I stayed here for two weeks on a business trip - my wife also stayed with me.
The room was very small by American standards, but it gets the job done. Chances are you won't be visiting Japan to stay in the room all day long.
The rooms were perfectly clean, and well stocked with toiletries - very large amounts of body wash, shampoo, and conditioner. There is internet provided, but only via wired connection. There is free wifi in the lobby, the login details for which are changed every 3 days (just ask the front desk).
Most of the employees at the front desk speak passable English, but it varies from person to person. Japanese hotels will expect you to pay for the entire trip up front, so be prepared for that as this is not very common in the US. Japanese hotels also book based on occupancy, but my hotel was booked through work and I simply paid for my reservation and was not bothered about having an extra person at all - use your judgment and conscience with regard to this.
There is free breakfast every morning that usually includes salad, a kind of meat, soup, sometimes eggs (either scrambled or hard boiled), pastries, and of course coffee/tea. It's not going to win any awards but it is fairly good quality and very nice if you're looking to save money.
The hotel is very close (less than a 10 minute walk) to 2 different Metro stops, and about a 15 minute walk to Ueno station, which is a major hub in the Tokyo area. Ueno Park is also directly adjacent to the station, which is very nice and has a lot of different things to do. There are also many, many restaurants and shops within 1 or 2 miles - we easily could have eaten at a different place for every night of our stay.
Overall this is a clean, conveniently located, and very affordable. You would have a hard time finding a hotel for this price with all those characteristics in a big city anywhere in the US. But bear in mind this is not trying to be an upscale hotel - it is an efficient place to sleep and bathe every night after your days in Tokyo.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Fontaine Ueno
- Fontaine Ueno Hotel
- Hotel Villa Fontaine Ueno Tokyo, Japan