I had one more night of layover in Tokyo before my flight back to Singapore onboard China Eastern. While deciding between which area to stay while in Tokyo, I made a different choice by opting for a night in Yokohama instead. The decision to stay in Yokohama was easy as my flight arrives at Tokyo Haneda and departs from the same airport. It takes the same time to get to the city centre in Tokyo from Haneda Airport, as to Yokohama. I was also able to get a nice rate of ¥17,700 (~$160) for the one night stay.
There was the Haneda Airport Limousine Bus that runs regularly to the Yokohama Railway Station (YCAT) and it costs only ¥800 (~$7) which makes it convenient. The Sheraton is located just opposite the main Yokohama Railway Station which was an easy 5 minutes walk. Its location definitely makes it a winner as the main shopping centres are all around with restaurants and amenities all around.
Arriving at night, there was surprisingly other guests checking in too though as I waited behind another guest, another staff member came out from the office to check me in. While I had attained another year of SPG Platinum Status, there was no mention of an upgrade. I asked for a possibility to be upgraded to a suite but they mentioned the hotel was pretty full and even the Club Rooms were occupied. She did mention I would be able to access the Club Lounge and I could even have breakfast in the buffet Compass Restaurant on the second floor.
Room No: 2110 Category: Luxury Twin Room
Even though it was not a suite upgrade, I did receive a nicer room with 2 twin beds on a higher floor. For a one night stay I really was satisfied here. The room was designed in a classic style and spacious compared to the local Japanese chain hotels. Along the wall, there was a minibar cabinet with a water pot to boil water. This amenity is common in East Asian hotels for guests to make tea. There is a luggage bench beside the minibar, and a long table which functions as a work desk and TV console.
There was 2 twin beds in the bedroom and an armchair by the window. Do not expect each bed to fit for 2 people though they are definitely comfortable enough for one. As for the beds themselves, I found them a bit soft as I tend to prefer firmer mattresses.
Unlike my past stay in this hotel, the bathroom in the Twin Rooms feature the shower in the bathtub, which means it has a smaller footprint. In terms of size, the bathroom is similar to Japanese lodging standards, and that means small. At least it still features the Japanese toilet.
Being configured for 2 occupants, the hotel was generous in providing 2 sets of the Sheraton-branded amenities but they are so plain that I do not even use them at all.
Like the club lounge, the room I was assigned has a very nice view overlooking the railway station and the Yokohama Bay. The bay bridge is also visible from the room as it is only a few floors below the lounge.
As I arrived late, I did not partake in the happy hour at the club lounge where they do serve snacks and small plates. I did drop by the lounge after breakfast and there was some madeleines and muffins for guests.
There is also an espresso machine along with a selection of tea bags, aside from the bar fridge that stocks the usual soft drinks and sparkling water.
Access to the lounge is pretty nice especially if guests do not get a room with a view as the view from the Club Lounge is one of the best of Yokohama in my opinion.
Breakfast in the morning was taken in the second floor restaurant and unlike my past stay, the hotel seems to have improved the buffet selection as it now includes a great selection of western dishes like bacon, sausages and eggs along with a Japanese variety of condiments to go along with rice or congee.
They have really improved the breakfast offering in the restaurant and I would even pay for the breakfast here if I did not get it free as a Platinum member, as I had a full meal that is more like brunch since they had sweet options like pancakes, waffles and French toast!
Asking for a late check-out in the hotel was easy since SPG Gold and Platinum members get a guaranteed 4pm late check-out. That meant I was able to re-visit the Chinatown in Yokohama which is a must when in the city to just munch on snacks. And for the return trip to Haneda Airport, the limousine bus departs directly from the lobby, making the one night layover a seamless experience. Travellers who gets a one night layover in Haneda might want to consider Yokohama instead of Tokyo as it is an easier city to navigate around in and offers some interesting places to explore as well! And I would definitely recommend staying in the Sheraton Yokoham.