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Hotel Park Side
Ranked #68 of 118 Hotels / Ryokan in Taito
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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92 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Not for Foreigners”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2013

Perfect location, great value (140 US$), occupancy 90% Japanese, 9% Korean (most speak Japanese), 1% other foreigners so little need to speak English or provide the typical foreign traveler advice. 5 days a week there is one woman at the front desk who speaks good English, can answer questions, is friendly and helpful: Ishizawa. Terrific, she saved our 4 days there.

Special deluxe top 8th floor room, tiny twin, tiny bath, couldn't go to the window (blocked by bed, chair and tiny closet) but had great view of Ueno park and pond from the middle of the room, no storage drawers, couldn't unpack. Bed and bathroom updating was good. Air conditioner worked first 2 nights, 3rd day, housekeeping turned it off but we did get it going again. Last day and night housekeeping turned it up to 26 C and we couldn't read the Japanese control info, were undressed so didn't call the reception, hot, hot. TV had only Japanese stations, no guest computer. Must be a better foreign oriented but also reasonably priced hotel in Tokyo but, knowing the lack of English and room storage, guests would appreciate the Skyliner service direct to hotel area, Ueno, gorgeous adjacent park and pond for early morning walk, several of the best Tokyo museums, and close by one of the best French restaurants ever, Grill Fukushima, also in Ueno Park. Don't bother with the far away top rated (also French) Park Hyatt New York Grill, mediocre food and house wine, prices 50% higher than other top restaurants - the great 52nd floor view can be obtained from the adjacent New York bar. I shouldn't forget the marvelous hotel Parktop Lounge, view, ambience, excellent 10$US house wine from Chili, and access to items from the Chinese and Italian hotel restaurants to also dine in this pleasant lounge.

Room Tip: Ask for one of their larger rooms, if they have any.
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Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto, Canada
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38 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2013

The Park Side Hotel

Located to the south of Ueno Park, this small hotel has been my Japanese home for years. While the location is amazing – less than 10 minutes from the Ueno station – there are some issues with this house of charm.

Firstly the staff are capable of being extremely short and rude. While this is virtually unheard of in the hospitality industry, the staff – and one assumes the management – have mastered this trait.

The rooms are generally pleasant. All are smoking, which is somewhat of a drag for the non smokers. While the immediately visible room is quite clean, if you move a few things you will generally find a lot of dust and uncleaned surfaces. During one visit I turned over the futon, only to find it terribly stained and dirty. They replaced it immediately.

During one visit to the hotel I left a Mont Blanc pen on the desk, which went missing immediately. Yes it is my fault, but how do you lock everything down. Now I have a system – Do not disturb signs most of the time.

All of this said, it is a great price.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank bcwqueenst
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london
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208 reviews
72 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 219 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2013

Spent 3 nights at hotel we had used on previous visits some years ago. Reserved twin room as offers more space at modest additional cost. Fairly easy to walk from Ueno JR (a major junction), 10+ minutes, shorter walk to Keisei station (not a JR station) and its fast direct services to Narita airport (Y2400pp); there are also other nearby subway lines. Reception area doesn't feel like one but more bottom of an office block. Staff fairly responsive and efficient. Luck of the draw whether you get a smoky or non smoky room, ours was smoking but no trace of smell. Our twin room was a little tired but an upgrade going on and doubles have been done (or so I understand). Nevertheless, spotlessly clean as is usual in Japan. Plenty of space for 2. Adequate bathroom with usual accessories and with plenty of hot, strong water pressure. Modest wardrobe space for 2, fridge, TV with plenty of channels but all in Japanese. View over the park (at extra cost) but ask for at least 7th floor, 5th is on line with a/c units and park's outdoor entertainment block. We had requested park view and given 5th floor but staff did work hard to change it to 7th floor. Free wi-fi only works in the lobby and was fine for my UK smart phone. At rear of hotel is a well known "entertainment" area with masses of bars/restaurants. Doesn't feel edgy although some women may possibly not feel at ease. Didn't have breakfast in ground floor Italian restaurant that hotel uses but prices seem reasonable. Expensive Chinese restaurant on top floor and overpriced bar. Would certainly use again.

Room Tip: Request at least 7th floor for park views (at extra cost)
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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20 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2013

The Hotel Park Side is a good option for the weary traveller.

Friendly and professional, the staff can help you with almost anything you need. I found their English is a little limited but is still more extensive than my Japanese, and we got assistance with everything we needed during our stay.

Having just got off a 14 hour flight and train transfer, the first thing you want is a shower, and this hotel delivers in spades. Hot, strong water in a nice deep shower room.

The hotel bar on the top floor has a wonderful view of the park and lake across the road, and some excellent whiskey`s, including one from the Mount Fuji region.

I tried to stay here again nearing the end of our trip, but they were fully booked.

The only thing to note (which they can`t do anything about short of physically moving the hotel), is that Ueno is about a 30 minute JR Yamanote line train ride away from Shibuya, Harajuku etc. Not a big deal for us, but if you were madly trying to do a few things in a short space of time on the other side of town, its worth considering whether you`d want to stay here or somewhere closer as the JR line can be busy and tiring.

The only other consideration is they don`t seem to have smoking and non-smoking floors, so some our non-smoking room had a very slight smokey smell to it initially, but soon cleared out once the aircon was on.

All in all, a good experience and a good value hotel.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Detroit, Michigan
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41 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2013

I stayed here for 3 nights in December, 2012. Had a twin room, which turned out to be a smoking room although they didn't ask me at check-in whether I wanted smoking or not. The room was pretty smelly from old smoke but other than that it was pretty decent. I had a nice view of Ueno Park. The desk personnel were very friendly and spoke English fairly well. The breakfast was quite good. I would stay here again because it was a good deal for Tokyo and in a great location.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank drjeff1968
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2012

We recently stayed there for a night in the standard twin room. When we called the front desk for an extra bath towel and a pillow, the reply was simply 'no'. We was very surprised by the answer, so we thought that they might not have understood our request, hence, we repeated the request. The reply is still 'no' and the staff even added an impatient 'ok?' We were very shocked by the rude reply.

Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2012

I have stayed there alone during winter just a month ago, and it was of good value. if travelling via keisei skyliner from Narita, its just about 5 mins walk away , 10 mins if you are with luggage. an extra 3-5 mins to the JR lines and subways . left my luggage there since it was before check in time, when i returned and checked in, its already in the room.
the rooms are small but comfortable. as in many places in Japan, it is clean. it is in a happening area(Ueno), opposite is Shinobazu pond and a bit further, Ueno park and zoo. behind(not directly but a bit to the side) is a small pub/red light/night life area , may worry about noise but dont worry about safety, Japan is a highly safe country.
will be staying there again in 2 months time for spring.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank cryspower
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Property: Hotel Park Side
Address: 2-11-18 Ueno, Taito 110-0005 , Tokyo Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Taito > Ueno, Asakusa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #68 of 118 Hotels / Ryokan in Taito
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Park Side 3.5*
Number of rooms: 128
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