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My boyfriend and I are traveling to Tokyo for only 2 days in the end of July. I have looked at many tourist books and travel guides. I...

...am looking for advice on where to stay (No hostels). It would be nice if the hotel was near a subway so that we can use that to travel around and see the sites. If you know of anything really unique in Tokyo please mention it. I love going outside the typical tourist norm. Thanks.

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City: Tokyo

Prefecture: Tokyo

Country: Japan

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This is a cheap but good and clean hotel chain in Tokyo with several locations, rooms are super small but cost only about $85.00 / night, the website is in English, I recommend the one near Shinagawa station as it is very close to JR line and Shinagawa is a good jumping off point


Enjoy your stay
Christiaan
This is a cheap but good and clean hotel chain in Tokyo with several locations, rooms are super small but cost only about $85.00 / night, the website is in English, I recommend the one near Shinagawa station as it is very close to JR line and Shinagawa is a good jumping off point


Enjoy your stay
Christiaan
I agree with the previous post on this thread. If you just want a place to stay so that you can see the sites, you can't beat Toyoko Inn which is an extensive chain of hotels throughout Japan. You mentioned that you wanted something unique--sorry to say that there aren't that many "unique" hotels in Tokyo anymore and the ones that are tend to be very expensive. If, however, you just want to put your head down somewhere clean and inexpensive, Toyoko Inn is the best.
I recommend for very low price Mets For Medium price I recommend Granbell and for high-end I recommend the Cerulean . All three hotels are in Shibuya where you will want to be. Shibuya is the natural hub of Tokyo. Very central to anywhere you will want to go. Of the three recommended hotels, Granbell is the one I would advise you to book. Nice rooms, funky design and little bar/restaurant downstairs that stays open all night.

If you book at the Mets Hotel, make sure to ask for a room that is not on the traintracks side of the hotel.

Have fun!
There is a collection of low priced accommodation, about ¥2,500 per night, just a few stops from Ueno. The area is not the prettiest, and has a large collection of homeless on the street, but is still very safe. A lot of day laborers hang out there for work. There are also a few hostels and an occasional backpacker in the area. You can find places by just walking around, and there will be English signs. Inside, the places are tidy, older, and generally clean. You share a bath, but you have your own tatami room with perhaps a small fridge, and hot pot or hot plate.

The place I stayed in August 2005 was called Hoteiya Economy Hotel. Phone +81-(3)3875-5912, 1-23-9 Nihon Dutsumi; Taito-ku, Tokyo. I would not recommend trying to reserve, as you may want to check out some places, and I am not even sure if they accept reservations.

Have fun.
I`ve stayed a few times at a hostel called Aizuya Inn, near Asakusa. It`s cheap and clean, the atmosphere is open and international. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Here`s their website:
For a medium to high-end hotel, Celestine Hotel is a good place:

Good staff and very good rooms.
If you want to stay at a place a little less expensive, try the Shinuku Washington hotel:
My personal favorite when I have friends or family coming to visit is the Century Southern Tower.
It is a bit more expensive but a fantastic place to stay. The views are astounding.

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