This is a Japanese business hotel, not an international luxury hotel. Functional, efficient, with rooms that are slighter larger and better furnished than a typical business hotel.
Location: On a quiet neighborhood side street very close to the Main Gate of Hongo campus. Five block walk to subway stations on both of the Tokyo subway systems. Great location if you have business in this area. Not ideal for tourists or business people with work downtown.
Advice: If coming from Narita, take the Kesei Skyliner to Ueno Station. Use a taxi from Ueno to the hotel instead of subway. A taxi from Kesei Ueno to the hotel is only a 1000 yen and the subway is not fun with luggage after a long flight. .
Room: Large (by Tokyo standards) well furnished room. Comfortable bed, TV with limited international channels, desk, sitting chair, hot pot with teas. Ordinary Japanese bath with deep tub and Toto. My room had frosted windows. Probably next to a wall. Free internet access via ethernet cable.
Tip: If you crave early morning coffee, bring instant with you.
Tip: An extension cord with multiple plug outlets is useful.
Tip: If you like to lounge on the bed while using laptop, bring a long ethernet cable.
Service: Desk staff were helpful, within constraints of limited English. Accommodated small requests like need for umbrella, maps etc. Bill was prepared and credit card already charged at checkout.
Tip: If you settle your bill in cash, make arrangements in advance. I had been reimbursed for expenses by my sponsor in 10,000 yen notes during the visit, and would have preferred to use the cash to pay for the hotel bill. I lost on exchange commissions on my credit card charge (dollars to yen) and on the cash (yen to dollars).
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- Also Known As:
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