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Sakura Hotel Jimbocho
Ranked #41 of 74 Hotels / Ryokan in Chiyoda
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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51 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Very good budget stay”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

I recently stayed at Sakura for 4 days. I stayed at the dormitory in the basement. Here are the Pros and Cons:

PROS:
1. Very affordable (still expensive but you can't find anything cheaper than that in Tokyo)
2. Excellent location - just a five min walk from Jimbocho station. Jimbocho station lies on Shinjuku line (of coursen that goes to Shinjuku),Hanzomon line (Goes to Shibuya) and Mita Line.
3. 24 hour cafe and bar
4. Good security - your access card is changed everyday. That is a very good way of ensuring security for shared accomodation like dorms.
5. Staff is super fluent in English - at times I wonder if they are Japanese!!
6. Book swap - you can swap your books for the ones in their library. I did a swap too. It is a win-win for everybody.
7. Curtains on dorm beds - I didn't realize these curtains could help so much. Your sleep is not affected by people switching on lights, using cellphones etc. Of course, that doesn't stop the noise of slamming doors!!

CONS:
1. Ventilation is bad in basement dorm - if you plan to stay in the hotel during the day, then I would not recommend the basement dorms. However, if you are just going to use it for night's sleep like I did, then you are perfectly fine. Even if one of the guests has a contagious infection, you are affected.

  • Stayed December 2012
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Reviewed November 13, 2012 via mobile

Nothing wrong with this hostel, it was my first in Japan. I was underwhelmed at the time and found during my month in Japan there WERE much better backpacker places. I did not stay there again the two times I came back into the city.

My title really sums it up. It has everything you would want, need, or expect from a hostel...it was just sleepy. There was a neat hipstery craft beer restaurant nearby, otherwise nothing else close as far as food. The area kinda shuts down with the bookshops.

The area is central to everything else and walkable to Akihabara. Jimbocho Metro station 2 1/2 blocks away. Close to Tokyo station but awkwardly connected thru metro station.

Wish I could give value and overall ratings of 3.5.

  • Stayed August 2012
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michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed August 21, 2012

I stayed several nights here with a group of American college students. This place would not have been my choice if I had been traveling alone, with a family, or with other adults.

First, a few of the pros. It's actually in a good location. The subway line is very close (less than 5 minutes on foot), and of course, that gets you anywhere you want to go in Tokyo. The Imperial Palace is an easy and pleasant 20-minute walk--quicker to walk than take public transportation There are shops and restaurants galore, including the used book district and the sporting-goods (think, REI-type stuff) district very close by. Above all, the price can't be beat considering that it's Tokyo. Hotels are expensive in Tokyo, and budget travelers don't have a lot of great options. The rooms also have AC and TV. The international staff is friendly and helpful, and a small cafe on the first floor provides a place to relax over coffee or get a not-so-good meal.

But there were plenty of cons. This is not a hotel. It's a very basic, no-frills, rough-around-the-edges hostel. The rooms are small (but this is typical in Japan anyway, even in the nicest hotels, so really isn't unique). Some rooms have single beds, others have bunk beds. Showers, toilets, and sinks are all separate from the rooms and from one another, which means when you step outside your room, you're running into people brushing their teeth, etc. at the sinks. Everything looks and feels old and worn-out. The "breakfast" is instant soup and toast. When you have a city filled with world-class food, the cafe is definitely something to avoid. And if you're not interested in being surrounded by sometimes-loud 20-somethings, this isn't your place.

There are better affordable places to stay in Tokyo.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

Twice I travelled to Tokyo alone and really LOVE this location and the hotel and staff. The second time my daughter came with me. Located in a great neighborhood and very clean, it feels like a good home away from home. Heck I wish Tokyo was my home!

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Denmark
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Reviewed April 29, 2012

Stayed here for two weeks in a nice little room. Everything clean, compfortable and quiet.
The staff were very helpful multilingual and knowledgable on the local area.
There was a great 'common area' type space with free internet (terminals and wireless access), plus a restaurant (after a fashion) that provided an impressive variety of food (and teas!) that could make any nationality feel at home.
This hotel is a great place to base yourself for travel around Tokyo.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
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Manila, Manila, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed November 23, 2011

Japan is expensive, and I would expect to pay for what we got at Sakura. The staff were friendly, the bathrooms and the room were all very clean, and the ammenities (robe, bath towel, and free shampoo/body wash) were nice. The internet service is fast and good, and myself and my fellow vegan traveller loved that the 24 hour cafe had a soy latte on the menu! The room was small, but nice. We rented a private twin room, which we were also suprised had a couch that folded into a mattress. Very near to subway station. Best to take a cab from Tokyo station if you have a lot of luggage (about 14 USD) - switching from the airport line to the local line is no easy task!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 1, 2011

Message bodyI rented a single private room here.This is a great location.It is close to the Imperial palace and surrounded by awesome book shops.The location can be a challenge to find from Tokyo Station if you are not familar with the subway lines.I liked the 24 hour cafe and the friendly staff.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Sakura Hotel Jimbocho
Address: 2-21-4 Jimbocho Kanda, Chiyoda 101-0051 , Tokyo Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Chiyoda > Ochanomizu / Akihabara / Kanda
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Hotel Class:2 star — Sakura Hotel Jimbocho 2*
Number of rooms: 42
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