The location is amazing, walking distance to/from Shinjuku station but in a quiet street surrounded with nice restaurants and bars. The staff is super nice and very helpful answering questions and helping out. I had a great time chatting to the guy in the reception (I didn't catch your name sorry!). He spoke perfect English and gave me a lot of amazing tips of things to do in Tokyo. The Japanese breakfast is a nice extra. Cool experience overall!
Please read the email they send to you beforehand, if you are looking for an isolated hotel room, this is not the place for you.
Even that they do not offer the services of an hotel, let's not forget that what matters here is the experience. It's a beautiful place to stay, relatively close to the subway and with a stuff that will give you every tiny detail to get to their location.
It is a wonderful experience to be able to sleep the way how in the old Japan they used to, keeping that on mind, it's something that I'm not sure I'll do again. The price is a little bit too much considering the size of the room, but they will give you everything to make you feel as comfortable as you can.
Very friendly and beautiful, but still, just an experience.
This is not a hotel with proper rooms, it is a dormatory. Each floor has one room, with eight tiny sections divided by very thin walls (open at the roof) and curtains instead of doors. When fully booked, 16 people share the room. The mattresses are thin and hard, Japanese ryokan style. The sleeping sections barely fit two small suitcases when mattresses are rolled out, and has a small wall mounted locker for valuables. Sounds from other guests and the common air conditioner are transferred completely between the sections. There is also no wall between the sleeping area and the common bathroom and shower, so you will hear other guests brush teeth, use the hair dryer etc. There is light from a common ceiling lamp and lamps in neighbouring sections, as well as from the “window” (covered in paper, not possible to open), even though you turned off the lamp in your own section. This is all expected for a dormitory, so if that is what you are after and you have the right expectations and bring ear plugs and sleeping mask this can be a good accommodation alternative, if you get a good price (we payed 7000 yen for two people one night). The place is clean, completely new (opened two months ago), the neighbourhood is great for food and owner is friendly and helpful. However, you can probably get a traditional ryokan with a proper room and private bathroom for almost the same price in Asakusa.
The staff is VERY friendly and welcoming. They will spend time with you in the lounge answer all your questions about Japanese culture, sightseeing, where to eat... - Great location. Arakicho is not very famous but it's charming at night. Many good bars and restaurants. Walking distance to Shinjuku Gyoen. From there it's easy to reach many interesting parts of Tokyo. - The traditional atmosphere (tatami, woodblock prints). The bathroom is very cool (staff even gave me some salts to feel like I was in an onsen). - The futon was more comfortable than I expected - Special breakfast for which rice is cooked in a sort of traditional claypot - Free historical tour in Arakicho
It was not a problem for me (I actually think it makes the experience more interesting) but this is an Edo period inspired ryokan, to feel like the travelers of the time. Basically it means that: - The rooms are smaller than usual. - Walls are thin so you can hear your neighbour, but everyone is asked to be quiet after 10pm and earplugs are available if needed. - There is no door on your room but a curtain and also a roller blind you can use while you're inside. There is a cute locker to leave your special belongings.