Lately the network of low cost carriers (LCC) between Tokyo and other cities has been expanding. But no matter how cheap the transportation costs have become, many people still consider Tokyo’s accommodation facilities to be quite expensive. Therefore I will now introduce a pretty and stylish hostel located just 15-minutes away on foot from Tokyo Sky Tree where you can stay at an affordable price. It’s very suitable for couples, single female guests, students groups and others. Of course, there are also plenty of foreign guests too!
The hostel is located in an easily accessible convenient place
Most hostels and dormitories for backpackers have the reputation of rather cheap accommodation facilities, but in Tokyo there are also some quite stylish yet affordable places. One such is “Nui. Hostel & Bar Lounge”, established 4 years ago. Already back then it became quickly popular in the media, and now many foreigners come attracted by good backpacker reviews. Recently the number of Japanese guests has increased too and the rooms are often full during weekends. Let me tell you more about why this hostel is so attractive.
Most cheap accommodation places provide only the basics in exchange for their competitive price, but in Nui Hostel you will be surprised by the stylish interior the minute you enter inside. The first floor is not only a reception and lobby, but also a bar lounge that can be used even by non-guests at evening time. This gives the hostel a special café-type of atmosphere. The concrete walls are plain, but right in the middle a large tree object rises to the high ceiling. A handmade wooden table is installed around it, while the windows are decorated with various plants. There’s even a grand piano to complete the picture. During the day guests of the hostel gather around the tables, while at nighttime various fans of this place and neighbors come to drink and interact with the guests. This interaction is the defining feature of the hostel. But yes, it might be a little too noisy for people who want to enjoy their drink in solitude. It’s rather a bar recommended for curious travelers who want to meet locals and international visitors and exchange information with them.
The closest station is Kuramae Station on Toei Asakusa and Toei Oedo subway lines. The hostel is also 15-minutes away on foot from Tokyo Station, and can be reached from Haneda Airport in 45 minutes by a direct train of Keikyu and Toei Asakusa lines. It’s also within a walking distance from Tokyo Sky Tree and Asakusa district. From Kuramae Station the hostel can be reached in just 3 minutes.
Good-quality bunk beds with enough private atmosphere
The hostel’s rooms are located between the second and fourth floors. There are 5 types of rooms, the cheapest being a gender-mixed dormitory for 2700 JPY, then a female-only dormitory for 3000 JPY, double bed and twin rooms for 6500 JPY, and the most expensive is the double room with a view to Sumida River for 7500 JPY. The price is for the entire room, so it’s still quite affordable when you divide in two. The rooms are simple and entirely wooden like the bar lounge, therefore they feel quite cosy. On the photo here you can see the bunk beds in the dormitory room. Usually bunk beds are made of metal pipes which shake a lot when you toss during your sleep, but at Nui Hostel the beds are made of wood and do not shake. Even though the room is shared, there are opaque curtains at your bed to provide you with a feeling of privacy. No light can go through them!
There is free Wi-Fi in all rooms so you can browse the Internet from your bed like at home. The futon cover is quite special! Many hostels offer quite poor bedding sets, but here the futon is soft, made of down, warm and really nice to sleep. If your room is near the entrance and you’re bothered by people coming and going, you can use the security key lock that you can see on the right side of the photo.
The shower room is quite comfortable to use!
As expected for a dormitory, the toilets and shower rooms are shared. But forget about your worries of dirty bathrooms! There is a changing room with a basket for clothes. The shower rooms are in beige and have shampoo and body soap. They’re quite comfortable to use. However, there are 3 shower rooms on each floor so sometimes you might need to wait if all are full. The best time is between 9pm and 1am, when most people going early to bed have finished showering, while the ones staying late in the bar have not yet. If you go during this time period, there will be no need to wait.
The sinks are separated and stylish like the ones used in department stores. There are also hair driers available for use. The towels however cost an additional fee, so better bring your own.
The library in the shared space and the kitchen are in North European style
Many people cook for themselves at hostels and Nui Hostel makes no exception. The kitchen on the last floor is in the typical wooden North European style. There is a fridge, a microwave, a cooking heater and spices to use for free. The only thing is that it’s quite small, therefore please wash your dishes right after you eat. Don’t forget the kitchen is shared.
There is a library space next to the kitchen with magazines and books left for people who like to enjoy their time reading. Attractive wooden bench chairs with cushions and tables help you relax with a cup of tea and a book to read. You can do that on the first floor too, but the library on the fifth floor is quiet and recommended.
Delicious bread for breakfast available for an additional fee!
Breakfast costs an addition fee and can be eaten at the bar lounge on the first floor. There are about 3-4 types of bread and delicious croissants for 100 JPY! Guests of the hostel receive a 100 JPY discount for drinks, therefore you can order a drink too for 300-400 JPY. If you take a croissant and café au lait, you will feel exactly like in a Paris hostel. Of course, you can have breakfast somewhere out too, but why not eat in the sun-lit lobby before you depart?
This stylish hostel overturns the typical perception of hostels
This hostel is highly recommended to people who want cheap but clean accommodation. The price is like a capsule hotel, but the amenities are like in a designer’s hotel! This place is also good for student groups travelling during their vacation. Take the dormitory room and you will all sleep together! For couples who prefer a stylish stay I recommend the double room with the river view. In general, this hostel is the best option for people who want to stay in Tokyo at a low price!