Fodor's Expert Review
Words to describe Moxy: eclectic, hip, millennial, playful, different, and cool. Considered a lifestyle brand, Moxy is a hotel that caters to budget-conscious travelers who care more about exploring the city then luxuriating in the hotel room. With that said, Moxy does its damnedest to make sure it’s “fun-hunters” (guests) have a great time inside and out.
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Rooms are small, but not obnoxiously, and feature hardwood floors, minimal eclectic wood furnishings, and high ceilings to help create the illusion of more space. They didn’t skimp on the beds though, as the mattresses are high-end Simmons brand. You won’t find any closets here, just hooks on the walls – another space saving measure.
Bathrooms are also decked out in hardwood and have rain showers but no bath tubs (space saving). You’ll find Lixil toilets for all your button-pushing undercarriage needs and Shiseido bath products.
The lobby is by far the best part of the hotel. The check-in area is at the bar where bartenders pull double duty. Looking around you’ll find comfy mismatched furniture and all variety of toys and games to help you pass the time.
Tip Check out the opposite side of the lobby where you’ll discover a library with a working fireplace, communal tables, and cozy couches for lazy work days.
A mid-size gym is open 24-hours, has gray-wood floors, Technogym machines, and even a heavy bag for boxing enthusiasts.
Tip Looking to exercise outside the hotel? You can rent one of the hotel’s bikes. Four hours will run you 2,000 Yen.
The Moxy Bar & Lounge on the lobby floor is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, has a grab-and-go set up for quick bites and drinks, and also features a noodle bar where you can create your own concoctions.
The Moxy Bar & Lounge is open 24-hours, but it also has a happy hour from 5-7pm with 300 Yen specials. If you stay here on the weekend, you’ll be treated to kick-ass DJs on Fridays and Saturdays.
Kinshicho is an interesting area. There are numerous restaurants and bars and shopping spots right by the hotel, but there are also a number of spas that cater to people with tattoos (code for Yakuza – Japanese mafia who are tatted). Typically, you can’t go to Japanese spas if you’re tatted up, and this area bucks that trend. Walking around is still safe though and you’re only 5-7 minutes away from the subway and bus stations.
For some stellar yakitori, head over to Toriki (2-minute walk) for your favorite meats on sticks and cold beers to wash it down. If you want savory sushi, check out Sushi Moriichi (2-minute walk) with decent prices and fresh raw goodness.
Although you can find great booze options in the restaurants listed above, just nearby the hotel is Smallest Bar (2-minute walk) that has an excellent tequila selection.