The staff were so polite & friendly, the ones I met spoke basic English. Everything in the hotel was clean & tidy, no problems at all. On returning to the hotel after a days sightseeing, you were handed a note by reception detailing any future events that may affect your stay(see picture).
The hotels eating facilities included western, Korean & Japanese.
I would recommend this hotel to a first time visitor to Tokyo.
Directions: J R Narita Express from the airport to Ikebukuro Station takes 90 minutes. it's then a 2 minutes walk from the East Exit. Turn left on leaving the station, turn left at the 1st street you come to, then follow the street rightwards.
This hotel is where I would stay when I go back to Tokyo. The room is basic and not very fancy but clean and cozy. The room or the beds might be too small for western standards but the convenience is unbeatable.
Although they have a web page in English, you might want to try and ask them about the special internet price.
Unique Quality: I really like this hotel for its breakfast buffet. They usually have a mixture of western style breakfast and Japanese style of breakfast. The atmosphere of the restaurant is very relaxing overlooking the view of Ikebukuro right in front of you.
The hotel also is located near the Ikebukuro station so it is very convenient. There are some amazing shops (such as bic camera and seibu) near by.
See the link above for the map of the hotel
Planning to be Tokyo the first week of december using the Ikebukuro or Shiodome areas as bases for day trips to different towns along the train/subway routes. Is anyone familiar with any of the following hotels?
Dai Ichi Inn Ikebukuro or the Hotel new Hankyu Tokyo- or any other recommendations?
Also, is their a subway or train route that anyone can suggest which would be interesting in terms of the towns on that route? There is a television show here in Hawaii that we are trying to use as a guide, it is called, "Next Stop Discovery". We are hoping the show is not too old.
Any reply is greatly appreciated!
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Address: 1-42-8 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo Prefecture, 170-0013, Japan