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Hotel Villa Fontaine Premier at Tokyo Haneda Japan HND Terminal 3

November 14, 2023
Osman Dadi
I love this hotel and stay frequently before or after long flights to/from Tokyo Haneda, Japan. The hotel is connected to Haneda T3. The Premier Rooms are exquisitely elegant, detailed and have tons of amenities, including full access to the Onsen. The bed is large and comfortable; the bathrooms are well equipped. The Throne lounge is an awesome bar with rare whiskies.
Location:
Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) Terminal 3, Tokyo, Japan
Dates:
May 2023
Managed By:
Hotel Villa Fontaine
Accessible To:
Everyone
Last Updated:
June 202
Website:
https://www.hvf.jp/eng/hanedaairport-premier/

This is a counterpart article to my post on the Villa Fontaine Tokyo Haneda Onsen and Spa. Even though the spa is independently accessible, it is part of the Villa Fontaine Hotel at Haneda Airport. The Hotel side of the business is split into two different parts: the Villa Fontaine Premier and the Villa Fontaine Grande.

Lobby of the Villa Fontaine Premier
Lobby of the Villa Fontaine Premier

The Premier is the higher-end, more “Premium” of the two hotel offerings. While the “Grande” is smaller and has fewer amenities and smaller rooms. The Onsen and Spa are on the top floor and can be accessed independently or if you are a hotel guest.

Both hotels and the spa are part of a more significant development, the Tokyo Haneda “Airport Garden” hybrid shopping concourse.

This is directly connected to Terminal 3, the International Terminal at Tokyo Haneda International Airport.

Makin my way to the Hotel Villa Fontaine Premier from Haneda Terminal 3
Making my way to the Hotel Villa Fontaine Premier from Haneda Terminal 3
The walkway wraps around to the shopping and spa concourse
The walkway wraps around to the shopping and spa concourse
Walking to the Villa Fontaine Premier
Walking to the Villa Fontaine Premier

The complex features many great restaurants and shops within a ten-minute walk from Terminal 3 and is connected to the terminal via an interior walkway. The vast facility is relatively new, having opened in January 2023.

The new Haneda Airport Garden is spectacular with some awesome shopping
The new Haneda Airport Garden is spectacular with some awesome shopping
Shopping in the Tokyo Haneda Garden complex
Shopping in the Tokyo Haneda Garden complex
Two levels of shopping in the Tokyo Haneda Garden complex
Two levels of shopping in the Tokyo Haneda Garden complex

Location and Access

The Hotel Villa Fontaine Premier is about a ten-minute walk from the airport.

Once you arrive there, you have several options. You can take the escalator directly to the Spa or head over to the Villa Fontaine Grand. During my visit, there was a Samurai Armor display, which was also on sale for sale 2m yen/$13,275.

The escalator on the ground floor leads you up to the first floor and lobby of both hotels
The escalator on the ground floor leads you up to the first floor and lobby of both hotels
The impressive, scary and expensive samurai armor on sale
The impressive, scary and expensive samurai armor on sale

If you carry on and turn the corner, you will then find yourself on course to the Hotel Villa Fontaine Premier.

Seating area on the Villa Fontaine Grande lobby side, with the Villa Fontaine Premier entry beyond
Seating area on the Villa Fontaine Grande lobby side, with the Villa Fontaine Premier entry beyond
The entrance to the Hotel Villa Fontaine Premier
The entrance to the Hotel Villa Fontaine Premier

Hotel Villa Fontaine Premier Booking & Check-In & Check-out

The first thing to note is that the Villa Fontaine Premier is substantially more expensive than the Villa Fontaine Grande. The cost for a room for one night, booked the week of, was 50,000 Yen ($279.88).

The Hotel Villa Fontaine Premier lobby area
The Hotel Villa Fontaine Premier lobby area

Booking was also pretty tricky since I found the English version of the Villa Fontaine website does not work well. In fact, even though I could see prices, I found it impossible to book. No matter what I tried and how many hoops I jumped through, The reservation cannot be moved beyond a certain point, and payment cannot be made on the English version.

Thankfully the premier has an actual check in desk

In the end, it was much easier to book on the Japanese site, and I booked a Superior Queen Room.

Check-In Process

Unlike the Grande, the Premier Hotel check-in is done at the actual front desk, like a normal hotel would. Overall, I much prefer this experience; it is less chaotic, there is far less traffic, and the human interaction was exquisite and professional.

A check-in desk is so much easier than the automated machines at the Grande

Check-Out Process

Like check-in at Hotel Villa Fontaine Premier, check-out is done at the front desk. I found the staff to be super helpful. Even after I checked out, I realized I had forgotten something in the room. The team made me a new key on the spot so I could go and retrieve what I had left.

The Hotel Villa Fontaine Premier Style & Character

The Hotel Villa Fontaine Premier is located in a section beyond the Grande and has its check-in area and its own set of elevators and facilities. However, there are some shared facilities between the hotels, like the Gym and access to the Onsen on level 6.

The lobby are with the Throne bar check in
The lobby are with the Throne bar check in

Also, Grande members can use some of the facilities. Such as the Throne Lounge and the Premium Restaurant. Since both are located on the Premier side of the hotel complex.

You can only access the elevators via a key card
You can only access the elevators via a key card

Although the Villa Fontaine Grande has more of a gold/tan theme, the Villa Fontaine Premier has a silver, black, and yellow theme. This color theme is in all the hotel areas and transfers throughout and into the rooms.

The elevators from the room floor
The elevators from the room floor

Hotel Villa Fontaine Premier Rooms

Both hotel brands offer a “Superior Queen Room.” However, that said, the Villa Fontaine  Premier comes with amenities in the room, whereas the Villa Fontaine Grande does not. Also, the Premier rooms are also substantially larger than those of the Grande.

Entry to room 1118
Entry to room 1118

Superior Queen Room

The room is absolutely stunning, and I like it much more than my room in the Villa Fontaine Grande.

The superior queen room was very tastefully decorated
The superior queen room was very tastefully decorated

I found the room much more spacious, and the bed was far more comfortable.

The room is spacious with amenities like a desk, large bed and couch
The room is spacious with amenities like a desk, large bed and couch

The room had leather finishes and great attention to detail.

Next to the very large TV three is a coffee making station
Next to the very large TV three is a coffee making station
I found the couch to be surprisingly comfortable for chilling out on
I found the couch to be surprisingly comfortable for chilling out on

Also, the Fridge is fully stocked with a selection of Suntory, water, soda, ginger ale, coke, and sake.

Fully stocked refrigerator
Fully stocked refrigerator

This is also one of the significant differences between both hotels.

The bed was super comfy and could easily turn me int Rip Van Winkle
There is ample surface use area between the bed and couch
There is ample surface use area between the bed and couch

The room also has Mochi, Green and Black tea, and Keurig coffee pods. These are absent in the Villa Fontaine Grande.

Water, tea, coffee and mochi provided with the room
Water, tea, coffee and mochi provided with the room
Mochi provided in the room
Mochi provided in the room
The Desk and TV area is great if you wan to catch up on some quick work tasks

Bathroom

I found the bathroom to be huge compared to the Grande, and it comes with a sink, walk-in shower, and bathtub.

The Hotel Villa Fontaine Premier Bathroom has huge comfy whirlpool bath
The Hotel Villa Fontaine Premier Bathroom has huge comfy whirlpool bath

This is the second most significant plus factor for the Hotel Villa Fontaine Premier, as between the larger room plus bed and bathroom, this is a better offering for those who like pampering.

The Granite sink top and basin just oozed class
The Granite sink top and basin just oozed class

The room also comes with some great amenities, which are much better than the Grande. When staying in the Grande, you must pick up amenities from the lobby at check-in.

In addition to the bathtub there is a huge walk in shower that was a joy to use
In addition to the bathtub there is a huge walk in shower that was a joy to use

The following amenities come in the Premier room:

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hairbrush
  • Ladies set
  • Shower cap
  • Body towel
  • Ear beds
  • Minuca skincare set
  • Mouthwash
  • Hair dryer
The bathroom comes well stocked with amenities unlike the Grande
The bathroom comes well stocked with amenities unlike the Grande

Hotel Villa Fontaine Premier Amenities

The Hotel Villa Fontaine Premier is bursting with amenities besides the stunning rooms. These include a drinks lounge and two different restaurants.

The Throne Lounge

I visited the Throne Bar & Lounge during both of my visits to the Grande, even though it is actually on the Hotel Villa Fontaine Premier side. I also visited this on my visit to the Villa Fontaine Premier, though only during the daytime.

I was surprised by the awesome The Throne bar and lounge

The lounge is accessible to guests of either hotel and to members of the public not staying here. The beautiful lounge has some stunning views west of the water and industrial areas of Yokohama.

The Throne bar is an awesome spot to have drink and relax after a long flight
The Throne bar is an awesome spot to have drink and relax after a long flight

The views were excellent, and I especially enjoyed this in the morning light, seeing the snowcapped and cloud-surrounded Mount Fuji in the distance in the daytime.

Although it was bar seating it was no less comfortable
Although it was bar seating it was no less comfortable

The lounge has an excellent and massive selection of Japanese whiskies. Some of these are quite rare and interesting selections, such as Ichiros MWR Chichibu from Saitama, which I’ll review someday.

The Throne bar has some very cool and rare Japanese whiskey on offer
The Throne lounge seating during the daytime
The Throne lounge seating during the daytime
The Throne lounge seating during the daytime
The Throne lounge seating during the daytime

Restaurant “Il Ristorante Tokyo”

The Hotel Villa Fontaine Premier has a separate restaurant next to The Throne Lounge. The eatery is called “Il Ristorante Tokyo”. When open, it has its own check-in desk at the front of the restaurant for reservations.

Entry to the Il Ristorante Tokyo
Entry to the Il Ristorante Tokyo
The outside of the “Il Ristorante Tokyo” with the menu on display
The outside of the “Il Ristorante Tokyo” with the menu on display

The restaurant has paired-facing seats and four-person seats. This is on the same side of the building as the Throne Lounge and thus has similar amazing views.

The interior of the “Il Ristorante Tokyo”
The interior of the “Il Ristorante Tokyo”

Overall, it felt like a very classy and intimate dining experience. However, I did not get to try it this time around. On a future visit, I’ll update my experience once I try this restaurant.

The “Il Ristorante Tokyo” was sadly not open during my short visit
The “Il Ristorante Tokyo” was sadly not open during my short visit

Hotel Villa Fontaine Premier Gym

On the 6th floor, you can find Two different gyms are located across from one another. Both gyms are in triangular-shaped rooms.

Time to hit the gym, and I was in luck they hotel has two
Time to hit the gym, and I was in luck they hotel has two

One contains treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, a yoga mat, and a grass workout area.

One Gym had some weight machines but no free weights.
One Gym had some weight machines but no free weights.

The other contains some weight machines. However, there are no heavy free weights available (the heaviest was 5 lbs), so I found the gym to be lacking what I needed for my workouts.

One room had lots of cardio machines like treadmill and elliptical trainers
One room had lots of cardio machines like treadmill and elliptical trainers

The gym is also stocked with towels and water bottles, which is excellent. I only got to use the gym one morning at the hotel.

Hotel Villa Fontaine Premier Onsen

The Villa Fontaine Onsen Spa can be accessed from either hotel from the sixth-floor connecting hallway using the dedicated elevator bank.

What better way to wrap up the day after a workout than hitting the Onsen
What better way to wrap up the day after a workout than hitting the Onsen

The rooftop Onsen Spa & Hot Springs bath is one of the main features of these hotels and is a  prime attraction with both interior and outdoor open-air natural hot springs baths, some with reasonable views of the runways and planes landing at the airport.

The elevator showing the gym and Onsen
The elevator showing the gym and Onsen

The spa is open from 1 PM through 10 AM the next morning every single day. Yes, you read that correctly; it’s open overnight! I’ve now visited this spa on a total of four different trips. By far, my favorite time is going early in the morning, between 3:30 am and 6 am, ideally timed with the sunrise! In the winter, when the air is clear, you can clearly see Mount Fuji and beyond Yokohama. The Onsen primarily looks out onto the industrial area to the west, which is a fascinating and very “Japan” view.

The Onsen includes security lockers to stow away your valuables, and a restaurant
The Onsen includes security lockers to stow away your valuables, and a restaurant

Inside, you’ll find a suite of spa facilities, including individual cleaning stations, massage baths, a cold bath, two hot indoor mineral baths, and three outdoor mineral baths at different temperatures. There’s also a fantastic sauna that was filled with some lavender herbs and was very refreshing to breathe and experience.

The Onsen at the Villa Fontaine Tokyo Haneda
The Onsen at the Villa Fontaine Tokyo Haneda
The Onsen at the Villa Fontaine Tokyo Haneda
The Onsen at the Villa Fontaine Tokyo Haneda
The sauna at the Villa Fontaine Onsen
The sauna at the Villa Fontaine Onsen

Final Thoughts

I love this hotel and stay at it frequently, and more often than not, it ends up a part of my travel itinerary on visits to Tokyo, Japan. It is the perfect spot before and after long flights from North America and across the world. If I had to nail down a timeframe, I would say it is ideal for early-morning flights or mid-afternoon arrivals.

I really like the Premier Rooms, which are exquisitely elegant and detailed and have tons of amenities and perks included. Not to mention, I appreciate the free access to the Onsen and Spa. I also found the bathrooms are significantly better than those of the Grande, and the bed is larger, and the bedding is more comfortable.

Budgeting allowing, I would always choose the Premier over the Grande. Since While I have some complaints about the Grande, I have none about the Hotel Villa Fontaine Premier.

The icing on the cake is the Haneda Airport Garden shopping concourse also has fantastic restaurants and shops with all kinds of cool goods available for purchase. Will I be here again? Definitely!

Pros

  • Easy check-in and check-out process with the front desk.
  • Beautiful rooms that were immaculately clean.
  • I love the color schemes inside these rooms and the luxurious finishes.
  • Extremely comfortable bed and sleeping setup.
  • Massive bathrooms are well stocked with amenities and features.
  • I liked the walk-in shower as well as the large tub for baths.
  • Extremely comfortable beds and sleeping arrangements.
  • Wi-Fi was stable and great for working.
  • Access to the Tokyo Haneda Spa and Onsen is included.
  • The Hotel Restaurant was excellent, with delicious offerings.
  • I also loved The Throne Lounge and Bar, trying some whiskies here.

Cons

  • This hotel is substantially more expensive than the Villa Fontaine Grande.
  • The hotel’s English reservation website wasn’t working during my bookings in early 2023.

Verdict: 10/10