Not long after Walt Disney opened Disneyland in 1955, the orange groves which surrounded the theme park quickly filled in with motor hotels owned by keen entrepreneurs hoping to make a buck off of Southern California’s hottest new attraction. Today, the park is boxed in on all sides by restaurants and hotels servicing a huge tourism market which comes to enjoy the Anaheim resort.
By comparison, while Tokyo Disney Resort has a number of Partner and Good Neighbour hotels, not all of them are in close walking distance to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. And with the Disney-owned hotels on-resort costing a fair amount of money for a one-night stay, there is a market for less expensive accommodations catering to families who want a clean, quiet place to sleep at night before strolling off to the parks in the morning.
One of the closest hotels to the parks not inside the Resort Line perimeter is Hotel Mystays Maihama. Located just one block east of the Maihama Ampitheatre, it is within easy walking distance to Tokyo Disney Resort and offers a value-priced option for families looking to stretch their dollar.
Hotel Mystays Maihama is a 90-room, multi-story hotel located just one block east of Tokyo Disney Resort. While it is within walking distance to the parks, the hotel also offers a free shuttle bus service to the parks via a drop-off point at JR Rail’s Maihama train station.
There are four room types in the hotel:
- the Standard Twin – with two semi-double beds
- the Superior Triple – with three single beds (this is the style of room we stayed in for this review)
- the Deluxe Triple – with two double beds and one daybed
- the Accessible Twin – designed for guests with wheelchair needs, it features two twin beds and a sofa bed.
The Standard Twin, Superior Triple and Deluxe Triple are all available as either smoking or non-smoking rooms, while the Accessible Twin is only available as a smoking room.
The Hotel Mystays Maihama is very similar to many Japanese “business hotels” we’ve stayed in before. After getting off the elevator on your floor, you’ll notice that all the rooms open out not in to an interior hallway, but rather in to an open-air terrace.
While the rooms are a bit compact, the superior triple did have a bit of space and would easily accommodate a family of three or four. There is a bit of wall-to-wall furniture in the space, but we honestly believe with a hotel this close to the resorts, your main purpose for staying here will be to have a place to leave your bags, sleep, and get showered in the morning.
One thing North American visitors should note is that the beds at Hotel Mystays Maihama are quite firm – as is the norm with Japanese business-style hotels. This is a local preference (and ours, frankly), so we didn’t find the mattresses uncomfortable (however we could appreciate if some Canadian or American guests may not feel the same way).
We found the room spotless, and overall the public spaces and lobby of the hotel well-kept. (That said, the carpet in the elevator might need a replacement sooner or later – but that’s a minor detail.)
Other amenities in the room include:
- Free WiFi and wired internet
- Memory foam pillows
- LCD televisions with local Japanese TV channels and the Disney-owned DLife satellite channel
- Video-on-demand service (an extra ¥1,000 to activate, and features only Japanese-language content)
- Air conditioner, humidifier + air purifier
- In-room safe
- Electric kettle
- Foot massage machine (which gave some nice relief after a day walking around the resort!)
Like with most Japanese business hotels, you don’t need to worry about bringing toiletries. Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, shaving cream, hair brushes, combs, cotton swabs, and pretty much anything else you think you might need is available free of charge for your convenience.
While there is no restaurant on site, a buffet-style breakfast is available for guests daily. The breakfast is an extra charge on top of your room charge, but you can sometimes find packaged with your room rate on websites like Expedia.
The area around the Hotel Mystays Maihama is a little on the industrial side, and as a result there are no restaurants in close walking distance, although there is a FamilyMart convenience store two blocks north-east of the hotel (and, of course, all the food options at Tokyo Disney Resort just a block away).
Close to the Magic
While the Disney-owned hotels are built as opulent spectacles you can stay in, Hotel Mystays Maihama provides a comfortable, practical place to rest while still being close to Tokyo Disney Resort.
We had an excellent experience at Hotel Mystays Maihama, and wouldn’t hesitate stay here again. It is most definitely a clean, practical, and affordable alternative to the Disney, Partner, and Good Neighbour hotels!
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