After reading the positive reviews of Dormy Inn from Agoda.com, I literally booked it at the last minute through hotel.com as soon as I got a seat on the flight to Nsrita! My rate of USD$189 per night included taxes, ample hot semi-buffet breakfast, free noodles at night, free room wifi (it was fast), two free bottles of water every day, and free use of the spa room. Dormy Inn also provides massage services from 2000 to 3000 Yen which can be performed in your room or at their spa. The hotel had large maps of Shibuya and Harajuku stations which helped us navigate the two districts and decide what we wanted to see.
We took the NEX train from Narita to Shibuya station. It was already dark when we arrived at Shibuya and I lost my sense of direction when we emerged to the seemingly chaotic hustle and bustle of this super busy station. We decided to take a cab to Dormy. The driver didn't recognize the hotel because it's so new and it's located on a quiet side street, but after I showed him Dormy's website on my iPad, he found it right away. The cab ride cost 715 yen, and we paid with a credit card. If you plan on taking a cab to the hotel, I suggest you show the driver a print out of the hotel's address in English and a map of the hotel's location in Japanese.
Dormy Inn is located within an easy walking distance exactly between Shibuya and Harajuku stations. We walked to Yoyogi Park, Meiji Temple, and Harajuku, which was my favorite district in Tokyo. We also walked to Shibuya station and the entire Shibuya area late on a Monday night. It was fun exploring the hilly alleys and narrow side streets full of shops and restaurants in Shibuya and watching the young fashionable people out and about or just hanging out.
My partner thinks a good location for a hotel should be inside the Shibuya station and he doesn't think Dormy Inn is "centrally" located, but I disagree, and I like Dormy Inn VERY much. The comforter is fluffy and light; the linens are crisp and fresh; the bed and pillows are kind of firm, but I was very comfortable and slept very well. In fact, I woke up without the usual soreness around my neck, which made me want to buy the pillow! The towels are big and fluffy; and the shower was great - it had two adjustable heights for the spray shower head, and the water flow was strong and the temperature was easy to regulate. The hotel also provided free usage of bathrobes (which were actually oversized thick waffle henley shirts) and brand new slippers. I read reviews of some hotels which charged for the use of their bathrobes! Our room had a small refrigerator which was convenient for storing fresh food and drinks we bought from Family Mart across the street. I didn't have a problem with the size of the room, and I found a creative way to store my rolling carry-on at the bottom of the open closet which allowed me to unpack and pack there instead of on the bed.
I work for the airlines and travel quite a bit. I have stayed at expensive 5 star hotels, but from now on, my first choice for a hotel in Japan will be a Dormy Inn!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 1.Free WiFi in all rooms and lobby area. 2.English speaking concierge is attending to support your travelling and business in Japan.3.Free Ramen snack service.Every night between 21:30-23:00 4.2nd Floor communal bath with ultra soft water.5.Japanese and Western buffet at 1st-floor 6:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.(It takes JPY 1,500) ... more less
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