Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Affordable Hotel in Tokyo: Koraku Garden Hotel

Koraku Garden Hotel is an affordable business hotel. Located in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Koraku Garden Hotel is an ideal hotel for business people looking for a quiet yet an accessible hotel. It's in the center of important business districts and near JR Line Stations. 

For almost a month, I stayed in Koraku Garden Hotel in Tokyo while waiting for a permanent teaching position in Japan. For that entire time, the staff had been very accommodating even if they don't understand me sometimes. (Their understanding of English is quite limited.) They cater to my needs and were generous of their help. Rooms are cleaned thoroughly from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm. It usually takes 20 to 30 minutes for the cleaner to finish my room even if it's not really messy. 

A regular room is ideal for 2 medium-built people. The rooms sizes are mainly ideal for Asian people so Westerners may feel cramped. Even the bed size can be a problem for 2 people if you're largely built. On a personal note, however, I found the bed just tight with enough room for me toss and turn. The hotel only provides a single pillow if they know only one guest is occupying the room. You can request for one more should you want another pillow. The mattress is firm enough without being hard on the back. 

Koraku Garden Hotel Room
The toilet is average. Everything is made of stainless so when you use cold water, it tends to get really cold and the same for hot water. The hotel provides shampoo, body soap, toothbrush, toothpaste and towels. 

There's TV but it's not cabled. All programs are in Japanese and the remote doesn't have English subtitle button. There's also a water heater with daily supply of tea bags. Internet connection is available but you have to borrow an internet cable from the front desk. There's a mini fridge but there's no closet. There's just a small open space with three hangers for your clothes. There's a phone that you can use even for international calls. 

view from my room at Koraku Garden Hotel

Other notable areas are the laundry area on the 6th floor. You can borrow iron from the front desk without charge. Computer stations are also on the lobby but they're not free. Free buffet breakfast are served in the basement from 7:00 to 10:00 am. There's no swimming pool or gym but they have parking areas. 

laundry area at Koraku Garden Hotel

The best thing about this hotel for business people is its accessibility to nearby stations. For more info: http://bitsandpieces-fvitz.blogspot.jp/2012/08/tokyo-hotel-with-ideal-location-koraku.html.
So if you're planning a business trip, try staying at Koraku Garden Hotel. 

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