Tokyo is known for small spaces specially with hotels on a budget. We were looking for hotels to book for this trip. We were attracted particularly with this Hotel Villa Fontaine Tokyo because of the size. It was a bit larger than regular Japanese hotel rooms but not by much. We saw the pictures online and it looked roomier than in actual life. We also chose it because the location was good. They have many hotels in Tokyo and we stayed in the Tamachi branch. Hotel Villa Fontaine Tokyo also included breakfast.
HOW TO GET THERE
Address: 4-2-8 Shibaura | Mita Twin Bldg. East Wing, Minato 105-0023, Tokyo Prefecture
Phone Number: 00 81 3-4540-2660
We went there via train taking the Nozumi Shinkansen from Osaka stopping at Shinagawa station which is only one more station further from Shinagawa. We stopped at Tamachi station and just walked about 500 meters to the hotel. We chose this hotel particularly because we wanted to be near a station that runs the Yamamote Line. Most tourist attractions are on this line. There are two stations nearby the hotel.
There is also a bus in between the hotel and Tamachi station that goes directly to Odaiba passing the rainbow bridge.There are also few stores restaurants in the vicinity of the hotel and of course plenty of convenient stores.
We went to the lobby and got there at around 15:40. This is what we noticed with most things in Japan. They like to be on time and on the dot. Check in is officially at 16:00 so we had to wait and sit in the lobby some 20 minutes to wait for check in and on the dot, they called us to give us the key. They are quite inflexible with time which can be a good and bad thing.
The room was smaller than we expected. The double bed was against the wall and there was a desk by the window with a small wardrobe. Across the bed is a TV but there is hardly any floor space to walk around or put your luggage. It was quite clean and comfortable.
The bathroom is basic with bath tub/shower, the Japanese toilet with all the buttons and sink with hair dryer. It had sufficient toiletries.
The building has the lobby at the ground floor and the upper floors have the hotel rooms. In between, looked like offices. The hotel floors had a lovely atrium with a Japanese garden theme so it was open which was quite nice. The hotel rooms are around the edges.
The lobby was big but it becomes cramp in the morning because this is where the breakfast is set up with make shift tables and chairs. Breakfast time is always busy and can be hard to get a seat. Breakfast was not exceptional but it was sufficient for what we wanted.