The Strings by InterContinental is a modern hotel with loads of Japanese touches. Arguably one of the best in the Shinagawa area (not the toughest competition), the hotel is a lux property with cushy rooms, endless views, and a solid fitness center and bar. It’s also directly connected to the subway station giving travelers the relative ease of jetting around town or out of town entirely.
Standard rooms come with red oak furnishings, small couches, beige carpets, and big views. Bose Bluetooth speakers are available if you want to play your own music and water, tea, and Nespresso coffee is all complimentary.
Bathrooms are decked out with black-wood floors, shower/tub combos and smoky glass countertops.
The Toto automated washlet toilets have a privacy button to help drown out any unexpected noises in case you have company.
The beautiful lobby is awash in modern wood slats and stone-laden walls. A glass bridge careens over running water that runs throughout, giving the entire area a relaxed and welcoming vibe. In the back of the lobby is also the all-day dining restaurant and the hotel’s main bar.
If you hang out in the lobby at night, you’ll see old movies projected onto a massive wall.
They fitness center is open 24-hours, has hardwood floors, and is equipped with Life Fitness machines and free weights. Inside the locker rooms you’ll find steam facilities to help soothe sore throats or sore muscles.
The all-day dining room in the lobby is buffet style and open for breakfast and lunch and also hosts an afternoon tea. The best restaurant in the hotel is at China Shadow, a Cantonese spot open for lunch and dinner that has great views of the city.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Breakfast doesn’t come with the room and is really expensive – 3,600 Yen. You could stomach it if all of the ‘supposed-to-be-hot items’ weren’t consistently cold. It’s a problem.
The nice thing about The Strings is that it’s right on the Shinagawa Subway Station which makes it easy to get to more popular neighborhoods. There’s still plenty to walk to around here though and you’ll find great restaurants and bars nearby.
Appropriately named The Dad Bod Grill & Deli (8-minute walk) is known for bringing out large slabs of beef to go with big pours of beer. One of the best pizza spots in the city is from Japanese/Italian chef Salvatore Cuomo and his Neapolitan pizza shop Pizza Salvatore Cuomo (15-minute walk).
There are two very solid beer spots nearby the hotel. The first is T.Y. Harbor Brewery Restaurant (15-minute walk) with a great selection and a stunning location on the river. Ginza Lion Shinagawa (3-minute walk) meanwhile, is a beer hall with tons of options on tap.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The location of the Strings is ideal, especially if you want to take the bullet train or get to Haneda airport quickly. Inside the hotel, the design is chic and modern, the rooms comfortable, and the restaurants decent (but pass on the breakfast). The hotel has a high-level of service – which matches its price point – but you might be disappointed to learn that there’s no pool or spa. Either way, this is a top spot in the Shinagawa area and you won’t be let down by its fine trimmings.