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“Good for the experience but wouldn't stay more than 1 night!”

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Capsule Hotel Asakusa Riverside
Ranked #51 of 63 Specialty lodging in Taito
Brisbane, Australia
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“Good for the experience but wouldn't stay more than 1 night!”
Reviewed April 27, 2012

We stayed here mainly just for the novelty of this Japanese experience - I can't say that I would ever like to do it again!

The hotel is very old and dated. The staff don't speak English very well so it was a little frustrating checking in and understanding the process. You have to use a coin locker for your baggage.

The capsules are bigger than what I anticipate which included a radio and television. For privacy there is a blind. I actually got really hot during the night and wasn't sure if there was any way to adjust temperature so I had to sleep with blind open (which was a bit uncomfortable as you are in a room with 20 so other capsules). In the morning it was very loud as you can hear everything/everyone from all the other capsules especially when you are all waking up at different times.

The bathroom's are old and don't seem exceptionally clean. Upstairs is a small common area with an outside balcony on the roof which is nice (had a beer up there from one of the vending machines in the hotel). It's very smoky though which was unpleasant but I'm not used to it coming from somewhere where it is illegal to smoke inside restaurants/clubs/bars/hotels etc.

The location was a great area to some local sights and also very close to railway stations.

Overall it was fun for the experience but I would never really consider staying in one again!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 25, 2012

i went there for one stay to try another capsule hotel in japan and i was very disappointed when it comes to the cleaninless issue.
though i had a good sleep, everything was dirty, from the lockers to the sticky light switches. i can understand that the building/facilities was old, but that's not an excuse in my book!
i had clean sheets in my capsule but i knew, seeing the rest of the hotel, that nobody ever had bothered to clean the walls of the capsules. and note that i'm an easy going traveler, still i was very annoyed. of course i didn't even thought of entering the onsen pool!!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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Uppsala, Sweden
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Reviewed April 22, 2012

Me and my boyfriend like to stay in capsule hotels in Japan, unfortunately for me many hotel are for man only. Capsule Riverside Hotel was a big disappointment, it's very old and many public places are very smoky, it's was a fist capsule where reception tried to sell shampoo (it's available inside for free be aware), bath area is not so good, area for make-up in lady's section didn't have any chairs to seat - i had to do make up standing. Lockers are very small, you have to use coin locker - 400 yen per 12 hours, but it's happen before with me (thou in some capsules reception could keep your luggage for free but it's not often). If you are traveling by male company try another capsules to get real experience with saunas and big , if you are traveling female- mix company and you are late to find somethings better - this place is ok for 1-2 night. One more time - it's not really capsules hat Japanese people used to, it's n more cheap hostel for tourist.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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Columbus, Ohio
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Reviewed March 6, 2012

Coming to Tokyo I knew I wanted to stay in the classic capsule hotels I had heard about and seen in movies, and Capsule Hotel Riverside doesn't disappoint. First, before going here you need to realize what you are going here for. It's for the experience, not lavish luxury (you're sleeping in a small box after all).

The service was great and the staff were very friendly. You are also provided with pajamas and slippers as shoes aren't allowed on the capsule floors (there are lockers to store your shoes in). There is also a public bath upstairs which was nice, and they had a great community tub overlooking the river. Also the night in the capsule was very cool, not something you'd want to do everyday, but you get a tv and controls in there and if you like having your own space then this is for you. Also it is required that you be quiet in the capsule rooms (obviously) and most people are respectful of this. The hotel is also close to the subway so getting there and back is easy.

The only issues/inconvenience was that there was little storage space for luggage. There was a large common room for luggage on an upper level where only guests could get to, and we had no problem with that. There's also lockers you can rent (for 12 hours at a time) where you can store more valuable items.

Overall it was great. I'd recommend only staying one night just for the experience, as worrying about your luggage and locker rentals would be a pain over many days.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Reviewed December 6, 2011

Really enjoyed my two night stay here after a noisy stay in a hostel.
The capsules were surprisingly large (it was my first time in a capsule hotel) and very comfortable I found. They supply you with sleeping gear, pillows ... the room temperature is perfectly regulated too which was great in winter.

I stayed on the women's only floor. From the time I checked in at 5pm, the capsule rooms were silent! If you are after a quiet nights sleep, this is definitely a very good option.

They have a bath on the top level two which I really enjoyed - no one was there so very good for a first time bath experience.

Only downside - they speak next to no English here, so you won't have much luck asking/ordering anything etc.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled solo
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Ardmore
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Reviewed November 14, 2011

My daughter and I stayed at the capsule hotel for 3 days in August 2010. We are from the US. They allow both male and female, which worked for us. Many other capsule hotels do not.

It was a very nice experience. While there, we met many people from other countries on holiday staying there. Visiting with them in the lounge was a fun experience for us.

I think you need to know what you are getting into when you go. It is not the Park Hyatt, so don't expect that. You are staying in a capsule, locker space is limited.
You can hardly beat the price.
If you are adventuous, go for the experience and live a little.

It was very clean and the staff was very nice to us. It is located very close to the subway and has a nice view from the balcony at night.
Depending on who you are dealing with there, true their English may be limited. But you are in Japan, learn a little bit of "tourist" Japanese before you go; or another good idea is get an ap, if you have an iphone.

I am going back to Japan in January 2012 and will definitely stay again.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 20, 2011

Same price as a dorm room in a youth hostel. No service at all, you even pay through a machine. The guy at the desk does not speak English. You pay for your luggage through lockers as expensive as the public ones, and for 12 hrs only. It looks old, like it has not been renovated for a while. We even saw a gigantic insect (un gros cafard). There is a female section. The shower is not on the same floor. Pros: it is a special experience, and they give you pyjamas, it is very close to the subway station but not that well posted.

  • Stayed August 2011
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Property: Capsule Hotel Asakusa Riverside
Address: 2-20-4 Kaminarimon, Taito 111-0034, Tokyo Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Taito > Ueno, Asakusa
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Ranked #51 of 63 Specialty lodging in Taito
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Number of rooms: 140
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