Hostel Review: Asakusa Smile – Tokyo, Japan

It’s been a bit more than a week since I’ve arrived Japan, everything’s still new and weird to me.

Good news is, even though I’m still waiting for the official notification of the job offer, but the company has already notified me informally that I got the job, that really took away my biggest concern about living in Japan.

Meanwhile, before I can find an apartment to stay for long term, I’m currently living in a hostel located in Asakusa called Asakusa Smile, with 8 people per room which is the cheapest stay I could find. (comes to ‎¥1,500 per night, ‎¥1,700 on weekends)

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Here’s the front of the hostel I stayed in Asakusa for almost a month, there’s a bar on the first floor, makes it easy to meet other travelers while staying there.
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A very interesting message on the key box.
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Entrance is where you put the shoes, and right hand side is the bar which opens at night.
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There is actually a computer room and free WIFI for public use, not bad! It’s too bad the WIFI reception’s not so good in my room, but that has changed after they switched me to new building a week after when I extended my stay.
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That’s the sink and washroom built right in the common area where the computers are, quite an interesting layout.
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That’s my room and my extremely messy bed, as i put all my belongings on the bed in case of theft, which leaves me with very small room to lie down.
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This would be my bed, I’m not sure how I even fit in there with all the luggage on bed.
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Some other travelers use the closet for their luggage, although there’s no lock on it.
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My view looking out from the bed.
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This is the dinning area.
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Also a kitchen if you want to cook.
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The only lockers they have in the hostel, which in no way will fit the big backpacks. Also 2 lockers seem to have already been broken into.

 

The hostel actually has two buildings, first I stayed at the original location which is the old building, then I was able to switch to the new building when they have room available. (new building doesn’t have many rooms, so if you want to stay there it’s best to make reservation in advance.) New building was much nicer than the old one, especially during winter since it has heaters and the old one doesn’t.

 

Overall, the place is fine for its price since it’s one of the cheapest.

Location is pretty good since Asakusa is close to many sights, and it’s not far from metro station.

Although since there’s no lockers for big backpack/luggage, it’s best to prepare ahead for security.

 

Value for money: ★★★

Staff: ★★★★

Facilities: ★★

Security: ★★

Location: ★★★

Cleanliness: ★★★

 

If you have stayed at this hostel before, feel free to share your thoughts of the place in the comment area, cheers!

 

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