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The B Ikebukuro
Ranked #7 of 55 Hotels / Ryokan in Toshima
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London, United Kingdom
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“Great value for money”
Reviewed 4 August 2013

The b Ikebukuro is a cut above the usual business hotel - its decor and facilities are more in keeping with a boutique hotel, without the prices to match.

The hotel is located just five minutes from Ikebukuro railway station, from where it is easy to get to almost anywhere else in Tokyo (including the airport) by train and/or metro. The rooms are stylish with comfortable beds, air conditioning, a fridge and tiny but excellent bathrooms. Shampoo, shower gel and other items were provided. The breakfast buffet is served from an early hour and is very good, with a wide selection of Japanese and Western foods, fresh coffee and various fruit juices. There is free coffee available at all times in the foyer, and vending machines for water and soft drinks. The staff spoke good English and were very helpful and professional throughout our stay.

As is common in Japan, it is not possible to check in before 3pm. However, we were able to leave our luggage for the day and return later to check in. There is free WiFi, but only in the foyer.

The only complaint I would have is that the hotel would not give us more than one key card for the room even though there were three of us.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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IshinHotelsGroup, マネージャー at The B Ikebukuro, responded to this review, 8 August 2013
Dear Michael S

Thank you for choosing the b ikebukuro and for your review.

We are pleased to read your positive comments about our room, breakfast and staff. I will share your kind comment with our culinary team and front desk members. Now free WiFi is available in each and every guest room. We still have a free LAN cable in all rooms as well for your convenience. We are sorry that you were disappointed about key card. We would provide more if needed – we apologize for any inconveniences caused.

We appreciate your feedback. Please come back and see us again!

Best regards,

Ryuji Chiku
Area Manager
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Reviewed 10 July 2013

The hotel rates were quite reasonable and the hotel itself is a mere 5 minutes walk from the Ikebukuro JR and metro stations. The fact that the hotel is located in Ikebukuro means that the main tourist sites are easily accessible. There are lots of food options in the area and a mall called 'Sunshine City' is just a short walk away.

The hotel staff are not very proficient in English but I guess they can can still communicate at a basic level. The check-in and counter-staff service can however be improved. The rooms were not ready at the check-in time of 3pm and the staff didn't look too pleased whenever we asked them for directions. I asked about the opening time of the Ikebukuro JR information office as I wanted to book my train train ticket to the airport, but was given the wrong information. It was a good thing I insisted that they checked the JR website - had this not been done, I would have probably missed my train to the airport. I however received no apologies whatsoever for being given the wrong information.

Rooms were above average. It was pretty small but I guess for the price, it wasn't too bad. Do note that the toilet doors are translucent - it may be awkward if you are sharing a room with a friend or a family member.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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IshinHotelsGroup, マネージャー at The B Ikebukuro, responded to this review, 12 July 2013
Dear Qamarul

Thank you for choosing the b ikebukuro and for taking the time to share your experience. We are disappointed that we could not provide the best customer service for your needs – your comments are very important to us – I have already notified the team for improvement.

As you mentioned, Ikebukuro is one of the major areas in Tokyo – you can find shopping, restaurants, bars and more around the station and the hotel. As for the bathroom door, it is one of the ways to make the room look bigger and more comfortable. If people are not comfortable, there are rooms with a “normal” bathroom door.

We would like to thank you again for your comment. Please come back and see us upon your return to Tokyo.

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Ryuji Chiku
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Reviewed 4 July 2013 via mobile

A total of seven of us travel together to Tokyo and we chose this hotel, although I experienced a bit of hiccup during check in that they could not located my reservation, but at the end, they found it.

The location of the hotel is unbeatable, very easily accessible via JR station, with lot of shopping around which opens late. (some till midnight)
Room sizes are those of normal Japanese business hotel, cannot complaint and it has everything that supposed to be in.
The free coffee at the lobby is quite tasty, always grabs one on our way out in the morning.
The staff at the front desk speaks English quite well especially the lady that we encountered on our check out day. She is very helpful with our request and always keeping a big smile on her face.

This is the second times that I stayed in this hotel group, this hotel would be definitely be my first choice for my next trip to Tokyo.

Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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IshinHotelsGroup, マネージャー at The B Ikebukuro, responded to this review, 12 July 2013
Dear piggy_pig

Thank you for choosing the b ikebukuro and for posting your comment.
We would also like to express our sincere appreciation for being such a loyal guest of the Ishin Hotels Group. The location as you mentioned is definitely one of our strengths – Ikebukuro is a popular and convenient location in Tokyo and we are only a few minutes from the Ikebukuro station. One of other strengths is free coffee available every day at the lobby. We are happy that you took an advantage of it. Please do come back and see us again!

Best regards,

Ryuji Chiku
Area Manager
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

Modern, clean and not cramped for reasonable prices.

Toilets are for once not the modular plastic cramped little spaces usually seen in most non-luxury city hotels.

Staff can speak english.

5min walk from JR Ikebukuro Stn. Lots and lots of food surrounding the area.

The coin laundry facility is really useful (so you can pack light!)

**For some reason it is cheaper to book in Japanese than in English on some occasions.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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IshinHotelsGroup, マネージャー at The B Ikebukuro, responded to this review, 12 July 2013
Dear nexusangel

Thank you for choosing the b ikebukuro and for taking the time to post your review.
We are happy to see you rating us a five-star! As for the booking price, our own website, the official the b ikebukuro website, offers the best rate guaranteed for both English and Japanese.

Thanks again for sharing your experience. We look forward to welcoming you again.

Best regards,

Ryuji Chiku
Area Manager
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 22 June 2013

We stayed there for 2 nights and were positively surprised.
The room is very small, but it is normal for Tokyo. Very modern and clean room. Great bathroom and location.
Ikebukuro is a great neighborhood with plenty of restaurants and large shopping malls. it is located on the JR Yamamote line, which is perfect for traveling around the city.
Very inexpensive for Tokyo. I would definately go back again.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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IshinHotelsGroup, マネージャー at The B Ikebukuro, responded to this review, 12 July 2013
Dear Claumax8

Thank you for choosing the b ikebukuro and for posting your comment.
We are pleased to hear your positive experience at the hotel. As you said, Ikebukuro is a great neighborhood for your Tokyo base – it is conveniently located on the JR Yamanote line and we are only a few minutes away from the station.
Thanks again – please come back and see us upon your return to Tokyo!

Best regards,

Ryuji Chiku
Area Manager
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 June 2013

This hotel lived up to the majority of reviews, which I'm always a bit wary of. Its situation is good, being under 5 mins from Ikebukuro Station, which is on the Narita Express line from Narita Airport and near to all the large stores and convenience stores you could want. The fact that breakfast was included in the price was a bonus and the breakfast really set us up for the day. The triple room was not as small as I imagined,although, if I had any complaints, I would say that having one single bed and 2 small doubles in it made it more cramped than it needed to be and the beds were rather hard. The bathroom was small but had everything: the shower, with 3 different settings was fab and the heated toilet cum bidet seat was unusual! All toiletries were provided, so all you would need to bring would be deodorant. The rooms were cleaned each day, beds made and fresh towels provided. Altogether a very pleasurable experience. We would certainly go there or to a sister hotel, again

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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IshinHotelsGroup, マネージャー at The B Ikebukuro, responded to this review, 3 July 2013
Dear winval

Thank you for choosing the b Ikebukuro and for taking your time to write the review.
We are very pleased to hear your positive feedback about your stay. We truly look forward to welcoming you back upon your return to Japan! Please come back and see us again!

Best regards,

Ryuji Chiku
Area Manager
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2013

Stayed in this hotel for 9D8N during my trip to tokyo on the 22nd May-30th May 2013. Travelled with a family of 5 with one kid (8 yrs old), was an easy accessible area to stay in as food and family marts are just round the corner. Clean and pleasant room (just nice for 2- superior twin room). About 5 mins walk from Ikebukuro station (East exit- you will see Bic camera store on the left upon exiting the station, and you will see the hotel sign further up). Wonderful location to stay in as Ikebukuro station is the interchange of most train lines. If you are coming from Narita Airport, do take the Kenseii Skyliner to Nippori station, and changed to JR Yamonote line to Ikebukuro station. It only took less than an hour to reach your destination! Breakfast was included during my stay, and the spread was pretty reasonable. Daily spread is about the same, but their pasta flavors change daily- as their specialty is pizza and pasta. If you are planning for day trips with sunrise tours, the nearest pick up hotel is sunshine city prince hotel. It takes about 10-15 mins walk away from this hotel- ask reception for direction should you need help.

The only downside about my stay was Wifi is only available at the lobby area. But there is complimentary internet if you use your laptop to connect to the cable provided in the room. Also, one of our rooms the air con is not working well, and lucky the weather was not that humid during our stay. Mine was working perfectly ok. Otherwise, it was a pleasant experience during our stay. And will definitely recommend to friends and family who goes to tokyo for vacation.

Tips: If you have an Apple Iphone/ Ipad, download this app call 'trains.jp' is the best app ever if you want to travel around tokyo in subways/ JR (yet to try if it works for other parts of japan). Apparently, is not available for android as i tried searching on play store.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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IshinHotelsGroup, マネージャー at The B Ikebukuro, responded to this review, 17 June 2013
Dear VaNiez

Thank you for choosing the b Ikebukuro and for taking the time to post your review.
We are beyond pleased to hear your positive experience at the hotel and are happy to be able to cater you and your family.
As for the WiFi, we are actually working on installing it to be available in each and every room right now in addition to the lobby area. It will be complimentary – the complimentary LAN cable will still be available in each room as well. The Air con matter has been taken care of – thank you for mentioning.
Please come back and see us again upon your return to Tokyo!

Best regards,

Ryuji Chiku
Area Manager
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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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