Lacks space and attention to details
Posted May 18, 2016
Usually, APA hotels in Japan are a step up in room size, cleanliness, and staff attention from say similar hotels like Toyoko Inn. On this occasion, my room was right by elevator and when I opened the room door I was met with an intense cigarette smell. For $160 a night I would at least hope that a non-smoking room was indeed non-smoking and the room had been aired out before a guest checked in. It did not appear that the room had been cleaned for sometime with dust accumulation on the carpeting and surfaces. This will not be the only disappointing review I am going to write about APA hotels as I also stayed at the Sendai hotel as well.
My advice If you are going to Japan is that if you don't care about room size and possible second hand smoke, stay at a Toyoko Inn, or if you are the backpacking don't care about privacy type of person, stay at the Sakura hotel or other hostel type location. Book super early as others have discovered Toyoko Inn and Sakura hotel. The prices of Toyoko Inns are half the cost of APA hotels and if you stay enough you could earn a free night using a members' point card. (Book on Toyoko Inn's official home page and not through a second party site. Same with the Sakurua hotel) If you would like a more comfortable room without second hand smoke, seek out another hotel in the $180 range and have a more restful stay.