I thoroughly enjoyed my short three night stay in Tama Ryokan. The room was spacious by Tokyo standards (I had been staying in a Shinjuku hotel just prior to Tama, so I had a benchmark). The room was comfortable with a great air conditioner, and I didn't experience any noise. The location so close to the station was great. Takadanobaba is wonderful district - not as hectic as Shinjuku core, but with lots of excellent and affordable places to eat and things to do.
The rules of the house, while perhaps a bit odd to a Westerner, were pretty straightforward to follow. The website discusses them at length and possibly makes them seem more strict or intense than they actually are. Anyway, if you're visiting a foreign culture, why look for a Western experience?
The hosts communicated well via email before the trip and actually put me in touch with some people they knew in Tokyo that shared some of my interests. That was perhaps a bit fortunate, and not necessarily plausible for all guests or interests, but it is a hint as to the effort they go to to make people feel welcome.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tama Ryokan provides basic accommodation for a reasonable price in a central Tokyo location. It is about 3 minutes walk from the Yamanote line, and literally seconds from the Tozai subway line. It is also convenient to the Internet - we have a WiFi throughout the building, and 24-hour access to one desktop computer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tama Ryokan Hotel Shinjuku
- Tama Ryokan Shinjuku, Tokyo