Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
The location is good....
Pros: Owner is helpful, meets guests at Hatsudai Station, and is responsive to questions, is A+. Unit is close to Hatsudai, and about 20 min walk from Shinjuku Station. There is a small supermarket and 7-11 at either end of the lane along with many eating places within walking distance as is the Tokyo Metropolitan Building and its observation deck. The area is busy, but you don’t hear traffic noise except for ambulance sirens and occasional helicopters. The third-floor unit is up a set of steep stairs and features almost new refrigerator and washer. Clothes pins are provided for drying wash. Wifi was great.
Cons: Owner could better justify price if he made several improvements, including:
-Getting a better house cleaner. Drain trap was dirty, as was kitchen sink, inside of front door, and other spots.
-Swapping out the uncomfortable mattresses for better-quality ones.
-Buying a new couch to replace the white vinyl (?) one, which is flaking.
-Eliminating many devices plugged into electrical outlets by improving electrical wiring.
-Providing a better closet with more space for luggage and hanging clothes.
-Providing English language channels on the television
-Fixing toilet door so that it can lock.
-Adding table lamps - the overhead light fixtures were too bright and harsh.
-Modify listing to say no clothes dryer is provided, and that access may be difficult for older travelers (steep stairs, steep-sided furo bath). Blue shading on map showing general location of apartment is slightly off.
-Making two keys available instead of one. We found sharing a key among four people was inconvenient.
-Adding more hooks and shelving in bathroom. You use a mirror in the kitchen to shave or for applying makeup.
-Adding screens to windows; repairing large hole in the one screen.
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Great host, Great location, reasonable price
The Pros: The host met us at the train station and walked us back to the apartment, which was very nice. It is about a 5 minute walk to Hatsudai station as he stated. I had several questions during our 5 day stay and he (Daiki) prompltly replied to my questions within a matter of seconds. Great host. The location is very good as it is close to train stations and in a very quiet, safe neighborhood. We did not hear any noise whatsoever at night. Compared to close by hotel prices I had looked at this apartment rate was very reasonable and fair for the Tokyo. The washing machine is new and we used it several times with all the humidity in Tokyo summer you go through clothes. Also, there is a new toilet and a new refrigerator which is nice. Lastly, the check-out was super easy. The Cons: The unit is on the 3 story and only way up is small staircase, difficult with luggage and/or for an older person. The beds are not super comfortable, definitely not like a Westin Hotel, but they are okay and remember, your not paying Westin prices either. There was no sink or mirror in the toilet room or the shower room. So, my wife had to put on her make-up and blow dry hair in the kitchen, where the only sink and mirror and outlet are. Also, tooth brushing, hand washing, etc,... all must be done in the kitchen sink. Over all, the things that were most important to our family (Location and price) were met or exceeded.
Nice host, great location but a bit of a “diamond in the rough”
Daiki graciously met us at the train station, walked us to the apartment and reviewed details with us. The apartment itself was a bit like a college student’s bachelor pad. He has done some nice improvements, e.g., new toilet, fridge and washer, but could do a bit more to polish it up. Renovating the shower room, adding hooks for hanging towels and clothes, and more comfortable beds would make the apartment much more appealing. It has a great old style infrastructure and could be top notch with an investment of some time and money. As is, I would consider it a convenient, backup option.