Are you planning a trip to Tokyo and looking for a hotel to stay in that offers good value and quality. Check out Hotel Tavinos, a brand new Manga themed hotel in the Hamamatsucho ward of Tokyo.
After much research on affordable Tokyo Accommodation, we came across the trendy and funky new Hotel Tavinos in the Hamamatsucho ward of Tokyo. It only opened its doors in August 2019 and is the perfect choice for your trip to Tokyo. We had not heard of the Hamamatsucho area prior to staying here, but it’s ease to travel on the metro and quieter vibe would have us staying here again. It actually was quite surprising how well situated it was and is a fantastic value option if you cannot afford to stay in the popular areas like Shinjuku and Shibuya.
We wanted somewhere on the JR Yamanote Line of the metro system, as this is the line that all the popular sights of Tokyo are located on. From here it was easy to visit our favourite sites like Shibuya, Harajuku, Akihabara and Shinjuku, all of which will be on your sightseeing check list. This made it super easy to find our way back to our hotel as first time visitors on our days out sightseeing.
The hotel has good access if you are flying into Haneda Airport and is located in a quieter area of Tokyo. We flew into Narita Airport and were able to get here with just one change on the train and a 5 minute walk. The area has great Ramen shops which were recommended to us by the hotel. We ate at Menya Musashi and it had amazing Gyozas and the Ramen was amazing. The place was filled with locals, an easy sign that it’s going to be good.
Underneath the hotel itself was a large Family Mart – Japan’s well known convenience stores are a perfect spot to refuel for a quick dinner and snacks ( Lawsons and 7/11 are abundant in Tokyo also). They have everything from Ramen, Noodles, Sushi , and Rice Dishes. All theses dishes can be heated up by the staff and make for a great easy introduction to Japan’s quick eats.
Breakfast sweet breads are provided in the morning however we didn’t find these, I think there may be a limited number available and possibly a tour group beat us to it.
The staff at Hotel Tavinos spoke fantastic English and were very welcoming. The electronic check in was breeze to use also and we found ourselves relaxing on our bed within no time.
There is a huge interactive digital “AI concierge” called Tavinoshiori at the hotel that the staff helped us to use. This electronic map board is where you just speak whatever food you are craving and your budget and it shows you live options of all the surrounding eateries and bars in English – great for travellers, I wish more places had this!
We loved the hotels design based on Modern Manga style, it certainly has a very Japanese feel and the artwork is a fantastic welcome to Tokyo. The free tea and coffee in the communal area was a great touch along with the free selection of toiletries from shampoo to body lotion. You can even get pyjamas from downstairs!
We certainly didn’t expect a sea view when visiting Tokyo but our room faced the bay just a stones throw away. Rooms in Japan are smaller than most western travellers are used to, however the clever use of smart storage solutions makes for plenty of space. Our luggage slid underneath the bed so it was all out of the way. There are bedside trays for your beverages and smart charging sockets along with a TV and collapsible table and chairs.
The rooms here are ensuite with great showers and the famed Japanese toilets – heated toilet seat anyone? We heard beds in Japan were very firm but we found them to be super comfy in our room and we had a great nights sleep.
Overall we absolutely loved our stay at Hotel Tavinos and would definitely recommend it to others to stay here given the fantastic nights sleep, comfort, friendly staff and great location. With a huge variety of hotels to choose from in Tokyo, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed so we hope this review has made the choice a little easier.
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Thank you Hotel Tavinos for hosting us during our stay in Tokyo. Our stay was complementary but as always, all opinions our own. We truly only recommend places we absolutely love.