Insiders’ View of Low Price Hotels and Hostels in Yokohama:

Our Recommendation for RC47ers

 

Cost is always a concern for travelers.  This is especially true for those planning to participate in the ISA World Congress in mid-July, 2014, when sociologists from around the world will flood into a port city near Tokyo, Yokohama.  If you plan to visit Yokohama that time, you worry about the place to stay.

 

Thinking that you want to have a room that is less costly, clean, and convenient, we the Japanese RC47 team decided to do an on-site exploration of hotels and hostels in Yokohama.  In early February, we hit the road.  Of all hotels the city of Yokohama offers, we picked up about 20 low-priced hotels and hostels.  Of those, we narrowed down the list to twelve, then we visited these 12 hotels and hostels one by one. In each hotel we checked the room.  We paid special attention to accessibility, cleanness, bed quality, noise, and availability.

 

Below you find a list of hotels and hostels of our recommendation.  In the hotel category we list 9 hotels.  We rank order them.  They are not luxurious hotels, but they are cost-efficient.  They are clean, convenient, and reasonable, and overall much better among the hotels listed in the same price category.  You will not make a mistake by picking up one from the list.

 

As for hostels in Yokohama, we need to explain a bit more.  In the list we introduce two hostels in Kotobuki-cho district in Yokohama: Hostel Zen and Yokohama Hostel Village.  These hostels are particularly popular among young travelers and backpackers who want to stay inexpensively for an extended period of time.

 

Rooms are cleaned for every new visitor, but the buildings themselves are not new; in fact, they appear to have been built for some decades.  The price ranges from 2,200-4,500 Japanese yen (per person).  In both hostels, most of the rooms are for two persons, and small – with little space provided other than a bunk bed.  There is no bathroom, kitchen sink, nor table and sofa in the room.  These utilities are located outside of the room for common use.  There are some other types of rooms.  For example Yokohama Hostel Village has a family room in an old apartment that can accommodate four persons with bath, kitchen, and toilet, and an apartment room that can accommodate two with kitchen and toilet inside the room.  However, availability of these rooms are limited; you are lucky if you get one.

 

We find these two hostels safe.  During our exploration, we saw both male and female travelers staying in these hostels.  But we need to add a note of caution here: the Kotobuki-cho neighborhood is not the safest area in Yokohama.  It is suggested (and we agree) that visitors exercise an extra caution during the stay -such as not wondering around unnecessarily in the evening - should you decide to choose these hostels.

 

Dai, Yosuke, and Risa

Feb. 7, 2014

Hotel Ranking (Area: Nihon-odori, Kannai, and Yokohama Station)

 

Hotel

Ranking

Price (Per night)

Access

Internet access

Special Discount

For More Information

1

Hotel Yokohama Garden

A

Around \7,000(+\1,500 for breakfast)

3min walk from JR Kannai Station South exit

Free wifi

None

http://www.agoda.com/hotel-yokohama-garden/hotel/yokohama-jp.html

2

Soutestu Freas Inn Yokohama Sakuragicho

A

Around \7,000(+\600 for breakfast)

1min walk from Bashyamichi Station Exit No.3

Free wifi

Early reservation discount:

Discounts are applied if you reserve 30 days before your stay. Please note that there will be a cancelation fee if you cancel within 30 days before your stay.

http://www.agoda.com/sotetsu-fresa-inn-yokohama-sakuragicho/hotel/yokohama-jp.html?cid=-151&type=2&urltogo=/sotetsu-fresa-inn-yokohama-sakuragicho/hotel/yokohama-jp.html&cklg=1

3

Super Hotel Yokohama Kannai

B

Around \5,000~\6,000(+Free breakfast)

7min walk from JR Kannai station

Free wifi

None

http://www.superhoteljapan.com/en/s-hotels/kannai/

4

Toyoko Inn Yokohama Stadium-mae No.1

B

Around \5,000~\6,000(+Free breakfast)

6min walk from JR Kannai station South exit

Free wifi

Consecutive stay discount:

Eco Plan If you stay over two days and omit the cleaning service you can get a \300 discount for each night you stay. Please note that the third night MUST have cleaning and the discount will not be applicable.

http://www.agoda.com/toyoko-inn-yokohama-stadium-mae-no-1/hotel/yokohama-jp.html?cid=-151&type=2&urltogo=/toyoko-inn-yokohama-stadium-mae-no-1/hotel/yokohama-jp.html&cklg=1

5

Toyoko Inn Yokohama Stadium-mae No.2

B

Around \5,000~\6,000(+Free breakfast)

6min walk from JR Kannai station South exit

Free wifi

Consecutive stay discount:

Eco plan If you stay over two days and omit the cleaning service you can get \300 discount for each night you stay. Please note that the third night MUST have cleaning and the discount will not be applicable.

http://www.agoda.com/toyoko-inn-yokohama-stadium-mae-no-2/hotel/yokohama-jp.html?cid=-151&type=2&urltogo=/toyoko-inn-yokohama-stadium-mae-no-2/hotel/yokohama-jp.html&cklg=1

6

Comfort Hotel Yokohama Kannai

B

Around \6,000 per night (+Free breakfast)

3min walk from JR Kannai Station North exit

Free wifi

Long stay discount for groups with over 10 members.

http://www.choicehotels.com/ires/en-JP/html/HomePage?

7

Keikyu EX Inn (Yokohama Station North East Exit)

B

Around \6,500~\7,500(+\400 for breakfast)

2min walk from Yokohama Station

Free wifi

None

http://www.yokohama.keikyu-exinn.co.jp/languages/en.html

8

JAL City Hotel Kannai Yokohama

C

Around \7,500~\8,000(+\1,500 for breakfast)

2min walk from Nihon-odori Station Exit No.3

No wifi only LAN cable internet access

None

http://www.jalhotels.com/domestic/kanto/kannai/

9

Hotel Wing International Yokohama Kannai

C

Around \8,000~\9,000(+Free breakfast

1min walk from Kannai Station South Exit

Free wifi

None

http://yokohama.hotelwingjapan.com/

 

Hostel Ranking (Area: Kotobuki-cho)

Hostel

Ranking

Price (Per night)

Access

Internet access

Special Discount

For More Information

1

Hostel Zen

Not applicable

\3,000~(No breakfast)

4min walk from JR Ishikawa-cho Station

No wifi in the hotel rooms only in the common space

None

http://www.agoda.com/hostel-zen/hotel/yokohama-jp.html?cid=1474003&type=4&urltogo=/hostel-zen/hotel/yokohama-jp.html&cklg=1

2

Yokohama Hostel Village

Not applicable

\2,500~\4,500 depending on the type of room (No breakfast)

4min walk from JR Ishikawa-cho Station

No wifi in the hotel rooms only in the common space

None

http://yokohama.hostelvillage.com/en/

 

*All hotel price rates are at the time of the ISA conference (July 13th~18th) checked in February 2014.

Please note price rates may become higher if booked at the last minute.