Stayed here for a week for work in December. The hotel is small, very convenient, very comfortable and great value. A great choice esp if needing walking access to Tokyo University.
Its location is a v easy 5 minute walk from Ueno station, which has a direct Keisei Skyliner link to Narita airport (40min). Ueno is a major station served by metro Ginza and Hibiya lines, as well as JR and Shinkanzen lines - so extremely well connected to most places in and around Tokyo. On metro can reach Ginza in 15 min and Shibuya in about 30min. Around the station are heaps of small restaurants and stalls. There is quite a lot of nightlife including a night market in the area but can be a little seedy in the alleys. It's generally very safe though esp on the main roads. It is close to many sights including Ueno park, Ueno zoo, Museums and Tokyo university / hospital. (10min).
The hotel itself appears recently renovated. Most rooms face Shinabazu pond which means in addition to great views it's very quiet at night. Rooms are small, as expected, but comfortable and relatively new. In my basic non smoking room there is no wardrobe, only some hooks on the wall to hang your clothes. Bathroom esp the shower is VERY small. In general my room is probably more suited to single occupancy.
Breakfast is traditional with limited western choices. There is no restaurant or meal service outside of breakfast - only a vending machine. There is a cake store adjacent the lobby which is open til 9pm and a cheap Chinese restaurant next door.
Service is generally good although English can be limited. I was disappointed to find that after staying one week, checking out after 11am on my last day still incurs a 1000 yen/hr charge.
Overall, a solid 4 stars for its value, its location adjacent the park and easy access to many sights locally and via PT.
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