actually, i found this place to be surprisingly a great place to stay.
for the price (6000 Yen/double), you get a decent place to stay (smallish area but hey, this is tokyo) with tvs for each bunk bed, a mini fridge, wi-fi (big plus in my book!), a great toto toilet (heated seat, toilet lid opens up when the door opens, etc), an elevator, laundry, 2 imacs for common-use and so on. also, the facilities feels new, which is fantastic. the shared facilities are the baths, toilet, kitchen, living room areas which are ok, and i like that from the living room and kitchen, you get to look out onto the street as well as get some sunlight and air in. so in terms of facilities provided, i would give it a grade "a".
staff-wise, i found them really friendly and helpful. was looking for some information regarding various places and things to do, and they helped check, call and ask around.
bed-wise, some people have mentioned that it's perhaps not the most comfortable sleep to be had, but i had no issue with it. the pillows are the japanese-kind and are firm and good to sleep with. but that's my own personal preference. one thing to note however, like many japanese hostels / budget places, it is true that the walls can be rather thin, so if you get a group staying on your floor and trying to wake up various people in the morning, you probably would wake up too. so for the sake of keeping peace, i probably would for example, keep my voice low at night as well as watch sports in the common room (we were following the japanese female volleyball team that was being shown "live").
location-wise, no big issue about safety and security. one building in particular probably is a bit seedy at night, but i had no problems or worries walking the area late at night. there's also a koban along the way from the train to palace japan. only thing is that it's in the eastern part of tokyo, so if you plan your activities mainly in the shibuya, shinjuku, etc area, i would recommend you stay around the western part so you can save on the commute. however, if your activities are around ueno, akihabara, ryogoku, akasuka, then this would be a good place to consider.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Brand new Business Hotel. Each room features TV, air conditioner, and wireless LAN. Kitchenette is available on every floor as well as a full kitchen on the ground floor where free coffee and tea are offered. Coin laundry and dryer is also available.No curfew. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palace Japan Tokyo