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All reviews rice balls free breakfast metro station hanzomon line hotel is located miso soup turn left inari sushi two double beds keisei skyliner mini fridge restaurants in the area family mart nice hotel japanese style teien supermarket
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Reviewed 23 March 2018

Disclosure: I like returning to a nice hotel at the end of a long day of sightseeing, and despite a rave recommendation from a friend who preferred this hotel to higher-end brands, my skepticism made me book a backup hotel just in case my experience here turned out to be less than stellar.

Turns out, my mind was blown by the efficiency, cleanliness and value of this hotel. I extended my stay by a full week.

1. LOCATION - you can do this with rolling baggage but not by yourself in a wheelchair. From Narita, take the Keisei Skyliner ticket + 72 hour Tokyo Subway pass combination to save $, from the Keisei counter in Terminal 1 or 2 (follow signs). Take the Skyliner to the last stop (Ueno) and walk quite a bit underground, following signs to the E train (station E09 - Ueno-okachimachi) and take it to station E14 - Kiyosumi-shirakawa. Look for Exit B1 (there are narrow escalators going up, fitting the width of 1 person only). Turn left, and the hotel is LITERALLY NEXT DOOR TO SUBWAY EXIT B1.

On the other side, next door to the hotel, is Family Mart, open 24 hours and serves snacks, ice cream, drinks and fresh food like rice balls, pasta, tempura, soups and their famous Family Chiki fried chicken filets. So consecutively next door to eachother are: Family Mart // Hotel // E or Z train station (up and down escalators).

2. CLEANLINESS: We stayed on the 12th floor, and at first glance, we saw a tiny motel room. The dimensions are small and that was our only complaint - we had to stack and unstack our luggage on top of eachother to make room. On the other hand, there wasn't a speck of dust anywhere, the bathroom (a plastic pod capsule elevated with a tall step) was squeaky clean and the room looked renovated. The rest of the hotel, although not brand new, was still squeaky spotless.

3. "LUXURY" ACCOUTREMENTS: these are amenities normally found in higher hotels - excellent bidet with heated seating and heated water; high quality, great smelling shampoo, conditioner and body wash dispensers; padded mesh slippers; disposable toothbrushes, hairbrush, razors refilled daily; deep 20 inch tub; retactable clothesline; most importantly, FIERCE WATER PRESSURE, unwavering hot water that pounded out the jet lag; pillow menu with buckwheat and leg pillow options; thick wooden clothes hangers; sateen striped linens and cotton comforters; a strong mini fridge with working freezer space to store ice cream; Japanese automatic wall heating/AC unit that would cost at least $5000 USD that for unexpectedly cold days, instantly provided strong heat. Even in luxury hotels, there is always something - e.g., mini-fridge, heating - that does not work. Here, everything worked reliably, efficiently, as if new. On the 12th floor, there was even a "Bright Light" by the elevator that beamed LCD light for 5 minutes to wake you up.

Everything was deliberately thoughtful, clean and efficient. Directions in English galore in the bathroom. Everytime you think, "what the... how do you....?" somewhere along the device is the answer in English.

3. FREE BREAKFAST: Breakfast from 6:30 - 9:30 am, was just as spotless and efficient. Squeaky clean white sectioned trays, hand wipes, fruit vinegar for health, rice balls with salmon/cod, inari sushi, seaweed salad, bean sprout salad, broccoli salad, cabbage salad, corn, miso soup, Western (scrambled eggs, Vienna sausage, approx 3 small pastry types, soup), fresh coffee espresso or Americano, OJ, green tea.

4. QUIET - the soundproofing was unreal. The hotel was sold out most nights and our room 1214 was across from the elevator but I didn't hear a pin drop and slept like a baby.

5. KIYOSUMI TEIEN GARDENS: Barely 2 blocks away, these "stroll gardens" built in the 1870s-1880s charges less than $2 USD admission for a beautifully architected, intimate, peaceful park with stone paths, large pond, shrine structure. Better than some of the more famous larger parks we visited.

The only con, other than the size of the rooms (there are only 2 room types - 1 double bed or 2 single beds) is that there is no concierge. This hotel mainly caters to Japanese businesspeople. The hotel staff only speaks Japanese and requires a Skype translator everytime I had questions, including restaurant reservations which often could only be done by a Japanese speaker.

Room Tip: 12th floor
  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled with family
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3  Thank K K
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Reviewed 23 March 2018

Nice location: close to the Subway and Kiyosumi Garden (one of the best gardens in Tokyo). Some restaurants in the area (i recommend Yamagoya). Not great breakfast and a few noise from the street. Nice value.

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Orlando A
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Reviewed 21 March 2018

Rooms have (as is usual for Japan) two double beds. Very small bathroom. Great warm toilet seat! Had 2 nights here, split times for breakfast as room dining room is small. No night meal available here. Lots of restaurants around the area. All hotels seem to have baths which is nice after a busy day. This hotel is friendly and efficient but just lacks the creature comforts we like.

  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Diedre_11
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Reviewed 31 October 2017

The hotel is literally 15 steps away from the Tokyo subway and once you're on the subway, the city is very accessible. The rooms are a bit on the spartan side but we expected that. Having a breakfast provided was very helpful. Excellent staff and very helpful at the front desk. I would happily stay here again.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank mdro2016
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Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

We are currently staying at the hotel and it is located in a quiet area.

Rooms are simple, beds comfortable and everything is clean.

Breakfast is included. Simple buffet but ample to choose from.

Close to the Metro so easy to get around to other parts of Tokyo.

Staff are friendly and helpful. They speak enough English to get by... we had no great dramas communicating.

Laundry facilities in the building which is super helpful.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
1  Thank Jodie S
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