on July 5, 2008
I rate my lodgings on a few things; size of the room for the cost, cleanliness, friendliness and helpfulness of the front desk staff and proximity to other things to see and do in the area I am visiting. The Asakusa View Hotel did very well in all the categories for me. The size of the room was great, we had plenty of room for the two of us and the large amount of luggage we tend to travel with. There was a sitting area and a closet that could actually hold a fair amount of things if you did want to unpack, had there not been the Japanese room standard hot water heater I would have thought I was in any of the mid-range hotel in the United States. We did have internet access in our room for our lap top, which helped to find good maps of the city.The room did feel a little worn, but not dirty, and it was well maintained. The staff at the front desk was very helpful. Even with the challenge of us speaking no Japanese, check-in and out were problem free and our messages and the cell phone that we had ordered for the trip were quickly provided without us even having to ask.The hole has 28 floors of rooms, if you happen to have one in the teens or further up you have some great views. From one direction the Sensoji Pagoda at the Asakusa temple would be visible; however we had a better view facing out over Tokyo to Mt. Fuji. While the on site dining was not outstanding for dinner, the breakfast buffet was a mix of Japanese and “continental” offerings. The selection was small compared to some hotels, but far larger than you would find a Days Inn and the staff was constant with refilling and replacing to keep the food very fresh and hot. With a strait walk from the hotel in one direction you easily find the Asakusa metro station on the Ginza line station. A few short blocks in another direction from the hotel and you are at the Asakusa Shrine and Sensō-ji. There are also a number of quick places to eat nearby including Mr. Donut and Freshness Burger, if you don’t wan to pay the slightly high prices for dinner in the hotel. The added bonus to the area was that it did run at a slightly slower pace than the rest of Tokyo, which was nice after busy days of traveling about.I would go back to this hotel, but for one thing – the bed. It was the hardest bed I have ever experienced, the traditional floor mat beds at other places provided a better nights sleep.
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