"Helpful staff, convenient location, great value"
Pros: Location is near JR line (Yamanote), 7/11 around the corner, cheap food nearby. Staff was tremendously helpful, very important when you don't speak japanese. The majority of japanese wouldn't understand English or able to help you out although they want to. Cons: Tiny room, wasn't a problem for us but for larger people maybe.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great for single travelers"
I was traveling by myself to Japan for the first time and had absolutely no idea what to expect. This hotel couldn't have been more perfect for me. While the location isn't the easiest to find at first, it's located just blocks from two major train lines. The staff is friendly and helpful. The single room is small, as to be expected, but has everything […] you need and the cafe is a really nice convenience, particularly the 300 yen breakfast. I loved that they had US outlets in the room and that they let you leave your bag all day after you'd checked out. I couldn't have been happier with my stay. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"close to subway and JR"
The location is good, close to subway and JR. People can pay 330 yen for a breakfast which has toast, soup, tea and coffee. The room is small, but clean. There are coin washer and drier.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
The best thing about this hotel is the location, just 4 blocks from Ikeburo station, with all kind of services at one or two blocks of distance. The only issue for me was that the internet in the room was really slow, if you need to make a phone call or something important you have to go to the first floor.Genuine Expedia guest review
It was a very good experience. Had a bit of misunderstanding regarding the reservation, but was settled it quickly. (I just agreed cause I'm not the type to argue with staff if it's not a really big of a deal) overall, nice location, comfortable room, small room (which is normal for Asian hotels) good wifi connection! Definitely worth a stayGenuine Expedia guest review
"excellent value for the thrifty traveller"
Overall a great experience. We needed to cancel one day of a four night stay and they took care of it without any hassle. We stayed during the busy vacation time of "Golden Week" and didn't have any problems. It's an easy walk from the Metro and an interesting energetic area. The room we got was for two people and was adequate, private, clean and efficient. […] No extras but comparable to inexpensive rooms in Paris and other large cities. They have a cafe at the bottom of the hotel with inexpensive bottomless cups of coffee which is a must when you're jet-lagged from the US. The wifi was easy to connect to and fast! Which was great for looking up activities and planning our days. We loved the stay and would recommend it for couples and singles, not so much for families or older travelers. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great Location for a reasonable price."
This hotel is great. There is a lot to see and do in the area, and you are minutes from a major transportation center. It's not high luxury, but if you are spending too much time in your room, you are not experiencing Tokyo!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
The staff and all the guests were exceptionally outgoing and friendly. The atmosphere was that of a family. moreso than simply being a guest. Breakfast was always a fun way to sit with pleasant company and set yourself up for the day. Rooms were very clean, functional and decent value for the price. I will definitely return!Genuine Expedia guest review
"Small, but clean."
We have stayed in Sakura Hotel twice now for 10 days each time. Both times we found the rooms to be very clean, though extremely small. We also found the staff to be very helpful and friendly both times we were there. The location of the hotel is extremely convenient for getting to the Ikebukuro train station. It takes just a few minutes to walk to […] the C6 entrance/exit. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Very small room in good location"
Stayed for 5 days while on a 2-week Japan trip. The staff were not the friendliest but did speak English and able to answer the few questions we had. The walls were paper-thin and we had a loud group of teens there on some sort of trip, so it was a little annoying. The room was the smallest we stayed in while in Japan - which is saying something, since […] almost all were fairly small by western standards. The best part of the hotel, by far, was the location. A 5-minute walk to the main JR/Metro line in Ikebukuro and a lively nightlife with lots of fun bars and restaurants. If we went back, we'd definitely stay in that area again but in a different hotel. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Close to station"
Very clean, convenience, and close to station. I will reconmmend my friends choosing this hotel to stay.Genuine Expedia guest review
Near subway and jr stAtion. Right on yamanote ikebukuro station. Convenient to go to shibuya and to many places. Singles are small but adequate. Singles do have towels w toiletries and maid service each day.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"for young peole only."
The hotel is specifically in the nights very noisy. The guests are gemerally young persons and very noisy. Although I reserved my room through expedia as smoking room, the hotel rooms are non-smoking at all. Ths is good but I should have knew it from the web site of Expedia. There are many people coming from outside and the cafe is the only people place […] for smoking, I couldn't find a place to sit and take a breath and smoking as well. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Very polite and informative staff."
I was very pleased with Sakura. This was my fourth trip to Japan, and they helped make it a memorable one.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Good for the price & very helpful stuff."
The Ikebukuro branch of the Sakura Hotel chain has single rooms & dormitory rooms. Which you pick is up to your budget and preferences. The hotel staff speaks good English, since the hotel guests are usually from other countries. I went with the dormitory to save some money. The dormitory had 8 beds in it. There were two separate lounge areas on the […] floor I stayed on, one with a kitchen area & another by the emergency exit stairs. As stated on the website, the WiFi does not work beyond the lobbies of the two buildings of the hotel. This is inconvenient for casual internet browsing, but great for meeting people. The single rooms, however, have their own wired internet access point, so this is only an issue the dormitory guests have to care about. I was in Japan to sight-see & meet people, so the internet wasn't a big concern of mine most of the time. Also, the hotel owned restaurant is nice. The restaurant serves a variety of foods from around the world. I ate there a few times. It was pretty good. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"great and helpful staff!"
Nice location in ikebukuro, minutes away from JR yamanote line. Very nice and helpful staff.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
The subway is a quick 5 minute walk for metro and 8 minute walk to the JR station. Ikebukuro is a big smoking town in Tokyo. If you can stand the smoke, I would highly suggest staying here while in Tokyo. The hotel rooms were extremely small, however this is quite common in Tokyo. The cafe has a great ambiance about it. Directly across the street is […] Sakura hostel which is great because you get to meet allot of international student travelers at the cafe. Our first night we were accompanied by local Tokyo students trying to practice their English. The same night we spoke to a group of students from Australia. As mentioned previously this was the smallest hotel we stayed in however the staff, location, and ambiance surpassed our concerns with the room. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great Location for Price"
The front desk staff was very nice and could speak English very well. The room was good for 3 of us too.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"very bad service"
i will never stay in this hotel ,it is not a hotel .it is a dorm for studentGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Too small not helpful staff"
Not pleasant room too small and much like a dorm than a hotel.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Not Recommended at all"
The hotel room was so small that it doesn't fit three and the air conditioner was so loud. I couldn't sleep. When trying to turn around in the room, three people keep bumping into each other. Stay away from 401.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Comfortable room in a great location"
The rooms are clean and a good size. The location cannot be beat.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Practical and cheap"
Good location close to Ikebukuro station. Not the luxurious stay of your dreams but quiet and good and nice service with a young traveling crowd around. I have stayed here 3 or 4 times by now because of the good points above mentioned and I like Ikebukuro, however, if you find slightly more luxurious for similar price, go for it as this time the damp […] smell in the bathroom did bother me a bit and I was longing for a view. But for a longish stay in Tokyo, it's a good option to do some savings Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Good locations, great staff"
The hotel is located about 4 minutes away from a JR station, so that right away made it convenient. The fact that it is in Ikebukuro, near many of the Tokyo hot-spots, made it even more so. It was a little difficult to find at first, but I qquickly got used to the location. The staff is also incredibly helpful and helped me with every question, trouble, […] and care I presented to them. The cafe on the first floor also made for a great place to meet friends or grab a bite to eat, if you get the urge to try some great international cuisine. I fully recommend this hotel. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Location is great! Staff are helpful! Room is small but functional. Requested for a quiet room and indeed, received a quiet room. Partly, thankful to considerate guests in other rooms.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"My fourth stay at this fabulous hotel"
Highly recommend to anyone looking for basic value with comfort and cleanliness. Great staffGenuine Expedia guest review
Short walk to Ikebukuro JR station. Surrounding neighbourhood loaded with wide range of restaurants.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Good location and with nice staffs"
its near the shopping malls and centre, good for shopping. with the 24/7 cafe downstairs, it makes me feel safe even and come back late. with good location, its really convenient to travel to other place by JR or metro. not only shopping, it also near some other attraction like "Ikebukuro Life Safety Learning Centre" and Art Centre, good for those traveler […] who would like to experience more. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great local, awful bed"
Look, the location was fantastic and the 24hr cafe was a great place to plan the next day, but the bed was awful, the room was too crowded - and I've stayed at heaps of hostels. Don't think I'd stay here again.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Comfortable and friendly"
I really enjoyed my stay at Sakura Hotel. Just what i expected from a hotel in Japan.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Good value for money"
Good value for moneyGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Good location and great for budget travelers."
Quite easy to find the hotel even though it is quite a quiet place. Near to amenities and Ikebukuro Station (about 5 minutes walk). Hotel has two buildings and is quite well maintained. TV is Japanese only unless you pay for English movies for 1000 yen each day. Great for solo travelers on budget. Don't expect views from window, just a nice room to […] rest after a long day of visiting. Queen bed is great, but walkway is narrow in the room. Showering and toilet facilities are great (even has high tech toilet). Especially like the easy to adjust temperature setting for the showering. Wireless internet is decent. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Air conditioner problem"
The hotel's air conditioner is central-controlled. Therefore, there is no way to adjust temperature internally. The only way to adjust is to open door and window. What is even worth, my window'lock was damaged so I couldn't open my window at all. After calling hotel clerk, the only suggestion for me is to open the door and turn on/off air conditioner […] whenever I am hot or cold. This is really terrible during sleeping. I couldn't even image how terrible it would be if there is fire or earthquake. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"cheap and convenient location"
The hotel is located near train station, walking from west exit for about 7min. Overall an ok hotel except bed and toilet is very small.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Does the job"
Hotel staff were a bit dismissive and the food was overpriced. The hotel, however, was close enough to the train station and other amenities. Not a great place for meeting new people, though it was never advertised as a hostel. That being said, it wasn't exactly a warm environment, merely a place to rest one's head.Genuine Expedia guest review
i was first checked into a 4-bedded dorm and it was very clean, comfy and each bed has a curtain to give some privacy. HOwever when i checked in the 2nd time on my last day in Japan, I was given a 6-bedded dorm and it was a horrible experience. The room is so small there is hardly any space to put luggage for all 6 persons. I believed it was a foam […] mattress which is only about 3" thick and literally when lying down, one can feel the metal bed frame which was old and creaky by the way. Although all bed has a personal light, there was no curtain at all to give a semblance of privacy. The space in the this room is really not suitable for 6-bedded. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Old, needs makeover"
Room not that clean. Walls need painting. Noise from neighbors. Hard to sleep.Genuine Expedia guest review
This was a great stay in Tokyo. We were near to the station and able to use the JR line to get everywhere we needed during our stay. We stopped at the cafe (part of the hotel) on more than one night too. Our room was small but just what we needed and clean, with fresh towels provided every day.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
The twin rooms is nice, but no coffee/tea facilities as in most hotels. Hotel has mix of backpackers, group and family. A busy lobby as the café and internet computers are located there. The café is 24hrs and one can eat there if too lazy to walk to the surrounding. But the location has plenty of eateries and convenience stores nearby, right up to the […] Ikebukuro station. Plenty of shopping nearby to spend the day. A good night scene too. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Convenient and Cheap"
The hotel Sakura is a very basic hotel, this is fine, this is what we were expecting - the room was small but clean - the staff were amazingly friendly and helpful - the hotel had a wonderful community feel to it. We were only at this location for a couple of days so the lack of space wasn't an issue. The area it's in feels quite international for Tokyo […] and there's some good food options available for a resonable price. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Between hotel and backpacker"
Basic accommodation, OK if you want to save money. It is something between a hotel and a backpacker. They even have a dormitory option, I think. We had a "Japanese style" room, the only way to be 4 in a room with a private shower. So we had mattresses directly on the floor and a relatively short cover (I am not so tall: 6'). Old room, but clean. Free […] internet. Cheap "buffet" breakfast, with white bread toasts, but there was a nice soup. Plenty of restaurants around the hotel. The nearest Airport Limousine stop is 10 minutes walk away. Metro station is 5 minutes away. You go to this hotel, you know what to expect, so I was not disappointed. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great friendly place"
Very friendly place with a great atmosphere. Close to the Station. Very helpful in giving directions on getting to locations. Definitely surprised at the fluency of English of all the staff which helped us adapt very quickly when we didn't know any Japanese. I would definitely come back again.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"close to subways"
Only good thing about this hotel is it was close to subways.Can not have breakfast in fresh air when every one smoke around you. Room was very very small,Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Clean, great location but not ideal for babies"
No extra baby cots for our 8 month old but they offered extra towelsfor him to sleep on, Not ideal but they tried to make the best of the sitution. Otherwise, very cheap, clean, fun place with internet access in the cafe and lobby. Great for younger trvellers wishing to mix with others, mybe less ideal for younger families.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great value basic hotel with friendly staff"
Great basic hotel with a backpacker's feel to it. Guests from all over the world and so there is a cafe offering international cuisine. It's a 24 hr cafe but food is limited to certain times. My room was basic but clean and comfortable. Could have been bigger but this is Tokyo..! In comparison to other hotel prices this is good value. Ikebukuro is […] a great area to stay as the train station is very well connected within Japan and also to the underground and the airport. It also has some interesting shops and things to see in the area. The staff were really really nice, polite and helpful. English ranged from mother tongue to basic. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
It was a great place to stay . Location was near the train station . Room was clean . Thumbs up !Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Budget price for a budget stay"
The price is lower than average hotel prices. Thus it is more or less not expected to have full hotel comforts. However the lobby is kinda cramped and the fittings in the room kinda cheap. Other than that the service is ok, location is not too bad. Would look for another hotel for my next stay though.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"clean, comfortable, conveniently located"
I was a solo traveller and I stayed in Sakura Hotel Ikebukuro for 4 nights. I stayed in a single room with toilet & bath on the 5th floor. It's a small room, but clean and comfortable. It's located on a side street, so the foot/ vehicle traffic on that street is I stayed there from March 24 to 28, so the weather was fairly cold. The room had a heater, […] so it was nice returning to the hotel after a day of exploring. At the ground floor was the Sakura Cafe. It serves all sorts of drinks (coffee, tea, alcohol) and there's free wifi. The outdoor area was protected from the cold by a thick curtain of transparent plastic (which they pull open in warmer weather). Aside from that, there were soft blankets draped over some chairs in case you needed something to put over your legs for warmth :) A nice friendly touch to the cafe. The staff spoke excellent english, which is immensely helpful to travellers who are not very skilled at Japanese (like me) :-) Around the area are numerous restaurants with a wide price range. There are ramen, tonkatsu, curry shops nearby. Of course, there are convenience stores and vending machines, too. For shopping, the nearest mall is a O1O1 department store (and Tobu inside Ikebukuro station). The walk to and from Ikebukuro station is short and comfortable. I had one rolling luggage. It takes just 5 minutes to the west exit of the train station :) When I visit Tokyo again, I would stay here again. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Good Location and Friendly Hotel Service"
Hotel is located just about 5 to 8 minutes walk from JR or Metro Stations and it is very convenient in exploring the nearby cities. Hotel staff is very friendly and helpful. Thought the hotel room is quite small, but it is clean, tidy and comfortable.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"ikebukero march 2012"
i would recommend this hotel to anybody. it's a 5 minute walk from ikebukero subway station, so the location is great. the staff are on duty 24 hours a day and all were friendly and spoke good english. they let me check in early and also let me borrow two electrical adaptors as i'd forgotten mine. there are probably 5 convenience stores within a two […] minute walk and also three fantastic vending machines less than a minute away. sure, the rooms are pretty small but they have everything you need including a desk area and chair. free wi-fi too which is a bonus. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
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