Hilton Tokyo Bay Review

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Hilton Tokyo Bay is Tokyo Disney Resort “Official Hotel,” meaning that it’s an on-property hotel. This Hilton is located within a few hundred yards of the monorail. Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea, and the ocean are all within view of the Hilton Tokyo Bay, meaning that just about every guest room has a great view. Hilton Tokyo Bay is a less-expensive alternative to the Disney-branded hotels at Tokyo Disney Resort: Hotel MiraCosta, Tokyo Disneyland Hotel, and Disney’s Ambassador Hotel.

While this is the only hotel we’ve stayed at on Tokyo Disney Resort property, we based our decision to stay here on hours of research and combing various trip reports and other locations for information. In fact, the reason we’re reviewing it now is because we plan on creating comprehensive Tokyo Disney Resort trip planning information since there is so little information available in English. Stay tuned for more articles like this (and on topics like MiFi, airports, etc.) as we work on this.

After our first night in downtown Tokyo, where our room was the size of a large closet, I was prepared for the worst with the Hilton Tokyo Bay, at least in terms of room size. I was pleasantly surprised when we opened the door and found a room that was more spacious than a typical hotel room. Definitely larger than even any standard Deluxe tier room at a Walt Disney World resort hotel. We were upgraded at check-in to the Celebrio Select rooms, which was a room with modern, retro-futuristic stylization. There are other categories of rooms, including a “Happy Magic” category, which is themed to a fairytale forest to appeal to kids.

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These rooms were designed by acclaimed Tokyo interior designer Asao Nakayama of the W Design International (ironically, known as “WDI” in Japan), and debuted in 2011. The rooms had a predominantly white look, with aqua and black accents to give it a very clean and crisp aesthetic. The rooms also have a lot of curved lines and colored lighting that guests can control to help change the mood. Just about everything lit up, from the headboard of the bed, to the underside of ledges, to edge accents throughout the room. If you look closely at the reflection in the mirror of the bathroom photo below, you’ll notice some of this mood lighting in the shower.

As someone who is impressed by bright objects, I thought these were awesome touches, and were my favorite aspects of the room. In seriousness, though, I really do like dynamic lighting like this and also Googie/futurist architecture and design, so I definitely have a bias towards this style of room. I’m not sure whether this review would be quite so glowing if we stayed in a standard room. I would go so far as to say our room here was almost as nice as our room at the Park Hyatt Tokyo (read our Park Hyatt Tokyo Review for more on that hotel), but in a totally different way. Sarah disagrees, as she much preferred the Park Hyatt Tokyo.

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The beds were incredibly nice, with high quality bedding and great pillows. There were docks for iPhones (including the iPhone 5) that enable music to be played throughout the room, even in the shower. Televisions were flat, LCD displays, that featured a number of all-Japanese stations, including Tokyo Disney Resort TV (again, only in Japanese…but if you go, this station is a must-watch for its humorous Duffy segments). The room also included a fridge, magazines, and other amenities. The toilet was a standard Japanese “smart toilet,” complete with heated seat and numerous other “features” that I won’t delve into! ;) Overall, it was a very nice room.

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Sarah was most impressed by the view of the ocean and Mt. Fuji in the distance, and she spent a lot of time on that aqua chair in the corner of the room in the distance. Our friends Henry and Kate, who traveled to Tokyo with us, were also upgraded to a Celebrio Select room, and were almost directly across the hall from us. They had a better view of Cinderella Castle than the best room at Disney’s Contemporary Resort would have–while I liked our ocean view, I would have preferred the Castle view! Based on orientation and layout, I assume most rooms have either Cinderella Castle/Mount Prometheus views or ocean views, but I could be wrong on that.

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As was the case with everywhere we stayed in Japan, the staff at the Hilton Tokyo Bay was great. I had several late nights and early mornings, and I was always greeted by someone each time I left or arrived who was eager to find out if I needed any assistance or anything for the room. The hotel also had a coffee shop and restaurant where breakfast was served (this was included, although we never ate here). Likewise, the hotel had numerous other amenities we did not use, such as a pool and conference rooms. You can read about those amenities on its website. In addition to monorail transportation to the parks, there were also official Disney buses that provided transportation from the hotel (the monorail was more convenient to get to the parks).

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Bringing the comparison back to Walt Disney World, I’d rate this room above anything we’ve experienced at Walt Disney World, and we’ve stayed at just about every hotel there. Obviously, this room lacks any Disney motifs, so if that kind of thing is important to you, one of the three hotels mentioned above is a better option. However, it does has its own very distinct theme, as mentioned here, and it almost reminded me of something Stanley Kubrick might dream up for a set in one of his films. The room screamed ‘modern Tokyo’ to me, and I thought the design was very fun.

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Given the size and quality of its rooms, plus the location of the Hilton Tokyo Bay on the monorail loop, I think its fair to compare this hotel to a Walt Disney World Deluxe hotel. The biggest difference besides the lack of Disney branding is the lack of Disney pricing. We paid about $150/night, which is around half of what we typically pay at a Walt Disney World Deluxe resort-hotel. This is the big reason why we’ve said that a Tokyo Disney Resort trip might not be more expensive than a Walt Disney World vacation if you’re used to staying in Deluxe resorts (while the airfare will be more, this cheaper room might compensate for that).

We have noticed that prices for these rooms fluctuates substantially. The day before we booked our stay, prices on every booking site (including Hilton.com) were around $150/night. The day we booked, prices had shot up to almost $300/night on every site except Booking.com. I don’t know if the updated pricing just hadn’t been pushed to them and updated or what, but the point is to check pricing early and regularly, and via multiple sources. If you can’t find a good price at Hilton Tokyo Bay, there are several other “official” hotels in the area (we recommend one of these hotels, not a hotel in downtown Tokyo, as the commute will be around 45 minutes, and you definitely want to be at the parks before rope drop). The other one about which we’ve heard very good things is the Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel, but we obviously cannot vouch for that firsthand.

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Overall, I don’t think I can praise Hilton Tokyo Bay enough. When we initially booked, I was disappointed that Hotel MiraCosta was out of our price range, but after staying in this room and then seeing the smaller rooms of the MiraCosta, that disappointed faded. Price not being an issue I’d still stay at Hotel MiraCosta just because the whole thing is so ornate and distinctly Disney, but the Hilton Tokyo Bay was certainly nothing like any non-Disney hotel you can imagine in the United States. Only the Swan and Dolphin at Walt Disney World are even close to comparable. Those of you used to staying at Good Neighbor hotels at Disneyland will definitely be pleasantly surprised by the Hilton Tokyo Bay!

If you want to learn more about Tokyo Disney Resort, make sure to check out our Tokyo Disney Resort Trip Report. It contains a lot of photos and our thoughts on the parks.

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Your Thoughts…

If you have stayed at the Hilton Tokyo Bay or any hotel at Tokyo Disney Resort, we’d love to hear about your experience with your hotel (including your room category)! Do you plan on staying at Hilton Tokyo Bay? Have any additional questions? Hearing from you is half the fun, so please share in the comments!

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35 Responses to “Hilton Tokyo Bay Review”

  1. Mitch says:

    Wow, $150 night is a great deal! Nice to know there are affordable options that are still very nice that close Tokyo Disneyland. If flights were significantly cheaper, I’d probably have a trip booked for 2014 already.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Check out matrix.itasoftware.com and look for flights out of major West Coast cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle. It might be cheaper to fly to one of those cities, then fly to Tokyo. A normal flight booking engine *should* do that automatically, but sometimes it doesn’t work correctly.

      • Mitch says:

        Tempting, my wife and I could probably get two free round trip flights to L.A through a credit card sign up bonus. That could make the Tokyo flights more within reach!

  2. Jeff says:

    We had the same room type on our trip, and we loved it! A really great hotel and the favorite of our Japan trip, including the Park Hyatt Tokyo!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Sarah preferred the Park Hyatt Tokyo, I preferred the Hilton. The level of service at the Park Hyatt was just ridiculous. Everyone there knew my name, and every time we left our room–even for an hour or so–someone came in and picked it up. It was insane.

      The Park Hyatt rooms were more refined, but I still liked the retro-futurist look of the Hilton more.

      • Jeff says:

        Oh, the service at the Park Hyatt was wonderful, but I found it to be a little overwhelming! Every time I’d leave the elevator, I felt bombarded with attentiveness and think to myself, “Ack, just leave me alone!!” Haha, I guess I’m just not that fancy!

  3. Clint says:

    Is it walking distance to the park? How does it compare to, say, the Disneyland hotel, which is about a ten minute walk to the gates?

    Since you’ve started these Tokyo reports I’ve been pre-planning a Japan trip, and I’m trying to wrap my head around the Disneyland part. Right now, I thinking three nights at the Hilton and two at the Miracosta as a special treat. But being in walking distance is very important to us.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      It’s hard to explain, but the only hotels that are truly walking distance to the hotels are Tokyo Disneyland Hotel to Disneyland and MiraCosta to DisneySea.

      With that said, there are sidewalks there, and if you wanted to walk, DisneySea would be about a 25 minute walk from the Hilton. I know this because I missed the last monorail of the night one night and had to walk from the MiraCosta to the Hilton (I got lost and made the grand circle tour…taking me an hour and a half, but it’s a 25 minute walk if you want to walk). The resort is not laid out to be a walking resort with the exception of those two hotels at those two parks. The monorail is the intended means of transportation.

      It’s a 5 minute monorail ride, and the monorails are incredibly efficient at Tokyo Disney Resort. I wouldn’t even think of walking over taking the monorail.

      • Clint says:

        Thanks for the reply! I was thinking of the monorail being more like at Disneyland, where it’s more of a fun novelty than a viable means of getting around. I should have realized the the Japanese would have perfected it.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Wow, that looks like a really nice place, especially for the price and location! Thanks for all these articles. I wouldn’t even have dared to think about a potential trip to Japan for Disney, but it sounds very doable.
    How did you guys get the room upgrade?

    • Tom Bricker says:

      With regard to the upgrade, my guess is “being American” is the basis for the upgrade.

      Depending upon when you book, the Celebrio might be the same price or +$10, so you might just book it if that’s the case.

  5. Rob says:

    Great review. I’ve been to Tokyo Disney twice and stayed at the Hilton both times. First in a standard room and second in a happy magic room which was great fun and super ‘kawaii’.

    I agree for the price the Hilton is great & I’m hoping to stay again soon :-)

  6. KCmike says:

    It’s like these pics are from a different planet. How strangely beautiful.

  7. Fabulous review! I’ve never stayed at any of the hotels at TDR (we lived about 1.5 hours away, so it was always a day trip) but in the future, I’d love to stay “on-site” when vacationing in Japan.

  8. Stephen says:

    I stayed there for 5 nights in 2011, and absolutely loved it. It’s a great hotel. I had a view of the ocean, which was beautiful and very relaxing, especially after a long day at the parks. The buffet breakfast was amazing as well. I had a ‘King Plus’ (standard design) room which was perfect. Personally I don’t like the aesthetic of the Celebrio rooms, based on the photos I’ve seen. The ‘standard’ rooms, however, were very nice.

    The location is great. In fact I would say that the location is probably better that Disney’s Ambassador Hotel. The monorail system is quick and efficient. It’s worth noting that you do have to pay for it (you can get multi-day passes, and can use the Pasmo and Suico stored-value cards that are so useful in the rest of Tokyo).

    I walked back a couple of times from Disneyland to the hotel. From memory it took about 10 minutes. When leaving after the evening parade and fireworks, it’s a good option if you don’t want to wait for the monorail. There are paths that go alongside and through the parking lots – the route is well signed.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      We haven’t stayed at the Ambassador, but I’d agree that the Hilton (or any of the “official” hotels, for that matter) has a better location than it. That is, unless you plan on visiting Ikspiari a lot! ;)

      Crazy that it’s only a 10 minute walk from Tokyo Disneyland! We thought about walking once, but ultimately decided against it (even though it seems close) because the monorail was so fun to ride.

  9. Tom, I’ve been loving your whole series of Japan reports! We’re going in April and I’m getting ready to book our rooms. We’re planning to stay at least 1 night at the MiraCosta (only spending 1 day at Disney Sea) but I’m wondering about the Hilton Tokyo Bay in terms of convenience for touring downtown Tokyo. Do you know what the train ride is like from the Hilton in to, say, Ginza? My original plan was to find a hotel in the Shibuya area for our first few days then transfer to MiraCosta the night before we go to Disney Sea. But the value of the Hilton Tokyo Bay has me thinking…

    • Tom Bricker says:

      It is not at all convenient to downtown. The price is great, yes, but I definitely would not stay here when doing downtown Tokyo. You’d waste around 1.5-2 hours per day just on the commute.

  10. Brandon says:

    I just booked two nights at the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel. This will probably be a once in a lifetime trip so I am willing to spend the extra money. It cost 70,000 yen for two nights (about $350 a night) for the middle of January which is off season.
    But after reading your review I may decide to spend an extra day in the parks and spend a night at the Tokyo Hilton Bay. Thanks.

  11. John says:

    My family and I stayed at the Sheraton in August. We didn’t spend much time exploring the hotel. While the rooms were large (we comfortably fit 2 queen beds and two roll aways in our room), the rooms were definitely more dated (the bathrooms especially) than the Hilton. We had a great view of Mt. Prometheus from our room (and a distant view of the castle). I would suspect that it is a step down in quality. The staff was excellent; this is true of every hotel we’ve stayed at in Japan. The one advantage we found with the Sheraton is that it was cheaper than the Hilton and it will let six people share a room (which drives the cost down further).

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Thanks for the feedback on the Sheraton. Great to have some perspective on how the two hotels might compare to one another.

  12. Spirit of 74 says:

    Nice review and write-up, Tom. I almost stayed here on my 2010 visit when I saw a $185 rate that was supposedly the next best thing to free according to some ‘alleged’ online TDR experts.

    Wound up instead at the Sunroute Arieke Plaza in nearby Odaiba for what ended up being $63 a night (hotels.com rebate from the $85 rate). It was a wonderful 3-star business hotel with free transport to the resort as an official Good Neighbor Hotel. Everyone spoke flawless English (it was sorta in a business park but within walking distance to soooo many options), had a restaurant and 24-hour Lawson’s quickee mart on the second floor.

    It wasn’t luxury, but it was spotless, comfortable and convenient. And when you are not spending hundreds of dollars a night on accommodations you are basically using for sleep and shower only, that leaves so much more money to be spent on enjoying the locale. it makes no sense to me to spend more in one of the world’s priciest cities. Of course, I am never going to be getting up at 4 a.m.to photograph a park, so we all have different needs. But most others aren’t as well.

    I will say that for my trip there next year, I will likely repeat my stay at Sunroute and add two nights at the Mira Costa to say I’ve done it. But I’ll likely spend most of the days there …maybe venturing out for a Starlight ticket at TDS as I could never justify spending that much for such a magnificent resort only to spend all my time in the parks!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Given the difference in the strength of the Yen in 2010 versus now, $185/night then might have been cheaper than $150 now!

      I just Googled the Sunroute Arieke Plaza, and it looks very nice. Was this transportation offered prior to park opening? Obviously not everyone needs to be there at 4 am, but I would strong recommend everyone arrive 30 minutes before official opening…is that possible at the Sunroute Arieke Plaza?

      As for the MiraCosta, we’re a bit torn on staying there. On the one hand, it’s so expensive that we’d want to stay in the hotel and enjoy it. On the other hand, it’s not as easy to go to Tokyo as it is Orlando or Anaheim, so we’d have reservations about lounging around the hotel with THOSE parks right outside. I ultimately think it would be worth it, but I’d probably only book a single night, or maybe 2, there.

      • Spirit of 74 says:

        I just recall being shocked at getting a hotel of that caliber …of any caliber in Tokyo for so little. I have sent friends there and they always have had similar rate deals.

        Yes, transport at the Sunroute starts before park opening. Not sure how much, but it is about 15-20 minutes away and I know on my first day at TDL we arrived at the gates a good 45 minutes prior to opening. So, I’d guess they start 60-90 minutes prior.

        The one thing is you have to ‘book’ transport the night before. All that means is telling the front desk that two people will be heading to TDS at say 8:15 and coming back at 10:15. They’ll hand you paper vouchers to hand the driver. It basically is to let them know how many buses to operate and when.

        The subway line that goes go TDR is practically at the hotel as well. I used this two days (one a park day when I wanted to go in later, the other a resort tour day).

        I’d also tell folks that although TDR can have crowds like you,d only see at WDW on NYE and poorly planned LTM events, there are plenty of days when that is not the case at all.

        I had two blissful very uncrowded days at TDS in late Nov/early Dec. It is all about when you go.

      • Tom Bricker says:

        Thanks for the info–we’ll definitely look into this place.

        After seeing TDR on a Golden Week weekend versus very uncrowded off-season weekdays, you’re absolutely right about crowds, generally. However, it seemed to us like there were some attractions that have long lines regardless of how busy the park is (TSM, Hunny Hunt, Monsters Inc, JTTCOE, Buzz, Splash Mountain (maybe not in winter?), ToT, etc.). Getting these out of the way early in the morning really makes for a very pleasant rest-of-the-day. The TDR parks are definitely built to handle crowds, so on an off-season day, you truly can have a leisurely experience.

  13. Justin M says:

    Great review. I have visited Disney Sea about 8 years ago and am dying to go back! As a side note you need to check out the Waldorf Astoria on Disney property in Orlando, by far the nicest non-Disney hotel. Huge rooms and price usually around $200, plus Bull & Bear steakhouse yum!

  14. Natalye says:

    Looks nice! I definitely plan to visit the Tokyo Disney Resort at some point!

  15. Laura says:

    Really nice and so big compared to the tiny rooms usually found in Tokyo. I do have to say that you haven’t convinced me away from the 5000Y love motels, but it’s nice to know that Disney is providing a price within reach for when we have a family. PLEASE do put together some budget travel advice, at WDW I feel like I know all the tricks and tips, but at both Tokyo and Hong Kong I’m always just at the mercy of face value pricing :(

  16. Shannon says:

    We stayed at the Hilton Tokyo Bay in April of 2012 and I still think about it! We stayed in one of the “happy magic” rooms, it just seemed a little more “Disneyish” (mind you the youngest of the trip at the time (me) was 25….The view of the bay from our room was amazing and a very short walk to the monorail. We loved both parks and since it was raining, we got to do everything more than once!

  17. Thia says:

    Hi Tom! Love reading all your reports on Disney. You wrote “The day before we booked our stay, prices on every booking site (including Hilton.com) were around $150/night. The day we booked, prices had shot up to almost $300/night on every site..” what was the time frame?
    I’m planning our trip for April 2015, currently prices @ HTBay $219. When should I book?

    • Thia says:

      Oh, price includes tax & breakfast.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Price fluctuate a TON for both the Hilton and the Sheraton. I would play with your dates (consider doing a split stay at those two hotels) and check back regularly, because $219/night might become $140 or $340/night tomorrow. I’ve never seen hotel rates change as much as those two…

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