Was browsing on Agoda for a few days before I got on the plane to Tokyo. I’d decided that instead of going to Reza’s residence in Kofu right after arrival, I’d have some me time in Tokyo. Considering it was a last minute hotel lookup, the room rates were sky high. Didn’t feel like staying at a hostel either.
Thought I’d do a last search this one day and voila – a flash deal on a single room at Agora Place Asakusa appeared! A brief visit to its website convinced me that this hotel may be worth a try. It would also cost me only as much as bed at a hostel.Location wise it’s quite strategic, being a minute’s walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza line’s Tawaramachi station. Most importantly, it’s got free WiFi.
Agora Place opened its doors in July 2012, making it a relatively new hotel around the area. I believe that the building’s been around and run by different people for quite a while, until it was bought over and refurbished by the Agora Group. The hotel’s interior is very modern minimalist, something I appreciate very much.
The hotel wasn’t as large as the rest of the budget hotels I’ve been to in Japan, but it was a really cosy place. I checked in in the middle of the night and was given a green access card to my room. The staff told me that only basic amenities were provided in my single room, which included an electric kettle, cups, hand, face and body towels and a basic hairdryer. Not sure whether it applies only to my room or the rest.
However, guests may rent other amenities like bathrobes, extra towels, cushions, professional hairdryer, iPads and even a coffee maker from the lobby! Guests may also purchase tea bags, instant coffee and toiletries like toothbrushes, bath sponges and L’occitane shower creams, all placed at a counter which was set up in the middle.
Now, to my room.
Not all, but many of the rooms that I’ve stayed at in Tokyo have a dated atmosphere, so it’s absolutely refreshing to enter a relatively modern room in Japan! The room is small even by Tokyo’s standards, but I find that the white wallpapers, desk, blinds and sheets made it seem a little more spacious.
My room didn’t exactly have a view as it was facing other buildings surrounding the area, but I loved it nonetheless. It was a warm room, so I let the window open a bit to let the breeze come in. My room was on the 5th floor, but I could hear the sound of vehicles passing by, sometimes sirens. But I welcomed it. I was in my favorite city!
The bathroom is a standard Japanese bathroom. A tiny one with a compact bathtub, wash basin and toilet. It was clean, but the toilet seemed a little old, probably maintained from the last management. I wished the toilet seat was heated.
Slept a little late that night, trying to settle down while entertaining myself with live TV shows I barely understood and surfing the net. Even when my alarm disrupted my sleep early in the morning (forgot to put it on holiday mode), I had amazing sleep largely due to the plush pillows, crisp white sheets and the thick duvet that were provided. Not to forget the cool weather.
No pressure and not in a hurry, I had the privilege of taking my time when getting ready in the morning. At that moment, I really felt that life is good. Really liked the room, really wished I could stay there longer.
Whenever I return to Tokyo, I think I’ll look up for the rates at Agora Place Asakusa first.