- Reviews: 21
Weekly Mansion chain
Since you'll be going with a friend, and I guess even if you weren't, I'd recommend Weekly Mansions. They are a Japanese chain and offer daily/weekly/monthly rooms and rates to match. They often have promotions in their less convenient locations, and by less convenient, I mean add a few minutes walk to the nearest subway, or in that they are placed in a primarily residential 'hood. I've stayed in a bunch of them, actually within the past year and six years ago, and even though there isn't daily housekeeping (which I don't need at all), I've had a room as cheap as around US$40 per night near Ebisu, and $45 by Kameido (a ways out to the east, but from where it is easy to reach the electronics district, Akihabara (Akiba).
They have an English website as well, and one nice feature is that you make the booking online, but pay for everything at the specific Weekly Mansion when you get there. Do be mindful though that they don't necessarily have a 24-hour reception desk.
- Reviews: 30
Sunroute Shinbashi: Excellent low cost business hotel in Shinbashi
In general I like the Sunroute chain, so it is not surprising to see that their usual standard is maintained in the Shinbashi location. This hotel has everything you need, very comfortable rooms, with excellent design (furniture and lighting both), good linens and toiletries, clean bathrooms, and sharp staff. Shimbashi is an excellent transportation hub, offering endless food and drink experiences. For the East side of the Yamanote, you can't beat the location. It is important to understand that this a business hotel first, not a tourist hotel, so you won't find rooms for 3 or more people. A double room is the same size as a single room, which means that for many Westerners, the room will feel small. The positive aspect of this is that the price is very reasonable so spreading yourself across a couple of rooms (and having the privacy) is still cheaper than a larger room for multiple people at another hotel.
If your budget is around Y10000/night, then you will do well to stay at the Sunroute Shinbashi.
Built in 2008. Exciting urban design. Excellent transportation hub. Extremely good value for money.
- Reviews: 3730
Nakano-Sakaue House: Typical Japanese Home Stay
Japanese typical house opened for budget travelers.
Located in Japanese typical quiet housing residential near to Shinjuku, worth to experience the real Japanese life. The landlord speak excellent English and very helpful throughout the stay for directions and tourism advice.
- Reviews: 405
Best Western Astina Shinjuku: Best Hotel in Kabukicho
The Astina was in a good location, check-in was smooth and the staff were friendly. The rooms were modern, well sized and clean. Bathroom contained a heated toilet seat and a bath. There was an ice machine and vending machine on each floor. High speed internet access was available in the rooms if you bring your laptop, or for free in the reception area if you didn't.
Right in the heart of Kabukicho, 24-hour convenience store on the premises, walking distance to Shinjuku Station.
- Reviews: 30
Sunroute Shinbashi: Sparkling new business hotel shines
The Sunroute Shinbashi offers evrything you would want from a business hotel: effecient service, excellent location, and a quiet night's sleep. The great thing about this hotel is that it was built in 2008 and opened in 2009 making it brand new. I love hotels that are new, having that feeling of you being the first one to stay in the room, before the edges get worn down, floors stained, and furniture chipped and torn. The rooms are decorated in a very modern style, stark white, with blue accents, making it feel somewhat like a space ship. The rooms are small, being a business hotel, really comfortable for a single. If you are a double then you will be jammed into a single room, with a double bed. This hotel is best for solo travellers, or be greedy, and get seperate rooms - the value is very good here.
Brand new, stylish design, excellent location, great value.
- Reviews: 50
Sun Targas Hotel: Business Hotel in Ueno, Tokyo
I liked this business hotel. Of course I wasn't on business! Small room but comfortable and quiet with breakfast included. Reasonably priced. Price compared favourably with the budget Oak Hotel where I had stayed for my first few days in Tokyo. Not sure exactly but as far as I remember it was 42 euros per night in 2007.
- Reviews: 949
Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo: Awesome hotel, excellent service, near subway
I researched where to stay in Tokyo and most of them were expensive hotels, but there was this one hotel that stood out as being inexpensive but blessed with so many good reviews on Tripadvisor - the Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo in Ikibukuru. I just paid $114.51 (+16.96 tax) per night for a room with two single beds! A single bed room costs even less, like about $90 (we booked for February 2010)
Being a first-timer in Japan, I wanted to be in a hotel where the limousine bus would stop at, where the my tourguides from Sunrise Tours could pick me up and where the subway access is easy. All of these were answered by this hotel and more...
When we first arrived, I was surprised by the huge lobby because I thought it was just a low 3.5 star hotel. The service was just excellent from checking in, the bellboy and asking for directions. They had two kinds of rooms, the renovated (on higher floors) and non-renovated ones (for an extra charge - I think about $40? more). But we chose to stay in the non-renovated one since we were going to be OUTSIDE most fo the time. Our room was at the 12th floor, and was of good size and very clean. The carpet may be a bit outdated, but for the price we were paying this was great!
I tried Wi-fi internet but failed, so I called front desk and they said it was "plug-in" and so I just used the connector which they had available in one of the cabinets. And boy, was the internet FAST --- uploading pics onto VT took a mere secconds, hahaha
There was no safety deposit box in the room, but there was a very secure sperate area beside the front desk for safety boxes --- looked like a little bank and I felt that my cash and valuables were safe there.
If you did not bring your computer, they do have a business office but I did not use it.
We did not try the restaurant in the hotel which is of course more pricey, but instead we ate outside.
To get back to airport was easy since we just paid the 3000 yen each price at the "bellboy" desk.
along the limo bus route and tour buses pick up guests, very affordable, excellent service
- Reviews: 160
Chisun Grand Hotel Akasaka Tokyo: Chisun Grand Hotel Akasaka Tokyo Japan
Situated in the heart of metropolitan Tokyo, the Chisun Grand Hotel is in Akasaka area and 1 minute walk from Tokyo Metro Akasaka station of Chiyoda Line.
- Reviews: 9
Ueno Touganeya Hotel: Best Northeast tokyo hotel
I stayed here for 2 nights. The staff was friendly and helpful. The room was really nice and clean.
I definately recommend this hotel because of its nice location:
1. close to market
2. close to the Ueno station
2. it is also close to Keisei-ueno station where u can get the direct rail line to narita airport
- Reviews: 160
Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo: Hotel in Tokyo Japan
Situated in the heart of one of the world's busiest commercial centres, the Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo is located in the prominent Ikebukuro District, a vibrant and burgeoning recreational area.
- Reviews: 1312
Hotel Com's Ota market: Nice place near Haneda airport
This is the hotel we stayed at the night before leaving for Osaka. The flight was leaving in the morning from Haneda airport so we preferred to stay near the airport.The hotel also offers a parking lot that for 5 days was about 8 euro which is very cheap for Tokyo standard. The room was good enough and they also give you free internet connection but not wireless, cable connection, which means you can connect with your laptop but not with your mobile phone.
We paid 80 euro for a twin room.
Free shuttle to the airport any 15 minuts.
- Reviews: 301
Budget hostel: Khaosan Tokyo Annex
They have different types of room, but the one I took was 8 beds mixed dorm.
It was pretty decent, 8 ppl (bunkbeds) in a small room.
You can pick up your keys from the reception if you're checking in after 9pm.
Lots of fun people from all over the world.
You can leave your bag at the reception after checkout and pick it up again after your travel.
There are some common PCs for rent and there's free wireless if you bring your own gadget.
The place is a bit deep inside a small road, so it can be quite frustrating to find without a map.
Especially at night the streets around are dead quiet.
It's a 10 minutes walk from Asakusa station.
- Reviews: 384
Khaosan Annex: Chain for backpackers
Now seen as a chain in Tokyo, Khao San has 3 premises and are adding more.
Dorms or privates. We paid about 3500 YEN for a twin (bunkbeds) per night. Dorms were about 2000 YEN.
We stayed at the annex version, which is slightly further form the metro, but only 10 mins walk. 6 computers for free internet, small kitchen, free tea/coffee.
Very friendly, clean and enjoyable hostel with good private showers and western toilets.
Unpon arrival, you get a voucher for a free beer in the Khao San bar. Sadly we didn't get to visit the bar but looked good on the picture.
- Reviews: 384
Capsule inn AKIHABARA: Sleep in a cremetorium
OK, not quite a cremetorium, but a capsule without air conditioning.
4000 YEN a night. You must take off shoes on entry, leave belongings in a locker then go up to the capsule. Capsule has basic TV and radio, but air con didn't seem to work in any of the capsules.
With a main road outside, the capsule was quite noisy and far too warm. Didn't sleep very well. Worth trying the capsule experience, but maybe not here.
Free internet, tea and coffee costs extra.
Also, you must vacate premises between 10am and 5pm.
- Reviews: 98
Hotel Villa Fontaine Hakozaki: Decent hotel near TCAT
Standard small budget hotel in central Tokyo. Small rooms, but include all you need.
Don't except much of the complimentary breakfast as it provides Japanese version of Italian breakfast.
Easy access to airport limousine bus services as this hotel is located next to TCAT sation.
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