The Asakusa Smile Guest House is a hostel ideal for people with a low budget.
We stayed for 6 nights and payed roughly 16,-€ per night.
At first it was hard to find because the entrance is really small and unassuming.
Upon arriving we had a problem with the reservation, somehow the receptionist lost it or misplaced it, and we didn't bring our confirmation.
But the receptionist (who was korean not japanese) gave us a place to stay anyways and she was very friendly alonf with all other employees.
We stayed in a co-ed room with eight beds.
All in all the hostel is very clean and comfotable. It has a community kitchen, equipped with a fridge, microwave, oven and stove, where everybody can cook their own food 24/7. It was also the main meeting place for the travellers other than the bar/ lounge on the ground floor.
One bathroom is attached to the kitchen! the other one is a floor down from the room we stayed in. Toilets are seperate from the showers, which I liked very much.
Again everything is very clean and hygienic.
Wifi and computers were available for free in a small hallway corner- type of room.
The hallways and stairways are very narrow (and steep) and since there is no elevator (lift) it is pretty difficult to get to the different floors with your luggage.
The only thing which I found to be lacking is securuty.
There are no locks on the doors to the rooms except for a small padlock with a 3 number combination, so I wouldn't advise to leave anything valuable in the rooms.
There are lockers on the ground floor (where you have to leave your shoes) but there aren't nearly enough for all the travellers. You had to pay for them additionally.
Also people aren't really being checked at the entrance.
A funny situation was when we were sitting in the kitchen talking to other travellers and making plans to maybe meet up the other day, when the guy we were takling to replied "Oh no I'm not staying here I just came in and thought I'd take a shower"
In that moment it was pretty funny but it's an example that anybody could enter at anytime.
The hostel is located in the asakusa district close to two different train stations and only about 500 meters away from a tourist-information center. The first restaurants, bars and shopping places are located just over the close-by bridge. Also close by is the beer building and the building with the golden blob on top of it, which is often mentioned in tour guides of tokyo. A small convenience store is located about 50 meters in the opposite direction.
All in all it is a very cheap hostel ideal for casual travellers and backpackers intent to meet people and who are not picky with their security.
Little adventures and surprises are guaranteed, which made for a unique and very cherished memory for me.
P.S We stayed there in July 2009 and it was about 35°C and very humid. The aircondition was broken and I don't know if they fixed it.
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