The b Tokyo Akasaka is part of boutique chain that plays off the five b’s in their idea of hospitality – balance, bedrooms, breakfast, benefits, and business. Now, there’s not a lot going on at this particular branch (so it may be a bit of an oversell) but, there are clean chic ‘b’edrooms, a very good Italian ‘b’reakfast (and lunch and dinner), and a nice 'b'alance of service and location – so three out of five ain’t bad!
Benefits refers to their loyalty rewards program where you can get certain perks like: 5% off room rates and points that are redeemable for money against hotel prices.
Rooms are small (but not terribly) and have some minimal design touches like green tables or a single orange wall. Beds are comfortable, and rooms come with free tea, water, and slippers.
There’s a coin operated laundry on the premises.
Depending on room type, you might find a round window peering out into the bedroom or ghosted glass blocking the view. Inside the bathrooms are micro tiles of black and beige, raised sinks, automated washlet toilets, Shiseido products, and solo showers.
YOU SHOULD KNOW If you're looking for bathtubs you'll need to look elsewhere.
The colorful lobby isn’t much of a hangout but there are a smattering of lounge chairs and a self-serve coffee station.
There’s no spa, but you can order an in-house massage in your room.
Italian restaurant Liana is the hotel’s only dining option and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There’s a great pizza oven and a decent selection of wines.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Even though 'b'reakfast is one of the five b's of the hotel's philosophy, unless your package comes with it, you're paying for that 'b'.
The b Akasaka is a centrally located hotel that’s walking distance to great restaurants, bars, and shopping areas. The hotel is also a few minutes from the Akasaka subway station so it’s easy to get around town.
If you love dumplings, check out Gyoza IT (7-minute walk) as they have great lunch specials. One of the more refined and best options around is at Hinokizaka (8-minute walk), a one Michelin star restaurant serving contemporary Japanese cuisine inside the Ritz-Carlton.
After eating at the Ritz-Carlton, head over to The Bar (8-minute walk), a stunning cocktail lounge with the entire city as its backdrop. If you want something a little more upbeat, check out Jazz Piano Club Joe (10-minute walk) a live jazz spot in the heart of bustling Akasaka.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This centrally located spot is a simple and affordable option for tourists and business types who spend more time exploring the city than relaxing in their hotel room. Sure, you won’t find things like a pool, spa, or gym, but you will get clean rooms, a decent Italian restaurant, and walking access to everything you could want. It’s also five minutes from the subway, which makes it ideal to get around town quickly.