- Reviews: 927
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 The carpet may be a bit outdated, but for the price we were paying this was great!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: 219
Holiday Inn - Hatchobori: Holiday Inn - Hatchobori
Ok, this is a bit more expensive than the average traveler wants. But it is so worth it if you are not familiar with the city. As a frist time visitor to Tokyo, I cannot reccomend enough having someplace familiar to call your home base.
The holiday inn features the usual pool, bar, restaurant, hair dryer, air conditioning, paper outside the door in the morning, tv, thing. The best part about it though is its location. Hatchobori is a safe area, with a lot of places to eat, shop and visit near by. It is a central location where Ginza is a 25 minute walk, teh Tskiji fish market is a 10 minute walk and there is a subway station less than 20 yards from the door. If you love noodles, and I know you do, there is a Yoshinoya right across the street, and a 7-11, and AM-PM around each corner.
The most unique quality was the Suntory Whisky dispenser in the hallway near the elevators. For only a few hundred yen, it's Suntory time! I loved watching little Japanese kids buying whisky. It was funny.
The Hatchobori station is on the same line as the Ginza and Roppongi. It is a nice central location where most of the sites are a quick taxi ride away. And unlike many of the other stations, this one doesn't get too busy.
Being a larger and slightly more expensive hotel, you also have a larger selection of tours available to you.
- Reviews: 765
Andon Ryokan: A Taste of Traditional for the Modern Foreigner
If you crave a bit of the no-frills traditional style accomodation in Tokyo, I would highly recommend spending time in a ryokan.
Ryokans are Japanese inns that come in all sorts of shapes and sizes throughout Japan.
If you can do without the lavish comforts that the western style 4-star hotels can offer (as well as the HIGH room rates that are notorious in Tokyo), staying in a traditional style ryokan can be a lovely experience.
As weary travelers, we wanted our stay in Tokyo to be cozy and intimate.......with tatami mats, futons, and lounging in yukatas.
The Andon Ryokan was perfect for us.
Located in the Asakusa area of Tokyo, Andon Ryokan is in a neighborhood that still preserves the feeling and atmosphere of an older, pre-economic boom society.
The staff at Andon Ryokan made our stay worthwhile. Toshiko, Michio, and Yasu always greeted us with their well-spoken English, and had a freshly prepared breakfast ready each morning.
We kept them in good humor with the sight of our "overload" of luggage from our RTW journey.
They also didn't flinch an eye when they would see us crawling in at 9am wearing the same outfits we had on the night before!
The ryokan was an obvious favorite amongst foreign travelers. Most likely because of this friendly staff!
The accomodations include shared bathrooms (one for the men and one for the women), a Jacuzzi bath for their guests to sign up for (Yasu gave us a *wink* and a nod when he mentioned the tub can fit THREE people comfortably!......... and your point is, Yasu? ;-)), and you can even rent DVDs from the front desk to play in your room.
We didn't take advantage of the **3-person** hot tub excursion at the ryokan, but we did indulge in watching DVDs in the middle of the night. Or not. ;-)
Overall, I would highly recommend the Andon Ryokan for your next stay in Tokyo. The price is right and the location is perfect if you want to be far way from the crowds and hustle and bustle of the city.
- Reviews: 262
There are a lot of luxury, business and tourist class hotels in Tokyo. Most of them are clean and confortable but they usually have high charges. It will easily cost you 10,000yens or more per night for a decent western style room in the mid-city. There are comparatively cheap hotels in suburbs which are 30-60mins away by train from the city.
- Reviews: 262
Ryokans are Japanese style accommodation. You can experience Japanese traditional room and service in a ryokan offers you TATAMI floorings, FUTON beddings and Japanese dishes(breakfasts and suppers). There are varieties of ryokans according to the pricings, they usually charge 15,000yens or more.
- Reviews: 262
Love hotels crowd together in the outskirts of shopping quarter, such as Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro and Ueno. Just for lovers. Pricing 4,000yens for 2h resting, 7,000-8,000yens for a night. Some love hotels accept boy-boy(or girl-girl) couples.
- Reviews: 262
Capsul Hotels are for the poor fellows who missed the last train by overtime work, excessive drinking or being at a loss by losing a girl unavoidably. 3,000-7,000yens cheap but uncomfortable.
Serve tubes for just sleep in, common toilets and shower rooms.
- Reviews: 413
Taito Ryokan: Ryokan
I didn't feel like trying the international chain of hotels and went for a well located Ryokan. Taito Ryokan is not the most modern place in the world but as you can see on their web site, it's neat, clean and well located.
If you party all night and just care about being able to walk home...who cares !
The staff is very friendly and the customers from all over the world.
Just wanted to inform you that new TOKYO RYOKAN ( www.tokyoryokan.com ) was born on January 23rd 2006. Satoshi / Kenichi at TAITO RYOKAN ( www.libertyhouse.gr.jp )
Great location, friendly staff and OK rooms.
- Reviews: 176
Yamanaka Ryokan: Location Location
This was the first place we stayed in Japan. The staff here were absolutely wonderful. We were all suffering from culture shock, and everyone was so kind. The two old ladies in the downstairs kitchen at breakfast times were a delight. I have never met two such kindly, jolly old souls as they are...the language barrier was nothing against their kindness! The rooms here were small (but not as small as I had expected), but clean, and they had all the necessary comforts and then some (see my Japan pages on the subject of toilets)! It is located in Ueno, which was great for us, being quieter, but just a short walk through Ueno park to the train station. The cost of the rooms included breakfast and dinner.
- Reviews: 765
LOVE Hotels: Hello Kitty Fantasy!
When I first heard of these LOVE HOTELS that were so popular in Japan, I had the image of gaudy designs, ceiling mirrors, and cheesy cupid paintings above coin operated beds.
In doing more research I found out that these so-called *cheese* hotels have evolved into a refreshingly off-the-wall escape from conformity. A sort of monument to hedonism, and a libertine's paradise.
Sounds like my kinda wonderful !!!! ;-))
- Reviews: 171
Grand Arc Hanzomon: Great Price, Excellent Hotel, Average Location
I stayed at the Grand Arc Hanzomon. A new hotel in what is roughly the governmental district of Tokyo. Not far from the Imperial Palace and the Marinouchi Building. The Hotel is clean, sleek, new, and perfectly nice. The restaurant is convenient but not particularly outstanding. I stayed in a single room which was not huge but more than adequate and was comfortable and well appointed.
Price. About US$ 85. That's pretty damn good. The Hotel is a 2 minute walk from the Hanzomon metro station and is near a number of convenient cafes and restaurants. If you came to Tokyo, you wouldn't necessarily search out the Hanzomon district, but it's a great deal, quiet, and comfortable.
- Reviews: 1222
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: 2523
hotel Edoya: Not very easy to find
Hotel Edoya has great japanese style rooms. A seperate sitting room, with a couch and a part with pillows on the tatami floor. The bedroom is seperate so you don´t have to fold away the beds in the closet in the morning. And our room also had its own bathroom and toilet.
So very complete.
The only problem we had was finding the hotel. It is located 9 minutes walk from JR Chuo line Ochanomizu station. Our little map didn´t have all the streets on it. So we walked in the right direction, but were not exactly sure what street to turn right.
We did take the right one, but the name of the hotel was not visible from our side. When we turned back, we saw the sign.
- Reviews: 428
Taito Ryokan: Old, rickety, noisy accommodation
After going through the website of this place, I did not have any expectation of it. Knowing that accommodation in Tokyo is a lot more expensive, I was ready to rough it out for a couple of days.
This is a very, very basic budget backpacker-style ryokan housed in an old 1950s wooden house with haphazard rooms and stairs. There are common toilets (more Japanese than Western style) but only 1 shower (with hot water) for 20+ people to share! Everything is bring your own except for the basic, thin bedding on tatami covered floor. In winter, this is definitely not enough so bring you own as well!
Ask for a room with window for ventilation as they provided us with 1 room without window which is stuffy and smelly. We turned this into our luggage and changing room. Then the 4 of us cramped into the next room which is actually more suitable for 3 people.
The staff speaks English and is helpful. There is no curfew and no smoking is allowed.
Would I recommend this place? The answer is NO and here's why :
- its location is tremendously noisy. Our room faces one of the small streets and it's continuously noisy. We were kept awake all night! Not a good experience
- at Yen 3000 per person per night, it's not exactly cheap and certainly not worth paying for such poor facilities
- the place is not clean and it's smelly
- 1 shower for 20 people is just not working
Stay here if you really have to for its central location in the city and close proximity to Asakusa (famous temple)
- Reviews: 309
Love Hotels: Japan's Unique Hotels
Love Hotels are (you guessed it) places to make love. You'll find them all over Japan. Most can be easily recognized by their neon signs and bizarre names -- Hotel Seeds, The King and I, Full Tide, Lust, to name a few. You can find such hotels all over Japan, in cities, in the countryside and often near highway exits. Their exterior is often fantastic (some resemble a cruise liner) and their interior is extravagant and stimulating. Size varies from a small room to a three story palace equipped with super large bed, ceiling mirrors, cable TV with porn, jacuzzi, sauna, pool, deck, kitchen, etc. Best of all, they are very clean, probably due to the high turnover.
Love Hotels offer rooms for short time periods of usually two hours during the day and for the whole night (usually from 10 pm). A stay overnight costs from around 8000 yen up to 25,000 yen. The room fee for two hours during the day is usually a little bit lower, while on weekends, the prices can be much higher. The reception at a love hotel is very anonymous. The guests usually choose a room on a board by pressing a button and then pay at a little window where the receptionist behind cannot be seen.
After a few nights in expensive tiny business hotel rooms, staying overnight in a Love Hotel is a welcome change -- and makes good financial and experiential sense.
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