I obviously chose the jacuzzi without hesitation!
The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo offers free access to the sauna area and the bath, to access it you must follow the onsen rules and refrain from wearing a bathing suit. To finalize the benefits of the hot bath, I enjoyed the comfortable massage chairs in the lounge area. You can also enjoy treatments and massages on the spa side.
Back in our rooms, a nice surprise was waiting for us: we received a small cake each! Our pajamas were also gently placed on our beds. A real 5 star service!
Dinner and Breakfast at the Executive Lounge
After this pleasant moment of relaxation, we had dinner at the executive lounge, which is only open to Platinum members of the Seibu Prince Club and Marriott Gold and Platinum members. It is a living room with a contemporary Japanese design and large windows that overlook the garden. Throughout the day you can enjoy the bar and an all-you-can-eat buffet (the offer varies depending on the schedule) while reading some books from the library.
From 5:30 pm, we were able to enjoy the cocktail bar with its buffet of cheeses, charcuterie, verrines, and sweets. Everything was delicious. We enjoyed the warm atmosphere of the Lounge until it closed at 9:30 pm before returning to our room. Unfortunately, we were not able to enjoy the breakfast buffet because we had to leave the hotel early (6:30) to take the shinkansen to Odawara. But out of curiosity, we still had a look at the buffet, it was promising!
Perfect Location near Shinagawa
The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo is conveniently located in the Minato district only a 3-minute walk from Shinagawa Station. It is easily accessible from Tokyo’s main tourist attractions and from Haneda International Airport (20-minute train ride on the Keikyu Line).
Thanks to the shinkansen, the main tourist cities are also easily accessible: Odawara, Kyoto, Osaka or Hiroshima to name a few.
Finally, for those who plan to stay in the Hakone area and admire Mount Fuji, the Prince Express Bus makes a daily return trip from Shinagawa Station to Moto-Hakone Lake Stop in Ashi (a two-hour trip – one-way fare 2000 yen).
How to Book the Hotel?
You can book a room directly on the hotel’s website (in English) or also on the booking.com. To see other hotels in the Prince Hotel chain in Hakone or elsewhere, please visit their website as well.
If you are looking for accommodation in the Hakone area, you can also check out our article about the Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko hotel.
Original article by Fabienne