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Hotel Villa Fontaine Ueno
Ranked #31 of 122 Hotels / Ryokan in Taito
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105 reviews
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“Good enough but you can do better”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

OK price/room/breakfast, bad bed/pillow/clientele/location

The price is OK, the room OK on a typical Japanese expectation evaluation.

The beds are hard, the pillows harder and tiny. You may not have a second pillow but piling rocks higher probably would not have made my stiff neck any better. In fact the pillows are terrible.

The hotel is not near any major train station and the nearby subway is not a major line. Ueno is not too far a walk but not near either. Similar hikes will get you to Ameyoko and further to Kappabashi.

The breakfast suffices. Breakfast is cabbage/lettuce salad with 3 dressings, toast and rolls, sausage (2 types rotated day), eggs (runny but good scrambled one day, hard boiled the other day), coffee, milk, water, 1 juice, each day has a different very watery soup (several were tasty).

The food area is crowded and noisy. Do not show up in the first 1/2 hour.

Unlike Japanese clientele, the tourists here are brash, impolite, and noisy. Why go to Japan for that?

The staff is polite and helpful.

The air conditioner will keep you cold enough if you can figure it out (instructions label the buttons but not how to use them) and the temperature fluctuates too much. You are cold when it runs and hot before it turns back on.

Room Tip: Go elsewhere
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Waterloo, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed May 8, 2013

We chose this hotel as it was near the Ueno Station, reachable via the Sky Express, as well as near a metro station. We walked from Ueno station with our bags and it was not a problem. Room was small, but that was expected. Bed very good quality ! Breakfast was free. Bathroom with everything in it, perfect.
Plenty of places to eat walking distance from the hotel, all very quiet.
Will probably stay there next time in Tokyo.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sapporo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed April 28, 2013

I stay at the Villa Fontaine hotels frequently when in Tokyo and they are generally all good value for the money. Located at Shin-Okachimachi station it is very close to the Ameya yokocho shopping area and there is another smaller arcade running parallel to the road the hotel is on. Ueno station is a little farther away. Not a bad walk with an overnight bag. Bigger luggage you'll want a taxi. My room (1111) was fine. Typical business hotel size in Tokyo (meaning small), but it served it's purpose. I didn't like the placement of the fan in the bathroom because it kept blowing the shower curtain towards me in the shower, which is not very nice. The only other bad thing about the hotel was that breakfast is served in the reception area, a narrow runway between the front entrance and the reception. Checkout was hazardous, carrying luggage and trying to negotiate the people going to and from the buffet. Villa Fontaine should slap their architect into next week for that crappy idea. But, the hotel was quiet and I slept well, and that counts for something.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

Hi, I am the author of a recently published book of thirty short stories called "Moments in Time-a collection of short stories". Many of these use overseas experiences-hence I have travelled a lot and stayed in many hotels. Location: Uneo is a good location in Tokyo, The nearest Japanese Rail station is only about 10 minutes walk and we found a big street market nearby. With a JR rail pass being near to a JR station makes it easy getting around- especially to various areas in Tokyo. Hotel Room: Small, clean but the mattresses were hard. Cost: This was more expensive than the other Japanese hotels where we stayed, but included breakfast. The breakfast set-up has the appearance of a backpackers and is in the reception area. While it is buffet arguably providing sufficient selection, on the first two days there was only one person replenishing supplies and I ended up having to use a soup cup for my coffee. Design feature. This is a hotel that rains. The rooms are dry but the middle of the hotel deliberately allows rain to enter and fall down a hollow middle onto a courtyard. This is perfectly OK- quite creative. Food places: Plenty within walking distance.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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bkk
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed April 3, 2013

Hotel take only 5 mins walk from shin-okachimashi station. Walking distance to ameyoko shopping area. 24 hour restaurant (sukiya). Hotel clean and nice, a bit tiny but bathroom got bath tub. Staff very helpful. Boring buffet breakfast since i stay for 6 days but acceptable.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Ivrea, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed March 28, 2013 via mobile

Good hotel, very popular for western guests.
Rooms small but confortable, few services... Breakfast .... Minimal ... "Zen"

Rooms rate quite good.

Great fast check-in check- ok ( thanks)
Good for business trip...

Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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Belcamp, Maryland, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed March 18, 2013

Most other reviews have "the rooms are so small" in them, well they are...but you are visiting a country where compact is the norm, and we had no complaints at all, you have everything you need right there, and it's a vacation and an experience, not the place you will spend the rest of your life, i mean you know where you are going when you get tickets to tokyo japan don't you >:)
In all seriousness, i found this hotel to be right on budget and the closest to everything we wanted to see within walking distance, with exception to ueno zoo, witch is about a 10 min taxi ride or a 30 min walk, but the heart of akihabara-electric town is 10 mins and 2 turns right off the street the hotel sits on, you get to see many shops and buisnesses on the way there, and there are no shortages of signs in english to tell you what street you are on, and many maps in the hotel lobby to get you where you want to go locally. The food in the morning is an added bonus, it's simple and will get you going for the day like it's supposed to, everyone on staff can speak enough english to get by, and are quick at their jobs, i think check in took literally 5 minutes, everything has some kind of instructions on it, including the doorhandle hangers/magnets requesting housekeeping or not, and they were fast in changing the room/bedding and what-not.
For the cost, between 90 and 100 a night there is no complaints at all, and it doesnt matter what your reservation says they will ask you for smoking or non at check in, so just ask when you get there.

Room Tip: a higher room facing east will give you a good sunrise, as this hotel faces 2 towerblock apartments...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Villa Fontaine Ueno
Address: 2-4-4 Kojima, Taito 111-0056, Tokyo Prefecture
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Location: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Taito > Ueno, Asakusa
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #31 of 122 Hotels / Ryokan in Taito
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Villa Fontaine Ueno 3*
Number of rooms: 186
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