Hotel Coco Grand Ueno Shinobazu is a stylish boutique hotel in Ueno with excellent facilities and very reasonable room rates. Among this hotel’s special features and services are a spa with public baths and a sauna, free smartphones in every room, and a very substantial buffet breakfast which is provided for free every day. Hotel Coco Grand overlooks the Shinobazu Pond in Ueno Park and it is highly convenient for local transport facilities, as well as local sightseeing attractions such as Ueno Park, Ueno Zoo, and Ameyoko Street Market.
This hotel has 58 guest rooms. There are a variety of single, double, and twin bed rooms, and luxury suite twin rooms. All beds are fitted with Simmons brand bedding to ensure a comfortable night’s sleep. All rooms are furnished with a refrigerator, a TV with satellite and cable channels, an electric kettle and tea making facilities, a hair dryer, pajamas and slippers.
All rooms have an attached private bathroom with a bathtub and shower. Free bathroom amenities include towels, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, hand and face soap, and toothbrush sets.
Free wired and wireless internet access is provided in all the guest rooms. A free Handy brand smartphone is provided for each room which guests can use inside and outside the hotel throughout their stay. This smartphone has unlimited access to the internet and can be used to make free domestic calls, and free international calls to some locations. The smartphone has apps for train times and maps and so is a great tool for finding your way around Tokyo.
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Breakfast & Dining
A free buffet breakfast is provided each morning between 6.30 and 9.30. The buffet includes a variety of tasty Japanese and Western-style dishes, with juice, coffee, and tea.
For other meals the hotel is located very close to Ueno’s main shopping district, and so there are many restaurants and cafes to choose from in the vicinity. There is also a 24-hour Lawson convenience store, which is just a 1 minute walk from the hotel, where you can buy cheap drinks, snacks, and groceries.
Other Services & Facilities
This hotel has a 24-hour front desk with friendly, multilingual reception staff. Check-in time is from 14.00 and check-out time is by 11.00.
There is a business corner in the hotel lobby which is supplied with computers and printers for guests to use freely.
The hotel lobby also has a free drinks corner with tea, coffee, and herbal teas.
There is a self-service laundry on the 2nd floor with coin-operated washing machines and dryers.
Also on the 2nd floor are vending machines for soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, an ice making machine, and a microwave oven.
The 2nd floor spa has public baths and saunas which are separated by gender. This area is also furnished with massage chairs and other relaxation devices. The spa is open from 5.00 to 10.00, and 15.00 to 26.00.
A trouser press, ironing equipment, a humidifier, and wheelchairs are available to borrow from the front desk.
Hotel Coco Grand Ueno Shinobazu is a 4 minute walk from Keisei Ueno Station, 6 minutes from JR Ueno Station, and 6 minutes from Ueno Subway Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza and Hibiya lines. Here is a map showing the location.
Article and original photos by Michael Lambe. All rights reserved.