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Smile Hotel Asakusa
Ranked #99 of 120 Hotels / Ryokan in Taito
Melbourne, Australia
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“good if you are small”
Reviewed 9 October 2012

We aren't small and the room was cramped. The bed is not a double bed, but it has a very good mattress. There's nowhere for the person sleeping next to the wall to put anything, like water, and you have to crawl over your partner to go to the toilet.I hated the frosted window that you can't see out! What is the thinking there?
I paid ¥300 a day for wi fi in our room and it worked brilliantly. Otherwise, there is free wi fi in the lobby. Breakfast costs ¥850. There is a 24 hour Lawson's small supermarket across the road - lots of chips, chocolates, beer, soft drinks, fruit and some bread and ham.
It's a fair walk to Asakusa station exit 7. Most taxi drivers don't know where Smile Hotel is, so take a marked map. You can hire bicycles from the hotel. It's not near the main things in Asakusa. However, it is good value for money in Tokyo. We appreciated the staff allowing us to leave a suitcase at Smile, while we went to Hakone for two nights. The staff are gently spoken.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 October 2012

The hotel is about 10-15 minutes walk from the Asakusa Metro, which was a bit inconvenient to find at first. But as soon as we found our bearings (thanks to the lady on the street who whipped out her iPhone and located the hotel), we realised we could not have chosen a better area. The hotel itself is nothing to write about - small room, no non-smoking floor. On our first night, the sheets were clean but smelt of smoke. We didn't mind so we didn't complain. (The sheets got better the rest of our stay). The hotel is in a quiet neighbourhood which we really appreciated. It is about 7-10 mins walk to Senso-ji and Asakusa Kannon Onsen, 20 mins walk to the new Tokyo Sky Tree. The neighbourhood is dotted with small shops and restaurants, though we prefered to eat and buy groceries around the subway (best ramen - Japanese Ninoshi Soup Noddle; best grilled eel - between Yosinoya and Starbucks, no English sign; groceries - Ozeki).

Some reviews here wrote about the lack of English-speaking staff but we didn't find that to be in our case. We booked a non-smoking floor but we were told that the hotel is fully-booked and could only give us a room on a smoking floor. They promised to move us after the first night but we didn't think it was that bad so we never changed our room.

Overall, good value for money.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 3 October 2012

Tokyo is great, but it's tough to find a good value in a hotel for budget travelers. This place was great. The location isn't central but there are many things to see around the hotel in the same district. The walk from the metro station isn't too far, but you should make sure you have direction so you're not walking in circles trying to find the place.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bangkok, Krung Thep, Thailand
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Reviewed 30 September 2012

not so far from Metro and Tokyo Tower, 10 mins by walk and u can look at Tokyo Tower on the way to hotel from Metro and so close to Roxy department and Temple, 24hr Lawson Super, in the midst of Ramen Shop and many restaurant, bicycle rental available.

rooms are bit small but no problem for central of Tokyo, so clean as all hotel in Japan, u may try twin bed that better.

However, here is great with good price and nice area... love

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Seremban, Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2012

I stayed for 3 nights in a Sky tree view room. I am very satisfied with the cheap accommodation rate. Though it locates a bit far from rail stations but i love the quietness neighbors. In fact, it makes you to explore the neighborhood as you travel back to hotel. Like in my case, I had spent some time at Sumida park nearby and realized it has a spectacular view of Cherry Blossom during spring.

Also, it has few good features like a Lawson convenience shop across the street, laundry service and bicycle rental.

The only thing i whine about though is the room is not really soundproof.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 August 2012

This hotel is a bit out of the way from central Tokyo, the nearest station is Asakusa (which is around a 10 - 15 minute walk). If you have a lot of bags, take a taxi there.
Asakusa has a cool Edu period style market and as such you see many hand pulled rickshaw men ferrying Geisha's and other people around. It is situated on the main road, but it is a quite area.
The service is great, as I found everywhere in Japan & their communication skills are great, their English is fine, so they are able to offer as much assistance as is needed.
The room was snug, was are the bathroom. There was however a wardrobe in which to store bags & clothes. The beds that many hotels in Japan offer are semi doubles, so if you are heavily built you will find sleeping and issue. Both my partner and I are slim and had trouble sleeping at times. You can lay on your side, but can't move over to your other side otherwise you will find yourself on top of your partner! Hehehe!

The TV choices are limited, we only found one English speaking channel (Not really a problem as we were out 99% of the time), and there is no fridge.
I would stay there again, as the staff were so super friendly and even let us keep our luggage with them for a few hours after we had settled our bill and checked out.
Asakusa is a lovely place also, it's really close to the river, so do take a boat trip!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Kansas City, Missouri
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Reviewed 5 June 2012

In terms of paying for a place to sleep at night, this is a decent price for Tokyo. The front desk employees were definitely nice and their English skills were fine enough to get the point across. The only problem I had (which you will notice in most Japanese hotels, so for that, I can't really fault them) is the issue with internet; they give you a LAN cable, but I normally bring my tablet to minimize the bulk of a laptop, so it's always an inconvenient situation. Otherwise, you can pay for wifi in your room for a daily surcharge of 300 yen, which I suppose isn't too bad. As for the location of the hotel...it's honestly not that far from all the excitement of Asakusa, though I had a major issue trying to find it the first time, late at night. This is because I'm used to one or two exits in a train station, where I didn't realize Asakusa Station has 9 or so exits. Just be aware of that..and also I was using Google maps, which faces North where I think the map outside the station faces South. Very confusing, but once you find it, it's simple to get around. Other than that, it's about a 10 minute walk from the station, Sensoji and the markets. Good enough for me as a single traveler, but the size of the rooms might be pushing it with two larger/taller people with a lot of luggage.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Smile Hotel Asakusa
Address: 6-35-8 Asakusa, Taito 111-0032, Tokyo Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Taito > Ueno, Asakusa
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Ranked #99 of 120 Hotels / Ryokan in Taito
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Hotel Class:3 star — Smile Hotel Asakusa 3*
Number of rooms: 95
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