During our month-long travels to Japan, we planned to stay in Yokohama for three nights as we travelled from Tokyo to Yamanashi. Yokohama is Japan’s second largest city and is often in the shadow of Tokyo so we figured, why not check it out as we make our way around the country? We wanted to stay with the Best Western chain and so the Best Western Yokohama was an easy choice for us.
If you are looking for a hotel that is within walking distance from the train station and is near lots of restaurants, the Best Western Yokohama is one worth considering.
The ambiance at the Best Western Yokohama
This hotel is definitely a bit more dated but at the price that we paid, we were happy to find a hotel that was under $100 USD a night. This hotel is reflective of the standard Japanese business hotel. Expect clean rooms but with no frills at this minimalist hotel.
The hotel room at Best Western Yokohama
We stayed in a queen bed non-smoking room.
While the hotel room is considered small by North American standards, it was much more comfortable and larger compared to the Best Western Tokyo Nishikashi, which is where we stayed before the Best Western Yokohama. Despite its size, I found the room to be clean, neat and comfy.
The room was well laid out and what I liked about this hotel is that we were able to open the window to get fresh air into the room.
The room came with comfortable leather slippers and yukatas for us to wear, which was nice. As well, you can expect the basic towels, hair dryer, humidifier, and basic toiletries.
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I am always fearful of the noise level whenever I stay at a Best Western chain. The noise from outside the hallway or from doors slamming is always a bit much for me as the soundproofing is not very good in North American Best Western chains. That wasn’t the case in this hotel; I barely heard my neighbours and slept well throughout the night.
There aren’t any closets in the room so you may struggle a bit if you brought a lot of stuff. There also isn’t any in-room safe so you’ll need to lock important stuff in your luggage.
The service at Best Western Yokohama
The service here was great. Check-in was simple, straightforward and we were offered bottles of water for free upon check-in.
Staff members spoke decent English and was able to provide useful advice on restaurant recommendations in the area. They also pointed out places that overcharge customers and warned us to stay away, which was helpful.
The location of the Best Western Yokohama
What’s great about this location is that it’s close to the local train station and also to the JR station. In fact, it can be a reasonable alternative to stay near Tokyo since the price is much cheaper than what you’d expect in Tokyo. The JR has a direct connection to the airport, meaning you can get there in under 30 minutes.
The hotel itself is near lots of restaurants and shops. It’s also on a main road, making it a nice and safe walk even when it’s dark at night.
The facilities at the Best Western Yokohama
As we were travelling for a year, having access to laundry is a huge plus for us. Fortunately, we had laundry facilities located on our floor and we were able to wash our clothes during our stay.
While the hotel offered breakfast on the main lobby, we opted to not eat breakfast at the hotel and bought our food outside of the hotel instead.
This hotel is a great no-frills accommodation if you are looking for something that is clean, comfortable and within close proximity to public transportation.