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Asakusa View Hotel
Ranked #19 of 125 Hotels / Ryokan in Taito
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 April 2012

Great location 5 minutes from the center of Asakusa including Senso Ji (temple), Kappabashi (Kitchen Town) and the river. Book a room on the 20th floor or higher for great views out to the Tokyo Sky Tree and other Asakusa landmarks. This hotel is a bit of a throw back to an earlier age but none the worse for that. They charge an exorbitant amount for breakfast so we skipped it and headed across the road to a chain diner. All sorts of restaurants and food are available a short walk from the hotel. Comfy nights sleep on the bed but for some reason the room was quite hot and the air con only worked as a heater in early April. Probably by the beginning of May it'll be full steam ahead cool air con.

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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 December 2011

Offering a good view of Asakusa and beyond, this hotel offers a solid stay in a nice part of Tokyo. A block away from the subway. The room is good in size, according to Japanese standards and has a decent desk with a fast internet connection.

I skipped the breakfast, so I don't have an opinion about that.

Typical Japanese service: very good.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled solo
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2  Thank Paul B
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Reviewed 22 December 2011

I stayed here over a weekend and a Monday. The area is fantastic to walk around and to experience a part of Tokyo that hasn't changed much in decades. Free of high end shops and full of wholesale restaurant suppliers, it is a down to earth look at a charmed area of Tokyo where locals flock to experience old world Japan.

Room Tip: Request a view of the temple as a newly constructed apartment building on the other side provides li...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled on business
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4  Thank robertas1
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Reviewed 10 September 2011

The rooms are getting a little tired. That stripey 1970s theme is starting to look old, not retro,

Decent sized rooms for where it is. But the lighting in them isn't good, the beds aren't too comfy and the provided amenities (toiletries, tea making) are pretty spartan.

Somewhat jetlagged on the first night of our trip a few more comforts would have been much appreciated,

Room Tip: Get an Asakusa view room on a high floor for great views of the Sky Tree
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Heidbummer
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Reviewed 17 June 2011

The beautiful art deco style interior of the Asakusa View Hotel is something I have always wanted to experience. I have visited their bar (which offers a stunning view of the city) on several occasions and often wondered how spectacular the view from the rooms would be. I was fortunate enough to capture a very reduced rate on Agoda.com in order that I could finally put my curiosity to rest. $US 175 for the Executive Double Room (including breakfast).

The check-in staff greeted my partner and I warmly and we were shown our room. As has been mentioned by others, the hotel is very aptly named. However, if you are staying on the side of the hotel that faces west you may want to request a view of the Sumida River and the Tokyo Skytree. It appears there is an even taller building in progress to the west of the hotel which (eventually) will diminish the experience. However, that it hardly the fault of the hotel but merely an observation.

The bed was very comfortable and the shower/bathroom of the size consistent with Western hotels. Space being at an obvious premium in Tokyo the bathrooms can be positively claustrophobic but here is not the case.

The only thing which soured my experience was the buffet breakfast. It is served between 7AM and 10AM. We met a Japanese friend in the lobby and together entered the dining room at 9AM. Other than the percolated coffee, everything that was supposed to be hot was stone cold. Initially I had hoped I had picked up the sole two fried eggs that were cold and this was potentially embarrassing for my Japanese friend who had paid 2,000 yen separately at his own behest. My partner and friend also received cold fried eggs, and bacon and everything else. Had we entered the dining room at 9:50AM the cold food would have been excusable.

In the defense of the hotel, our stay was approximately two weeks after the tsunami tragedy that stuck Northern Japan in March 2011 and we noticed the city was (at the time) experiencing rolling blackouts. This coupled with the overall sorrow the country was witnessing in the aftermath may have contributed to this, my sole criticism of the hotel. Had it been a normal day in Japan perhaps I would have mentioned the cold food to somebody and the fact that I didn't means I am partly to blame. I was, however, aware of the mood of people and did not wish to upset anybody considering what had just happened to these unfortunate people.

In conclusion, I understand that occasionally these things happen and it certainly would not deter me from staying there again should I be fortunate enough to receive such a substantial discount. The hotel is less than 2 minutes to the Tsukuba Express which can take you to Akihabara on the Yamanote Line. It is also conveniently located next door to the Life Supermarket which also has a small department store section on it's upper floors. The staff are ultra polite (as indeed are almost all Japanese people) ; the standard of English generally high and the service excellent. Asakusa has a myriad of restaurants, cafes and bars all of which are minutes away. I'm not sorry to have stayed here!

Room Tip: Ask for a river view - it'll be worth it!
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  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 January 2011

A decent 4* hotel in Asakusa Tokyo with excellent views of Tokyo and Fuji if u r lucky and skies are clear. Metro in 7 min walking. Clean and comfortable with good breakfast .

  • Stayed: December 2010
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2  Thank aqualized
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Reviewed 7 June 2010

I would highly recommend staying here for the initial part or most of your Tokyo stay as the hotel is located in an inexpensive neighbourhood and area of relative calm allowing you to find your feet and explore the city easily in your first few days. We stayed here for our first 3 nights before moving on to Shibuya which was a lot crazier.

I think you are much better off staying at this hotel before gradually exploring and moving on to the busier districts as the intensity levels in these areas can be quite draining. We had been toying with the idea of staying in Shinjuku before the Asakusa area was recommended to us by a Japanese friend and we are now certain this was the right decision (we thought Shinjuku was just too busy/mad/sleazy when we explored it).

The hotel is easy to get to: you can get the skyliner or keisei limited express from Narita airport which takes you to Ueno station in about an hour. From Ueno it's just a couple of stops on the Ginza line, and then a 5 minute walk to the hotel. Although you will need to go up some steps at the underground exit, we managed to get to the hotel fine with 2 heavy suitcases.

Don't be disheartened by the fact that the area does not look like the Tokyo you probably pictured as this is a quieter, more working class district, and it can look a little bleak in the rain. However, the neighbourhood does get classier as you walk further north towards the Asahi building by the river. More importantly, you are just a few minutes from the Ginza line, which allows you to explore Ueno (for the park/museums), Ginza (the upmarket shopping district), Omote Santo (trendy area and access to major shrine/yogogi park) and Shibuya all from the same subway line, as well as the local sites of Asakusa itself (such as the temple and markets).

The hotel itself is perfectly fine and of sufficient quality (the room had free internet LAN access which was good as we had a netbook with us in which to plan the rest of our trip to Japan). You will quickly realise that this hotel is geared up mainly for domestic Japanese tourists who arrive by the coach load. This is not a problem but may explain some of the service issues others report. Whilst it's dissappointing when breakfast is not included, there are plenty of coffeeshop/cafe options in the area, including plenty of cheap supermarkets. In the evening, there are also plenty of inexpensive Japanese noodlebar/traditional options in the area as well as plenty of Western fast food places in the nearby market and shopping malls.

If you want to go into other areas in the evening, like all of Tokyo this area is perfectly safe to walk back to from the subway stop late at night and there is a police station on the same road.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: 3-17-1 Nishiasakusa, Taito 111-8765, Tokyo Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Taito > Ueno, Asakusa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Taito
#7 Business Hotel in Taito
#7 Family Hotel in Taito
Price Range: £73 - £254 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Asakusa View Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 326
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