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“Great Value, Good Location, Large Rooms”
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Forest Hongo
Ranked #4 of 21 Hotels / Ryokan in Bunkyo
Certificate of Excellence
Atlanta, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great Value, Good Location, Large Rooms”
Reviewed November 20, 2013

I stayed at Forest Hongo with my wife and in-laws in early September of 2013.

Pros
- Short walk to Tokyo University
- Spacious rooms and bathrooms (by US standards)
- Good quality rooms (though a bit dated stylistically)
- Very helpful staff
- Paid ~ $135 per night
- Very quiet

Cons
- 15 min walk to subway line
- Cab rides to major tourist destinations in Tokyo can be expensive

Room Tip: The handicapped-accessible rooms have surprisingly large bathrooms.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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New York City, New York
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176 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed May 21, 2013

This is a well managed hotel, clean and efficient, and if you don't expect a huge room and/or bathroom (seeing it as it's Japan and space is always limited), you'll probably be happy with your choice. Two things that detract from the overall good experience: the WiFi is only available if you ask for a router at the front desk. It takes a minute to set up and works great... if you are lucky to get one, it would seem demand at times is bigger than availability. Second, it's a bit of a walk to major public transportation. On the upside, the location is extremely quiet and you'll sure appreciate it if traveling from afar and fighting that jet lag. Dining options abound around the hotel and the super convenient "Family Mart" is right there around the corner. In summary, I'm not disappointed.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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1 Thank LongIslandGlobal
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Johor, Johor, Malaysia
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed August 7, 2012

I stayed at the Forest Hongo Hotel when I attended a conference at the Tokyo Universityseveral days back. I was very happy with the quietness and calmness of the neighbourhood. The room was very clean and the amenities were just awesome. There are many restaurants nearby.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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Thank cindybiding
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MS Gulf coast
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23 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed June 15, 2012

Stayed at Forest Hongo for a meeting at the University of Tokyo. It is located one block from the main gate. The price seemed reasonable in comparison to some of the other hotels around. A standard room was about $150 US. This included a nice buffet breakfast that had traditional Japanese items, pastries, eggs, sausage, and bacon. The hotel has a French restaurant that served lunch and dinner, but I never tried it and it seemed expensive. There are many inexpensive small restaurants nearby to eat at. Limited English is spoken by the staff, but they were very accommodating. The standard room is small, but had all of the necessary amenities.

  • Stayed June 2012
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Boston
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124 reviews
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Reviewed March 9, 2012

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).

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
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3 Thank aversetospam
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North West
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2012

We stayed there for a conference at nearby Tokyo University but the position is convenient for many parts of Tokyo - close to Ueno Park and an easy subway ride to Maranouchi, the Senso Ji temple at Asakusa and electric town at Akihabara. The immediate neighbourhood is a bit of old Tokyo, small shops, restaurants and dwellings with people going about their daily business. The double room was a good size for Tokyo with a settee, desk and small table. Internet was free via a cable. The bathroom was typical Japanese, small deep tub and washing space but the shower worked fine and the toiletries were of a high standard (royal jelly!). Breakfast is always extra - you pay 850 yen on the door - but good value for Tokyo.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
2 reviews
Reviewed April 16, 2009

I went on a business trip to Tokyo and attended a conference. I stayed in the Hongo Forest Hotel. The hotel was extremely decent and above average by all standards. The room was pretty clean and of reasonable size. The internet connection in the room was fast. Staff at the hotel reception spoke very good English and was extremely cooperative. The hotel had a restaurant, which served business travellers well.

The room service was good. Although the hotel did not have some of the luxury facilities, like pool, spa etc, for business travellers, it served all the purpose. The location of the hotel was very good. The hotel was just across Tokyo University Hongo campus and there are several restaurants of varied cuisine close to the restaurant. The price is reasonable by Tokyo standards.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled on business
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Thank SPal_9
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Property: Forest Hongo
Address: 6-16-4 Hongo, Bunkyo 113-0033, Tokyo Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Bunkyo > Ochanomizu / Akihabara / Kanda
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Bunkyo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Forest Hongo 3*
Number of rooms: 63
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