Finding a hotel in Tokyo with spacious rooms that aren’t overly expensive can be a challenge, as standard room sizes in Japan are often smaller compared to many other countries. Therefore, we put together this guide to help you find your ideal spacious accommodation in a convenient location in Tokyo.
Tokyo has a very high population density. With limited space available, this leads to smaller living spaces in general, including hotel rooms. A typical double room in a mid-range or upscale hotel in Tokyo might range from 23-25 square meters (sqm) or 250-270 square feet (sqft), which is very compact and there may be hardly space to place your luggage or move around in the room.
Since we are used to staying in spacious rooms of at least 30 sqm, and we often travel with 2-3 suitcases, we spent a lot of time researching and comparing accommodations in Tokyo. Our main criteria are: rooms over 30 sqm (323 sqft) in a location convenient for sightseeing, good service, cleanliness, and well-maintained properties, all without the luxury price tag of hotels like Aman Tokyo and The Peninsula.
Affordability varies depending on individual budgets, so our guide includes a mix of price ranges, with a focus mostly on upscale hotels. Generally, in Tokyo, rooms of a decent size (at least 30 sqm/323 sqft) typically start at around $250-$300 per night (tax included). The properties in this guide are the ones we considered for our stay in Tokyo last year and are also on our list for upcoming trips.
The Best Areas to Stay in Tokyo
For tourists visiting Tokyo, choosing where to stay depends on your budget and preferences for atmosphere, amenities, and accessibility. Generally, as long as you’re close to a train station on a major line, such as the Yamanote or Ginza Lines, you can get to any attractions in Tokyo easily. Here are the most popular areas you can consider:
- Ginza: Ideal for luxury shopping and fine dining. It’s also close to Tokyo Station, the Imperial Palace, and Tsukiji Fish Market.
- Shibuya: Famous for its iconic crossing, this area is great for shopping, nightlife and experiencing Tokyo’s youthful energy. It can be pretty busy and noisy though. Popular activities include bar hopping and exploring the food scene.
- Shinjuku: Known for its vibrant nightlife, shopping, and entertainment options. It’s also home to the world’s busiest train station. Some fun activities in Shinjuku are taking an izakaya food tour and bar hopping.
- Tokyo Station Area (Marunouchi): A convenient central location for exploring the city, known for shopping and being close to many attractions.
- Roppongi: Known for its art scene and nightlife, it’s a popular spot for socializing and entertainment. This area is also popular with expats in Tokyo.
- Asakusa: This area offers a more traditional Japanese experience, with historic sites like the Senso-ji Temple. An interesting way for tourists to explore Asakusa area is by riding a rickshaw.
- Ueno: Home to Ueno Park, which is famous for its museums. It is also very convenient to catch a train to Narita Airport. This area is getting more and more popular with travelers, especially families.
We personally like Ginza area the most, which is a very neat and modern district with a lot of dining options. It is very easy to get around via public transportation. Besides, the area is not too noisy, compared to Shibuya and Shinjuku.
Other Things to Consider
Before diving into detailed recommendations, here are a few important points to consider:
- One thing we learned from our search is that Japanese hotels tend to have more affordable rates compared to Western brands. We usually consider hotels under reputable Japanese chains over standalone properties as chain-managed hotels are more likely to cater to the needs of international travelers, especially regarding English communication. Our list will include a mix of familiar Western names as well as Japanese hotels.
- The Japanese breakfast at Japanese hotels is usually more interesting and delicious than the generic Western breakfast at Western chains.
- Please note that prices can fluctuate based on your travel dates. Also, booking far in advance may help you score a good deal. The rates I include for each hotel below are inclusive of tax and are provided for reference only. Actual rates may be higher or lower depending on your dates of stay.
Top Hotels with Large Rooms in Tokyo
Below is our list of hotels with large rooms in Tokyo that offer the best value for money. Whether you’re a couple or a family needing ample space, we hope this guide will help you find your ideal accommodation in the heart of Tokyo.
Dai-ichi Hotel Tokyo
Dai-ichi Hotel in Tokyo was where my mom and my sister’s family stayed last year. They were happy with this choice, and it is one of the affordable hotels in Tokyo with large rooms. Here are the main features of this property:
- Convenient location with direct access to Shimbashi Station. 5-minute walk from Ginza, close proximity to the Imperial Palace and Tsukiji Fish Market.
- The hotel boasts various amenities, including an indoor pool (which was very important to my niece and nephew).
- Spacious rooms with the majority of the standard rooms at 32 sqm (345 sqft). There are also slightly smaller rooms (27-29 sqm) and larger suites.
- Good Japanese breakfast.
- This is an older property, so the rooms have an old-looking style, which can be a plus or minus point depending on your preferences.
- Affordable prices, especially if you book far in advance, you can find a 32 sqm room for under $300.
Pullman Tokyo Tamachi
This hotel’s location may not offer the abundance of dining and shopping options found in areas like Ginza or Shibuya. However, the Pullman Tokyo is right next to Tamachi Station on the Yamanote Line. Additionally, it is also close to Mita Station on the Asakusa Line with a direct train to Haneda Airport. From these two stations, you can easily access various parts of Tokyo. Popular sightseeing areas including Ginza, Asakusa, Ueno, and Shibuya are less than 20 minutes away.
I find the interior of this hotel modern and eye pleasing. The smallest rooms, at 29 sqm (312 sqft), can be booked for a little over $300/night. I’ve seen even lower prices during annual Accor sales, but please note that those rates are often non-refundable.
Hotel New Otani Tokyo
The Hotel New Otani Tokyo is a large hotel complex, which includes The Main and the Garden Tower. This complex has many room categories, with the smallest one at 36 sqm (388 sqft). Higher categories are more spacious (from 45 sqm) with nicer decoration. Prices can start at $250 for the most basic rooms.
A highlight of this property is its beautiful Japanese garden, which offers a serene escape in the heart of the city. Additionally, the hotel has a large on-site pool. However, access to the pool is only included with certain room categories; otherwise, a separate admission fee is required.
Mitsui Garden Hotel Nihonbashi Premier
Mitsui Garden is a well-known Japanese hotel chain. We stayed at the Celestine Hotel Gion, managed under the same chain, and were happy with the service, interior decor and breakfast offerings.
The Nihonbashi area, adjacent to Ginza, is also very convenient for shopping and dining. Mitsui Garden Hotel Nihonbashi Premier is very close to Mitsukoshimae Station on Ginza line, meaning you can travel to all corners of Tokyo easily.
Another highlight of this hotel is its large public bath, complimentary for guests. When traveling in Japan, expect to walk many steps daily (at least 15,000-20,000 steps). As a result, many travelers, including my husband, enjoy having a soak at the hotel’s public bath to relax and soothe their feet in the evening.
The lowest room categories are pretty compact, under 25 sqm. However, there are larger rooms at 29.5 sqm (318 sqft) costing about $300/night, and suites at 56 sqm. One thing I like about Mitsui Garden is they usually include the floor plan of the rooms so we can assess if the layout is well-designed enough.
Mimaru Hotels is a Japanese hotel chain known for its apartment-style accommodations that are particularly well-suited for families and groups. These hotels typically feature spacious rooms equipped with kitchenettes, making them ideal for longer stays. However, they don’t have a wide range of services as other full-service hotels in this article. The decor is often minimal.
Mimaru hotels are often located in convenient areas of cities, providing easy access to local attractions and public transportation. The apartments vary in size, ranging from 38-75 sqm (410-800 sqft), and can accommodate even 4-8 people, depending on the property. Prices can start from as low as $300. Below are the properties with the best reviews and best locations under this chain.
Mitsui Garden Hotel Jingugaien Tokyo Premier
This is another Mitsui Garden hotel with decent-sized rooms in Tokyo. Its location is pretty convenient for accessing Shinjuku area. The two nearest subway stations are on Chuo-Sobu Line and Oedo Line, so you may need to change trains when traveling to some other areas in Tokyo.
While the hotel is close to the National Stadium and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, there are limited dining or shopping venues nearby. Most destinations, including food and shopping, require a train ride.
The lowest room categories are also very small at this Mitsui Garden. However, more spacious options are available, with larger rooms at 38 sqm (409 sqft) costing over $350/night, and even more expansive suites. Those larger rooms and suites also have a balcony, which is rather rare for hotels in Tokyo.
The Gate Hotel Tokyo by Hulic
The Gate Hotel Tokyo by Hulic is highly rated for its excellent location in Ginza, as it is within walking distance from three stations: Ginza, Hibiya, and Yurakucho. The surrounding area also offers numerous dining and shopping options.
Rooms in the lowest categories are under 25 sqm, but larger rooms over 30 sqm (323 sqft) are also available. Depending on your travel dates, booking well in advance can secure these larger rooms starting from $350.
Hyatt Centric Ginza
Hyatt Centric Ginza was the hotel we chose for our 4-night stay last year, and we were generally happy with the experience. Here are the pros and cons of this property:
- Prime location in Ginza, close to many shopping complexes and Ginza Station, making it ideal for both leisure and business travelers.
- Sleek and contemporary design with comfortable beds. Although the room photos on the Hyatt Centric website may seem overly colorful, in reality, we found them more pleasing to the eye.
- Rooms are well laid out and spacious, with the entry-level being 35 sqm (377 sqft). We could enjoy our depachika bento comfortably in-room.
- Efficient service, with staff assisting us with luggage forwarding and dinner reservation. They also brought a heater to our room when it felt a bit too cold for me.
- Average Western breakfast.
The standard room rates, typically between $400-$500, may not be very affordable. However, if you have Hyatt points or Chase points, we find the redemption value pretty decent.
The Tokyo Station Hotel
This hotel is situated right next to Tokyo Station, making it very convenient for exploring Tokyo or accessing the JR lines for day trips. It is recognized as an Important Cultural Property, which will add a unique historical and cultural charm to your stay in Tokyo.
The rooms are spacious, starting from 30 sqm (323 sqft) with prices beginning at around $400. The interior boasts an elegant and classic European decor. Since this is not a large hotel, it is best to book far in advance for the best rates and availability across all room categories.
Shibuya Stream Excel Hotel Tokyu
Tokyu is another well-known Japanese hotel chain with many properties in Tokyo. This Shibuya Stream Excel Hotel Tokyu is relatively new and is highly rated for its central location in Shibuya, close to shopping malls, restaurants, and Shibuya Scramble Square. That also means it can get quite noisy staying here.
Don’t confuse this hotel with the Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu which is older and not as nice. While the most basic rooms at the Shibuya Stream Tokyu are only under 25 sqm (269 sqm), larger rooms ranging from 30-36sqm (323-388 sqft) are available for around $400/night. These rooms have a quite well-designed floorplan in my opinion.
The Okura Tokyo
The Okura Tokyo is an upscale hotel located in the Minato Ward of Tokyo, known for its understated elegance and great service. It takes about 6-7 minutes to walk to the nearest subway station, which is Toranomon Hills on Hibiya Line. Attractions within walking distance include the Stairway to Success and teamLab Borderless: MORI Building Digital Art Museum.
The hotel boasts very spacious rooms, with the smallest starting at 48 sqm (517 sqft). Prices can start from around $450, which is actually not bad, considering this is a high-end property and the standard room size is very large by Tokyo standards.
Grand Hyatt Tokyo
This hotel is located in Roppongi and is attached to the Roppongi Hills shopping complex. It is also close to quite a few art galleries and museums, such as Mori Art Museum and Nezu Museum. The nearest station is Roppongi Station on the Hibiya and Oedo Lines, about 5-6 minute walking from the hotel.
The standard rooms at the Grand Hyatt are spacious, around 42 sqm (452 sqft), which is quite large for Tokyo. The room amenities and interior decor are stylish and high-end. As a result, the prices are on the expensive side. However, for those with Hyatt or Chase points, this property offers excellent redemption value. We considered using our points for either this property or the Hyatt Centric Ginza for our trip last year.