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You are welcome to stay at our mansion.
I am friendly and outgoing.
You can talk to us in English, German or Japanese.
I hope you will enjoy your vacation here!
Very good location, convenient area near the station. The host was and other people were so nice. The house was big enough for 6 persons and more. Incredibly quiet. I could sleep well.
Although the room is quite far away it's worth the price. We had very few problems and the host was very responsive if we needed anything.
The guest house that we stayed at was what you could expect from a guest house at that rate. Everything whent smoothly, However, the people taking care of the guest house don't speak any english but they are very friendly. What you should know when booking this is that it is situated about 40 min from downtown Tokyo.
Spacious furnished room in a shared house on the 2nd floor just a 5-minute walk to the station (frequent trains to Gotanda station, which is on the JR Yamanote line)--2 convenience stores, a supermarket, and a few restaurants by the station. Big kitchen with a grill and a microwave. Nice hot shower in the shared bathroom and a washing machine with a clothes hanger to dry your clothes. In the winter the common area's a bit cold, but the room's nice and warm. The bed sleeps one person but there was futon and bedding to sleep another on the floor. The place is a bit dated and could perhaps use some refurbishing/cleaning, but overall it was a comfortable stay. The wifi internet connection was good! We didn't meet Sven but had no problems-there was an older Japanese lady who gave us the key.
Great place to stay - very close to the main districts of Tokyo, comfortable guesthouse and last but not least - Sven is a great host. He was very patient with my annoying questions, provided a lot of advice and helped me experience Tokyo to its maximum. I recommend asking Sven to take you to the house owners little pub near the guesthouse - you'll find very nice people in there.
I'll definitely stay there again!
Close to local train station, however need to transfer onto another line before you can really go to any of the tourist spots.
Since you get your own key to the house, coming and going is not a problem and I felt that the things I left behind at the house were safe.
Very large and very sunny room. Quite convenient having the balcony as you can hang your clothes outside to dry.
The free washing machine and washing powder was really handy. It did quite a good job.
The linens and carpets were old, thinning and I really did not enjoy using them.
Kitchen was well equipped, although it was let down by the dirty fridge and microwave which were both encrusted with old food/sauce.
Bedroom had a excellent heater which made the room quite cosy in the cold weather.
The wifi quality was great! Fast and very easy to connect to.
Overall I would say that there were some parts of this accommodation that were great. But in my mind the bad things really let it down. If I ever visit Tokyo again I don't think I would select this accommodation again unless the negatives are rectified. If you are simply looking for a average place to just sleep and dont mind switching trains (which means longer travel times) then this is the place for you.
We really enjoyed our stay at Sven's house. Since we were coming from a hotel with small rooms in the center of Tokyo, having a large room with lots of space was a real change and was really appreciable. It was the type of location which gives you the feeling you are staying in a traditional house, and not in a hotel or a guesthouse. We finally stayed here for 6 nights and have the chance to meet and talk with Sven who was a pleasant host, giving recommandations about what to do in the surroundings of Tokyo. The main points of interests in Tokyo downtown were about 30 mins max with metro. I recommend this place to anyone who wants to enjoy the calm and the benefits of staying in a traditional japanese house.
Room was actually not the one that was shown in the photo but looked quite similar. It's easy to find and everything was okay except the cleanliness - dust everywhere in the room, splodgy bed sheets and blankets and a quite large amount of hair in the bathroom. But if you don't mind a not well cleaned place it's fine.
The good: This is about as cheap as it gets in Tokyo. The flat is a five-minute walk from the JR Ikeburo line, and it's easy (if not super speedy) to get into central Tokyo via JR lines. The wifi is lightning-fast, the shower has plenty of hot water, and the AC unit works well. I felt VERY safe here. Sven's information was great, and his directions to the house were excellent -- it's impossible not to find this place!
The bad: The communal bathroom was filthy; the futons were very thin; the pillows were stiff; the "western beds" were just the aforementioned thin futon on top of a bedframe without a mattress. I chose this place because it had the option of a bed; I was shocked that the bed had no mattress!
The strange: We never actually met Sven. The first person who opened the door, one of the apartment's residents, refused to let us in, and we were freaked out that we wouldn't have a place to stay. Eventually, a lady who didn't speak English gave us a key and pointed us to our room, though we never received an explanation as to why Sven wasn't there (he had told me the day before that he would see us tomorrow), nor did Sven communicate with us once during our stay. It worked out fine in the end; I just found it odd.
Overall: if you're looking for the cheapest decent private room possible in Tokyo, if you don't mind being further out of the city, and if you don't mind sleeping on thin futons on the ground, this place could be a good fit for you. For us, it worked for two nights, but we chose to move somewhere more comfortable for the remainder of our stay. That's not to say it's a bad place; it's terrific if this is what you're looking for!