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“Good all round hotel”
Review of The B Ikebukuro

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The B Ikebukuro
Ranked #7 of 55 Hotels / Ryokan in Toshima
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London, England, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
34 hotel reviews
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“Good all round hotel”
Reviewed 25 October 2012

We struggled to find The B in Ikebukuro (combination of forgetting to print a map and the fact the addresses are hard to figure out for non-Japanese) but when we did we found it comfortable and clean with friendly staff. The staff's English is not the greatest and their local knowledge doesn't seem to be the best (we asked to find a local bar with wifi) but it was a good experience overall. Breakfast is a huge buffet with anything you may want (though I couldn't stomach having chips at 8am). Overall a nice place.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Lee D
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IshinHotels, Manager at The B Ikebukuro, responded to this review, 2 November 2012
Dear Lee D

Thank you for staying and for posting your comments.

Like anywhere in Tokyo a map is essential, particularly around the larger subways that have lots of shops, restaurants and bars.


We are pleased you enjoyed your stay. We will continue to work with Team Members to maximise English skills, and recruit more English speakers where possible.

We trust that you will visit us again, and we look froward to welcoming you.

Kind regards

Ryuji Chiku
Area Manager
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Reviewed 24 October 2012 via mobile

1. Convenient location: 7 min walk from Seibu ikebukuro
2: New, clean and simple room: all setup are new and clean. I love the shower settings (water massage)
3. Above par breakfast
4. Good English speaking n polite staff
5. Free Internet station is cool
6. Starbucks and local Jap food chain restaurants are nearby (reasonable priced)

In general, a good place for single traveller

  • Stayed February 2012
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Thank mleung_hk
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IshinHotels, Manager at The B Ikebukuro, responded to this review, 2 November 2012
Dear mleung_hk

Thank you for your comments. It's great that you enjoyed your stay at the b ikebukuro. Thanks also for listing the elements of your positive stay.

As mentioned teh hotel is great for single guests, we also have twin and triple rooms but they fill up quite quickly, so any couples, friends or small families wanting to stay generally need to book early, particularly on weekends.

The hotel is centrally located, making it easy for access all across Tokyo.

We hope to welcome you back to the hotel again soon.

Kind regards

Ryuji Chiku
Area Manager
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Athens, Georgia
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Reviewed 15 October 2012

The hotel is 5 min from Ikebukuro station. Well marked and thus easy to find. Around, large number of good restaurants and shops around while less busy than Shinjuko.

The hotel room is small but very practical. Even nice reading lamp by the bed. Fast internet. AC is not as silent as in other Japanese hotels but still quiet by USA standards. Good breakfast in a well-laid restaurant. Service is good although not everyone speaks good English and extending stay for 1 hr requires extra payment.

Many trains from the nearby station but they all take time if one wants to explore main sites in Tokyo. If one values own time, consider getting a hotel located more strategically.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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IshinHotels, Manager at The B Ikebukuro, responded to this review, 17 October 2012
Dear no9e

Thank you for choosing the b ikebukuro and for sharing your comments on Trip Advisor.

We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. As Tokyo is such a large city it always involves travel on the train system to get to the major sites - as long as your day is planned this process can often be made easier to make the most of your time.

We try to offer extras to make the guest stay more special - and we are pleased you enjoyed the nice touches.

We hope to see you back at the b ikebukuro soon.

Kind regards
Ryuji Chiku
Area Manager
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 9 October 2012

At first we were shocked by the small room size. but then it didn't seem matter anymore after shower. they got the rain shower head and made us didn't want to leave the shower! it sure helps to recover after a full day of walking.

Then there is the buffet breakfast. so good! got both western and japanese style.

Friendly and helpful stuff who speaks english.

Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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IshinHotels, Manager at The B Ikebukuro, responded to this review, 17 October 2012
Dear camanchow

Thank you for choosing the b ikebukuro and for sharing your comments on Trip Advisor.

Smaller rooms are quite common in Tokyo given the limited space, and most guests are very happy as they spend most of the time exploring this amazing city.

Any you are right, it is so nice at the end of the day to come back and enjoy an amazing shower, and then prepare yourself the next morning with a great breakfast ready for another day of sightseeing, shopping and just enjoying Tokyo.

We hope that we have the opportunity to welcome you back to a b hotel soon.

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Ryuji Chiku
Area Manager
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Wood Ridge, New Jersey
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Reviewed 27 August 2012

Had an excellent stay. Service was great. Breakfast was good as well. Great location in a great neighborhood. Very close to the station. Plenty of places to eat nearby. Everything you need is in an easy walking distance. Staff was friendly and can speak english if needed.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
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IshinHotelsGroup, マネージャー at The B Ikebukuro, responded to this review, 30 August 2012
Hi Aakash S

Thank you for choosing the b ikebukuro and for the time to write a review.
We are happy to hear your experience was so positive and you liked the area as well. Please come back and see us again!

Best regards,

Ryuji Chiku
Area Manager
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 11 August 2012 via mobile

What this hotel lacks in terms of its small rooms, it more than makes up for with the location, value, cleanliness, stylishness, helpful staff, tasty breakfasts included, and convenience. I stayed here for five nights, and next time I'm in Tokyo, I would definitely stay here again.

Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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1 Thank DKBKK
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IshinHotelsGroup, マネージャー at The B Ikebukuro, responded to this review, 30 August 2012
Hi DKBKK

Thank you for staying at the b ikebukuro for five nights and for the time to write a review of your stay.
We are happy that your experience with us is so positive and would stay again! We cannot wait for your return!

Best regards,

Ryuji Chiku
Area Manager
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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2012

This was our first experience of a Japanese hotel and we loved everything about it. The room, though small as is to be expected in Japan, was clean and comfortable, with wired internet to keep in touch with home, and the shower room was excellent. Breakfast was included, and there was plenty of choice with both Western and Japanese options, and an Italian restaurant for lunch and dinner, which we didn't use. The hotel is close to the Ikebukuro train station, a busy station which can be daunting for a first time traveller to Japan, but travel was painless with lines clearly marked and a day pass on the subway is worthwhile, as is a little prior research on getting from a to b. I read reports of Ikebukuro being a rather seedy area, but we found it safe to walk around, with plenty of shops, restaurants and entertainment in Ikebukuro and Sunshine City, all a short walk away. I'd highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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IshinHotelsGroup, マネージャー at The B Ikebukuro, responded to this review, 30 August 2012
Dear JanH775

Thank you for choosing the b ikebukuro and for taking the time to review the hotel.
We are happy that you were satisfied with the hotel and we were able to be a part of your holiday! It looks like you explored Ikebukuro and Tokyo with walks and subways. Ikebukuro is really a fun area, and we believe we can be a base of anybody's trip to Tokyo.

Thanks again for staying at the b ikebukuro. Please come back and see us!

Kind regards,

Ryuji Chiku
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Property: The B Ikebukuro
Address: 1-39-4 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima 170-0013, Tokyo Prefecture
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Region: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Toshima > Ikebukuro
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Toshima
#4 Family Hotel in Toshima
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The B Ikebukuro 3*
Number of rooms: 175
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of this exciting city, just three minutes walk from the JR Ikebukuro and subway stations providing easy access to Shinjuku, Shinjuku and Tokyo Dome. This newly opened hotel is right in the centre of the entertainment, nightlife, shopping, business and restaurant precinct, but also just minutes to Sunshine City including aquarium and observatory deck, Namja Town, Ancient Orient Museum and Japan Traditional Crafts Centre. Ideal hotel for business or leisure. ... more   less 
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