I visited this place as a final stop on my trip across Japan and it was a perfect way to end it.
ANA Crowne Plaza Narita is located only a short distance away from the airport, so when I was ready to depart Tokyo, I took the Narita Express straight to the airport.
A regular shuttle bus takes you directly to the hotel, which is a great advantage, so you don’t have to worry about taxis or how to get to the hotel with your luggage. The bus ride is short, lasting around 15 minutes.
When I got in front of the hotel, I was really blown away by its size. It looks so massive, especially the vast, spacious lobby. It has a large staircase leading up to the second floor and a really big open space in the middle with sofas and places to relax.
The check-in procedure went quickly and smoothly. The staff explained to me everything I needed to know about the hotel and its services and also offered to book a dinner, which I gladly accepted.
I was then escorted to my room. In this case, it was a junior suite with a view of the Narita Airport. I loved that fact because, as I probably mentioned before, airplanes fascinate me. I love to observe them land and take off, and this provided the perfect platform to enjoy it from the comfort of my room.
On a side note, despite the hotel being located so close to the airport, you have nothing to worry about when it comes to the sound because it is perfectly isolated, and I was never disturbed during my stay there despite the constant flyovers.
The suite was really big. It had a large living room with two beds, a foyer, and a small area with a work desk. In addition to the bathroom, which was also quite large, there was a corridor room with a place to store luggage and a small table that is ideal if you want to dry your hair or do your makeup. The huge windows gave a perfect view of the surrounding area all the way to the airport. As I said, when I was there, I spent a lot of time here looking around.
You might not have known this, but the area around Narita is quite rural. There are lots of farms and even smaller forests, so it feels like you are in a resort hotel somewhere in the countryside.
After I got comfortable in the room, I made my way down to the lobby floor to the Restaurant Ceres where my dinner was booked. I was seated at a nice table next to the large glass walls and selected one of the options for dinner. The staff member suggested two main options; a local beef steak or grilled seafood.
Both came with a tempura plate, rice, pickles, miso soup, fruits, and a grilled turban shell. I opted for the beef stakes option and also got some grilled vegetables and mushrooms. All of it was really nice, especially the tempera plate.
All in all, it was a great dinner. Soon after finishing, I retired to my room to rest for the day. The next morning, I made my way to the same restaurant to have breakfast. It had turned into a breakfast buffet, as you would expect from such a high-class hotel. There were plenty of different food types to try, both Western and Japanese.
This included things such as hams, cheese, smoked salmon, rice, miso soup, omelets, and different kinds of pastries like donuts, danishes, croissants, as well as pancakes, waffles, French toast, etc. I had an excellent breakfast, and I was really satisfied with it.
Since it was still early morning, I decided to explore the hotel’s surrounding area. As I said before, the hotel is located in a rural area. There was a small river going past it and a forested hill behind it, with some agricultural lands that spanned into the distance and many small villages around.
I took a walk down the river and explored some of the surrounding fields and interesting forest paths. I also went to an interesting shrine located nearby. All in all, I had a good time here.
After exploring the immediate area around the hotel, I went back to prepare and pack up my things. I proceeded to the checkout, checked out at 11, but decided to leave my luggage in the hotel because I had to get some work done.
Additionally, I wanted to visit Narita since my flight was late in the evening, and I had plenty of time to do all of that. I sat on one of the comfortable sofas in the lobby and started working a little bit on my laptop. The Wi-Fi connection was perfect throughout the hotel so I had no issue with that.
One interesting thing about the hotel is that there was a convenience store located inside the hotel itself. It had all the things you would expect in a regular convenience store, but this one was special because it had plenty of souvenirs for you to get.
So, if you didn’t manage to find the time to buy some souvenirs during your trip, you could buy some of them here. I did so, and I also bought some snacks and coffee from the convenience store to enjoy while working.
Hotels have several great facilities that I, unfortunately, did not have the time to try, but they looked great, and I loved that I had the capability. On-site, there is a spa center, a wonderful pool, and a fitness center which offers running and cycle machines, weight machines, and free weights, as well as a sauna. As you know, I love having a gym since it helps me stay disciplined and do my workouts. No excuses to skip a workout when a hotel has a gym!
The pool is also a great addition, especially if you have plenty of time to relax; I often take the opportunity, but unfortunately, I did not have the time. The Mary Grace Spa is also quite nice, I hear, and it offers a range of beauty and therapy services in addition to a selection of massage services.
After my work was done, I decided to head to the AEON mall, one of the biggest malls in the area. Fortunately, there is a direct shuttle bus that goes there every hour, with a detailed schedule on the hotel’s website, so check it out. The bus was quick to arrive there, so I spent some time shopping around the mall, checking out all the interesting stores, and buying some last-minute souvenirs.
There are some interesting restaurants there, as well as a Starbucks, so I had my final meal in Japan there and made my way back to the hotel to grab my luggage and then to the airport.
I loved how convenient this hotel was; it was a great stop on the way to and from the airport. So if you are arriving by plane later in the day and want to spend a day or even two relaxing here before heading out to Tokyo, or if you want to have a relaxing last day or two in Japan, this hotel is a great option.
The last-minute rush was always incredibly stressful on my previous trips to Japan. I was always trying to get things done last minute and then rushing to the airport with the danger of missing a train connection or something going wrong. But this hotel just makes it super easy and convenient. By staying here the last night before the flight, you evade all those problems, plus you get to experience something new in Japan.
All in all, this is an excellent option if you’re looking for a stay near the airport. I had so many positive experiences here, and I highly recommend it; if you want to learn more, check out their website. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.