I stayed in this hotel for 5 nights during business trip to Tokyo (and my 4th time to Tokyo so I have seen quite a few hotels in the area). While the ethernet cable is a nice addition in the room, the wifi speed is faster so there is no point. The air conditioner was set to 22 degrees (heating) and the hotel said this could not be changed (even though it was Spring and way to hot in the room). You can open the window a little bit but if you are near the back of the hotel then the smoke from cigarettes will fill the room. So either too hot or smell of cigarettes (not fun for non-smokers). The room is small but that is normal in Japan. There are standard amenities available (shampoo, conditioner, body soap, toothbrush, hair brush, razor, q-tips, shower cap) but the sink has two modes only: full power of water or off, there is no light water flow. The bed sheets were clean but the mattress was very old because the center of the mattress was overly used and you would sink inside. I had to spend the first night sleeping on the edges of the mattress and asked the hotel to flip the mattress the next day which improved the situation slightly. The carpeted floor was not very clean and I found food from the last guest upon entering which was quite disappointing and unlike Japanese standards. There is only one laundry machine and one dryer which is not enough for such a big hotel. It seemed like it was always taken (AM or PM) and when I finally had a chance to use the washer, the dryer was in use when my clothes were ready and I could not dry my clothes (at 3AM!!!) The breakfast was one of the most disappointing I experienced in my time in Japan. If you arrive at 9AM or later (breakfast is until 10AM) there is no more scrambled egg or baked egg and they will not make more for you. This happened twice so I had to start arriving earlier for breakfast or else no eggs! Also, the signs at breakfast do not clearly state if meat is in the food or not which is extremely frustrating, for example: the sign says "soy and egg custard" but I found pieces of meat inside. The room requires a card for the electricity to work so if you leave something to charge and take the room card with you then all the electricity turns off and you will find your electronics will not be charged. If you come with a big suitcase use the back entrance because the front entrance has stairs. Also hotel is not very close to subway so you will have to drag your suitcase with you for a bit before finally reaching the hotel (if you use Ginza or Asakusa line from Airport/Tokyo station). Asakusa is a very nice neighborhood and there is a convenience store across the street always open if you need. The wifi is good and the public baths are nice (if it is not too crowded and you can actually use them). Overall I had high expectations from APA after hearing positive reviews from other people but this one was very frustrating. It felt like they prepared the hotel for half the amount of people who actually can stay there and their maintenance/service is not so good.
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