The Best Hotels to Book in Ebisu, Tokyo

For a great hotel in Tokyo with the citys finest food and drink on your doorstep, try Ebisu
For a great hotel in Tokyo with the city's finest food and drink on your doorstep, try Ebisu | © nobleIMAGES / Alamy Stock Photo
Laura Hampson

Dine on mouthwatering ramen, gaze at masterpieces in the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum and shop at Yebisu Garden Place while staying in the upscale Ebisu district.

Built around the site of an old brewery, just south of the organised chaos that is Shibuya, laid-back Ebisu brims with cosy izakaya pubs, kushiage specialists and legendary tachinomiya standing bars. For a visit to remember, stay in one of these top hotels in Tokyo’s Ebisu district, bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Hotel Gajoen Tokyo


Vast lobby under glass roof at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo, with indoor garden, dining area and long blue staircase
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Part-art museum, part-hotel, Gajoen offers some of the finest omotenashi hospitality in Tokyo. Here, the walls are plastered with traditional Japanese art that greets you at the entrance. After following the maze of artworks across a small indoor river and tranquil gardens, the rooms offer an antidote to this extravagant decor – the neutral palettes are a nod to Japanese ryokans.

2. Shibuya Stream Excel Hotel Tokyu


Two adjacent double beds in a room with a sofa, TV, table and city views at Shibuya Stream Excel Hotel Tokyu
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As its name suggests, Shibuya Stream Excel Hotel Tokyu sits in the very heart of the Shibuya district – the station is just next door, and the famed Shibuya Crossing is just around the corner. Despite the bustling streets just outside the door, the hotel is a calming oasis – rooms even come with a Japanese green tea set. Peckish? Dinner is best enjoyed at the in-house restaurant with its curated menu from Michelin-trained chef, Nobuto Nagatsuma.

3. Prince Smart Inn Ebisu


Communal space at Prince Smart Inn Ebisu with two sofas, two soft chairs, a long table with several chairs and two tables with a few chairs
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Prince Smart Inn Ebisu is a smart Tokyo hotel where you can use the contactless checkin and checkout if you please, and room keys can be added to your smartphone. Smart mirrors can be found in the deluxe twin rooms, and there’s a free breakfast for hotel guests, too. Be sure to keep an eye out for one of the combined service robots that patrol the lobby while cleaning.

4. Tokyu Stay Shibuya Shin-minamiguchi


Double bed in room with TV, air conditioning, desk, lamp and chair at Tokyu Stay Shibuya Shin-minamiguchi
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Ideal for the no-frills traveller, a stay at Tokyu Stay Shibuya Shin-minamiguchi is perfectly placed for exploring the Shibuya area. The busy station is a short stroll away, and it’s close to all the area’s exciting eateries. Most rooms come with microwaves as well as washing machines and dryers. Some also include kitchenettes with induction cookers for those opting for an extended stay.

5. Shibuya Granbell Hotel

Boutique Hotel

Double bed in room with desk, chair and artwork depicting the Tokyo skyline at Shibuya Granbell Hotel
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For a boutique, design-led gem on a budget, it has to be Shibuya Granbell Hotel. Pop-art influences are immediately apparent in the rooms, which range from cosy suites with deep-soak tubs to sprawling two-storey abodes, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows and an in-room spiral staircase. Its maisonette roof-terrace suite even comes with its own hot tub to add that extra dose of luxury to your stay.

6. Ebisuholic Hotel


Two adjoining single beds in room with cushioned chair and small table plus city views at Ebisuholic Hotel
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Welcome to a very modern tower that’s home to a very modern hotel. Each of the Ebisuholic Hotel’s 36 guest rooms is kitted out with trendy boutique design, a flat-screen TV and a spacious bathroom. Many rooms have leafy timber balconies that look out over Ebisu. Start your day with the continental breakfast in the industrial-chic lobby. It’s only a five-minute walk to Ebisu Station to explore the city.

7. do-c Ebisu

Hotel, Capsule Hotel

Corridor between several capsule rooms at do-c Ebisu
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As you wander the corridors of the do-c Ebisu, it might look like any other capsule hotel in Tokyo. However, when you see the Finnish-style Löyly sauna service, you realise this is a unique place to stay. Check into the ℃ sauna, slip into a comfortable bathrobe and get sweating in the cutting-edge sauna facilities. Once you’re nice and relaxed, tuck yourself into one of the great-value sleep pods for a good night’s rest.

8. Mustard Hotel Shibuya


Double bed in room with towels, bedside table and sink at Mustard Hotel
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Sitting halfway between Ebisu Station and the Shibuya Crossing, this fashionable Tokyo hotel delivers sophisticated minimalist design minus the hefty price tag. Mustard Hotel Shibuya is made up of 106 bright-white twin, double, family and multi-share rooms. Enjoy the sun on the rooftop terrace or head down to the ultra-modern common area, where you can enjoy free tea and coffee. The Megan Bar and Pâtisserie serves breakfast and house-made treats in the morning and drinks at night.

9. Waves Nakameguro


Double bed, cushioned chair, lamp and small table in carpeted white room at Waves Nakameguro
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About 1km (0.6mi) west of Ebisu Station, this charming hotel in the Nakameguro neighbourhood is another masterpiece of Japanese design. Waves offers a range of Western-style rooms containing a bed, couch and desk, or a selection of Japanese suites featuring a tatami and a futon, plus traditional coffee tables and irori heaters. The rooms are cosy, and there’s a warm, welcoming communal lounge to hang out in, too.

This is an updated version of an article originally by Tom Smith.

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