Fodor's Expert Review Hotel Monterey Ginza

2–10–2 Ginza, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo, 104-0061, Japan See on Map

The façade of the building looks straight out of Paris, but that’s pretty much where the similarities end. Inside, the hotel is simple, clean, and polished, but you won’t find any amenities. The plus side is that it’s one of the best and cheapest options that is smack dab in the heart of the uber-posh area of Ginza.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel hosts a lot of weddings. Just be prepared for an influx of people on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Rooms are pretty dated, decked out with hardwood floors and have little to be remembered by. They’re small, but not by Tokyo standards (you can maneuver around). All rooms come equipped with complimentary tea and water as well as humidifiers.

Each room also comes with Handy devices. These helpful gadgets will give you free Wi-Fi everywhere in the city and also free international phone calls. They’re extremely helpful.

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Small bathrooms have checkered tiled floors and walls, come with Toto washlet toilets, and shower/bathtub combinations. Standard bath products are by Shiseido.


The lobby is small and really just has a check-in booth. Get in, get out, etc.


There’s no spa, but you can order in-room massages.


The hotel plays host to a reasonable French restaurant dubbed Escale (‘stop’ in French) and serves Parisian delicacies for lunch and dinner.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The restaurant and bar is closed on Sundays.


There’s a marble bar inside Escale that is open from 5 to 10 p.m.


Getting Around

The best part of Ginza is being able to walk to dozens of restaurants, bars, and shops. You’re also close to parks and other attractions. The area is great for its close subway access to fly you around the city quickly.


If you want some high-end sensory overload, head over to Bulgari (2-minute walk). Not only will you find the largest Bulgari store in the world, but a Michelin star restaurant serving up mouthwatering Italian cuisine. For something less expensive, head over to Bairin (9-minute walk) where you’ll get tongue-burning tonkatsu – deep fried pork cutlets of your dreams.


One of the best whiskey spots in the city is Campbeltoun Loch (10-minute walk), which has one of the most impressive collections you’ll find anywhere. For a more blue-collar touch, head over to Ginza Lion (10-minute walk), a Bavarian beer hall with tall pints and fried foods.


For the money, you’re not going to get a better location than Monterery Ginza. Sure, there’s little to nothing inside the hotel in terms of amenities – but you get what you pay for. The French restaurant is decent, but ultimately, this hotel is about the location – and foodies, drinkers, and shoppers will have a field day in this part of town.


242 rooms
Breakfast Yes
Lunch Yes
Dinner Yes
Bar Yes
Cafe No
Room Service No
Parking Lot


Phones: 03-3544–7111

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