A Captivating Stay at Tokyo Bay
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/