I was in Tokyo in March for work, and was allowed to choose my own hotel.
I picked Sakura Hotel mainly because my own company shares the same name (Sakura)-
it was rather amusing at the time.
The location is great- right in Kanda-Jinbocho (aka book town).
KJ itself is nothing to shout about, unless you're interested in scholarly books.
There's a subway station not too far away too, and Akihabara is a short ride away- heck you can walk there. Yasukuni is just up the road, and I walked to the palace and Ginza as well.
The hotel itself can be somewhat hard to find though, if you don't have detailed instructions or GPS available.
I got myself a private room with a single bed- it was small but functional. Aircon, TV, bed, clothes hangers, enough space to dump my bags. With curtains closed and the lights off, the room is pitch black- I forgot to set my alarm, and woke up the next day by the sound of someone calling 'room cleaning'. For a moment I thought they must be crazy to clean occupied rooms so early in the morning, but when I looked at the time, it was already close to noon. It's THAT dark in there.
I don't have any complaints- overall it was quite a good stay. The carpeted floor in the room was a little damp- I have no idea why, but it didn't bother me too much.
Love the honey toast breakfast too, though I wonder why they labeled it as 'ladies' favorite' or something like that. Guys like sweet stuff too!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- SAKURA HOTEL JIMBOCHO | JIMBOCHO is located in the center of Tokyo, Japan. Get a glimpse of Japanese daily life in this tranquil down-to-earth shopping area with a culturally rich history, while being just 4 minutes' train ride from Shinjuku station, one of the largest city areas in Tokyo. The Imperial Palace, Tokyo Dome and the Budokan Hall are all within walking distance. On top of this, Tokyo's other major and popular areas such as Shibuya, Harajuku, and Omotesando can easily be reached by train. Stay at this cozy and homelike hotel where each room has TV, free wireless Internet and air conditioner. If you are in the mood for relaxation, check out our cafe next to the lobby and try some of our many international as well as Japanese dishes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sakura Hotel Chiyoda
- Sakura Hotel Jimbocho Tokyo, Japan