A Cap­ti­vat­ing Stay at Tokyo Bay

Maxx-M - - CHECK - IN - Text by Den­nis Latif | Pho­tos cour­tesy of Sher­a­ton Grande Tokyo Bay Ho­tel

As an of­fi­cial ho­tel of Tokyo Dis­ney Re­sort, Sher­a­ton Grande Tokyo Bay Ho­tel brings the feel of a new world well away from the city of Tokyo. A scenic water­front, ex­pan­sive gar­dens and sooth­ing wa­ter­falls are just a lit­tle of what this beau­ti­ful prop­erty has to of­fer.

Clear blue sky, and rather cold weather in early April greets me as I de­scend from Ja­pan Rail’s Mai­hama Sta­tion to Dis­ney Re­sort Line, a mono­rail that cir­clesTokyo Dis­ney Re­sort and links all the des­ti­na­tions within. The mono­rail train is re­ally cute with Mickey Mouse­shaped win­dows and hand­grips, pri­mary colours and some Dis­ney mer­chan­dise images on the cor­ner of pas­sen­ger seats. It took only a few min­utes from JR Mai­hama Sta­tion or Re­sort Gate­way Sta­tion to Bay­side Sta­tion, a place where most of the of­fi­cial ho­tels of Tokyo Dis­ney Re­sort are lo­cated. It was a short walk from Bay­side Sta­tion to Sher­a­ton Grande Tokyo Bay Ho­tel, where I was greeted by the friendly staff as I en­tered the main lobby area, and was whisked through check-in very quickly. The lobby was park-like with many fam­i­lies and chil­dren around, de­signed a bit like a cruise liner to match its park theme, which sym­bol­ises the warmth and ex­cite­ment of the ocean and skies. You can in­stantly feel the wel­com­ing and cosy at­mos­phere through­out the area. Com­mu­nity ta­bles are ideal to gather around for a meet­ing, and there are games ta­bles and a rock­ing chair for re­lax­ation. There is also a very con­ve­nient com­mu­ni­ca­tion space where guests at the ho­tel and other vis­i­tors can freely surf the in­ter­net or use a com­puter. My room was lo­cated on one of the mid-level floors, and was quite spa­cious com­pared with rooms at other ho­tel I’ve stayed at in Tokyo. Three beds were ar­ranged for three of us; it orig­i­nally ac­com­m­dated twin beds, so an ex­tra one had been made up for us. It was of the same qual­ity and com­fort as the twin beds, but slightly smaller. Each of the twin beds was quite large, though, almost like a dou­ble, so ideal for a big fam­ily. The room was de­signed for space and com­fort for sure, with neu­tral colours to make guests feel re­laxed. The fa­cil­i­ties were up to the usual Sher­a­ton stan­dard, with com­plete in­ter­na­tional TV chan­nels in­clud­ing satel­lite broad­cast­ing and video games, re­frig­er­a­tor, 24-hour room ser­vice, laun­dry ser­vice and in-room safe de­posit box. The bath­room was spa­cious with sep­a­rate shower and bath­tub, and a com­plete range of toi­letries. Some rooms were de­signed around a theme like Trea­sures or Ocean Dream, ideal for kids, or Grande rooms that of­fered a lit­tle ex­tra lux­ury. Feel in need of a lit­tle Ja­panese touch? Then the Ja­pane­seTatami rooms might be the ones for you, with the vibe of a small Ja­panese-style inn within the ho­tel, com­ple­mented with break­fast, af­ter­noon tea and hors d’oeu­vre inside. My room had a view of Tokyo Dis­ney Re­sort, and was truly a gem. I sim­ply could not wait to ex­pe­ri­ence Tokyo Dis­ney­land and Tokyo Dis­ney Sea the next day. In the morn­ing, break­fast was served in Grande Cafe, the all-day restau­rant. It was a large venue with vi­brant de­sign and a va­ri­ety of in­ter­est­ing dishes from around the world. I loved the colour­ful lol­lipop candy or­na­ments in the Kids Cor­ner, giv­ing the place a fun and en­joy­able at­mos­phere. There was also Tep­pa­nyaki restau­rant Mai­hama, Asuka au­then­tic Ja­panese restau­rant, and Toastina – a warm and friendly cafe with charm­ing ac­cents that of­fers gourmet cof­fee and other hot and cold bev­er­ages com­ple­mented with de­li­cious sand­wiches and baked goods, and is also avail­able for break­fast. Another in­ter­est­ing fea­ture of this prop­erty is its wed­ding fa­cil­i­ties. I was for­tu­nate enough to have a chance to see a wed­ding dur­ing my stay here. A one-stop shop is fully equipped with bridal fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing photo stu­dio, beauty salon, cos­tume rooms and bridal venues. Two chapels, Glass and Crys­tal, and five halls cater for

any kind of wed­ding ar­range­ment, mak­ing Sher­a­ton Grande Tokyo Bay Ho­tel unique in the city. The sur­round­ing el­e­ments and am­bi­ence also make it highly popular for their Ocean and Gar­den re­sort-themed wed­dings.

A stay at Sher­a­ton Grande Tokyo Bay Ho­tel is never bor­ing, as there is plenty to do for the whole fam­ily here. OA­SIS fea­tures re­lax­ation, amuse­ment and sport fa­cil­i­ties. The spa area of­fers a re­lax­ation mas­sage and a Ja­panese bath and sauna, while the kid’s amuse­ment play­ground and kid’s photo stu­dio of­fers a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties to keep your lit­tle ones en­ter­tained. Sport fa­cil­i­ties in­clude an in­door pool and a gym to help main­tain your health and fit­ness dur­ing your trip. I truly en­joyed my stay here; the friendly staff and bril­liantly de­signed in­te­rior of the ho­tel suc­cess­fully cap­tured the serene essence of East­ern and Western el­e­ments, cre­at­ing a charm­ing, com­fort­able and con­ve­nient at­mos­phere through­out the ho­tel.

Sher­a­ton Grande Tokyo Bay Ho­tel

1-9 Mai­hama, Urayasu, Chiba 279-0031 – Ja­pan

Phone. +81 47 355 5555 http://www.sher­a­ton­toky­obay.co.jp/

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