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All reviews hotel parkside good sized bathroom non smoking room ueno park keisei skyliner entertainment district convenient location narita airport hotel faces smell of cigarette smoke minute walk an update bit dated per night japanese style room room facing tokyo standards
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Reviewed 9 May 2017

It must have been about 25 years since I stayed at the Park Side Hotel while on business. In the interim, the hotel has been spruced up and remains an ideal place to stay. The hotel is about a 5-minute walk from the Ueno Keisei railway station and across Ueno Park. One downside of the hotel is the legacy left by decades of smokers. We were initially assigned a smoking room but the hotel staff was able, to their credit, move us immediately to a non-smoking room. Still, the smell of cigarette smoke lingers in the lobby and especially near the elevators. Our room, towards the back of the hotel, was quiet as long as the window was closed; otherwise the sounds from the street (red light district?) lasted until well after midnight. Buffet breakfast (both Western and Japanese) was included in the price of our room and was listed at ¥1385. The Western breakfast was adequate. At check in, we were asked at what time we wanted breakfast but it did not seem to matter when we showed up. In all, a pleasant place to stay.

Room tip: Rooms facing the park are probably quieter than the rooms facing the rear.
Date of stay: April 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank wandererMB
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

Location
The location is convenient for the station but is not too busy. You have some nice city views from the room window. Some areas nearby are known for the maid cafes.

Room
This is where the hotel lets itself down. The room itself is very spacious and provides two chairs, a table, small wardrobe and a desk. The decor is quite dated and is probably due a refit. The bathroom is the biggest we have had in Japan with a separate wet room area for the bath and shower. As in the rest of Japan, some lovely toiletries were provided.

The main issue we had with the room was the stench of cigarette smoke in what should have been a non-smoking room. It was extremely strong and hit you every time you walked into the room. The walls had also been stained by the nicotine.

There was air conditioning but it did seem particularly effective as the temperature seemed to stay the same no matter what temperature was selected.

The beds were comfortable. Western guests should note that pillows in Japan are a bit different as they contain rice on one side to keep their shape and tend to be quite short so this is something to be aware of.

The hotel
The lobby is nice with some areas to wait and the staff were extremely helpful in providing umbrellas for us on wet days. Be careful when getting into the lifts as the doors will try to trap you in them given the chance! You'll probably think I'm being picky until you experience them for yourself.

Breakfast
The breakfast selection is quite good in comparison to other Japanese hotels. There is both a Western and Japanese selection as well as nice pastries and fruit.

Date of stay: April 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Lynteacher
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

This is an update. I stayed here five years' ago (and used to come here for breakfast regularly 25 years' ago!). It's a great location, clean and well maintained, but very old.

This time I booked 'cos it was even cheaper than the tiny modern business hotel I usually use close by. And what a nice surprise!

They've renovated the rooms on the third floor. So you have the room space you got when hotels were built 30-40 years ago, but a brand new room! The bathroom is fresh and modern, the room decor is exciting (cherry blossom mural on walls and ceiling!), there's a new set of furniture with a great work desk... really nicely done, and feels totally up to date.

The lobby is still a bit old-school, and the free wifi was borderline sketchy, but it's all perfectly workable and very good value. I didn't eat breakfast, but the cafe area has also been renovated and looks really nice.

Can't wait to stay here again on my next visit to Ueno!

Room tip: 3rd floor has renovated rooms!
Date of stay: April 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled on business
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Thank hoboesque
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Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

They allow smoking in the lobby, next to the elevator. As a non-smoker, I had to sit next to a cloud of smelly smoke while waiting for the lifts.
The only plus is the breakfast, which is diverse and tasty!

Date of stay: April 2017
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Thank 89sss
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Reviewed 25 February 2017

My first night in Tokyo: arrived late to hotel after taking train to final stop, Ueno. (Leave station through Ikenchata Exit, turn left to Circle K Sunkus. Walk right. Park and pond are on right and hotel is on left.). Nice, clean lobby and cafe. One person at front desk spoke very good English. Other staff spoke little but were willing to help with gestures, pointing, map. First night I was solo and was given a very small but clean and functional room on the fourth floor. Second night with a friend, we had a double, twin room on the tenth floor, with larger areas and more amenities. Both nights were quiet. Only thing i did not like was the ubiquitous cigarette smoke. Clothes and hair reeked of stale smoke. Exchanged money at the 711 ATM out the alley to the right. The following morning, around 7:00, I was back at the train station. Had a good breakfast at the Vie de France in the station before heading to a tour. Hotel is easy to get to, nicely located, and surrounded by many restaurant choices. (Had lunch today at nearby Sushizanmai).

Date of stay: February 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Thank Linda M
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