During a trip, a good and comfortable stay where you can relax after a day of walking and sightseeing is quite important. And one of the most important things in choosing a hotel is its location. Price, special offers and free options are also important factors when deciding where to stay. So, after considering all those factors my choice for my recent trip was Hotel Suntargas Ueno.
Hotel Suntargas Ueno has an excellent location being only a 4-minute walk from Ueno Station and 5 or so minutes from Keisei Ueno Station with its direct Skyliner train to Narita Airport. Ueno district has a lot of places of interest, such as Ueno Park, Ueno Zoo, Tokyo National Museum and few more as well as good shopping areas. There are also many good Japanese restaurants near the hotel.
The hotel itself has an interesting and unique lobby that looks kind of like an exhibition hall with beautiful sculptures and vases made of natural stones. There are nice places inside where guests can relax outside of their rooms. The front desk located behind the lobby is open 24 hours. It goes without saying that the staff, like pretty much everywhere else in Japan, are very polite and supportive.
The rooms are not as small as one would expect either, particularly in a busy area like Ueno. Unlike the elaborated lobby, the rooms are simple and clean. Each room is equipped with an electric kettle, free tea bags, a refrigerator, a TV set with a few free programs and free Wi-Fi. The bathroom is small, but has free toiletries, towels and a hairdryer.
As a bonus, the hotel offers free luggage storage, free laundry options, free drinks in a lobby and to my great surprise, free breakfast which was great!