This is the fifth Toyoko inn hotel stayed at during our five week trip in Japan. Also the first of the Toyoko inns where some of the reception staff spoke perfect English. The reception staff were very nice and friendly (with some minor exceptions) and very helpful with directions. There was also a free Shuttle bus stopping outside of Akihabara station, saving us a lot of walking time. (Note these buses are quite small so big luggage wont fit well if going to the airport via Akihabara).
The location is great. There were convenience stores at walking distance (Ministop, Lawson) and a Post Office across the street. Many restaurants in the area too. The hotel was easy to find and reach by the Chuo line from Tokyo stopping at Bakurocho station, as well as the Chuo line from Akihabara / Shinjuku stopping at Asakusabashi (about 10 minutes walk). Also a subway station (Asakusabashi) is quite close to the hotel. The only downside is the stairs that must be used to reach the station platform. Though Bakurocho can be a good way to get to Narita, either by using a regular train (85-90 mins) or by going to Tokyo station and switching to the Narita Express (NEX) (60 mins I think).
The rooms were great. Regular Toyoko inn rooms, though again I hate the way the bathroom is located about two inches above the floor. If you have bad knees or something or is just unaware you could trip and really hurt yourself. Also the water temperature was quite unpredictable. I could turn on the cold water knob and still get warm water for several minutes and the same with hot water. It could be luke warm for minutes then suddenly turn into burning hot. I nearly burnt myself several times because of this.
Rooms were very clean as well as corridors, common areas etc. They had quite a good system for the coinlaundry too. When leaving them unattended you were to put up your room number on a small white board (otherwise they would probably get rid of any unknown clothes in the machines). There were some very noisy guests at our floor, could be just coincidence.
I disliked the way they put a rather unstable 6 feet high floor lamp by the bed at every Toyoko inn hotel. In case of a big quake this would be the first thing to fall onto the floor and break into dozens of pieces of glass. I wouldn't want to step on that in case of an evacuation so I had put the chair in front of the lamp to prevent any possible lamp falling.
The breakfast was okay but I really missed having tea, there were only coffee. The kitchen lady seemed to be in a hurry all the time and some of the mornings she started to put everything away way before 9.30. If you are not supposed to be eating after 9.15 then they should put up that as a end time, not 9.30...
Another downside at the time were the common use computers there. During all the 11 nights of stay there was one broken of the two available and it was not fixed during that time. Fortunately there were no queues for them but still the one left was rather unstable. The browser crashed several times making me quite frustrated.
Luggage store available if arriving before check-in or doing some business after check-out.
Guests were mainly Japanese businessmen so if you're looking for company you should look elsewere. Otherwise it is a great place to stay.
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