National | HOTEL SPECIAL 2014

Haneda sees nation's first transit hotel

If Japan is famous for its omotenashi (hospitality) around the world, a new service to further strengthen the message is now available at Tokyo’s Haneda airport, a gateway to Japan. Royal Park Hotel The Haneda, Tokyo opened this September to provide an option for passengers on layovers.

To accommodate and better serve the increasing number of international flights, the hotel — the first transit hotel in Japan — offers a variety of rooms, services and amenities to welcome customers and provide them with a more comfortable travel experience.

Specializing in comfort and elegance, the hotel offers transit passengers or anyone else using the airport comfortable accommodations; a variety of food is available at the restaurant and bar that is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner; meeting rooms; a business area complete with computers and printers; and refresh rooms, which offer shower facilities and a quiet space in which to relax.

Offering a variety of options, the hotel has 313 rooms in total, and each room has been designed to meet the needs of both business and leisure travelers. In addition to amenities and service items to satisfy any customers demands, the rooms are equipped with mattresses by Serta — the top supplier to U.S. hotels — to help travelers freshen up.

An overnight stay without breakfast is offered from ¥10,500 including tax and a service charge.

The hotel, in collaboration with various artists, including both professionals and students, has selected art works from among those submitted by 305 artists to display in each room so the hotel can serve as a venue for artists to make their art known to the public. On the fourth floor, 18 selected works are displayed as well.

The biggest feature as a transit hotel, is the smaller “transit” section, located within the airport’s inner-terminal zone for the passenger who has just landed after a long fight and will transit at Haneda. The hotel’s “Transit Area” offers 17 guest rooms, eight refresh rooms with showers and a lounge.

It has a separate entrance and lounge, and without crossing into the hotel’s outer-terminal area, or even having to clear passport control, passengers can directly access the facilities after embarkation procedures.

For travelers seeking only a place to rest until their next flight, or after their long flight, the general area offers six refresh rooms, each with a sofa, television and shower, intended for short-stay use at ¥2,000, and ¥3,000 for the rooms in the transit area. There is no need to reserve in advance.

The hotel’s restaurant and bar “Tailwind” is open from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. to welcome anyone in any occasion with its various dishes. In the morning, from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., a healthy breakfast both Western and Japanese style buffet is available for ¥2,500 per person to give travelers a jump start to their days.

The number of international passengers is expected to increase as Haneda expands the number of slots for international flights, therefore the hotel would play a significant role in the future.

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