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AS House (Asakusa Smile) Reviews

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

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1556 Total Reviews
  • 70%Value For Money
  • 64%Security
  • 79%Location
  • 67%Staff
  • 66%Atmosphere
  • 56%Cleanliness
  • 60%Facilities

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Our 6 bed-room was quite small so that there was not that much room to move and put the luggage. Nice bar and thanks for the free welcome drink. It is great to have wifi on every floor. Location is great.


I would not call this place a hostel. I don't know how i would call it, but this is not a place where the staff is trying to make your stay comfortable. The rooms are ok and clean. The location is good. Cheap hostel. This is the good side. Now the bad one. There were 2 toilets on my floor (5 people in my room, 3 other rooms, so possibly 20 people), one was broken, the other one didnt close.The worst part is that I stayed 5 nights and they never cleaned this unique toilet!! The smell doesn't li


Unfortunatly for the personnel they don't have produces to clean correctly the old building. The door at the entrance is never closed so anyone could enter! The building is old but there clim in every room and hot water (in the only bathroom for the entire building!). The personnel is nice and take time to help you or reply to your question. If you can afford better you should definetively choose another guesthouse. But this one is one of the cheapest in Tokyo.... so don't expect too much!


Reasonably good hostel though security-wise might be slightly lacking because they are operating a public bar at the first floor and anybody will be able to access the other floors.


Run fast, run far! By far, this is the worst hostel I've ever stayed at after 4 months backpacking in Asia! Never thought it'll happen in Tokyo, Japan. As soon as I entered in the building, stinky smell was all over me. Well later on I realized its a perfect combination of cigrate, feet and toilet! Having travelled in Southeast Asia for a few month, I'm quite confident that I'm no snobbish picky backpacker. This place however, is way worse than I could ever have imagined. So Do Not go there!


The subway is not far away, and you have a good connection to all important places in Tokyo. The reason why this hostel gets this rating is, that it ins really dirty. I think about 95% of the public restrooms are cleaner than those in this hostel. And in the lobby smoking is allowed. So you always get the shell ob cigarettes, before you can go to your room. In out room was mould at the ceiling and a really disgusting smell... Later we found out, that this smell comes out of the aircondition...


The rooms are quite small with a little amount of storage but they are clean and have A/C. The hostel is located near to a couple of tube stations and it was very easy to locate. The staff are very good and speak quite good English and are on hand 24hrs a day. The bar is open until late in the evening and the beer prices are ok but I did expect them to be a bit cheaper. All in all a great hostel and very easy to meet people!


wifi is not work . I need a time to find the building ,not easy to find that .

  • 22nd May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Hong Kong
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


The door of our dorm did not close properly. Quite noisy in general so bring earplugs to sleep. A nice bar downstairs but strong cigarette smell. The bathrooms and showers were not clean and smelled bad, but they were functional. Very little tools and utensils in the kitchen. Overall, I guess you get what you pay for, which is ok if you only plan on having a place to sleep.


It's cheap. Not awful but it could be cleaner and stuff is pretty run down. The staff are also a little disinterested.


Location nearby Meiji Jingu (10-15min walk), Tokyo Skytree (5-10min walk). Nearby train after passby the bridge. Food stall open 24hrs with few min walk. Roughly the rooms good and tidy. A lot place to charge phone but bad is to climb up small staircase. Bigger luggage unable go up. Need open window if hot. Unable saw where is the air-cond.

  • 18th May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Malaysia
  • Mixed Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Staff was helpful. Some of the guests were very friendly and helpful too

  • 17th May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


If you're after a standard backpackers, this is it. The bar on the first floor is a good place to meet fellow travellers, and drinks are cheap. The owner was a lovely guy, but his son (who was working when I checked in) clearly doesn't care.


This hotel have really poor facilities and the price that do you have to paid is quiet expensive if you compare with another excelent hostel, if you dont have any other place to stay in Tokyo it's fine for a couple of days.


The room is basic but OK. In the kitchen lack of gear and not very clean. Same notion about WC. The location is very OK. Near the Skytree and the station to go to Narita Airport and Nikko.


Smiles was good place to meet other travelers down in the bar BUT the actual rooms and facilities were quite dirty and the kitchen had no proper facilities for cooking, just a toaster. It's ok for a quick stay but i probably wouldn't say it was worth the money. The location was good, easy to find and a short walk straight to the town.


After my 9-night stay here, I can definitely say that this hostel is really worth for your budget. I like its location in a serene neighbourhood. There are 2 convenience stores, Lawson and 7-11, within few minutes' walking distance. From a window view of my room on level 4, I can see SkyTree clearly anytime. You can walk to a famous Sensoji temple, Skytree and metro station in 10 minutes. I'll come back to use this place as my base to explore Tokyo again for sure.


I stayed at the 8 people dorm in the Bekkan building. The furniture in the dorm are really bad placed, because they have cabinets behind the bed that you can't really open. They take alot of room, which really sucks considering the fact that you have to share the room with 7 other people. Aside from the poorly decorated small dorm, the kitchen, bath/toilet/washing area and bar are really good :) A good advice to others: keep the dorm locked when not there. My visa got stolen and a girls laptop.


Nice staff and comfortable facilities for the price. The free drink at the bar is a big plus, and the location is nice if you want an older and quieter part of Tokyo. Very close to the Tokyo Sky Tree and Sinsoji Temple. A great value.

  • 4th May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


The place was a cluttered mess, the toilets were a mess and backed up and the staff didn't really interact with people. The only thing I can say is that place was cheap.

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