I stayed 6 nights in Sakura Hotel by myself. It was very difficult for me to pick a hotel as Tokyo is such an enourmous place but I liked Sakura's website and the price was right for a budget traveler like myself.
I arrived Tokyo by train from Nagoya, and getting around first with a big backbag in July heat in rush hour Tokyo was rather challenging. Despite of the instructions I had printed out (which were not very specific as I trusted I could find the place as it was close to the station) I had major difficulties finding Sakura at first. I managed to get to the Jimbocho metro station and although Sakura was very close to it, I almost gave up and slept on the street instead :) The Japanese aroud either knew nothing, spoke no English or were pointing at all different directions!
Anyway after finding Sakura I had a friendly welcome and got my room. It was teeny tiny but I didn't anticipate spending much time there anyway. There was just enough room for a single bed and walking past it. The room also had tv. The window was covered because of some construction they were making so I saw no light at all. It felt like staying in a closet but I didn't mind too much although I would have appreciated some daylight. I got a hair drier from the desk, and the air conditioning worked well. In July in Tokyo air condition is a must... The showers and bathrooms were shared and in the same floor. They were always clean and nice. The room had a rope and slippers so you could just put them on going to shower. Breakfast included to the private room rate and Sakura had a nice and often busy cafe-bar downstairs to have it. Basically it was toast and coffee, but that was good enough and it is always nice to get something before leaving. There was also internet but using it was very expensive.
Overall, I had a pleasant stay in Sakura. It was far from luxury but for a little budjet hotel it did its job well. As a solo traveler I felt safe, comfortable and welcome. I would recommend Sakura to travelers like myself that need a modest and reasonably priced place.
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- Also Known As:
- Sakura Hotel Chiyoda
- Sakura Hotel Jimbocho Tokyo, Japan