Updated on December 11, 2017
Hotel Review: The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo (Marriott Autograph Collection)
For those of you that have waited the last seven (nine?) months for me to finish this report, I’m about to make your day. Well, I mean it isn’t done yet, but the train is rolling down the tracks again!
After my incredible flight from Chicago, I got my bags and headed over to the domestic terminal to meet my wife. She was flying up from Okinawa and landed about 25 minutes after me – pretty much perfect timing (I’m a professional).
My wife and I then jumped into a taxi and headed to our hotel for the night, The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo.
The rest of our stay was going to be at the Grand Hyatt, but given that we were getting in so late, I really didn’t want to spend the money or valuable Hyatt points that night. I had some Marriott points to burn and felt I got a good value at this hotel so I pulled the trigger.
Although I’m not sure how long it’s been this way, the hotel is currently a Marriott Autograph collection. My wife is a huge fan of Autograph Collection hotels as she loves the unique feel of each one of them and a lot of times having them feel more ‘local’.
The hotel is in the southern portion of the Minato district of Tokyo. This is a nice district, but as I learned further along in our trip, this location is not where I would want to stay for the entirety of our time there. Although we stayed in Minato the entire time, going farther north to Roppongi the next day was the right choice!
Anyway, we got the hotel around 8:30 or 9pm, so it was a little tough to grab pictures of the outside.
We walked into a calm, well-appointed lobby and headed right to the check-in desks.
The woman at the check-in desk informed us of our Platinum bonus options (I took the points, obviously) and also us about the Platinum breakfast in the hotel restaurant. After about two minutes we were headed up to the room!
For Japan standards, this room was a great size (although later outdone by the Grand Hyatt!). My wife knows the drill and let me get all the necessary photography – here we go.
When you walked into the room the closet and separate toilet were on your left, while the bathroom was on the right.
After the obligatory room photos, we went back out to the main road to grab a quick bite. I wanted something more traditional while my wife just wanted fast food; I won for the first time in my marriage, however, the food was terrible, so really, I lost in the end.
With our extremely disappointing dinner done and a long day a travel behind us, we quickly hit the sack. Then again, with my body clock being all types of messed up, I slept about 4 hours and was up and ready to explore the hotel. I took the long way to the hotel gym around 5 a.m.
Both the “lounge” and the below sauna/whirlpool were right outside the gym.
After my little tour of the hotel, I finally made my way to the Slow-Style Gym.
The gym was a little small but perfectly fine for your shorter, less-intense hotel workouts.
The weirdest part of this gym was definitely the sports memorabilia in it. I live in Jacksonville, Fl, and obviously where I originated my trip to Japan. So what do I see all over the gym? Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Lightning signed memorabilia.
Isn’t that just strange? What a coincidence. Anywho, work out complete, I headed back upstairs to get my wife and start our day. I grabbed a few more photos in the room (now that we had light) before we went down for breakfast.
Done with the room we were ready for a quick breakfast and to explore around the hotel grounds a bit.
With a full stomach we did a little exploring of the park outside the hotel.
So that’s the hotel!
In summary: it’s a nice hotel in a good neighborhood. It by no means sticks out to me as a “must stay” location, but for the one night we were there I couldn’t have asked for much more.
Next up: My review of the Grand Hyatt Tokyo!