Stayed here for six nights in September 2011. As stated by just about every other reviewer, the rooms are small, but if you've been to the Far East before, you should expect this as a matter of course, and for the value of this place (Tokyo is an expensive place to stay) you really can't grumble! Despite the sizes, they come with a full set of amenities (including free internet/wi-fi), and are kept very clean. The bathroom is a self compact unit in itself, and I did find it a bit cramped, but as long as you're under 6'4 this wont be an issue so much! As also mentioned by plenty of others, the owners are very friendly, and do speak good English.
The hotel is only five minutes away from the subway and JR line stations. It is relatively easy to get from the station to the hotel, but take a map the first time round, as due to the sheer size of Tokyo you're likely to lose your bearings very lost! There are plenty of local resturants and seven-eleven's in the area for a quick cheap bite to eat, and the electronics district of Akihibara is only a stop away.
The only issue I did have is that the walls are paper thin. Although the hotel is located down a side street where the noise and traffic from outside wont be an issue, I was woken in the middle of the night by a guy from San Francisco in the room next door making a business conference call (I knew all this as I could hear every other word). I would recommend taking a set of earplugs, in case the guests next door to you are a bit noisy (or like to make conference calls in the middle of the night). However this was just for one night out of six, otherwise I didn't hear a thing.
If you can't quite afford to splurge on a penthouse suite in Shinjuku and the like, this is probably your next best option!
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- Hotel Yanagibasi offers affordable accommodation and is centrally & conveniently located with lots of friendly places to visit. The hotel offers private twin and semi-double rooms, as well as shared rooms with great rates, great amenities & great service! ... more less
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