If you’re traveling across Japan, you’re sure to come across business hotels everywhere you go. Most of these places are small but are usually kept clean and come with a private ensuite bathroom. Small business hotels are a great alternative to the larger expensive chain hotels. Locals with the inside knowledge know that this is one of the best yen-saving options and one of the best places to stay if you’re looking for a place to crash after a night of entertaining. No matter which hotel you choose, the standard rooms and facilities are often clean and comfortable.
Ikebukuro Royal Hotel is easily accessible from the JR Ikebukuro Station which means getting around Tokyo from the hotel is very convenient. The hotel consists of 242 guest rooms which are equipped with LAN internet. Facilities include coin laundry machines, a communal bath, an open-air bath and a sauna. It also has a restaurant, a conference room and a banquet hall, as well as a home delivery service counter.
For additional services and equipment such as trouser presses and humidifiers, guests may inquire at the front desk for details. If you’d like to order your breakfast, it is served on the first floor. The hotel has no closing time so you can come and go freely at any time. Should you be late for check-in time, you can call the hotel directly to inform them to prevent them from charging a cancellation fee. This business hotel is within walking distance of the cinema and other fun facilities.
Ikebukuro Royal Hotel is such a popular place to stay that they have a second hotel a three-minute walk out of Ikebukuro Station’s East Exit, called Ikebukuro Royal Hotel Higashiguchi.
This business hotel is situated in the entertainment district of Ikebukuro. It is located near leisure areas such as Namja Town, Yasukuni Shrine (靖国神社), Nekobukuro (ねこぶくろ) and the Ancient Orient Museum (古代オリエント博物館). It is also near a shopping complex called Sunshine Facility, which features a variety of facilities including office buildings, an observatory and a shopping center.
Located in the heart of Tokyo, you’ll find yourself just a short walk from Ikebukuro Station. The hotel houses 85 guest rooms which offer great comfort and functionality. Each room has modern amenities and is reasonably priced. Although the rooms are somewhat on the small side, they are clean and done up nicely with contemporary decor. Included in each room is a small refrigerator, hot water maker and cold press. The front desk staff are friendly and speak English.
Hotel Star Plaza Ikebukuro is the place for you if you want direct access to the train lines. Just a one-minute walk from Ikebukuro Station, you can hop on a train and be in some of the major neighborhoods of Tokyo in no time. These include Shinjuku (新宿), Shibuya (渋谷), Shinagawa (品川) and Ueno (上野). If you’re visiting Japan on a business trip but fancy a spot of sightseeing around Tokyo, this is a good place to be based.
The hotel has a long-running bakery which serves free breakfast including salads and other healthy options. They also offer free coffee service in their cafeteria which uses coffee beans from a veteran cafe as well as 24-hour tea options. All rooms have WiFi, LAN, Tempur-Pedic pillows, a flat-screen TV and certain amenities such as a bath set.
Looking for something to do nearby? Sunshine City (サンシャインシティ) is accessible from the hotel as well as other leisure facilities such as the Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo.
For business hotels that are great value for money, these three business hotels will suit your budget. They are extremely convenient for shopping and sightseeing and also within easy access to cultural establishments. These budget hotels don’t offer sports facilities, so be so be sure to check out the closest health club if that’s your thing. The cleanliness, good service and fair price of these hotels are always much appreciated by the weary travelers among us!
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