Booking a hotel for Tokyo is difficult only because there are so many options. There are rooms for all budgets, ranging from capsules for single men to suites for visiting celebrities. There are traditional Japanese inns (ryokans), hourly “love hotels,” business hotels, chain hotels, independent hotels, luxury hotels, you name it. And every neighborhood in the city has something worth visiting, so trying to narrow your search by staying near one attraction will just put you further from another. Your neighborhood may be walkable, but you will probably not be in Tokyo long enough to make walking between neighborhoods worth your time. For example, it is eight miles from the traditional neighborhood of Asakusa to the shopping districts in Shibuya, a walk that would easily take you three hours. Also, tokyo streets aren’t signed in English, so good luck not getting lost on that cross-town hike.
Staying near a metro and train station is a good strategy, and hotel that is centrally located, close to the metro and trains, affordable and has great TripAdvisor reviews is Hotel Niwa Tokyo. Located on a quiet stree the Chiyoda neighborhood, it is just a couple of minutes’ walk from the Suidobashi JR/metro station. The rooms are affordable and spacious by Tokyo standards. They come equipped with free Wi-Fi, refrigerator, TV (with some English -languange programming), super-toilet, shower and deep bathtub. The rooms are spotless and the staff polite and English-speaking.
Getting here from Narita Airport is pretty easy. From the arrivals hall, buy an Airport Limousine ticket to Tokyo Dome Hotel for 3000 yen. The agent will tell you when the next bus departs and direct you to the waiting area. The trip takes one to two hours, depending on traffic, and from the Tokyo Dome Hotel, it is a five-minute walk. If you have your JR pass activated, you can take the Narita Express (N’Ex) to Tokyo Station, then the JR Chuo line west one stop to Ochanomizu station. From the south exit, it is about a ten-minute walk.
Hotel Niwa Tokyo is a good mix of location, amenities and affordability, and the staff are very polite and willing to help.