What’s the hotel like?
The Square Hotel Ginza is a tastefully decorated and reasonably priced hotel with Ginza on it’s doorstep. It has great access to the city, and is a perfectly comfortable budget hotel.
What facilities does the hotel have?
The Square Hotel Ginza has a couple of useful facilities – a tiny gym room plus a small traditional public bath (sento). The gym only has a couple of running machines and a cycle machine, but as Ginza isn’t a particularly good area for running and excersize, it’s a welcome extra. The traditional sento (just hot water not a hot spring) bath area, is a nice extra although also quite compact. You can wear your room slippers and dressing gown down to the bathing areas which are separated into male and female.
There’s also a small cafe/restaurant area on the ground floor.
Is there anywhere to hang out in the hotel?
The cafe restaurant area has both indoor and outdoor seating. Whilst we were staying, there were always people coming and going, so even though this is a fairly compact hotel it had a bit vibrancy.
What are the rooms like?
The room layouts are all doubles or twins. The smallest size rooms still have a little sofa seating space with a table, so you’re not limited to sitting on the bed.
There’s plenty of plug sockets and usb ports for charing or plugging in your devices. There’s a large TV in every room and just enough space for working on a laptop.
The Japanese yukatta style dressing gowns are nice and colourful, which par well with the tastefully decorated rooms. For a hotel of this price range, the rooms defintely have good standard of design.
Are the rooms comfortable?
The rooms have good quality ventilation are all quiet – the hotel being located away from any particularly busy nighlife and rooms going up to a fairly high level (16 floors).
What’s the view like?
From the higher floors, there’s a moderately nice view of the East side of Tokyo station, and Tokyo Skytree. You may not have any view at all on lower floors however.
What’s the location like?
The Square Hotel Ginza, is a few minutes walk from Ginza and Tokyo station, making it an excellent base from which to explore Tokyo. You’re a 5-10 minute walk from multiple metro lines, and just over 10 minutes from Tokyo Station for JR lines and the Shinkansen.
How do I get there from the airports?
You can easily get to both Handea and Narita airports, with a direct train from Higashi-Ginza station to Haneda, and the Narita Express from Tokyo station.
What’s the surrounding neighbourhood like?
Ginza and Yurakucho are on your doorstep, so there’s no shortage of shopping, entertainment, food and culture. There are plenty of convenience stores near the hotel too – if you need any quick supplies.
Ginza can be very busy in the day, but it’s a little quieter at night. There are still bars and nightlife, although more catering towards an older and more professional crowd.
What points of interest are within walking distance of the hotel?
Should I order the breakfast?
The breakfast buffet is semi-western style, but you might also consider an early super fresh sushi meal at the near by Tsukiji market or one of the many nearby cafes – so we’d reccomend breakfast as an option rather than pre-paid.
Who should stay here?
The Square Hotel Ginza would suit couples of most ages. Perhaps the main consideration for younger travellers is that there other cheaper options plus Ginza is a more “high-end” district, so there’s less of the cheapo friendly dining and thrift shopping as on the West side of the city.