Stayed here in October 2012 and as with most reviews I would recommend this hotel. Yes, my room was small but not as bad as I had anticipated. That said, one thing to note is that there is a distinct lack of storage space. There was a single robe wardrobe with 5 hangers and that was it! No drawers and no shelves. The hotel had accommodated my request for a high floor which was fine. It didn't bother me, but people should be aware of the distant train noise if you are a light sleeper. I was in room 1521 at the end of the corridor on the West side. I cannot comment on the rooms at the other end of the building but you may want to consider requesting a room on that side if you think you may have a problem.
The room was exceptionally clean and the bedding changed daily. The bathroom was well stocked and replaced each day. There was good water pressure. It was a slight nuisance that you had to set the shower temperature each day as there were only two taps rather than a pre set dial.
After a long flight it was a little disappointing that my room wasn't ready. I had travelled for almost 16 hours and arrived at 11.40am. My room was eventually ready at 2.30pm. I appreciate that check in is stated as 3.00pm so I cannot really complain. It was however a bit of a difficult start. The English at reception was not as good as I would have hoped but we got by! English generally throughout Tokyo was much the same. Why anyone would pay the exhorbitant breakfast prices is beyond me. There was a great 7-11 next door and plenty of places to eat around and about. I actually liked the location and having bought a Japan Rail Pass it made no difference to me that I wasn't in a more central hub. I actually preferred it. Public transport is so good and the trains are magnificent that it's not an issue.
I didn't use the massage chairs but there is an ice machine on the 3rd floor. The free wi fi worked great for me and a fridge in the room was a real bonus. For the money I couldn't really fault it. The hotel was a bargain by Tokyo prices.
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