It was my first time traveling to Japan and I realized I have no idea how to start planning for my itinerary. One of my friends who frequents Japan recommended me to stay in Remm Akihabara Hotel.
If you are going to Sapporo, take a look at our review for Hotel Gracery Sapporo.
Remm Akihabara Hotel is a 3-star property located literately a stone-throw away from JR Akihabara Station. Across the hotel you can find a convenience store and several fast food chains to satisfy your night cravings. I arrived Japan in an evening and I was so glad that the convenience store is just a 3 minutes walk away from the hotel.
I had a hard time looking for the hotel when I first arrived because I was too confused by the subways. If you take JR, you can get to the hotel via the Central Gate. If you take the metro, you will have to take another exit.
Upon arrival at around 4 pm, I made my way to the 6th floor for the reception. The hotel staff speaks limited English, which is good enough for a meaningful conversation. I didn’t have much interaction with the staff except when I check-in and check-out from the hotel.
I was so tired from my transit flights that I just want to get to the room as soon as possible. As if the receptionist was able to hear my cries, she gave me a short brief of the hotel and quickly passed me to room keys!
Remm Akihabara Hotel: The Single Room (Non-Smoking)
The Single Non-smoking Room at the Remm Akihabara Hotel offers only 14 sq.m of space. Given that there is still space for me to roam around in the room, I don’t feel that the room is small. In fact, it is really cozy and comfortable for an adult. Apparently, they offer the same space for their Economy Double Room. I won’t be so sure that I will feel the same way if there are two adults in the same amount of area.
There is also a massage chair in the room. The massage chair has soon become the place for me to place all my barangs barangs. Perhaps the room will seem to be even bigger if the chair does not exist. Then again, it’s a nice touch for travelers who are really tired from all the walkings.
What’s surprised me the most is how comfortable the bathroom is. It has a decent mix of bath amenities including a hair brush! After staying in a room that’s dull and dim, I really appreciate how bright the bathroom is at Remm Akihabara Hotel. I really dislike bathing in a bathtub so I was delighted that Remm Akihabara decides not to go for a bathtub for the sake of it.
Most hotels in Japan are equipped with “Washlets”. This is my first time using such bidets and I must say it’s really one of the best inventions in the whole world. How I wish I can have such equipment in my own bathroom at home!
Oh, did I also mention that I really love the fragrance of their sweet almond shampoo and body set?
You can also find a cable TV in your room. There are various international channels streaming from the cable box. You can also pay for adult channels using a vending machine located outside the lift… if you want.
If you forgot to bring your charging cables, fret not. You can actually find different types of charging ports in the room. Unfortunately, the charging speed seems to be a little slower than I expected. But it’s a nice add-on for forgetful travelers.
If you need tea, you can get it a tea bag from the reception. Otherwise, there is a convenience store located just across the road. That’s where I bought my breakfast every day! The room does not come with a breakfast bundle. You can purchase it over the reception counter if you want to have your breakfast in the hotel.
You can also get your fix for alcohol every day from a vending machine just outside the lift on each floor. It’s much more expensive than a convenience store but you can really get it anytime of the day. I spent all my coins on beer before I leave the hotel.
I paid SGD 175/night (on Agoda) for the Single Non-smoking room at Remm Akihabara Hotel. This hotel is much more expensive as compared to other chain hotels in Japan. However, it has such a good location that it is really hard to complain about the premium price.
The room is small but it’s decent for a lone traveler. However, if you are sharing the room with another person, I wouldn’t be putting this on my list.