Ginza hotels, in the center of one of the top shopping hotspots in Tokyo, give you somewhere to rest up after a full day and a place to gear up for another exciting day. Tokyo's shopping and entertainment district has come a long way from its early days when a silver mint was established during the Endo Period. Centuries later, Ginza has taken its place among the chic shopping districts, including Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and Avenue Montaigne in Paris. Not surprisingly, Ginza Tokyo accommodations are also chic and sophisticated.
The Ginza Capital Hotel enjoys close proximity to the shops, restaurants, and all the things to do in the district. A quiet escape without a premium price tag, the Capital offers cozy singles and double guestrooms,including some nonsmoking and ladies-only rooms. The various sized rooms are spread throughout the main building and the adjacent annex.
Guests of the Ginza Capital Hotel can sign up to take special city tours, with pick-up service right at the front door. The English-speaking guides know the ins and outs of the Ginza District and more, so they fill the bus tour with lots of interesting facts about one of the world's great cities. A variety of tour routes are available for those who want to see the traditional gardens and temples and for those who want to experience the city at night. You'll also have the chance to book walking tours and daylong excursions. Before the tour kicks off, you can linger over breakfast; the Ginza Capital Hotel offers a breakfast buffet as well as sit-down American- and Japanese-style breakfasts. A sushi restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. If you're staying in any of the other Ginza hotels, you're still welcome to take these tours or dine at the restaurants.
The list of Ginza Tokyo accommodations also includes international brands. The Mariott Courtyard Tokyo Ginza is geared toward business travelers, although people on vacation will feel comfortable, too. Totally remodeled in 2008, the Courtyard features the same type of beds found in the Marriott's luxury hotels, from the singles to the suites. The rooms feature air-conditioning, cozy duvets, and in-room baths with provided shower products. The upgraded rooms are bigger and the list of amenities is longer, adding mini-bars and separate sitting areas. All of the guestrooms have flat-screen TVs with international channels. Wireless Internet access is free in the lobby areas, and in-room access can be purchased for a small fee.
The eleven-story Courtyard, a fine choice for Ginza Tokyo accommodations, also offers its guests in-room coffee and tea and coffee service in the lobby. Guests can make an appointment at the salon/barber shop, or stay for a meal. The dining options include Japanese cuisine, a more casual cafe, a lounge, and a bar. The restaurants are open for all three meals, while the piano bar comes to life after dark.
The Ginza Washington hotel goes by the name the Gracery Ginza. As part of the Washington chain of hotels, the Gracery offers the signature hospitality and comfortable surroundings of all of the hotels. The one that provides Ginza Tokyo accommodations is home to a restaurant and salon, along with guestrooms with twin or double beds. In the lounge, guests will find a friendly staff member ready to answer questions and make suggestions, as well as Internet access and complimentary drinks.
The question of where to stay in Ginza may not have the same answer for every traveler. But no matter where you choose to stay, you'll be close to the chic shops and all of the action. Many of the Ginza hotels are within walking distance of the transportation hubs, including two subway stations, the Ginza and Higashi subway stations.