The b Ikebukuro is recently refurbished hotel, that I think used to be the Sunroute Ikebukuro. The hotel is quite easy to find, and is only a couple of hundred metres from the train station. Just head out the east exit and go left along the main road. As the station is on the JR line, it makes it pretty easy to get anywhere in Tokyo which is a plus for this hotel.
As the hotel is new, it is modern and clean. The reception staff were pretty friendly, but there was a bit of a language barrier at times as they didn't speak the best english. I suppose it depends on who is working. The twin room that we stayed in was very very small (18m²) and there really wasn't much room to move, especially with luggage. I remember looking for room sizes before booking and couldn't find any, I guess I didn't look hard enough! As I was travelling with a female friend it was a little strange as the beds were so close together and it was like living in each others pocket. The was magnified when we realised the bathroom door was only 70% frosted! So you could see above and below the middle section of the door, which is a little off-putting when you aren't dating/married!
Thankfully we were able to upgrade to a deluxe twin which bought us an extra 5m² and a wooden door on the bathroom! There was still a small totally frosted thin window that faced the main area, but you couldn't see anything. The bigger room was exactly what we needed and felt 100%more comfortable!
If you were travelling with a loved one, then the closeness/privacy wouldn't be a problem at all. The price of the hotel is remarkably cheap for Tokyo, and is a good clean place to stay. The view isn't much to speak of, just out to the main road/interior of the hotel depending on where you are. It is also in an interesting part of town, with the street behind full of 'entertainment' places for men. Oh and next door seemed to be a place where you can pay to take a lady out on the town...and who knows what else. We couldn't exactly understand the Japanese! But it is completely safe like most of Japan.
There is a shopoping area a couple of hundred metres walk which has a cinema, restaurants, shops, pachinko, HMV etc which connects on to Sunshine City. I didn't really find Sunshine city too exciting and was more like an American mall. There were other things around the neighbourhood, but we didn't spend too much time in Ikebukuro itself. It is a short walk to plenty of food places, so just head out and walk into a restaurant that you can't understand! It's great fun!
Overall the value for money was great! The rooms are small but clean and it's close to a major train station which is imperative for geting around Tokyo.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of this exciting city, just three minutes walk from the JR Ikebukuro and subway stations providing easy access to Shinjuku, Shinjuku and Tokyo Dome. This newly opened hotel is right in the centre of the entertainment, nightlife, shopping, business and restaurant precinct, but also just minutes to Sunshine City including aquarium and observatory deck, Namja Town, Ancient Orient Museum and Japan Traditional Crafts Centre. Ideal hotel for business or leisure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The b Ikebukuro Hotel Toshima
- The b Tokyo Ikebukuro Japan