Update on my trip, I had to go to Tokyo with about 24 hrs notice last week, so I got on Expedia, got a really decently priced ticket on JAL considering the notice (actually I don't think it cost any more than it normally does) and then I got a hotel through Expedia - the Hotel New Otani. I really enjoyed it, so I am gonna recommend it if people are looking at that price bracket. I think the rate was $175 a day (and still is), but considering the two person allowance and then the value of the yen lately, and the booking 24 hrs before (with no cancellation fees) I thought it to be a good deal. If you can read Japanese and get on some discount travel sites, the New Otani is even cheaper - the base room is like 7500Y/night. Full-fare if you walked in off the street would be like $450-$1000/night, so it's not a shitty place. Overall, nice 1970's/1980's throwback vibe in some parts of the hotel, room was very nicely sized (45 square meters, I think, divided into bedroom and a dressing/bathroom areas) and not cramped like I'm used to in Tokyo, bed was a King and way wider than it was long, service was impeccable, didn't carry a thing when I was at the hotel, called the front for a number of errands during my stay- they brought me a pack of cigarettes at 4am and had me pay in cash, regular stand price of like 410Y, I think they had to open up one of their gift shops or run to a convenience store. Location-wise, like the ANA Intercontinental, it's around Akasaka though not really convenient to any subway lines unless you like walking 20 minutes to get on the Ginza line, but I didn't really need to go out all day, and I don't like riding the subway anyway. It's adjacent to the Imperial Palace, so Ginza/Nihonbashi is on the other side of that, and then it's triangular and close to Shinjuku and then Minato/Shibuya. I just came out everyday and got into a taxi in the front, and fares to Shinjuku were 1200Y'ish, to Omotesando about 1200, to Ebisu it got up to about 2000, 2500Y after late night. The first night I met up with kiya and a friend to drink in Roppongi and we took a cab back and it was 1590Y when he dropped me off at the hotel, after the midnight meter increase, so location was very reasonable to my interests. Went to Shinjuku twice, Ebisu twice, Roppongi Hills once, Omotesando once, Midtown once, that was all I neeeded to go to during this trip. Restaurants and amenities inside the hotel were good, very old-guard Japan 1980's money - they had two branches of Kyubei sushi in the building, La Tour D'Argent, a rotating 360' roof bar, Pierre Herme and the locally famous Satsuki patisserie - they aren't the absolute hottest places nowadays but they're no slouch. People were pulling up in Ferraris and Astons in the front parking lot everyday just to go to lunch. Kyubei was on the room service menu as well, 9 pcs for 3800Y til 10pm or something. The in-house cocktail bar was really cheesy and 1974 - because it hadn't been changed since it opened in 1974, and I like that kinda shit, so it was really enjoyable. Really well made drinks and they had everything. One night I think we had about 10-12 good drinks (cocktails, champagne, whisky doubles, etc) between the two of us and the bill was 17,500Y, which is not bad at all considering the 10% svc charge included. Anyway, I really enjoyed the Hotel New Otani, and recommend it. I gotta go back to Tokyo in a couple months and I will try staying at a new hotel, probably the Mandarin Oriental, will report on that.