Hotel Review: The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo (Marriott Autograph Collection)

Hotel Review: The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo (Marriott Autograph Collection)

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.

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Signage off the main street

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

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.

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

We walked into a calm, well-appointed lobby and headed right to the check-in desks.

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Lobby

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Art?

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Inside the lobby

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!

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Big bed (for Japan standards)

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.

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

When you walked into the room the closet and separate toilet were on your left, while the bathroom was on the right.

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Yes, people – it’s heated.

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Aforementioned closet

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Really low vanity.

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

My wife wanted everyone to see how low it was. My knee essentially hit it – I felt like a giant for the first time in my life.

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

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.

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

I actually got my wife to eat one of these.

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Dinner. It actually looks pretty good – taste didn’t live up to the looks!

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

She’s smiling for the photo – she’s not happy.

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.

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Pretty standard hallway.

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Waiting for the old school elevators? Take a seat.

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Aforementioned old school elevators. Hipsters dream.

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

I felt safe in here…just not “really safe”.

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Map near the gym.

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

A lounge to relax in. Kind of strange considering it’s a hotel and you have your room to do that in, but maybe it’s good for business guests in between meetings…

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

MASSIVE FLAT SCREEN IN THE LOUNGE!

Both the “lounge” and the below sauna/whirlpool were right outside the gym.

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Sauna/Whirlpool bath

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

After my little tour of the hotel, I finally made my way to the Slow-Style Gym.

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

The gym was a little small but perfectly fine for your shorter, less-intense hotel workouts.

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

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.

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Signed Jags football.

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Signed Jags jersey.

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Another signed Jags jersey.

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Signed Lightning jersey.

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.

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Our welcome card and fruit from the night before. Nice touch.

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

View from the room!

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Jaime taking it all in.

Done with the room we were ready for a quick breakfast and to explore around the hotel grounds a bit.

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

There’s always time to strike a pose on the way to breakfast.

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Time to eat.

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Eggs-benny smile.

With a full stomach we did a little exploring of the park outside the hotel.

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo

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!

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