I think most Service Members are familiar with the standard four Armed Forces Recreation Centers (AFRC for short). They are all great deals for a resort hotel in very expensive areas. The four traditional hotels are:
– Edelweiss in the German Alps
– Shades of Green at Disneyworld
– Dragon Hill in Yongsan Garrison Seoul
– Hale Koa in Waikiki, Hawaii
I have stayed in all of these with my family except the Shades of Green. They are all great and you stay there at a rate based upon your rank making it affordable for even the lowest enlisted. The good news is that there is now a fifth site in Tokyo, Japan. While I haven’t been there, I would hope to give it a try. Here is their web page, which you will not discover from the main AFRC page, so I think most will not have discovered this hidden gem yet. Called the New Sanno, here is a great blurb from their website describing the property:
Want an American-style MWR oasis in downtown Tokyo at a reasonable price? You have only one choice. The New Sanno Hotel, situated in the heart of the world’s most expensive city, offers 149 luxurious rooms. Available to I.D. card holders and their guests, The New Sanno offers a variety of accommodations and restaurants in a helpful, English-speaking environment.
Here is a table of their rates:
Reading the description, I really want to try the Japanese Suite! I have no plans to get there any time soon, but if anyone else does, please let us know what you think of the property. The rates shown are probably a third of what you would need to pay if you stayed on the economy and I doubt you need to worry about currecy fluctuations. If anyone has stayed here, please give us a review.