I am so, so glad I ignored my friends' hotel recommendations and took a chance and stayed @ the Kimi Ryokan!
I arrived to the hotel around 10:00pm from Narita, jetlagged and exhausted. The staff (who spoke excellent English) met me at the door, were incredibly polite and friendly and showed me to my room. They even took the time to show me where the bathroom was and how everything worked. The rooms are small but manageable (it's Tokyo, large spaces come at a premium), the futons were quite comfortable; the bathrooms were clean and pleasant, and considering you're in Tokyo, the rooms are quiet so you're able to get a good night's sleep!
Wireless internet was ok - not very fast but pretty consistent connection. Don't expect to be able to stream HD videos all the time, but great for checking e-mail, browsing, skype, etc.
The real gem of this place is it's location - you're IN Tokyo but not in the midst of the chaos, noise, crowds, etc. You can easily get downtown: maximum 5 minute walk to Ikebukuro Station, 5 minute walk to Starbucks, and other small stores/restaurants.
Overall, great experience and amazing value. Highly recommended.
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- Also Known As:
- Kimi Ryokan Hotel Toshima
- Kimi Ryokan Tokyo, Japan