Pros: Very near Ueno Station, friendly staff, some of them speak a small amount of English, very accommodating staff, good breakfast, clean room.
Cons: Dated hotel, my room smelled musty, no view from my room except of concrete walls - as in a concrete wall around the hotel, not the next hotel.
I stayed here for one night. It is very close to Ueno Station. Exit the Asakusa Exit of Ueno Station, go down the stairs, cross the street at the crosswalk (no light) to your left, turn left after you've crossed the street and walk not even half a block. Hotel will be on your right hand side.
Their staff is very friendly. Check in time was 1PM. I arrived at 10AM. I paid for my room and asked if the hotel would hold my luggage since I was meeting a friend in Shibuya. The staff were not only happy to hold my luggage but when I got back, my suitcase was in my room. I booked a Double Room since it wasn't too much more than a Single Room and I'm glad I did. The rooms are small...but this is Tokyo after all...I've been in smaller. The bed was a typical bed...pretty much the same as most of the hotels I've stayed in (in Japan). The bed was almost the same size as a Full Size bed in America...just a bit smaller. I paid approximately 1,000 yen for breakfast...Japanese breakfast. More on that later. It's expensive for "breakfast", but it wasn't expensive for what I got, plus most of the places open in the morning with breakfast type foods weren't on my low carb diet (mostly pastries and stuff).
As mentioned earlier, my room was musty smelling, but it was only for one night and under $100. The room itself was clean, there was a flat screen TV, small desk, no closet but they did have pegs and hangers for your clothes. There is a built in alarm clock, the bathroom has shampoo, conditioner and body soap. When I checked in, the staff also gave me a bag of lotions and some sort of bubble bath. My A/C worked great, as a matter of fact it started to get cold in my room so I turned it down. Many places I've been to in Japan, the A/C doesn't get very cold. My room was quiet. The only time I could hear other people talking was when I walked down the hall. My room was 702, a corner room.
Breakfast is served between 7 and 9AM in the restaurant located in the basement of the hotel. It's nothing fancy, but the food was good. When you walk in, all the tables are set with tray already with all the cold items like tsukemono (pickled veggies), nori (seaweed to eat with your rice), tamagoyaki (Japanese fried egg rolled up), etc. After you show your breakfast tagged attached to your room key, you take a seat and less than a minute later the waitress brought out my grilled salmon, miso soup and rice. It was very filling for me. I saw a group of Japanese men asking for natto which I didn't want and they also asked for extra rice and weren't charged. The waitress also brings green tea and a small cup of orange juice. I asked for a glass of water and if I weren't so full, I'm sure they would have given me more orange juice if I asked.
Internet - there is a Wired Lan jack, but no connector point (which looks similar to the one on a phone line). The hotel I used in Takasaki did have a connector point and my netgear thing has a jack. So basically I had two jacks. There is wireless internet in the hotel lobby, but the lobby is small and crowded and they allow smoking. After breakfast I took my iPad down there and of course, as soon as I connected, two people sat down to smoke. Yuck.
The lobby looks a bit crowded...there were about 4-6 chairs around two tables, people's luggage, two computers on a desk, coffee machine, large TV, some other things and a full size copy machine. When it's empty, it felt fine...but when it's full of people, it feels cramped.
On my last day in Tokyo, check out time was 10AM, so the hotel let me leave my luggage in the lobby while I ran around. I came back and still had 40 minutes to kill before leaving for the airport and they were happy to let me hang out in the lobby, they even turned the TV on for me.
Ueno station is an easy place to get around. I was able to get to Harajuku and Shinjuku by taking the JR Yamanote line, less than 200 yen (about 20 minutes). I was also able to get onto the Hibiya Subway Line from Ueno Station to Tsukiji Station (then walked to Tsukiji Fish Market) - around 15 minutes. The Keisei station (airport train) is across the street from Ueno Station (approx $30 to the airport, 45 minute ride). There are also many stores and restaurants in the station.
On the other side of the station is Ueno Park, if you have time, talk a walk around. Temples, gardens, museums, zoo, etc. It's free to walk around the park, but you have to pay to get into the zoo, etc. I spent a good 1 1/2 walking around the park and still didn't get to see half of it.
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