Partially Host Stay
If you haven’t already, check out our full Asia 2019 IG Story series in the highlights currently featured on our profile to see a tour of this hotel and more: https://www.instagram.com/familyadhd/
If you’ve ever traveled overseas as a family, you’ve likely come across the common problem of “too many guests per room” when booking stays. While hotels in the U.S. can easily often accommodate a family of 4, many overseas cannot.
Traveling overseas typically results in a mad hunt for hotels with larger rooms willing to allow two parents and two children to stay together, rather than requiring two separate rooms be booked–not the most wallet-friendly alternative. In fact, we came across this scenario prior to our recent trip to Japan! Many Japanese hotels in Tokyo we considered didn’t offer rooms large enough to allow 2 non-co-sleeping children to stay with us.
Then we stumbled across the Mimaru Tokyo Hatchobori. Between its apartment-style, family-friendly sized rooms and central location we knew it had everything we were hoping to find for our first few nights in Tokyo. We were lucky enough to work with them during our recent trip, allowing us to share our experience at what we found to be one of the most family-friendly stays we had while in Tokyo!
If you check out our review and you like what you see, you can learn more about Mimaru Tokyo Hatchobori or book a stay here: https://mimaruhotels.com/en/ja-jp/hatchobori/
MIMARU TOKYO HATCHOBORI Overview
We arrived late on our first night in Tokyo with two large and two small suitcases in tow after driving 4 hours, flying roughly 16 hours non-stop and trekking up and down approximately 20 flights of stairs (if you’ve ever been to Tokyo you know this is barely an exaggeration!). We made a quick stop at a 7-11 (because why wouldn’t we?!), then checked into what quickly became one of our favorite hotel experiences in Japan–MIMARU TOKYO HATCHOBORI!
This hotel offered a number of fantastic amenities. These are a few of the ones we were most impressed by:
- Coin laundry (a good laundry room will get you far in our book and theirs had a vending machine with drinks in addition to nicely sized washers/dryers)
- Smartphone with local coverage for use during stay (we had international SIMs, but Patrick had trouble with his so this came in handy)
- Free WiFi (strength was great for us)
- Full Kitchenette (cooktop, decently sized fridge, sink)
- Large bathroom (which included the shower/tub room you often see in Japanese bathrooms separate from the water closet with the toilet)
- Centrally located near many grocery stores, convenience stores and public transit (we took public transportation during this entire portion of our trip and got around easily)
Having a kitchen when you travel can be one of the most cost-saving, convenient features in our opinions. The kitchen in our room had a 2-burner cooktop, apartment-sized fridge (with freezer), microwave, electric kettle and full-size kitchen sink. There was also plenty of dishware and silverware along with paper towels and dish soap (nice touches as we’ve been to quite a few places that didn’t supply these!). We heated up and cooked meals in the evening and morning during our stay and found we definitely got quite a bit of value out of the inclusion of the kitchen in our room!
Master Bedroom Area
In Japan, we seldom saw a Queen or King bed, but we did see a lot of twins pushed together or placed side-by-side, which was the case at MIMARU TOKYO HATCHOBORI. The beds and bedding were very comfortable, which was fantastic as Japanese beds are often known for being very firm (and not just firm by American standards, but firm by most visitors’ standards). We really enjoyed our sleep here overall!
If there is one way to the boys’ hearts it’s by offering them bunkbeds. They love them! These bunkbeds were super comfortable (according to them) and they loved having their own reading lamps. We found they got great sleep being stacked like this and less able to affect one another’s sleep by being closer.
Again, huge fans of bunkbeds for these guys as a sleeping configuration!
The table and chairs made a great combo workspace, dining area and chill-out area. We sat here for most of our meals, I did some work, took a few calls from a friend, did some reading, etc. Overall, really nice to have this little area to go to that, despite not being super separate from the rest of the room, made for a nice little addition.
If you’ve never experienced the joys of a Japanese bathroom … you’re missing out! For starters, the shower/tub is generally separate from the water closet where the toilet is and the shower/tub room is typically waterproof from walls to floor. It makes for a lot more space than a traditional American shower experienced!
Our family was definitely a big fan of the bathroom situation at the MIMARU TOKYO HATCHOBORI.
If you followed our trip through our IG Story, you probably saw us traveling to and from MIMARU TOKYO HATCHOBORI, which we found to be incredibly convenient! We had several stays that were fairly far off the beaten path and others that made it easy to get from place to place via trains and buses. This was definitely one of our more convenient stays–even when we had luggage in tow!
Interested in learning more about Mimaru Tokyo Hatchobori or want to book a stay? Head to their site: https://mimaruhotels.com/en/ja-jp/hatchobori/