For the last night on my Winter 2023 trip to Japan and Thailand, I made a stop at the Aloft Tokyo Ginza.
After my previous two nights in the throes of luxury at the Shangri-La Tokyo, I knew that I had to taper my expectations coming into this stay.
I’d stayed at a handful of Aloft properties on my previous travels, and had a pretty good idea of what to expect. It turned out to be an entirely pleasant stay, which even came with a few surprises.
Aloft Tokyo Ginza – Booking
I booked the Aloft Tokyo Ginza at an industry rate.
The main deciding factor for choosing this property was the location, as it’s a mere 20 minutes by train to Toyosu, where there was an exhibit I wanted to check out. Being short on time, it was a no-brainer for me to choose a hotel where I’d have quick and easy access to the final attraction on my trip, without breaking the bank.
When redeeming points, a night at the Aloft Tokyo Ginza will typically set you back 44,000–54,000 Marriott Bonvoy points, though it also goes for as low as 33,000 points on select dates.
Cash rates generally run in the range of ¥33,000–70,000 ($230–480 USD, $305–650 CAD).
Based on our valuation of Marriott Bonvoy points at 0.6 cents per point (USD) / 0.8 cents per point (CAD), you can get a decent return on your points if you plan to travel during peak periods when the cash rate is high.
Otherwise, consider booking with cash, or redeeming a Free Night Award. The Aloft Tokyo Ginza is a reasonable candidate for using a Free Night Award, since hotels in Tokyo can be otherwise quite expensive.
Aloft Tokyo Ginza – Location
The Aloft Tokyo Ginza is ideally situated in the bustling centre of Ginza, one of the more desirable districts of Tokyo. It’s known as one of the city’s most upscale neighbourhoods, filled with luxury shopping and high-end restaurants.
The hotel is in a prime location for exploring Ginza and its environs, and is mere blocks away from the MUJI and…