I love staying at the Flexstay in Ikebukuro -- I've stayed there for work at least 4 times now and it is a reliable and convenient location. Since my last visit I've noticed that the rooms now have microwaves, and bidet-style toilets too, which is great.
The staff there are always happy to help, and they go to great efforts to understand English-speaking guests, although it should be noted that there aren't any fluent staff members. There are plenty of handouts and forms that are in English though, so you will be able to be understood, if you're not too shy about giving Japanese a try. If you are the kind of traveler that is very concerned about language difficulties, I would recommend you stay at another hotel that caters toward English-speaking guests.
Location is great: close to the cute area of Ootsuka station (on the Yamanote line) and there are plenty of restaurants/cafes around as well. Sunshine city, with its shopping and food options is just a 5 min walk away. There are mini-supermarkets all around, and a 24 hour food place at the bottom of the hotel (although not affiliated).
Note that one side of the hotel faces another building and therefore the rooms don't have a view at all. The other side (east) is very open and overlooks a petrol station and has a nice view of the city skyline.
I have recommended this hotel to many colleagues and friends. I will return to stay again. Excellent value, clean, and the self-catering option is fantastic.
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- We do not provide the cleaning service during your stay. You can use a vacuum in the closet.Or please come to the front desk in advance for the paid cleaning service. ... more less
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