Best Western International has unveiled its first ever property in the thriving Japanese port city of Yokohama.
Coming just weeks after the launch of the Best Western’s second hotel in neighboring Tokyo, the new BEST WESTERN Yokohama marks the company’s continued expansion in the Greater Tokyo area, which is home to more than 35 million people.
“We are delighted to launch our first hotel in Yokohama – one of the world’s most dynamic port cities,” said Glenn de Souza, Best Western’s Vice President of International Operations for Asia and the Middle East.
“Yokohama has always been Japan’s gateway to the world, and has a rich history as an important Asian city for trade and commerce. Its proximity to Tokyo and excellent transport links make it extremely accessible, while attractions like the Yokohama Marine Tower, Yokohama Stadium and Chinatown make the city an excellent destination in its own right,” Mr. de Souza added.
Located in the Tsurumi ward of Yokohama, close to the bay area and easily accessible from the JR Yokohama and JR Shinagawa stations, BEST WESTERN Yokohama is ideally positioned for business travelers.
The hotel’s 185 rooms include single, double, twin and triple options, and all come equipped with international amenities including flat-screen TVs with satellite channels and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Yokohama is also becoming one of Japan’s foremost conference and event destinations, and has hosted several major international conferences and events in recent years. These included the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum meetings in 2010, and this year Yokohama played host to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. BEST WESTERN Yokohama also caters to this market with a 100m² meeting room capable of hosting events of up to 60 delegates.
As Japan’s gateway city, Yokohama is also home to the country’s main international cruise terminal, which brings thousands of visitors to the city each year.
BEST WESTERN Yokohama becomes the 17th Best Western hotel in Japan, which combine to offer more than 2,800 rooms across the country.