Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Hotel Room Tour and Review - Hotel Villa Fontaine Tokyo Hamamatsucho - Tokyo, Japan

     As I mentioned in my previous entry, my husband and I traveled Tokyo from December 28 through January 2. This time, we booked our hotel two months in advance. For the first three nights (12/28 thorough 12/31), we stayed in Mitsui Garden Hotel Shiodome Italia Gai (三井ガーデンホテル 汐留 イタリア街). From December 31 through January 2, we decided to stay in Hotel Villa Fontaine Tokyo Hamamatsucho (ホテル ヴィラフォンテーヌ東京浜松町) because Mitsui Garden Hotel was too expensive during New Year's days, and my husband had told me that this hotel served pretty good breakfast for free. Actually, I really enjoyed this hotel. :)
Hotel Villa Fontaine Tokyo Hamamatsucho

       It took us about 15 minutes to this hotel from Mistui Garden Hotel by walk. (By the way, it takes 10 minutes from JR Hamamatsucho Station to this hotel by walk.) When we arrived this hotel, it was about 11:30. It was too early for hotel check-in, so our room was not ready yet. We asked a front-desk clerk if they could store our luggage, so we were able to enjoy shopping and sightseeing in Tokyo. :) When we checked in to the hotel at that night, they had already moved our heavy luggage to our room. You know there is no tipping in any situation in Japan. ;)


The Room (Standard Room)
       We booked the Standard Room which had a semi-double bed (140cm wide), which is smaller than an US queen-sized bed but large enough for two people. The room was smaller than the previous hotel we stayed in, but it's still spacious enough for us. At least, we could open up our suitcase on the floor. ;) The room looked a bit dated but was nice and clean.

     There were a small writing desk and a compact refrigerator. There were two servings of instant green tea and hojicha powder in the drawer.

    The bathroom was also nice and clean.

     There were Mikimoto Cosmetic shampoo, conditioner and liquid body soap! Mikimoto is a Japanese company making and selling pearl jewelry. Mikimoto also makes high-end beauty products in Japan. You can find Mikimoto Cosmetics products at some department stores in Japan.


       There was a bottle of foam of facial cleanser / hand soap of Kracie. Their free toiletries included bath salts (forest scent!), toothbrushes, toothpaste, shower caps, hair brushes, Q-tips and razors.


       I also got this set of skincare samples when I checked in to this hotel.  A front-desk clerk told me that they were giving away the skincare samples to all female guests. I was happy that it was Minon products! :)

       It included Minon liquid bath salts, liquid body soap, Amino Moist Milky Cleansing (makeup remover), Amino Moist Clear Wash Powder (facial cleanser), Amino Moist Charge Lotion II (keshosui) and Amino Moist Charge Milk (nyueki)! As I mentioned in my previous entries, Minon is a well known brand which makes skin care products for people who have very sensitive skin. Many Japanese beauty products are usually gentle to the skin as compared to US products. Yet, I believe that Minon is the most gentle skin care product in Japan. If you have atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema, I recommend you to try Minon liquid bath salts (ミノン 保湿入浴剤), which moisturizes your skin well and is pretty popular in Japan. You can find the liquid bath salt at most drugstores in Japan. As I mentioned in my previous entry, 3 Best Japanese Nyueki, Japanese Facial Lotion, Minon Amino Moist Moist Charge Milk is also very popular in Japan, and I purchased it in Japan during this travel indeed. ;)



New Year's Eve
       On December 31, they gave away Japanese instant noodles, Nissin Donbei Kitsune Udon and Nissin Donbei Tempura Soba, to guests at the hotel lobby. On New Year's Eve, it's a Japanese traditional to eat soba noodles, which are called toshikoshi soba (年越しそば).

     We enjoyed instant udon and soba in our room. :) Eating toshikoshi soba and watching NHK Kohaku Utagassen were perfect for Japanese New Year's Eve! ;)




New Year's Day
     On January 1, they also served Japanese sake to hotel guests! They did Kagami Biraki, which is a Japanese traditional ceremony to break the lid of the sake barrel and drink sake for good health and good fortune for the New Year.

     It tasted pretty good and had woody aroma. :) 




Free Breakfast
       The reason why we decided to stay in this hotel was that my husband told me that this hotel served pretty good breakfast. :)

     I was surprised that they had Balmuda toaster oven! These years, high-end steam toaster oven has been more and more popular in Japan. The most popular ones are Balmuda and Sharp Healsio Gurie. I was glad that I could try Balmuda in this hotel!
Balmuda Steam Toaster Oven
     I toasted croissant with Balmuda. It was crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. :)


       They have three kinds of pilaf and serve one of them each day. They also have 6 kinds of soup and serve two of them each day.  On the first morning, it was Japanese chicken pilaf, and I chose pumpkin soup. In addition to the salad, they have 10 kinds of salad toppings you can choose from. Their scrambled eggs were so fluffy and moist. 

      On the second morning, it was Japanese vegetable pilaf. I chose minestrone for the soup.  Their breakfast was so good! I ate a lot in the morning.


Soup (They serve two kinds of them each day.)
Pumpkin, Bacon and Carrot Soup
Zucchini, Eggplant and Tomato Soup
Sausage and Cabbage Pot-au-feu
Vegetable Beef Stew
Chicken and Okura Curry Soup
Minestrone


Pilaf (They serve one of three kinds each day.) 
Chicken Rice
Vegetable Pilaf
Curry Pilaf
Pilaf




Salad Toppings (They have 10 kinds of salad toppings.)
Chicken
Bacon
Grape Tomatoes
Corns
Sliced Onions
Steamed Broccoli
Steamed Cauliflower
Crouton
Mix Beans
Sliced Olive
Salad Toppings



    They had many kinds of bread, drinks, cereals, and some yogurt. In my opinion as Japanese, the quality of their breakfast was very good. Their soup had a lot of vegetables and looked like it was cooked by a professional chef to me. Pilaf tasted great as well. Coffee was fresh by the way. ;)




Overall
    I really liked this hotel because of their free breakfast. I also loved Minon Amino Moist samples! Because it was New Year's Days, we could enjoy toshikoshi soba and Japanese sake for free. Their hospitality was beyond my expectation!




Hotel Villa Fontaine Tokyo Hamamatsucho
1-6-5 Shiba 
Minato-ku Tokyo, Japan
105-001



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