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Reviewed June 10, 2017

Interesting place - long flight of stairs to check in desk - no elevator - room was perfectly fine - the K-pop posters all over the room was amusingly odd to us. Strict room visitors policy and leaving the key at the desk on the way out was also odd to us,

Overall a nice affordable place to stay with two rail line stations nearby.

Date of stay: April 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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1  Thank 1oldviking
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Reviewed May 25, 2017 via mobile

Stayed here for 4 nights in May. Very very happy with our choice! Hotel is lovely, right on the main street of Korea town and had plenty by and stuff to do!

Check in was fine. Hotel staff are lovely, good English and helpful. Lobby is beautiful! We had a room on the 4th floor. Breakfast avaliable in little cafe for 500 yen!

Room was small but big enough for two. Comfy bed and pillows! TV, kettle and fridge all in the room! Lovely free little toiletries too! Air con also (God send) bright colours and nice little bathroom. Free speedy wifi also as you have wifi in your own room.

Location is fab, your in Korea town so loads of eateries and shops around! Loads of 7-11's, mcdonalds and freshness burger for those who aren't keen on local food. Small walk to most attractions such as the gardens and different districts. Lots to go see and do! And close to stations!

For those coming from the airport and aren't keen on subways etc we got the limo bus and a taxi which cost us about 3500 yen for two! Very easy to do! Also a bit of advice - hardly anywere accepts credit card!! We really struggled as we thought everywhere would! So just be prepared with cash! Don't make the mistake we did haha

Overall very happy with our stay and would stay again if I was on that side of the world!

Date of stay: May 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
2  Thank RakGresty
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Reviewed May 16, 2017

Location - excellent & central. Very close to all the action in Shinjuku and a stone's throw from the local station (Shin Okubo which is on the Yamanote line). Walk out the station, cross the road and turn left. Look out for the hotel sign as you walk along - it's not very far. Shin Okubo doesn't have a lift though - you'll need to drag your suitcase down a flight of stairs.

Don't be put off by the thought of the Tokyo subway system. You'll pick it up in no time - give it a go. Beats paying for taxis, that's for sure. We have Suica cards which we top up each time we visit Tokyo. You can buy them at both airports and most train stations. Have to pay a little deposit, but it's worth it for enabling you to traverse Tokyo very easily. Our friends were there 4 days and thought the Suica card option was perfect.

Located within Little Korea so loads of Korean food options. Use the Yamanote line to get yourself around. There's a few supermarkets close by (one right below the hotel actually) so you won't go hungry!

Easy to get to from both the port and Haneda airport (not sure for Narita but would imagine it's fine) using the train.

Noise-wise it's not the quietest place around. We discovered that ambulances use a loudspeaker at night, rather than a siren, but it's just as noisy. One night it rained for hours and that was fabulous - such a quiet night! But it was cope-able when all's said and done. We slept fairly well most of the time.

Rooms are small (dog boxes actually) and the bathroom is teeny. We've been to Japan a few times and this is standard for hotels we've stayed in (we don't do expensive). You'll be fine - a bed is a bed and a shower is a shower. Toiletries are delightful - you'll be swathed in a sea of sweet scent afterwards.

Everything is clean as a whistle.

Breakfast was included for us - stock standard salad, egg and bacon fare which got a bit tiring after a few days. However, it's quite adequate and will see you through to the moment where you can hit the bakeries and stuff your face with delicious fare.

Staff in the cafe were an absolute delight, particularly an Italian lass (Sarah) who helped me with some Japanese words. Other staff also great - very helpful at all times and spoke English well (this is something to applaud in Japan). Do not go there thinking people will speak English all over the place - it just doesn't happen.

Bed very comfortable but pillows were bizarre - lumpy flat things. Asked for another pillow which was promptly delivered and made life considerably happier.

Free WIFI in the rooms too - that was great.

You do have to leave your key with reception every time you leave the hotel, but we rarely had to wait to pick it up so wasn't a drama. In reality, it was good because we didn't have to worry about losing the key while we were out (oh my feet)!!

Costs quite a bit to store luggage there after 3pm (we had a late flight out) so we made use of the lockers at the Hamemoto (?hope I have that right) station. Much cheaper option, there were heaps of lockers and it enabled us to tootle off happily for the day.

Recommend the hotel - it's absolutely fine for a few days.

Date of stay: April 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Ducktalk
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Reviewed May 6, 2017 via mobile

The location is 5-star! Just steps away from Shin Okubo station along the JR Yamanote line. One station away from Shinjuku.

The room, albeit small, was kept clean daily by the staff. The beds and pillows were comfortable. I knew I booked a budget hotel so I knew it could only provide basic amenities - a clean place to sleep and take a warm shower. They delivered. There are breakfast places around the area so did not avail of hotel breakfast.

Date of stay: April 2017
Trip type: Travelled with family
2  Thank Miss E f
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Reviewed April 22, 2017

This hotel is well located, just steps from Shin Okubo station on the JR Yamanote Line which connects you to Tokyo station and the monorail to Haneda airport. It's just a few minutes into the centre of Shinjuku. While situated in the Kabukicho area, it's not close to some of the seedier streets with the love hotels etc.

The staff here were friendly and helpful. They mostly spoke good English, although some better than others. Rooms were clean, but compact (not the smallest we stayed in though!) There was a wardrobe/cupboard in the room which was the first we had in our whole stay in Japan - useful for storing one of the suitcases out of the way. The bed, as with many rooms was up against the wall, making it a little difficult for a second person to get out, but this was common in Japan and we were used to it by this point! The rooms look relatively recently decorated, but some of the fixtures and fittings are a little dated, however the beds are comfortable and the room is clean which is all that mattered to us.

Bathroom was tiny, as with many places we stayed. The sink slightly encroached into the bath/shower area, but it was fine for our needs. It did get REALLY steamed up and I'm not sure there was a fan as the room stayed damp quite a lot. The towels were also small and a bit rough - could do with some newer ones, but not a big deal for us.

We had breakfast included in our stay. There's not much choice - you get a salad, bacon, eggs and sausage with toast, there's tea, coffee and soft drink options. The breakfast cafe is very small, so ensure you leave time in case you have to wait for a table (we never did).

One slight downside is that you have to leave your key with reception each time you leave the hotel. I'm not sure why this is, but when reception is busy, it can take a short time to get the key back so you can get to your room which is mildly irritating. Another is that I could hear piano music coming from somewhere every night we stayed in this hotel, and other guests were quite loud and often slammed their doors. You can hear people in the rooms next to you too, so it's not amazingly well soundproofed which can be bad for light sleepers. Mostly, I was so tired from walking around Tokyo all day that I slept through, but I did notice it when awake.

Date of stay: April 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank 269lucyr
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