Having stayed at the nearby Comfort Hotel Kiyosumi-Shirakawa many
times, I thought I would give this hotel a try. The rooms are about
the same as is the breakfast and other amenities. The location,
however, is the discriminating factor.
First of all the directions given on the Choice Hotels website are
WRONG, or at least not optimum. From the JR Barukocho station one
should take the West exit, not the East exit as recommended by the
hotel website, especially with baggage. At the West end of the
platform there is an elevator from the platform to the B2 level
(platform is B5!) whereas at the East exit there are stairs up to B3,
then an escalator to B2. In either case you must walk up one very
long flight of stairs to the street at Exit 4 no matter which end you
exit but the elevator saves an additional staircase if you use the
West exit. I used the East exit and was all out of breath by the
time I reached the front desk. By contrast, the Comfort Hotel
Kiyosumi-Shirakawa is directly adjacent to the subway where there are
escalators from the platform to the street. So if you are carrying
baggage, the Higashi Nihonbashi location is less convenient.
And speaking of location, this hotel is in a dreary commercial area
with wholesale and retail clothing shops and convenience stores
whereas the KS location is in a more residential area with a
supermarket and pharmacy nearby as well as a lovely garden. But if
you want to stay on the west side of the Sumida River, you may prefer
this location. I don't.
Notwithstanding the disadvantages of the steps, there are two subway
lines and the JR within easy reach from the hotel. There is one JR
Sobu Rapid Service train per hour that goes all the way from
Barukocho to Narita Airport without changing trains. Takes about 90
minutes and costs 1280 yen.
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