Tokyo Sumidagawa Youth Hostel Reviews
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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).
They have a curfew which is really lame (have to be in by 11:30pm or else can't get in until 6:30am). Very quite although people were very loud in the room during the morning. Have to pay to use computers and bathrooms reek of urine. Location is close to subway but far from nightlife. Right next door to Anne Hostel which I also stayed at and really liked. Only stayed here because I was booking night by night and they were full.
A good place to stay only if other hostels are full. There's not much atmosphere and the place is rather drab, but it is clean, the wifi connection good, and good kitchen facilities. Check out is very early at 10am and check-in very late at 4pm.