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Tokyo Neighborhood and Hotel Advice

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I am planning a possible fall trip to Tokyo (and Kyoto), and I continue to be completely perplexed about Tokyo. Even after one trip there (as well as starting and reading threads on this forum), I just do not get Tokyo. Hopefully, after this trip, I will. I did not have a great first trip to Tokyo (though I have fallen in love with Kyoto, and have been there twice, and will likely return during this trip), and I want to give it another chance. Last time I stayed at the Park Hyatt, and though the hotel was once of the nicest I have ever experienced, I did not like the location at all. (If you understand a Los Angeles reference, it reminded me of Century City: an island of modern high rises with no real neighborhood, that empties after the workday at night (at least on this side of Shinjuku)). I am not sure I can easily describe what I am looking for, and maybe it doesn't exist in Tokyo; but I guess I would say a more intimate, charming, authentic, lively neighborhood (Ometesando? Ginza? Akasaka? Roppongi?)

I am trying to figure out where to stay on my next trip, and I am currently considering three hotels; my first choice is the Capitol Hotel Tokyu in Akasaka, followed by the Imperial, The Westin, and the Grand Hyatt (though the GH might be pushing my budget a little too far). I want to be in or near walking neighborhoods (I love to walk!), preferably that have activity during the day and night, some stores and restaurants, bars, etc. Also, being central, in a macro sense, so a short cab ride to various other places I will want to go, would be nice. It seems to me that the above hotels are all pretty well located(?).

If someone could comment on the hotels above specifically, as well as their locations, and also suggest alternative hotels/ locations, that would be great. I can get a relatively good rate at the Capitol Hotel Tokyu, which appeals to me strongly, from what I have read and seen.

Thank you.

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