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AS House (Asakusa Smile) Reviews

2-20-10 Higashi Komagata, Sumida-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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1631 Total Reviews
  • 71%Value For Money
  • 66%Security
  • 81%Location
  • 70%Staff
  • 66%Atmosphere
  • 54%Cleanliness
  • 61%Facilities

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Good location, Staff was all right the guy I met was able to scan files for me and informative, had to wait about 25 minutes before I got to see him though to check in. The room was a bit dirty, dusty window sills and bedsheets had a lot of stains and hair. But for the price it's pretty decent. Showers were a bit stained also.. The place also smelled like garbage and dirty shoes outside. I would probably stay at the Khaosan hostels instead..


The only thing we are giving credit for this hostel was the cleanliness of it. We have seen the good and the bad of hostels and this one made us feel plain uncomfortable. We left before the weekend but if you're planning to stay over one, be prepared to join the crowd at the downstairs bar for you will not be sleeping, the bar noise carries even to the 3rd floor. Can only recommend if you need a cheap place to crash for a night or two.


It's a great place to stay and hang out with people. I'd definitely recommend this place for people seeking a good place to stay and great place to hang out. Plus, its great for your money, one of the cheapest in town maybe.

  • 12th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Malaysia
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Asakusa Smile was a great hostel. Conveniently located and helpful staff. The only problem we had was returning there in taxis at night when the trains weren't running. They should print out cards with the name of the hostel and directions in Japanese to hand to a cab driver because it was very difficult to communicate where we wanted to go. The taxi drivers still didn't understand when we showed them the location on a map. Once we were even dropped off at a different "Smile Hotel"


Great facilitation of my stay and well located and easy to get about Tokyo. Great shower and toilet facilities. Will love to come back the next time I'm in Tokyo.

  • 11th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Singapore
  • All Male Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Unfortunately I didn`t stay at your hostel but I thinkk it`s good. Hope to come to your place one day)))

  • 23rd Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Russia
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


Really easy to meet new friends here :) A lot of mold in our room :/


Toilet smell old urine all the time, Bed banks too old so noisy,every time people move's,they need to change bed banks for a better and strong foundation


The staff was not kind at all. It was dirty all around, we found many cockroachs (bedroom, bathroom and kitchen). The location was good but if you can get another hostel, do it!

  • 3rd Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Argentina
  • Mixed Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


There was not Internet in the building I was staying in. The place isn't so clean compared to what you can find in Japan though it's not dirty either. I booked the hostel on this website but I found that other people in my room were paying less than me. 1700~1800 while I was paying 2100 a night.


The owner is friendly and helpful! The bar at 1st floor s interesting worth to stay !!!

  • 27th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Vietnam
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


We stayed in the cheaper of the two buildings of the hostel (5 min walk from each other). The internet was bad, but in the other house (with the reception) it was good. Security good mainly because security in Japan is very high. The hostel is close to three stations and is in walking distance to sensoji (popular attraction) and other sights in asakusa. The welcome was awesome and the staff were nice :)


The hostel was extremely dirty. I saw cockroaches and ants walking in the toilet and kitchen. Moreover, the room looked like it was never cleaned before and several furniture in the bathroom was broken. This is by far the worst hostel I have ever stayed in!


the showers had no lock and opened up right to the corridor, anybody walking by would able to see whoever is changing in there. it was also pretty unclean. the toilets on our floor didn't work. had to put on the sheets, duvet and pillow covers ourselves. you have to change into slippers but it's obvious these slippers never gets cleaned are just all over the place. just felt like the overall management can be improved a lot. the welcome drink and location are the plus sides.


had great time in japan! hostel is also good!

  • 14th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • South Korea
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


The hostel is divided basically in two buildings, a main one and another crappy one that gave me the feeling of basically being a house of an old lady who died, sold the place to the hostel whose owner filled it with bunkbeds and started using it as an hostel. The second building is always open, but there is no maintenance, no staff, it's quite dirty and it's a good 500 meters from the main one. I can't say anything about the main building but I appreciated its bar, good chance to meet people


It's a nice hostel but they don't have any dishes or nifes or any other things for you to use. But the kitchen is clean.

  • 14th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Portugal
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Perfectly decent place to stay. I stayed in the annex. It strangely did not lock the doors and there were no staff. It was safe but kind of felt like I was living in an abandoned house in tokyo.


The location is good. Asakusa is a great part of Tokyo. But the hostel itself was on top of a bar, which doesn't really lend itself well to a good stay, since they allow smoking in the bar and that smoke travels up to the rooms. The room was nice enough, but the bunk bed creaked and had precarious cracks. Also, the bathrooms didn't seem like they were cleaned that often. One staff member was helpful - the other, I don't think he really knew what was around. I'd probably skip this one if you can.


Cramped squicky bunkbed in a room to small to even breathe. The "bar", the halls and the rooms smell like stinking sweaty shoes, I know it is a japanese custom to take of your shoes but in this place you really don't want to take them off, it was disgusting. Hairs, dust, wet stuff? on the floors :S. Lots of mold. Toilets didn't work, doors woudn't lock. The whole atmosfere was very depressing, Everything was broken, This hotel must not have had any cleaners or maintainers for at least 20 years.

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