Cheap hotels in Tokyo

10 Tokyo Boutique Hotels Under $100

by Robert Schrader on July 25, 2018

Searching for where to stay in Tokyo can be a stressful affair, to say the least. You’ll have particular difficulty if you want a Tokyo hotel with a central location, great price, small number of rooms and stylish design—or will you?

It might surprise you to find out, but many of the best cheap hotels in Tokyo are properties of the boutique sort. Scattered throughout the city and available for under $100 during many times of the year, these cheap Tokyo hotels proof that you have to sacrifice neither location nor style to sleep cheap in Japan’s capital, whether you spend a day in Tokyo or much longer.

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Hotel Felice, Akasaka

Cheap Tokyo boutique hotel in Akasaka

I’ll shy away from saying this is best place to stay in Tokyo, especially since it’s the first one on this list, but Hotel Felice Akasaka has a lot of things going for it. Beyond the fact that it’s in Asakasa, one of Tokyo’s most centrally located neighborhoods and a great spot for both business and leisure travelers, this hotel is stylish, new and has dozens of restaurants nearby. I literally couldn’t believe the check-in girl when she handed me my bill!

Washington Hotel, Akihabara

Cheap Tokyo boutique hotel in Akihabara

If you’re looking for cheap places to stay in Tokyo so that you can spend more money playing arcade games or riding Mario Karts through the city, look no farther than Akihabara Washington Hotel. In addition to the fact that this hotel sits in the heart of anime-filled Akihabara (and just a couple stops north of Tokyo Station), it is stylish, comfortable and quiet, which is saying something in this often hectic part of Tokyo.

Andon Ryokan, Asakusa

Cheap Tokyo boutique ryokan in Akasaka

When it comes to staying in a traditional ryokan Tokyo might not seem like the best choice. Andon Ryokan in Asakusa, however, allows you to have the Japanese guest house experience in comfort and style, located in heart of Asakusa, the most famous historical area of Tokyo no less. This is a great choice if your trip to Japan won’t take you outside the capital, or if you find the prices of ryokan apart from this one too much for your budget.

Hotel WBF Tokyo, Asakusa

Cheap Tokyo boutique hotel in Asakusa

I’m tempted to call this next property one of the best boutique hotels Tokyo has to offer, but that’s partially because of the brand. Like its sister hotels throughout the country (I’ve also stayed at two in Okinawa), Hotel WBF Tokyo Asakusa pairs a central location with a chic yet minimalistic room and excellent service. To be honest, I’m not sure how they manage to swing this financially, though I imagine the scale of the brand (they literally operate dozens of hotels) has something to do with it.

Tokyu Stay, Ikebukuro

Cheap Tokyo boutique hotel in Ikebukuro

Many nice hotels in Tokyo are located in the immediate core of the city, but Tokyu Stay Ikebukuro sits in the northwestern area, close both to the train station of the same name, and to many of Tokyo’s famous cat cafés. If destinations outside of Tokyo (like historical Kawagoe) are on your itinerary, this is logical place to stay, though to be honest Ikebukuro is somewhat of a niche location, compared to other cheap Tokyo hotels on this list.

UNIZO INN Tokyo, Kanda

Cheap Tokyo boutique hotel in Kanda

Many Tokyo business hotels are smoke-filled and capsule-sized, but UNIZO INN Tokyo Kandaeki-West manages to buck both of these trends. Located only a five-minute walk from Kanda Station (or about 15 minutes from Tokyo Station), and featuring a bright, minimalistic design you’ll find inside the rest of UNIZO’s many Japan properties, this is a true gem for the budget-minded Tokyo traveler who doesn’t want to sacrifice style for substance, or cost for convenience.

Cotoha Hotel, Okachimachi

Cheap Tokyo boutique hotel in Okachimachi

If it’s a Tokyo design hotel you’re after, look no further than Cotoha Hotel Okachimachi. Like the rest of the properties on this list, Cotoha Hotel is priced under $100 per night most of the year, and is in an extremely convenient location (Okachimachi sits just to the south of Asakusa, and to the northeast of Akihabara and Tokyo Station). Artistic accents within this hotel’s rooms set it even farther apart from the competition, so make sure to book a stay here if there’s availability.

Hotel Emit, Shibuya

Cheap Tokyo boutique hotel in Shibuya

Shibuya, with its world-famous pedestrian crossing, is generally one of the most expensive places to stay in Tokyo. However, one boutique hotel Shibuya offers can be yours for under $100 per night, depending upon what time of year your trip takes place. Hotel Emit Shibuya is located not far from Shibuya Station, and while its rooms are on the small side, a new interior and sophisticated design accents make this one of Tokyo’s best bargains.

Shinjuku Granbell Hotel, Shinjuku

Cheap Tokyo boutique hotel in Shinjuku

If it’s cheap hotels in Shinjuku Tokyo you’re after, the Shinjuku Granbell Hotel is a great choice. While this is about a 15-minute walk from Shinjuku Station (though Kabukicho, an area some people find sketchy, no less), it’s probably the cheapest boutique hotel you can find in Shinjuku. Do keep in mind that the trade-off for an affordable, stylish room in Shinjuku is an extremely small room—there’s almost no floor space!

Hotel Sardonyx, Ueno

Cheap Tokyo boutique hotel in Ueno

Some unique hotels in Tokyo also manage to be quite affordable, such as Hotel Sardonyx Ueno. This hotel pairs truly unique interior design, which is both modern and avant-garde, with a location in convenient Ueno, close not only to Ueno Park and the attractions of Asakusa, but to the Keisei Skyliner that runs to Narita Airport. Ueno is also convenient to Ryogoku, which is where you’ll want to head if Sumo interests you at all.

The Bottom Line

As you will conclude after reading this article, many of the best cheap hotels in Tokyo happen to be stylish, boutique properties right in the center of the city. Whether you’re doing business in Akasaka, visiting a cat café in Ikebukuro or taking a stroll through Ueno Park, chic and cheap hotels are never far from your favorite Tokyo attractions. To avoid disappointment, keep in mind that prices might be a little higher during certain times of the year, such as cherry blossom season. Do also make sure to check out my recommendations for the best places to stay in Kyoto.

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