Serviceable but not sublime hotel experience
Posted Mar 14, 2017
Hotel Monterey Hanzomon is a serviceable hotel, popular with Westerners, and with a good location next to the station on the purple Z line. But if you are looking for a more authentic Japan/Tokyo experience, would suggest looking elsewhere. Our initial room was very worse for wear, with black suitcase streak marks all along the walls, not to mention the pock-mock damages caused by who knows what. The odd green color-scheme and harsh room lighting did not help. The hotel overall also has a relatively dim lighting scheme in comparison to most other hotels in Japan, which some may or may not appreciate. To their credit, the hotel agreed to change our room (at a 1k yen or $10 fee) and the higher-floor rooms with real queen beds are far superior and better-maintained to the "semi-double" (which is really a slightly larger twin) bedrooms below. The hotel is walking distance to the Imperial Palace, the controversial but beautiful Yasakuni Shrine and the Nippon Buddokan, all pluses. There are three convenience stores (one 7-11 and two Family Marts) and a small gourmet market located within a block or so, but somewhat oddly (for you smokers) only the second Family Mart at the corner sells tobacco products for whatever reason. The hotel's free wifi was also clearly a fairly big draw based on the many people who camped out near the lobby. Overall, a fine and useful hotel but would not stay again.