Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Day 1: Sakura Hotel Ikebukuro Review
This was not the first time I stayed at Sakura Hotel Ikebukuro because I booked this same place for my family 2 years ago. The guys in my family stayed at the newer building with the cafe that had single and double single rooms while the women and child stayed at the tatami (straw mat) family room. I must say, the tatami room was terrible. The bathroom had no ventilation and the whole experience was just crappy. On the other hand, the guys had a good time enjoying newer facilities at the newer building where I was staying this round.
The only thing that I was unhappy about was the WIFI. The signals were always weak and intermittent, so I had to use my rented smartphone hotspot instead.
The reason for choosing this hotel was that not only it is cheap (budget) and it is also very close to Ikebukuro station, a major station with many JR and subway lines. The western part of Ikebukuro was also not as crowded as the other side so it was easier to pull your luggage around when you go to or leave the hotel.
The staff were all very friendly and helpful. They also came from different countries and know know English well because they target foreign tourists. They even helped me book the airport limousine and recommended me to take a cab just outside to the hotel instead of booking through them to save cost.
I would definitely recommend booking either the single or double single rooms and stay clear of the tatami rooms. Moreover if you stay for 7 days, you get to enjoy 6,000yen/night instead of 7,000yen/night! The rate was a steal and I think the other hotel comparable would be Shinagawa Prince Hotel, but Shinagawa is quite a distance away from major tourist attractions and nothing much to shop. You may want to consider service apartments around Shinjuku too, but the one I saw had an early check-in time that I could not make it. So yes, hooray to Sakura Hotel Ikebukuro!
+ Fans' Recommendations (Updated on 5th Nov 2014)
Loo Peiwen: You can check out House Ikebukuro (run by taiwanese) and Super Hotel Kitaguchi in Ikebukuro. Nishiguchi is newer but it is a lot smaller than Kitaguchi.
Goh Ek Ming: Sakura hotel at jimbocho, the area is known for its second hand books store.That time we stay at a share male dormitory, the toilet is communal toilet. Not really sure how old is the hotel but I like my stay there.
Hioe Zipora Ayu: I stayed in toyoko inn tokyo and osaka before.. they have excatly the same layout for the room and the bathroom...Their price is 7700 yen / night if i'm not mistaken... and it is near tokyo station...
Jaslyn Yeo: I love toyoko inn branches! I think it's pretty reasonable rate & really clean and gd! Stayed at both ikebukuro & shinagawa before & it's really convenient!
ゆ い: I love New Koyo Inn near to Minowa Station! Its only 2900yen per person per night. Though the room is small and toilet is shared, they have very friendly staffs and is comfortable enough for a good night!
YunLing Leong: Khaosan world asakusa ryokan & hostel!
Their people there very friendly and speak very well English!
Àarön Panda Chapman yamaguchi is really cheap - i heard they do super cheap hotels! - although most hostels are super cheap as well.