Ueno First City Hotel
Lonely Planet review
Though it's a bit of a walk (12 to 15 minutes) from Ueno Park, this is the best budget-range business hotel in Ueno. The sweetest part of the deal is that the traditional Japanese rooms are, unusually, the same price as the plain Western-style rooms.
This humble business hotel is a sweet deal if you're on a budget but want to stay in a Japanese-style tatami room. Unlike at most hotels, the tatami rooms are the same price as the Western rooms. And unlike most ryokan (inn), the tatami rooms have their own attached bathrooms. Rooms of both types are fairly simple, but they are functional, clean and cosy, and new tatami was recently installed in the Japanese-style quarters. The hotel is low-scale and has windows that open - what a refreshingly old-fashioned concept! Outside those windows are views of the surrounding neighbourhood and trees, adding to the relaxed feel of the place. Internet access is available, as are nonsmoking rooms, and there's a small restaurant where you can take breakfast before venturing out of the neighbourhood.
Services & facilities
- No cribs (infant beds) available
- Jcb international
- American express
- 24-hour front desk
- Designated smoking areas
- Pets not allowed
- Laundry facilities
- Air-conditioned public areas
- Internet point
- Free wired high-speed internet
Location. Ueno First City Hotel is located in Tokyo's Akihabara neighborhood, close to Kyu Iwasaki-tei Gardens, Akihabara Electric Town, and Sensoji Temple. Nearby points of interest also include Tokyo Imperial Palace and Tokyo Sky Tree.
Hotel Features. The hotel serves cooked-to-order breakfasts each morning in the restaurant (surcharges apply). Ueno First City Hotel features laundry facilities, coffee/tea in the lobby, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access is available in public areas and the hotel has an Internet point. Additional property amenities include computer rentals, an elevator (lift), and air conditioning in public areas. The front desk is open 24 hours a day. The property has designated areas for smoking.
Guestrooms. Air-conditioned guestrooms at Ueno First City Hotel feature windows that open and slippers. Beds come with down comforters and premium bedding. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations with handheld showerheads. They also offer complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Wired high-speed and wireless Internet access is complimentary. In addition to desks, guestrooms offer phones. 20-inch flat-screen televisions have complimentary TV Internet access and pay movies. Rooms also include trouser presses. Guests may request microwaves, in-room massages, and wake-up calls.