Plus: five things to do in the neighborhood.
1. Location, Location, Location
With its tagline being “The hotel that never sleeps,” it’s no surprise that HOTEL the M INNSOMNIA akasaka picked an area that’s known not only for being culturally rich but also for its energetic social scene. Whether you’re in Tokyo for work or play, the hotel is ideally situated in the center of Akasaka, giving you plenty of options for eating, drinking, partying, shopping, and sightseeing.
2. There’s a State-of-the-art Private Kitchen
Why would you need a private kitchen when you’re staying at a hotel? Because you might be here on an extended stay and decide you’d like to host a dinner party. Or you might not be a guest, but someone looking for a venue to host cooking events and classes. The “Kitchen Drinker” room is available for rent for both guests and non-guests, and you are welcome to either prepare your own meal or order catering. The space includes modern cooking facilities with storage design by German company Bulthaup, and a dining table with eight seats. Don’t forget to order after-dinner coffee from Unir café, which is on the hotel’s first floor and is open 24 hours a day (guests can order coffee for free).
Rental fee: ¥29,000 (including tax and service fee) per four hours. Half price for guest staying at the hotel. If you’re traveling in a large group, ask the hotel about their special package deal, which includes guest rooms and Kitchen Drinker rental at reduced rates.
3. It’s a Home Away From Home
Rather than being yet another skyscraper style hotel, the accommodation here is more like an apartment building, giving you privacy and spaciousness, while also creating a more homely atmosphere. Think smart business hotel combined with personal touches and hints of Japanese tradition – for example, book the biggest room, which is called “Wa – Japanese style” and you get Western-style beds as well as an 8-mat tatami room. The smallest room is 35m² but even this one includes a lounge area and workspace.
4. You Get Your Own Boardroom
Geared towards businesspeople who might be traveling to Japan for short periods and need an office space to work from, HOTEL the M INNSOMNIA akasaka offers a room called “Workaholic” that’s equipped with a stylish boardroom table, top quality sound system, and high-definition TV screen. It’s the ideal venue for hosting meetings or conference calls, and allows an easy segue from business conversations to after-work team building.
Rental fee: ¥19,000 (including tax and service fee) per two hours. Half price for guests staying at the hotel.
5. You Can Work Out After Working
No need to hunt around for a gym as there’s an in-house one right here. The “Muscle Pain” room is open 24 hours a day, so no matter what time you clock off work you can still fit in an hour on the treadmill. It’s free for hotel guests and features stylish equipment from the Italian manufacturer Technogym’s Wellness Collection.
Hotel the M Innsomnia akasaka
2-14-14 Akasaka, Minato-ku
Phone: 03 3568 3456
Akasaka Hot Spots
Top Things to Do in One of Tokyo’s Liveliest ‘Hoods
1. Watch Live Music
Crawfish is a comfortable American-style pub and livehouse where you can catch gigs by local and international acts. Perfect for friendly mingling, and a variety of genres including rock, pop, blues, pop, and more. crawfish.jp
2. Sample Edo Era-Style Sushi
New sushi restaurant Itamae Sushi Edo opened its doors at the end of October, and welcomes guests with top quality ingredients, an Edo atmosphere and era-appropriate clothing to boot – when you arrive, you’ll be invited to don a yukata. The restaurant interior is modeled after sajiki-seki box seating in a Kabuki theater, and chefs prepare food as a kind of live performance, making for an exciting and entertaining dining experience. itamae.co.jp
3. Taste Local Craft Beer
Japanese craft beer has been brewing up a storm lately, and Yona Yona Beerworks is an ideal place to sample the goods. Order their flagship ale, Yona Yona (which translates as “Night After Night”), a gold medal winner at the International Beer Competition for eight years in a row. yonayonabeerworks.com/akasaka
4. Enjoy Theater, Shopping and Family Fun
Centered around the TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System) headquarters, Akasaka Sacas offers plenty of entertainment options including the Blitz theater, which regularly hosts local and international bands, the ACT Theater, which presents Broadway-type shows, and the Biz Tower where you can shop (and eat) till you drop. During winter, be sure to take a spin on the ice skating rink. sacas.net
5. Take Part in a Traditional New Year’s Eve
Besides having a lively nightlife scene, Akasaka is also host to plenty of traditional spots. On New Year’s Eve, head to Toyokawa Inari Temple, where singers, actors, TV personalities, artists and other creative types gather to pray for good fortune. 1-4-7 Motoakasaka, Minato-ku