The time at The Strings by Intercontinental hotel came and went fairly quick. However, that being said, it was a very smooth stay. The property is located just next to the Shinagawa train station which is very large. From there you can start your trip to all types of places in Japan.
I arrived by train and made my way to the hotel via the connected walking bridge. The lobby is actually on the 26th floor. The hotel occupies 7 floors of this tall building. I really like the lobby because it’s a large, open area which gives it a greenhouse feel. I’m sure it’s fantastic in the wintertime when you want to be comfortable but feel like you’re outdoors as well.
Walking into the room was a pleasant surprise. It does have the typical Intercontinental feel, however, there were a few Japanese touches. For example, take a look at the bedside lamp. The room has both a shower and a bathtub. Also, there is a giant walk-in closet! You’ll have plenty of storage space for everything, including your horse! A feature I quite liked about the room, was the fact that they have a Bose bluetooth speaker, which has very good sound quality. I also want to point out that the bedding was extra comfortable. Pillows on point!
They have a fitness center on the same floor as the lobby. The gym is not very large, but it does have everything you need, everything is very high-quality and new. In the locker room, there is a steam room but no dry sauna. This is not a problem for me because I prefer a steam room over a dry sauna any day. I would however, prefer if the gym was tucked away somewhere a little bit more private so I don’t have to walk through the lobby with my gym clothes on for next time. Wink. Also, it’s important to note that there isn’t a pool. Sorry fishes.
During my very expedited stay, I did have a chance to spend the evening at their Dining Room restaurant located on the 26th floor. The food is international. Overall, I quite like the food which had influences from all over the globe. I especially enjoyed the crab cake and the Japanese steak. We were able to enjoy some nice wine also. Overall, the ambiance in the center of the lobby was comfortable. The hotel also has a Chinese restaurant which has a view of the city that I’ll have to check out next time I visit Tokyo!
After being sufficiently stuffed for dinner it was time to get some sleep, and prepare for breakfast in the morning. The next day the breakfast took place in the same dining room as the dinner. They had a great selection of both western and Japanese food. I decided to get a little wild and have a Japanese omelette, along with western breakfast food. A little kooky I know! Wink. Everything was delicious and the fruit was especially fresh. I must also note that the staff attentive. As soon as I finished with a plate, they were there to collect it. Well done!
I really enjoyed that this hotel is so close to Shinagawa station. It makes it a very convenient place to get around Tokyo. It’s not the most centrally located area but as I said, it’s a good starting point because it’s right next to this popular station. The stay was very smooth and I enjoyed myself thoroughly. The staff did a great job at taking care of all of my needs and the food was good overall. The hotel was great, nothing will blow your socks off, but overall, a very quality and high-end stay that I would recommend!
Japan, 〒108-8282 Tokyo, 港区Konan, ２−１６−１ 品川イーストワンタワー
Phone: +81 3-5783-1111