Hotel Review: InterContinental Yokohama Grand

Late last year, I finally got to visit Japan for the very first time thanks to the company I work for. It was my first out-of-the-country business trip, so imagine my delight when I found out that I was going to be housed in one of my favorite hotel chains: the InterContinental Hotels Group. Nearly 40 kilometers away from Tokyo, Yokohama was my base for the trip, as that’s the city where the Japan office is situated. 

Location

Although it is a 40-minute train ride from Tokyo, InterContinental Yokohama Grand’s location is a fantastic area to stay in – where peaceful weekends & busy weekdays await – though the latter is nothing compared to other corporate hubs. The hotel is situated away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo’s crowded Shibuya crossing and the chaotic scene of the CBD, but it still is a stone’s throw away from the Japanese capital, making it one of the best options for your trip to Yokohama and/or Tokyo. 
One of the best things about the location of the hotel is its proximity to places to see, eat & dine. Just a pedestrian bridgeway from InterContinental Yokohama Grand is Queen’s Square Mall, a commercial center with a ton of shops & restaurants to enjoy – not only that, beside Queen’s Square Mall are several other malls within walking distance that’ll leave you with a ton of things to do & see.   
There’s also a themepark right across the hotel called Yokohama Cosmo World if you’re up for some rides!
Right under Queens Square Mall is Minatomirai Station, where you can take the metro all the way to Tokyo or to Yokohama’s Chinatown & pretty much anywhere else you’d want to visit that are within the prefecture and maybe even beyond. So if I haven’t sold it enough yet, InterContinental Yokohama Grand definitely wins for its location!

The Hotel

Of course, this wouldn’t be a hotel review if I didn’t go into the hotel details itself, beyond the benefits of its location. This beautifully-architectured hotel stands out in the Yokohama skyline. 
When you enter its premises, the interiors are not a letdown of its facade, with the grandeur of the IHG brand resonating through the hotel walls.   
The process to check-in is a breeze too, specially for IHG members, who have an express line for checking-in & checking-out, as depicted below. 

Accommodation

Now onto the room that, still true to its brand, offers everything a guest would need would need from its immaculately clean bathroom, complete with necessary toiletries, to its more than comfortable accommodation. I’ll let the photos do the talking. 
And of course, one of the best things this hotel has to offer is the incredible panoramic view from not only from the common areas, but from guest rooms too. 

Facilities & Amenities

Dining

The Marine Blue Lounge & Bar, which is right beside the check-in area, is a great place to kick back & relax after that long flight or a day at work, with a wide array of cocktail selections, and a great view overlooking the bay. 
Fancy a buffet? Then Ocean Terrace awaits, though I didn’t get to try it during this trip, IHG buffets never fail to impress. 

Souvenir Gift Shop & Boutique

Not only a gift shop offering local souvenirs & in-house toiletries, iMarina also has a wide selection of gourmet pastries that you can grab on the way out. You can never go wrong with bringing home food, especially freshly-baked goods, from a trip abroad – as long as it’s properly packed, of course!
There’s also a clothing boutique right across the souvenir shop with a quite a selection, although the mall nearby has a lot more options, it’s great to have one within the hotel premises if a fashion emergency calls for it.

Fitness Center

The fitness center has a separate weights and cardio section, as well as an indoor pool, though I didn’t get to try the latter as it has strict operational hours, whereas the weights & cardio areas are open 24/7. A studio is also free to use anytime if you’re longing to do some floor stretches or DIY yoga. 

Spa

The spa is interconnected with the Fitness Center, which has a long list of massages to choose from – none of which I tried, but the in-house sauna didn’t fail to impress, as well as the lounge, where you could freshen up before check-in or after check-out. 


Overall

As I’ve said it earlier, let me still say it again – whether you’re longing to enjoy the laid-back Yokohama vibe or the busy dynamic environment Tokyo has to offer, then you won’t go wrong with staying in InterContinental Yokohama Grand, which will leave you with an enjoyable luxurious & relaxing stay.