First time in Tokyo and it took me a lot of thinking and planning to decide which area to stay. Tokyo is big and has many different districts with various hotels. Eventually I chose this hotel and I'll explain you why. I stayed in a single style western room with priv bath/toilet.
Let us begin with the most important aspects: Location and position + getting around. If you're landing on Narita Airport you're in luck. For just about 2800円 there is a Skyliner rapid train going from the airport to Ueno. It stops 100m from Ueno JR station. The hotel is a 5-10 minute walk and is very do-able with heavy luggage because of elevators and escalators.
Now to get to the hotel is a little tricky for the first time, but if you're good at navigating you will manage it. I read people complaining about the walking distance, it isn't that bad really. There are escalators and elevators to get you over the "Jewelry bridge" (the bridge that crosses the busy road). New Izu Hotel's sign is kind of written in Japanese on the street sign but still easy to navigate.
Travel tip: Outside the Skyliner station, go towards the bridge, get up to it (there is an elevator, use it). Cross the Jewerly bridge straight with your back towards the JR station. (You will go under the highway and see display window cases with fashion stuff inside). Go down the escalators at the other end (there is only one pair, so it is hard to miss). At the first road-split, go right then left at the next intersection (This should be a stone paved road, not asphalt). Now keep walking straight towards the building with "Sanyo" on top (good navigation beacon) go straight until you get past "Pronto Cafe" (on your right) at the intersection. 25m ahead on until you hit the Lawson Convenience store, Izu Hotel is right next to it.
The Hotel itself is small and moody. You're in Tokyo Ueno, so unless you desire luxury you shouldn't be here. This hotel grants you what you need depending on your room. If you like space and sleeping on the floor: Go for the Japanese room. The extra you pay really grants you more space than the smaller single rooms and you got your own Air conditioning. The western rooms seem to have central controlled Air conditioning. And as I said before: You're in Tokyo, everything is small because the city is just crammed in these areas. I didn't had any issues my self while I had quite some luggage with me. A major plus, the hotel is away from the main road so you will have peace and quiet from traffic. The beds are average, not too hard. The pillows were my only issue, but I had a sleeping bag with me to support the comfort.
There is breakfast being offered inside the hotel which you need to register the day before. It is classic Japanese breakfast. I didn't eat it due to diet restrictions, but I am sure you can try it out. If you feel like not eating it, you can either hit Lawson next door or hit Pronto. They serve western style breakfast with various types of morning food. Cheap and tasty. For simple dinner you don't have to go far. If you return towards the same route you came from the Skyliner station, you will run into many small restaurants with various styles. If you go left into the small market area that follows the rail road above, you'll hit even more smaller shops and take-out shops. Ueno is very easy to orientate and peaceful.
Facilities are basic and useful. You got free internet in every room (bring a Lan cable or get one at the counter with a small deposit). There is Wifi in the lobby and you will also get signal on the upper floors if you're near the elevator. Rooms contain a water boiler, bedroom light, mirror and so on. Best of all also the rooms are equipped with automatic toilets. I just love the rear-washers in this country.
So, there you have it folks. If you want an hotel that is close to everything and provides your basic needs, both inside the hotel as outside. Logically Tokyo is expensive, so be prepared.
+ Excellent homebase to start exploring anywhere in Tokyo. Close to JR station Ueno (5min walk without any luggage).
+ Simple hotel with all your basic needs. Don't expect luxury.
+ Lawson next door.
- Rooms might be small for most people who are tall/big. I would advise Japanese room for them. Regular solo travellers probably have no issues no matter what room.
- Central Airco for the western rooms, consider your time of year when you're going. Again Japanese rooms have their own airco for this.
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