Which Intercontinental in Tokyo?

Old Aug 20, 19, 3:34 pm
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What treatment can I expect at IC ANA as an Ambassador (upgrade chances, etc) if I book using Chase free night cert? Stayed at IC Strings before and wanted to try a more central option.
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Old Aug 26, 19, 1:08 pm
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Hi,

I am planning my first visit to Japan in Oct or Nov. Will stay around one week in Tokyo. Any suggestions which IHG property is the best when staying on points? Am Spire Ambassador, will be traveling on my own.

So where do you get the best treatment on rewards stays? Or should I look for some non IHG property.

Thanks!

Cheers
Marc
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Old Aug 27, 19, 11:35 am
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Originally Posted by andreiz View Post
What treatment can I expect at IC ANA as an Ambassador (upgrade chances, etc) if I book using Chase free night cert? Stayed at IC Strings before and wanted to try a more central option.
You cannot use the free night certificate at any of the three Tokyo ICs any longer. Use is limited to a maximum 40000 point property and the ICs run at 55000.
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Old Aug 27, 19, 11:40 am
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Originally Posted by mcdos View Post
Hi,

I am planning my first visit to Japan in Oct or Nov. Will stay around one week in Tokyo. Any suggestions which IHG property is the best when staying on points? Am Spire Ambassador, will be traveling on my own.

So where do you get the best treatment on rewards stays? Or should I look for some non IHG property.

Thanks!

Cheers
Marc
There is no special treatment on award stays at any of the three Tokyo ICs. At least I have never experienced any regardless of award or paid stays. We are paid Ambassadors but now spend our stays at the Hyatt which gives great service and/or the Hilton where we are treated well and receive free breakfast for two.
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Old Aug 30, 19, 7:15 pm
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I have a grandfathered one that's still valid.
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Old Sep 4, 19, 9:07 am
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Originally Posted by Exleftseat View Post
There is no special treatment on award stays at any of the three Tokyo ICs. At least I have never experienced any regardless of award or paid stays. We are paid Ambassadors but now spend our stays at the Hyatt which gives great service and/or the Hilton where we are treated well and receive free breakfast for two.
Agreed, you can expect to be receive the benefits strictly as per the T&Cs of the IHG Rewards Club & Ambassador scheme.
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Old May 1, 22, 9:57 am
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Could anyone provide some recent insight as to which of these hotels have the best product in terms of rooms, lounge and service?

Secondly, which hotel is best to explore Tokyo and the surrounding areas in regard to transport?

TIA for any information provided.
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Old Sep 18, 22, 9:07 am
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With Japan hopefully opening up this week, are there any fresh insights for a first time Japan visitor?? Does the new Kimpton Shinjuku merit a stay?? The hotels are all priced around 100k Points with 4th night free or a 4 night stay. All are quite cheap.
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Old Sep 18, 22, 1:07 pm
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I recently returned from a paid stay at the ANA IC Tokyo in Akasaka. Depending on where you want to go in Tokyo, it is probably more centrally located, the Tameike Sanno subway station entrance is less than a block away, and it is closer to HND Airport.
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Old Sep 23, 22, 1:37 am
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Originally Posted by auandagbug View Post
I recently returned from a paid stay at the ANA IC Tokyo in Akasaka. Depending on where you want to go in Tokyo, it is probably more centrally located, the Tameike Sanno subway station entrance is less than a block away, and it is closer to HND Airport.
Havent been to Tokyo since Covid (and cant wait to return in a month!) but IC Tokyo is probably the furthest to HND both by car and by public transit. By public transit it takes 30 mins from The Strings, 40 mins from Tokyo Bay, and 50 mins from IC Tokyo (which also includes a transfer).
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Old Sep 23, 22, 9:54 pm
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Yes, The Strings in Shinagawa is closer to HND. The IC Tokyo is 20.3 km from HND Terminal 3 and by car it can be reached by car from HND in as little as 24 minutes during the day at non-rush hour periods. On my recent trip, I took the Keikyu Line/Asakusa Line from HND to Shimbashi Station and a cab the rest of the way to Akasaka. Travel from HND to the IC Tokyo took probably the same time or less than the 40 minutes from Tokyo Bay. For my business travel needs, I find the Akasaka location of the IC Tokyo much more convenient and centrally located, and a 10-20 minute difference in one way ground travel compared to the other IC locations in Tokyo isn't that significant. Of course, if your business is in the Shinagawa area, than The Strings does sound like a good choice.

FWIW, if you're including the convenient pre-pandemic Airport Limousine Bus as public transit, they have suspended service until further notice between both HND and NRT to the Tokyo IC hotels. Now that Japan is expected to open up on October 11th, maybe this convenient bus service will be restored to one or more of the Tokyo IC locations from HND and/or NRT.
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