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Agora Place Asakusa
Ranked #21 of 125 Hotels / Ryokan in Taito
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

Stylish and Modern hotel and very conveniently located - literally 1 minute walk from the metro station. Must admit that the standard double(bed) room is quite small (barely layout my luggage flat on the floor), but to me the most important thing is being in a "clean & tidy" room.

The staff are friendly and can speak enough English to respond with everything we asked.

I'd definitely recommend anyone who plans to stay in Tokyo for just a weekend / quick get-away to try this out!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

Tokyo is a ridiculously expensive, and in my opinion, overrated city. This hotel though was the highlight for us.

We spent 4 nights in Tokyo. The first 2 was spent in a "capsule" hotel which was quite an experience. This place cost only $10 more a night than the capsule. While I was miserable in the capsule and I couldn't sleep all I could think about was how I couldn't wait to get in to a real hotel room. But then I wondered, "At only $10 more a night, maybe there was a catch? Maybe something was wrong with Agora Place that wasn't mentioned". I kept looking out for that missing bathroom, or small bed but never found it. All we got was a cozy room that was very clean and functional. Everything seemed brand new. Great service from start to finish and great location. Staying in Asakusa was the highlight for us and the price for what you get at this hotel is unbeatable.

Room Tip: You must rent bikes in Teito City! Ask at reception and they will tell you where to do it. The neigh...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank bryan19
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

I spent two nights at the Agora Place Hotel in Asakusa and enjoyed my stay. Getting to the hotel via the metro is easy if you use the Tawaramachi stop on the Ginza line. The hotel is less than a block from the exit.

The hotel is very modern, extremely clean and very quiet. The rooms are compact by western standards so if you're traveling with a lot of luggage, you may find yourself stepping over it when the bags are open. There are hooks on the wall for hanging things but no closets. The bathrooms are small but well laid out. They are ultra modern with a shower and bidet toilet with heated seats.

Rooms are cleaned daily, beds made with crisp ironed sheets and covered with a comfy duvet. There is no top sheet (only the light weight duvet) so you may get too warm during the night.

Rooms have a safe for your valuables, a small refrigerator, a coffee pot, and a small desk. There is also a flat screen TV but watching movies will cost you. I don't think there is access to regular TV. At least I couldn't figure out how to tune in to it. But I don't think Japanese are big TV watchers. WiFi is available in all rooms. You'll need to get the 3-access number from the front desk.

The hotel is less than ten minutes by foot from the Sensoji Temple. As of my mid-October 2012 visit, the hotel had no onsite restaurant. However, I saw signs announcing a grand opening later in the month. There are lots of restaurants and convenience stores nearby.

The front desk staff is friendly and helpful although their English proficiency is a bit limited.

I would definitely use this hotel again.

Room Tip: Room 917 has an outstanding view of the Tokyo Tower. It is partially lit at night.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 1, 2012 via mobile

Overall, the hotel was good. The hotel was clean and modern and the staff were nice.
Great location in Asakusa. About a 2 min walk from the Tawaramachi subway station on the Ginza line and a 15min walk from the Senso-ji Temple.
The rooms were a bit on the small side and our closet was about 6 inches wide - just enough space for two coats. However, the hotel offered good value for money and we were satisfied with our stay.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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2  Thank Mr_Penny-wise
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

I gave this place a five for location because it is not in the very central part of Tokyo, but I really enjoyed coming back to a peaceful, quaint little neighborhood after spending the day amidst chaos. This place was just updated, all the furniture, showers, etc are brand new and very nicely done. The staff knows enough English to be extremely helpful. Very tourist friendly and a wonderful place for our first, introductory night in Japan.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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8  Thank sznd126
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

I was very pleased with this hotel. I got a great deal (50% off on the room) so it was fancier than my usual travel accommodations. The staff was very courteous and helpful and everyone I interacted with at the desk spoke English very well. This hotel was recently renovated and it shows, everything was fresh and new. The rooms are a bit snug, to those used to Western hotels, but perfectly fine unless you have a lot of luggage (there really wasn't any place to put the suitcase and the mini-fridge was on the floor in the small closet space. The only issue might be access to the bathroom sink for larger people. I'm a woman and even I had to angle my shoulders to get close to the mirror.

The beds are extremely comfortable and have large, down pillows and comforters. The cleaning staff brings fresh towels and toiletries every day. There's a small fridge, small closet, a hairdryer, a TV with cable, and a desk in each room. The bathroom shower was really nice and very roomy by Asian hotel standards. There are coin operated laundry machines and vending machines on the premises. There's a restaurant facility for breakfast but I never went there. There were issues with the wifi during my stay, but the staff offered to let me change rooms if I wanted to. Some of the rooms, or at least mine, face in towards the building so there's no view to speak of but still sufficient sunlight.

This hotel has a great location. It is literally right around the corner from the Tawaramachi subway station, a post office and numerous restaurants and convenience stores. It's also an easy 5-10 minute walk (only one turn) from the Asakusa sightseeing and shopping area surrounding Sensoji temple. It's easy to get to Narita Airport from this hotel but more complicated (2 subway transfers) to get to the hotel from the train station (Tokyo Station). The hotel is on the Ginza subway line and it was very easy to get pretty much anywhere in the city. Shibuya, on the opposite end of the Ginza line, took about 40 minutes on the subway, I believe.

I highly recommend this hotel and would stay there again.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

This was a great hotel for the price! The first room they gave me smelled like smoke, but the desk was very nice about it and changed my room with no fuss. The room is small, but very modern and clean and the beds are comfortable. There is only about 6 inches of closet space and no where to put your suitcase. Also, hopefully you are thin so you can access the bathroom sink easily. It's in a very tight space. I'm small, so it wasn't a problem for me, but some folks might be pretty cramped.

As far as the service goes, it's great. I was given clean pajamas, sheets, and 2 sets of towels every day. There's a fridge and a blow dryer supplied in the room. The cable is a bit wonky, but who comes to Tokyo to watch TV?! Free wifi in the rooms. Shampoo, soap, conditioner, brush, toothbrush, q-tips, razors, and slippers are provided daily as well.

The location is very convenient if you are interested in the tourist activities, such as the museums at Ueno park, the kappabashi area with the plastic food stores, and the Asakusa temple and nearby souvenir shops. There are tons of convenience stores nearby, as well as a grocery store on Askausa Dori. If you like sushi, there's an awesome walk-up place on Asakusa Dori, not too far from the hotel. Walk towards Ueno and it will be maybe 2 blocks down on the left. The maguro is to die for! Actually, it's refrigerated so you don't have to die, unlike some of the places I've seen around town.

The hotel is about a 30 meter walk to the nearest subway stop, Tawaramachi Station, which is on the Ginza line. However, if you are into the nightlife in the Shibuya and Shinjuku areas, being out in the Taito neighborhood is not super convenient. If you don't want to turn into a $50 taxi paying pumpkin, plan to return before midnight when the metro stops. Or 12:30ish using JR to Ueno. Ueno is about a 1 mile walk/taxi ride.

I was originally staying near the Tokyo tower, so I don't know the exact train route from Narita. I can tell you how to leave, though. If you ask the desk how to get to Narita, they will tell you to go via Ueno. Ueno station is a nightmare to navigate, further from the hotel, and a ~2500 Yen ($30usd) ticket to Narita. Here's a cheaper, no-stairs (in the case that you also have a heavy roller suitcase) route to get from the hotel to Narita: Roll your suitcase down Asakusa Dori heading east towards the Asakusa station. Take the elevator to the Asakusa (pink A) line, which will be on the southeast corner of the intersection of Asakusa Dori and Edo Dori. Once at the B level, head down a hallway to the elevator for track 2. Catch the train going to Aoto on Track 2. Make sure it says Aoto or Oshiage. Some may even say Narita, but I don't think they come very often. When it gets to Oshiage, get off and cross the platform (12 or so meters wide) to the Keisei line. The sign that indicates arriving trains will be in both English and Japanese. Take the train going to Narita. You can also ask the guard at the platform, if you're not sure, but it will be very obvious when to get off and which train to get on because everyone with large suitcases will be doing the same.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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Address: 2-2-9 Kotobuki, Taito 111-0042, Tokyo Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Taito > Ueno, Asakusa
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
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Ranked #21 of 125 Hotels / Ryokan in Taito
Price Range: $56 - $162 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Agora Place Asakusa 3*
Number of rooms: 145
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Newly opened in July 2012, AGORA PLACE ASAKUSA is a stylishly designed limited service hotel in Tokyo.Just 2-minute walk from Tawaramachi Station, 10-minute walk from the Senso-ji Temple. The hotel has modern air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, refrigerator,safe, bathroom with a hairdryer, slippers, nightwear and amenities are available for an extra cost.The friendly staff can provide local information. Computers are available for use in the lobby and iPads can be rented at the front desk.Guests can use the coin laundry, or request dry cleaning. The hotel also has a vending machine for soft drinks and alcohols. ... more   less 
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