Tokyo has some great hostels – and a little while ago, I had no idea about that as I had become too much of a hotel girl. But my experience at Nui. Hostel & Bar Lounge made me realise that I can still be the proper backpacker on a budget if I wish to.
Arriving to Nui. Hostel & Bar Lounge
I got to Nui. Hostel & Bar Lounge directly from Narita Airport, by taking the Oedo line and jumping out at Kuramae station (exit A7). The hostel was only about 200-300 hundred meters away. The lobby of the hostel is a bar / café with a nice lady welcoming me to Nui. I quickly got my key to the female dorm on the 6th floor. The check-in time is between 4pm-11pm. During night time, the bar is closed and you need to walk in through the back door and walk a damn lot of stairs.
Female Dorm Room
The room I stayed in was a female dorm room for 8 people, which at first scared me a little after staying out of hostels for years. But the big beds with individual bamboo curtains made it private enough. The room did not have its own bathroom, but each floor had one with 3 toilets and 4 showers. There was never a need to queue up for the showers! The hostel also has some private rooms, but I wanted to get to proper hostel experience. Luckily my room had really nice ladies.
The café / bar downstairs is super hipster and cozy. There were a lot of locals and backpackers just spending time in the evenings, chatting away and getting work done on their laptops. In the morning the café served some western breakfast (at a cost). The upstairs of the hostel has a common room with a kitchen and a laundry service. I cooked all my breakfasts up there and kept some snacks in the fridge. The upstairs was also as hipster as it gets.
Tokyo is a massive city, so the perfect location is different to everybody. Asakusa turned out to be my favourite area of the city and as Nui. was only a 1KM walk away – I would call this a pretty decent location. The area itself is peaceful but has all the 7elevens and sushi restaurants you need.1