Cheap hotels in Tokyo
Is everything pricy in Tokyo? Nop.
In Tokyo, everything is deemed and indeed is expensive. Accommodations are no exception. A comfy room would cost about $100 to $300, depending on the quality and grade.
Meanwhile, there are some low-price hotels for low-budget oriented travelers or even businessmen. I guess they are mainly for the Japanese who are outside the Tokyo area but it seems such low-budget hotels are now becoming popular among non-Japanese travelers and such as well.
In general, such low-price accommodations lie in Minami-senju area, and the rates range from die-hard cheap dorms, as low as 2000yen, to about 3,500yen.
As of the end of March 2008 (as this hub is written), the yen rate to the US dollar is about 100 yen to USD, so those rates are like $20 to $35, respectively. Of course, you should be aware that the exchange rate is likely to change over time.
Anyway, here are a few of such cheap accommodations that I found on the Japanese web pages. (Please note that I myself reside in the Tokyo area, so I have not tried them myself, and I welcome your comments before or after your stay.)
1. Hotel MaruChu (or Maruchyu)
The room is not large but cheap, just $35 or 3,500yen per night (including tax). This rate gives you basic amenities like TV, AC, refrigerator, and even high-speed Internet access.
At this low-price, I was not imagining that they provide any English information, but they do provide some, so I suspect that some non-Japanese tourists do use this hotel. Maybe backpackers or travelers on a shoe string (you may want to check out the Japan version of Lonely Planet or Let's Go guidebook if you like).
As is often the case with shops or restaurants in Japan, this hotel does NOT accept credit cards, so just carry some cash in yen enough to pay the hotel bill. (In case, usual expensive hotels do accept VISA, Master or AMEX.) Needless to say, they do not take any personal check, either.
2. Hotel Accela (in Japanese only)
With the room rate as low as 3350 yen per night (including tax), I believe this hotel offers perhaps almost the same (or very similar) services as the aforementioned one does.
As to the limitatoins, Hotel Accelra does not take either credit cards or personal checks, like Hotel Maruchu. Also, there is a curfew: 2AM to 6AM, the hotel gate is closed, so be forewarned.
Hotel guests staying for three nights or more can enjoy a discount rate of 3150 per night (including tax). For other rates and discounts, consult the Hotel Rates page.
Since this hotel does not provide any info in English, I guess you may have some communication difficulties or troubles staying at this accommodation. Given the competition, I think you can probably find a cheap hotel staffed with English-speaking employees.
(Thank God, Tokyo is an international city after all...)
As a first hub on this topic, this is pretty much it. I will add a little more as I get further questions or requests...