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Hotel Sardonyx Ueno
Ranked #18 of 120 Hotels / Ryokan in Taito
Tokyo, Japan
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“Great value for money, very convenient”
Reviewed September 4, 2011

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.

Room Tip: Get a non-smoking semi-double room for couples, it's cheaper and there's enough room for 2.
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  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Wroclaw, Poland
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Reviewed February 24, 2011

We stayed in this hotel for 6 nights. Our rooms (we had 2) were small but comfortable, rather clean (the bedspread had some old stains, one of the bathrooms could have been cleaner) and quiet. The breakfast was ok - small but tasty (note that breakfast included in a hotel price is something rather unusual in Tokyo).
The area was great - lots of shops, small restaurants, close to metro stations and Yamanote JR line. Very convenient and easy transfer to/from the Narita airport - by Keisei trains. Easy access to all city attractions.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 27, 2010

We booked 2 rooms – 1 double and 1 twin and stayed a total of 4 nights in Dec on 3 separate occasions, when we travelled to Hakone and Disneyland.

You can get good rates through the hotel’s website. Many people stay here on business trips so during weekends, the double bed room rate becomes cheaper. Rate includes a very hearty and complete breakfast at level 1 at Italian Tomato Jr Cafe. It comes with soup, 4 different main courses to choose from and tea/coffee and juice. Breakfast is rarely provided by hotels in Tokyo but Sardonyx provides it.

I loved its central location near JR Okachimachi station, situated along the Yamanote JR line as Tokyo and 1 station away from Akihabara. It it right in the middle, between Shinjuku/Harajuku and Maihama, Disneyland. It is also only 4 stations away from Asakusa. You can take Keisei Limited Express or Skyliner from Narita, which is cheaper than Narita Express, to Keisei Ueno Station. And from Keisei Ueno station, it is possible to walk with big luggages to the hotel in about 8mins. There is no need to take taxi. It is also served by 3 subway lines, Ginza, Toei Oedo and Hibiya. Because of this, it is very easy to reach other parts of Tokyo. And Disneyland can be reached in about 20mins via Hibiya/Keiyo line. This hotel also serves as base point for storing our big luggages. Hotel will keep the luggages for a week, even if you are not checking in again. This is really a very nice gesture and great service.

All amenities are provided. There is also coin operated washing machines/dryers in its premises. The room is adequate and compact, though with little walking space once the luggages are open. But the simmons bed is comfortable.

Just round the corner is a family mart. There are many shops/eateries around the hotel so you won't go hungry. It is also very near to Ameya-yokocho, Ueno Park and Ueno Hardrock Café in Ueno station. The famous unagi kabayaki eatery, Izuei Honten, is also nearby.

Given its price and location, I do not think I can find another equivalent or comparable hotel! This is really a value for money hotel! Would recommend this hotel to all.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed December 10, 2010

I stayed at this hotel in June, July and November 2010.
It is very well located, right in the heart of Ueno's Ameya Yokocho arcade and a few minutes walk from both the JR Yamanote line, the bullet train and the metro.
The rooms are neat, services are overall good and the price includes breakfast, a complimentary meal not very common to have in Japan.

I strongly recommend this hotel, especially for those travelling via shinkansen or interested in some of the greatest Japanese museums. Not to mention the bookshop in the main avenue, opened 24 hours.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled on business
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Melbourne
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Reviewed April 28, 2009

Close to the train station. Easy access to other parts of Tokyo.
Restaurants and convenience stores close by.
Breakfast in the downstairs restaurant was simple, and there wasn't much variety, but the food was tasty.

  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Sardonyx Ueno
Address: 6-6-7 Ueno, Taito 110-0005, Tokyo Prefecture
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Location: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Taito > Ueno, Asakusa
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
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#9 Family Hotel in Taito
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Sardonyx Ueno 3*
Number of rooms: 181
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