TOKYO 2013 | Images from a Short Visit :: Hotel Grand Arc Hanzōmon

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This is the first hotel review to grace the pages of designKULTUR.

We’ve stayed in a few nice hotels – and lots of dumpy ones – in Tokyo, some only slightly larger than a couple of capsules in a capsule hotel.

(The best by far, until now, was the Hilton in Shinjuku – it now costs something like $400+/night. Yikes!).

This year we shopped online and found the Grand Arc Hanzōmon (mon is Japanese for gate – see Rashomon!). I immediately liked the look of the place based on bookings.com’s tiny photos.

The hotel looked architectural, and it is! The photos at bookings.com don’t do it justice, hence this post.

The Grand Arc has a special, quiet, secluded (but accessible) location in the bureaucratic quarter next to the National Theater with unique views overlooking the moat surrounding the emperor’s pile – the literal centre of Tokyo – for about $100, breakfast included, a night. This is an outstanding value in an architecturally winning design. (We’ve paid almost that much for roadside motels in British Coumbia).

Other than being told not to eat our bag of crisps in the lobby (oops!), the Grand Arc Hanzōmon is a definite designKULTUR ★.

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Hotel Grand Arc Hanzōmon | «English Guide»

bookings.com | Hotel Grand Arc Hanzōmon

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