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“Fantastic capsule experience, and good for budget travel to/from Narita”
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Tokyo Kiba Hotel
Ranked #5 of 33 Hotels / Ryokan in Koto
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Fantastic capsule experience, and good for budget travel to/from Narita”
Reviewed August 7, 2012

My husband & I shared a semi-double for two nights, and thought it was great. The fact that everything is provided (pyjamas, towels, slippers, toiletries) makes it so simple to relax after a day of exploring busy Tokyo. Drop your "day clothes" in the locker or the corner of your capsule, don your pyjamas, relax in the jacuzzi (girls, you might have to be lucky to find some space as our shower area is small), and then chill out watching TV in the "tea lounge" or in your capsule. You can even surf the internet using the free LAN connection in your capsule (great for uploading photos!).
Unlike previous reviewers, we found that the staff spoke English quite well. We agree that they are very helpful, and that it was great to find a capsule hotel that was suitable for couples. Also several families with 1-2 small children were staying (not sure in which room type - there are plenty to choose from!) as it's a handy location for Disney.
One of the best features for us was a relatively easy trip to Narita Airport from the hotel. Kiba is on the Tozai line, which merges with the Toyo train line (but you don't need to change trains - weird but handy) to east Tokyo. Change to the "limited express" Keisei train at the end of the line (just a short walk from Toyo-Katsutadai to Katsudadai), and then you might have one more change from Narita station to the desired terminal. It took us about 2 hours but we had little difficulty riding the train with our luggage during rush hour since we didn't have to pass through central Tokyo, and we were able to use our Metro day passes for the first portion of the trip. It was easy to settle the difference at Toyo-Katsutadai station, and to buy a ticket through to the airport from the Keisei station. Altogether it was less than 1500 yen per person, one way (keeping in mind that we had day passes for the Metro - you might pay 200 or so more for the full journey).
A few people might find it difficult to leave the bulk of their luggage in the not-very-secure lobby/tea lounge area; others might want more privacy in the bathrooms (especially ladies - the bathroom which was nearest our capsule was co-ed, with open urinals; and there were only two other toilets for ladies to use, each of which was for a single person so they were busy!). But if these things won't bother you, it will be a great Japanese experience!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed July 11, 2012

My wife and I couldn't resist staying in a capsule hotel for our last night in Tokyo. This hotel lived up to our expectations (which weren't very high considering we knew we were spending the night in a tube).
The check in staff spoke almost no English, but we managed to get by. The room (or should I say capsule) was relatively spacious as far as capsules go. There was enough room to sit up. We shared the capsule and were still comfortable. Although, I wouldn't suggest sharing a capsule unless it's with someone you don't mind cuddling with, because it's not optional. At some point during the night, you will end up wrapped around each other.
You are given a small locker to store your valuables in, and any bigger lugage is kept in the lobby. There are vending machines and a small cafe downstairs. Also, there is a decent sized spa on one of the higher floors. It's seperated into sections for men and women and bathing suits are not permitted. But the Japanese aren't all weird about nudity like we Westerners are, so experience it and enjoy yourself. It was surprisingly relaxing.
The last thing I'll mention is the door to the capsule. It actually isn't a door at all, rather a blind you pull down. So you will hear eveything that is going on outside. From conversations, to people snoring. But we only paid 58.00 Canadian for the night (booked on Expedia) and felt like we got our moneys worth. As a first timer to Japan, I'm glad we got a chance to stay in a hotel like this.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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airpricing
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Reviewed May 1, 2012

There are not many capsule hotels that offer "male/female" or "couples". This is one of them.
Previous reviews were helpful, and so were some youtube videos about this particular capsule hotel.
It's conveniently located from "KIBA" station (not shin-kiba). 2 minutes away from the station, crossing the street there is an "Ito Yokado" department store, some restaurants and a food court, making the location ideal for someone in a budget willing to travel and sightseeing around town, coming back to the hotel and eating close by.
The mattress is not really comfy, but you can sleep on it, the capsule is quite spacious (for a capsule), but we recommend ear plugs for those who cannot sleep with noise around, as the rooms do not have doors, and they are made of fiberglass.
"showers" are communal, japanese style, no doors and there is a jacuzzi. Staff were very friendly.
Price and location are the 2 keywords for this hotel.

Room Tip: The semi-double is reasonably spacious, fits ok a couple. Do remember to bring an earplug.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed March 26, 2012

Stayed here with my girlfriend in March as we wanted to get to the Tsukiji Fish Market for 4am. Nice capsule hotel with great facilities - large area with mirrors, hairdryers etc for doing your bits and bobs, and an enormous jacuzzi. The capsules themselves are fab and even have little TVs inside. They have built in alarms which is good. Downstairs they have everything a salaryman needs after a heavy night out - shirts for purchase, socks, ties etc. Brilliant little place. Seems to be right next to a large shopping/cinema complex as well.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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50 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed November 10, 2011

My friends and I, a group of 7, stayed at this hotel during a two week trip. It was very close to the subway station, right next door to a large grocery store, and across the street from a 24hr restaurant. Overall this hotel was amazing with its low prices and variety of rooms. As another reviewer pointed out the corner rooms are have more space. The only con about the hotel is that non of the staff spoke English. They were very polite and friendly but the language barrier was a bit daunting on the day of check-in

Room Tip: Go for the corner rooms if possible, they are more spacious
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Glasgow
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed November 1, 2011

We stayed here for 4 nights as part of our budget honeymoon travelling around Japan. At £34 per night in total for a semi-double room, we weren't expecting much at all but we were pleasantly surprised! We went staright from Narita airport on bus, got off at Kansai & got the Tozai (Blue) line to Kiba (exit 4b is right next to the hotel). We arrived early but they kept our bags for us 'til check in at 3pm so we were able to explore the area. There's a shopping mall & supermarket right next to the hotel, with a couple of really good cafes serving up food we're used to (toast, tea & scrambled eggs etc). It's about 160 yen each for a single to Otemachi train station, minutes walk to Tokyo's main station right next to it, again, on the subway's blue Tozai Line.

The guys at the front desk couldn't speak English but were very willing to help & were friendly & accomodating. We were given clean towels, robe & trousers to wear, slippers & a locker key for a large locker. The capsule was a semi-double & really clean & comfy, just what we needed after long flights from the UK. There's a mirror, a wee TV, alarm clock, dimmer light, plug socket & air conditioning. There's a grass/woven bamboo-type blind as a "door" to the capsule but despite this, you can't hear anyone else snoring or anything. The hall was very quiet & we would recommend havign the bottom capsule so you don't have to bother climbing up the ladders to get into bed. It's also handy when sorting out your things, you can leave stuff on the floor.

We had a semi-double capsule which I thought was a perfect size, but my man did hit his head a couple of times off the TV so he said he'd have preferred a double. We were glad to be able to have a capsule together as some capsules stated online that males & females are separate & we wondered if this applied to couples. This hotel was fine for couples though.

The bathrooms are obviously separate & catered for everything you could need. Shampoo, conditioner, bodywash, body lotion, hair dryers, combs & lockers were all provided for no extra cost. There's only about 3 showers in the women's bathroom & it is communal showering, but you soon get over any self-consciousness as this is common. There's Western style toilets (phew!) & they're luxury ones at that (heated toilet seats, bidet facilities). There's a jacuzzi, which was amazing & sometimes I was the only one there, which was great. Mid afternoons or really early mornings were quiet. The men's jacuzzi was bigger & had a massage chair & more showers but I think this is because it caters for a lot of businessmen rather than women.

The tea downstairs was a wee bit expensive & the computer was very slow & cut out several times, despite me putting in plenty of 100 yen coins. I don't like smoking "areas" as I don't smoke & would have preferred the sitting areas to be completely separate. There's vending machines providing snacks & also underwear if you need it!

I would definately recommend this hotel, it was a novelty to stay in & provided everything we needed. I was surprised it was only a 1* rating on the website we booked it from.

Room Tip: I'd recommend choosing a bottom capsule if one's available.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed September 28, 2011

We only stayed on night at the beginning of Sept 2011 in this hotel but it was really pleasant. Note that we didn't stay in the 'Capsule' Style of rooms but in a normal Double Room. It was particularly clean and quiet spacious and the double bed comfortable. The room included internet which came in handy.
The main thing about this hotel however was that the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. They didn't speak too much English and we didn't know a word of Japanese unfortunately but they really tried their best to help us with directions, handing out maps etc. We really didn't expect this of such a budget hotel. Thanks a lot - arigato!
Kiba is not very central or a hip area but we had a very nice walk in the neighbourhood and enjoyed discovering a bit of 'normal' Tokyo as well. Nice small restaurants nearby as well as a park.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Tokyo Kiba Hotel
Address: 1-4-3, Kiba, Koto 135-0042, Tokyo Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Koto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
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Ranked #5 of 33 Hotels / Ryokan in Koto
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Hotel Class:1.5 star — Tokyo Kiba Hotel 1.5*
Number of rooms: 189
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