A few tips about the Parkside,
1. ACCESS: Ok for access in from Narita. Take the Keisei Skyliner or if you want to save a few quid, the Keisei Limited express which takes a bit longer. Hotel 10 mins walk from Station. For travel around Tokyo, Yushima station on Chiyoda Metro Line only around the corner.
2. NOISE: Do get a room overlooking Shinobazu pond, not so much for the view but if you are on the lower floors at the rear of Hotel you do get a bit of noise late at night from the street behind the hotel which is full of 'Hostess Bars' and the like.
3. RESERVATIONS: I notice the very cheapest rooms are not available for booking on the english online reservation system but via the Japanese language site. You could probably understand this form by using the free 'Babelfish' software to translate. It won't be a 100% translation but you will get the meaning enough to answer the questions. Alternatively, just fax them your request which is what I used to do before the Parkside had online reservations.
4.BREAKFAST: When it comes to breakfast. I used to have it here and it was fine. But if you suffer badly from Jet lag it means you have to get up to eat at a time that may not suit you. Also, you tend to eat a lot at breakfast buffets which exacerbates jet lag and makes you sluggish. Consider eating a cheaper breakfast in your own time at a local cafe or in a train station where they do 'morning settos' (coffee, egg, toast) for about 500 yen.
5. UENO PARK: Ueno park opposite the hotel contains a zoo and various museums and is used by walkers/joggers. A flea market sets up there too. Set back into the trees of the park you willl see the trademark blue tarpaulin used by the unfortunate Tokyo homeless to make shelter at night which sounds offputting but I have taken early morning walks here and you often see their shoes outside their shelters and some sweeping up around their 'residence'. It's difficult to explain to a westerner the relatively ordered and safe environment it is for visitors compared to the picture it conjures up in the western mind.
AND FINALLY: sometimes on Japanese menus you will see some very literal translations into English of the dish or English terminology we would tend not to use. It would be a bit of a waste to go to Japan to eat in an Italian style restaurant (which tend to be popular with Japanese girls) but being too tired to leave the hotel I ate in Parkside's Fontana restaurant. I ordered a Pasta dish that was served with 'a Jew's ear' purely because I had no idea what a 'Jews ear' was and I was dying to see. It's a mushroom that looks like an ear and used in asian cooking (grows on the type of tree that Judas hung himself from apparently, hence the name).
Anyway, it was a new one on me and I thought it was hilariously direct but I imagine western restaurants use a 'softer' version of the name.
(By the way, the top floor bar is a nice relaxed place)
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