We stayed here in February 2011, and spent 6 nights here. At first it was a little hard to find from Ueno station, but this is one of the characteristics of Tokyo, not the hotel itself.
The room is very spacious by Tokyo budget hotel standards, with enough room for the bed, writing desk AND space for our bags (we've stayed in places where you could barely fit between the wall and the bed in Tokyo).
A great bonus is the free breakfast included, something you don't find in many Tokyo hotels. The breakfasts were basic, but filling and tasty, and having the option to eat downstairs saved us some money too.
In terms of the location, it's very convenient to the Ueno-Okachimachi station, and only a few more minutes walk away from Ueno station on the Yamanote line - this basically means you can get ANYWHERE in Tokyo from here easily. Another big bonus it that Ueno station is on a direct line to the airport via the Keisei express train, so it is very convenient to get both to and from Narita station.
Nearby the hotel are the the Ameyoko markets, where you can find fresh fish, vegetables as well as numerous little restaurants serving sushi, tonkatsu and ramen. Try not to go to the markets on the weekend because they get ridiculously busy. There's also a gigantic multi-storey toy shop nearby the hotel, but its name escapes me. Very easy to spend hours browsing away in there, and it's a good place to buy souvenirs to take home.
Lastly, if you do go to the markets, have a look down a few of the alleys leading from the main areas. There was a downstairs section that had a huge selection of ethnic groceries (by ethnic I mean not Japanese, but Chinese, Indian etc). We discovered it on our last day and didn't take full advantage of it, but it's definitely worth a look.
I would highly recommend this hotel, the staff are kind and patient, the rooms are clean and have enough room to move around in and the location is excellent.
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