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Hotel New Grand, Yokohama

The old traditional style architecture still looks great.
The old traditional style architecture still looks great.

On my recent trip to Yokohama, we stayed at the New Grand Hotel, opposite Yamashita Koen. We picked the spot to stay for 2 nights before moving over to the Minato Mirai area hotel, because it was near the park, right on the old Port of Yokohama and contained a lot of history.

Of the many famous people to stay at the hotel, General Douglas MacArthur and the Emperor of Japan are amongst the most well known, although they did not stay there at the same time. Charlie Chaplain and Babe Ruth were also reported to have stayed in the hotel.

Staircase leading up to the main entry in the hotel.
Staircase leading up to the main entry in the hotel.
Hotel New Grand celebrating the 150 years since Yokohama Ports opening to the West.
Hotel New Grand celebrating the 150 years since Yokohama Ports opening to the West.
The new Tower that was built alongside the old hotel stands out now. The views from the top floors are quite good of the Port.
The new Tower that was built alongside the old hotel stands out now. The views from the top floors are quite good of the Port.
A display showing some of the old photos, china and typewriter that was previously used in the hotel.
A display showing some of the old photos, china and typewriter that was previously used in the hotel.
From the photos you can see some of the famous people who have made a visit to the hotel.
From the photos you can see some of the famous people who have made a visit to the hotel.
The uniforms here look very different to modern day.
The uniforms here look very different to modern day.
Some old photos showing the architecture of the hotel.
Some old photos showing the architecture of the hotel.

You can see more of the history of this great landmark in Yokohama at their official website.

Overall the stay was quite nice. The service was good, although the hotel was a bit smoky. Its location is right next door to ChinaTown.

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13 comments

Amazing People Club January 21, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Old and new – great contrast – well done

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shibuya246 January 21, 2010 at 10:49 pm

They have just reopened the Port Tower after refurbishments. Didnt get chance to go up this time. Next time ^^.

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shibuya246 January 22, 2010 at 12:05 am

nice artwork with clock as well

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Shockerz January 22, 2010 at 12:24 am

I heard that a lots of foreigners like to stay there. Is it true?

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shibuya246 January 22, 2010 at 12:30 am

I didnt see lots when I was there, but I heard it is really popular for weddings.

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whipcracker January 22, 2010 at 3:18 am

RT @tweetmeme Hotel New Grand, Yokohama, Japan Travel | Shibuya246 http://bit.ly/6iddVO A grand hotel steeped in history. If only the photos could talk, what stories they could tell. 🙂 Looks like you and your family had a really great time while you were together. They’ll probably have some great things to tell their friends when they got back home. I posted a link on where to get the typeitin program, also uploaded a pic for the Texas burger being sold in Japan, hope you get a chance to see it.

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shibuya246 January 22, 2010 at 11:36 am

Thanks. Saw the picture. looks good. I am still checking on the typeitin program. Will try to get fixed.

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salvidali January 22, 2010 at 5:55 am

Saw Babe Ruth on the Celebrity page photo – snowing today in the kingdom . . .
[img]http://shibuya246.com/wp-content/upload/IMG_0186r.jpg[/img]

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shibuya246 January 22, 2010 at 11:35 am

nice picture. Really like that snow. I have to think about heading to snow country for some pictures myself. Kyoto in the snow would be grand. 🙂

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Neksus January 22, 2010 at 10:30 am

Checked the prices. I thought they’d be a bomb coming with a nuclear bunker on a side.
But it’s just about as any good hotel. Plus view 🙂 and some history.

Great place!

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shibuya246 January 22, 2010 at 11:37 am

yes, not to bad on prices. We paid about $240 per night per room.

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HELLOSHEENA January 23, 2010 at 5:01 pm

If you ever go to Taiwan stay at the Grand Hi Lai Hotel. They have a Hello Kitty room there. 😀

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tokyoso January 24, 2010 at 3:30 am

what happened to EVA from Taiwan? thought they used to have hello kitty logos

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