New Otani hotel - Akasaka Mitsuke.
Note: had a nice view toward its splendid japanese garden and also Shinjuku's Skyscrapers, yet too big, too impersonal, great discount thru Expedia.com…
Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu.
Note: nice rooms, modern, very close to subway station, friendly staff, great restaurant/bar, no view…
Nishiyama Kyoto Hotel
Note: Ryokan type, great quality for the price (Ryokans are very expensive), “Room WITH Breakfast” is a must, nice onsen and little Japanese garden, internet access and friendly service, good location (close to everything interesting in Kyoto).