Tokyo Sumidagawa Youth Hostel Reviews
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I stayed in some pretty great hostels in Japan, unfortunately this was not one one them. The positives: - Friendly staff - Clean - Good location The negatives: - Extremely dated - Zero privacy - the bunk beds were open, very small and without any curtains (this is very different from my experience at all other hostels in Japan) - Smell - there was a constant lingering smell of food - Poor WiFi I would make this your last choice, there are much much better hostels out there.
The hostel was a bit hard to find and far from the closest public transport. The common area was very big, but not very cosy. The volunteer group was nice though as they have given a free tea ceremony.
The hostel is ok given overall prices in Tokyo. If you want somewhere quite clean to sleep its fine, if you want anything more, you will be sorely disappointed. Compared with other hostels I used in Japan, there was zero atmosphere and few amenities. Thankfully I didnt stay here too long. The staff were mostly ok - the ones who spoke English, were a little rude and unhelpful, the man who spoke no English, was incredibly kind and tried hard to help. Overall, mixed bag.
Great place to stay at, close to JR and subway, clean, friendly staff and very helpful, key and door code provided, reliable internet, hot water, plenty restrooms, common area & free coffee/tea, etc. I pretty much made this place home, I was in Tokyo 3 separate times this trip and all 3 times I chose to stay here because it surpassed my expectations, great deal. The directions get a little tricky for finding it but once you do you realize it's pretty close and the walk isn't that bad,it was safe
This hostel has been completely renovated since my last trip to Japan in January 2014. The common spaces have brand new flooring, tables and seating. It's definitely an upgrade from last time. Expect a quiet hostel and encounters with older folks. I highly recommend this for children; their private room was perfect for my 5 year old son and I.
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We had a nice room all to ourselves since we were 4 people. The only think I can think of is that there was a strange smell in the room like fish but it was not really a problem after opening the window for a while. Everything else was really clean and great. Would stay again for sure.
Nice and clean. It just does not feel like a hostel. There is no common room like in other hostels.
A few things: - please also state that the common room is not accessible 24/7; - same goes for the showers - if you say '5 person shared room', i expect it to be one goddamn room and not a room with two doors and a veil inbetween to 'separate' the rooms. - I am not 12 nor stupid. I do not want an evening clock. Would not go here again based on facilities and possibilities alone. Nothing bad about the staff.
the staff lack of local transport or sightseeing knowledge even just within the tokyo city. i am not sure it is the culture that Japanese seldom go out?
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.
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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.
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.