Perfecting the Hostel

Perfecting the Hostel

When we think of Japan, we often think of their cars and electronics.  In both industries they were not always the leader, but rose from being the follower by diligently studying their competition, streamlining processes and perfecting products.  Now they have done the same with the hostel, creating the Anne Hostel Tokyo, a hostel perfected.

Hostel experiences start and end with the common areas, are they comfortable?  Do they invite and facilitate socializing?  The best hostels are those that are social in common areas and quiet in the sleeping ones.  Anne Hostel succeeds on both counts, people congregate to the common area with a large TV, DVD player, speedy wifi and a full kitchen nearby.

The other great feature to get people together is offering a free breakfast.  While many hostels offer this and fail by trying too hard, serving terrible options, the Anne Hostel does it right by keeping it simple.  With a self-serve offering of coffee, tea, toast, and eggs in the common room gets the day started right.  While starting their days, guests study travel guides and discuss what there is to see, or what they are going to see, making this a great place for solo travelers.

Beyond building a community and making a fun place to stay, a hostel needs to offer comfortable beds and clean bathing facilities.  We spent a night in a door room, which had a comfortable bed, air-conditioning, and had no street noise.  The bathrooms are functional, clean and provide complimentary soap and shampoo.  The personal spaces of the Anne Hostel are as great as the common rooms, providing exactly what a traveler needs.

Like with cars and electronics before it, the Japanese have learned what works in a hostel and perfected it in the Anne Hostel Tokyo.

IF YOU GO:

  • The directions on their website are fantastic to navigate the tricky Tokyo Streets.  Print out the map with photos of the buildings you need to turn at and you will have no trouble.
  • The neighborhood around the hostel has plenty to see within walking distance including the Senso-ji Temple and Kappabashi-dori, where the ubiquitous fake food in Tokyo restaurant windows come from.
  • The staff is helpful, but the materials in the hostel are even better.  There are Japan guides and laminated information sheets that help a traveler understand what there is to do, where, and how.
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» Marcela :
Aug 14, 2011

What a lovely and interesting travel site. I enjoyed it a lot.
Happy travels and writing! Stay safe. :-)

LOCAVORista Reply:

Marcela, thanks for visiting our site, we’re having a lot of fun creating it. So, where are you traveling to next? Happy travels to you too.

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