This is the best hotel ever.
#1 The room is bigger than the rooms in other hotels we’ve stayed in. It’s not huge, but it has enough room to hold the items that come with the room, all of our crap (two carry-ons and two backpacks), and still give me enough room to stretch on the floor each morning.
#2 The hotel is directly across the street from the Shinigowa Seaside train station off the Rinkai line. I mean directly across the street. In a city where buildings are stacked on top of each other and addresses are a joke, having a hotel that you can see from the train station, so you won’t get lost, is a god-send. If you’re coming from the west, take the Yurakucho line and change to the Rinkai line at Shin-Kiba. If you’re coming from the east, take the JR Yamonote line and change at Osaki to the Rinkai line.
#3 We can fit in the bed. In some of the other hotels, I’ve felt as if I was precariously balancing on the edge of the bed all night. I’d say this bed might be a queen, but it gave me enough space to stretch out.
#4 The bathroom has enough room to turn around in. It might sound like a small thing, but some of the bathrooms in Japan have made me feel like a giant and I’m only five foot two inches tall! The bathroom also has a mirror in that has a large part that doesn’t steam up! How awesome is that!
#5 There is wireless internet. When you ask is there is wireless they will say, “no”, but I’m using it right now to type this post. I think it may be a communication issue? Anyhoo… there is a LAN line on the desk, but the cable is about 3 inches long (I wish I was playing) so you’re tethered to the desk. We tried to get wireless because we have two laptops and …. why not? The Belkin Traveler line took us to the same page that the LAN line took us to (to “accept” the terms) and we’re using it now.
#6 It only cost about $90 a night. It’s a bit out of the way, depending on what you’re trying to visit, but you can’t beat the amenities and the cost. Granted, we used a deal on http://www.SlickDeals.Net to bring the price down about $30, but still.
– The sign for the Hearton Hotel is very large, but in Japanese. There is an English sign, but it’s very small.
– Check-in time is 2pm. I don’t think they know what “early check-in” means or maybe it’s a dirty word. They will hold your luggage, but check-in is at 2pm.