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Toyoko Inn Asakusa Kuramae Kaminarimon
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Reviewed August 19, 2009

We selected this particular location of the Toyoko Inn somewhat at random. I had stayed at the Toyoko Inn Shinagawa before, but it was booked up this trip. The Toyoko Inn chain is itself a great value, catering mainly to Japanese locals, although it is becoming more popular with tourists because of its great value. We selected this one because we had read good reviews and heard that Asakusa was a great neighborhood. We didn't realize how great it would be. Asakusa is fairly centrally located in Tokyo. You'll have to take the subway to get around the city no matter where you stay, but this particular hotel is located a very short walk (5 minutes) from 2 different stations with access to three different subway lines (Oedo, Ginza, and Asakusa lines). It is also a short walk (10 minutes) from the Senso-ji temple complex with the famous Thunder gate. Aside from that, the immediate neighborhood where the hotel is located is nice. It is relatively quiet and very safe. It is not a neighborhood with many bars and nightclubs if that is what you are looking for, but it does have restaurants and some little stores as well as some residential buildings.

The hotel itself is a standard Toyoko Inn. This means small rooms (by American standards) with only a bed and small desk and closet and not much room to unpack or move around in. But hey, you aren't going to Tokyo to sit around in your hotel room! We stayed in the double room and it was enough space for our 3 suitcases (under the bed) and two adults, and I am a pretty tall guy. The bed was bigger than an American double size bed, but smaller than a queen. It's hard, but that is standard in Japan. The hotel provides slippers and pajamas. The bathroom was actually quite nice with a Japanese toilet with all of the electronic amenities, a large whirlpool tub, and a shower head which is movable.

The hotel rate includes breakfast which is actually quite extensive. It includes rice balls, miso soup, sausages, salad, tea, coffee, and some other little dishes.

There is free internet on the computers in the lobby and printers to use, which was very convenient, as well as free wi-fi in the lobby if you have your own computer. You can rent a laptop for around 10 dollars a day as well.

One of the things we liked about the hotel was the service. The front desk staff all spoke English pretty well. When we checked in, they let us know about a promotion they were running for joining the Toyoko Inn club which actually ended up saving us around 30 dollars. That gets us to the best part about our stay: the price! The chain as a whole is one of the cheapest ways to stay in Tokyo and Japan as a whole. The hotels are standardized and all very nice and clean. The only way to book it is through the hotel's website, which is also offered in English. This room is such a great value for the price--my wife was actually quite impressed when we got to our room considering the way the prices compared to the rest of the hotels in Tokyo. You even get a free gift upon check-in (we got Toyoko Inn socks) if you book online. We couldn't have asked for a better location either.

The only thing we didn't really like about the hotel is that they clean the rooms from 10am-4pm, during which time you can't return to your room. You can tell them not to clean it for a day, but if they are cleaning and you didn't request in advance, you can't go into your room. One of the days we were there, we came back in the middle of the day quite hot from walking around and wanted to change our clothes and sit for a bit, and they did allow us into our room for half an hour. The front desk was quite helpful, but they seemed confused as to why we would want to go back to our room. We realized later that there actually is information posted about how they clean during this time and you are expected to leave your room. This wasn't a huge issue, just something to be aware of.

Overall, we definitely recommend this hotel. We will stay here again next time we go to Tokyo.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank PoorestTourists
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Reviewed April 24, 2009

I picked the location almost random but found Asakusa a really interesting older part of Tokyo and a good base for getting around. Hotel is basic but does the job - rice balls and miso soup breakfast is included + tea and coffee. You even get night shirts to wear. Subway is close by but found it a bit tricky to find the hotel when we arrived as the sign outside is only in Japanese and Tokyo's address system takes a bit of getting used to - definitely print off the map and directions! Asakusa is also only 2 stops from Ueno which you can get the airport Skyline train to.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 26, 2008

This hotel was easy to find and convenient to subway stations, Senso-ji and Ueno. We booked the "deluxe" double which was a relatively big room and bathroom, for only a few extra dollars. We were excited by the bath which had spa jets when we saw it, but there is a sign that we weren't allowed to use it because of the noise. Like all the hotels we stayed at in Japan it was clean.

This appears to be great value for Tokyo. We looked at much more expensive accommodation on the various websites so we were very happy with the price of this one, for what we got. As a couple, we managed very well with the slightly bigger room.

Komagata Dozeu restaurant just to the north is well worth a visit.

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Rexgoes
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Reviewed October 16, 2007

Just stayed at the Komagata Asakusa a few days ago and found the location to be excellent - right around the corner from the subway lines and an easy walk to Sensoji Temple. Room was clean. Refrigerator, AC, color TV with 2 free movie channels, coin laundry and free internet (2 computers in lobby and I think free WiFi in rooms - don't have a laptop so don't know for sure). Faces the street so a little noise from the outside, but just simple traffic noises -- nothing too disruptive. I slept easily through it. You pay for your entire stay at check-in which was fine, but I had to ask for a receipt for the cash I had just given them. Their policy is to give you a receipt at check-out, but I don't like to hand over cash without getting a receipt. I asked for one and the front desk clerk wrote one for me - I think they're used to foreigners asking for this. The shower ceiling is VERY low... I'm under 5'5" so was not a problem, but anyone over 5'8" will have to duck their head a bit. Free b'fast is just miso soup and onigini (rice balls). I passed every morning as there are so many great coffee shops and bakeries to go to. I had originally booked the Toyoko Inn at Kabuki-cho, but my friends in Japan thought the location was a terrible idea and convinced me to stay in Asakusa instead. Would recommend for a single or a couple who can stand tight quarters. Great rates for a great location.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled solo
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3  Thank ChgoGal11225
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Reviewed April 10, 2007

Very well located hotel, comfortable and friendly. Rooms are smallish so you would need to be friendly if sharing. There is a Metro station round the corner so transport is easy. Excellent for shrine and temple and easy journey to museums, zoo etc.

  • Stayed: April 2007
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