Tokyo Sumidagawa Youth Hostel Reviews
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The most negative point is that they lock you out of the hostel from midnight to 6 in the morning and out of the rooms between 10 and 4. But even if this fact wouldn't be there, it still won't become my favourite hostel because it has too much 70's style for me.
I liked the curfew idea, no noisy people coming to the room in the middle of the night!
The facilities are old although they are somewhat clean. There is no elevator, which makes it hard to carry a suitcase. In addition, I could not believe that this hostel had a curfew. It closes at 12:00am and reopen at 6:00am. I feel that the hostel should change the door lock and open 24 hours for people who are staying. Now there is only one wire around the doors. I think that the security is weak.
- Novice Nomad
- Male, 31-40
- (1 review)
A great place to stay if you don't mind the curfew hours. The staff were nice and helpful and it's a good hostel to meet other people travelling Tokyo
Overall it's not terrible but try to go elsewhere if you can. I was only there as last resort. - staff weren't mean but not welcoming at all - dorm rooms are way too small, not really enough space to walk in - very difficult to sleep in the dorms as the walls are are literally paper thin and you can here everything even from several floors down - only 2 showers and really restrictive rules about what time you can use them - not enough privacy - no internet In rooms and no power plugs
Nice, functional hostel, was just there overnite. Has a curfew, which doesn't work for me on a big city.
Good: near to Asakusabashi JR station (one station away from Akihabara) Bad: depressing rooms, noisy, couldn't sleep at all. One room is considerated 2 rooms (only separated by a screen). AWFUL: curfew at 1130pm. For the money you charge, the minimum is to have 1) someone at the desk during the night or 2) a key in the main door like ANY OTHER PLACE. Staying here was just depressing, the only fun i had was hating this place with everyone else who, like me, only stayed because no more choice
As far as hostels go in Japan, this was the most social I had stayed at! Met lots of fellow travellers and we all went out for drinks. Location is good, right near a JR station, but not particularly close to any major attractions. Asakusa temple is only a 20 minute walk away, however, and the frequency of trains in Tokyo makes getting around a breeze! Staff weren't particularly friendly, but they were very obliging. Most importantly, everything was clean.
The staff wasn't very friendly when I first arrived. Upon leaving, the gentleman was nice enough. I would recommend that the hostel invest in a door lock security system and not rely on a curfew. They would probably increase their business and get more bookings that weren't simply last minute desperate bookings (as they noted on their surveys).
Clean place and friendly staff, but watch out... They kick you out of the hostel between 10 and 4 daily. You can't even stay in the common area.