The Best Hotels in Ikebukuro
The Hotel Metropolitan offers sumptuous views across the Japanese capital | Courtesy of Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro / Expedia
Ikebukuro crawls across the northwest side of inner-city Tokyo, one of the biggest entertainment, transport and residential hubs in the city. Some say it’s set to steal the ‘geek hub’ crown from Akihabara, while others argue it’s home to some of the best live music hangouts in Japan. No matter what you hear, rest assured that it’s one of the most exciting places to stay in Tokyo. Here are the best hotels in Ikebukuro – and they’re all bookable on Culture Trip.
Tokyu Stay Ikebukuro
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Tokyu Stay Ikebukuro is a thoughtful budget choice in the heart of the entertainment district. Rooms are modern and come outfitted in subtle hues with lots of natural light, plus handy amenities including a kitchenette, microwave, washing machine and dryer in some room types. Better yet, it’s just a short walk from Ikebukuro Station, making your Tokyo exploration a breeze.
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Hotel Varkin is a discreet, adults-only hotel with rooms that feel dark and sleek, with warm, subtle lighting, textured wallpaper, sultry furniture and vast beds. It all sits a short walk from the SKY CIRCUS, a 251m (823ft) high observation deck with virtual reality roller coasters, a trippy light-and-mirror tunnel and bird’s-eye city views.
Hotel Resol Ikebukuro
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Hotel Resol Ikebukuro is a budget hotel with a bit more class than most. Rooms aren’t huge but they are inviting and warm, with puffy beds, soft lighting and shag carpets on which you can flop. A women-only floor is a thoughtful touch, and a location a brief walk from Ikebukuro Train Station is yet another bonus.
Super Hotel Lohas Ikebukuro-Eki Kitaguchi
Boasting attractive, simple, well-equipped budget rooms is Super Hotel Lohas Ikebukuro-Eki Kitaguchi. There’s a pleasing array of room styles from which to choose, ranging from standard no-frills lodgings to the family-friendly superior connecting spaces. Your room tariff includes a Japanese-style breakfast, and there’s access to a communal onsen, a traditional Japanese hot spring-fed bath. A short walk from Ikebukuro Train Station means it’s also a convenient place to stay.
Book and Bed
4/5 (205 Reviews)
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The team at Book and Bed love reading so much they decided to make an entire hostel revolving around books. The result is a library-bookshop-hotel hybrid where you are invited to crawl between endless shelves of novels and drift into a literary slumber. Positioned just a four-minute walk from Ikebukuro Station, it provides easy access to the rest of Tokyo – if you manage to drag yourself away from your novel, that is.
Good Diner Inn Copain
4.3/5 (41 Reviews)
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A trendy, friendly hostel, Good Diner Inn Copain is the ideal option if you’re a solo backpacker looking to meet fellow travellers. The community-centric hub has dorm-style rooms and a popular on-site bar and café, the latter of which are open to non-guests and regularly host live music performances and other cultural events.
Love Hotel, Hotel
4.5/5 (67 Reviews)
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The Ikebukuro neighbourhood is known for love hotels, a type of accommodation that caters to couples looking for a little private time to satisfy their romantic needs. This high-end version is a little more tasteful than most, offering champagne service and hot tubs big enough for two. And when you’re ready for a romantic adventure, it’s just a minute’s walk to the trains at Ikebukuro Station.
Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro
4.4/5 (1249 Reviews)
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From $51 Per night per room
A self-described ‘oasis of luxury’ right in the centre of this bustling neighbourhood, Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro is a relaxed and welcoming hotel offering world-class service at a very affordable price. Sitting adjacent to Ikebukuro Station, one of the city’s biggest and most well-connected transport hubs, it’s an excellent option for those looking to make the most of their time in town exploring every corner of the city.
This is an updated version of an article originally written by Lucy Dayman.
These recommendations were updated on May 7, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.