"wonderful hotel in great area"
The b Sangenjaya was absolutely perfect location-wise, it's two stations away from Shibuya, and within walking distance of Shimokitazawa. It's a quiet enough area that you won't be disturbed at night (hotel was actually very quiet), but busy enough that there are some great restaurants around (the tonkatsu place above the meat shop across the street is great!). The 24-hour Lawson convenience store on the 1st floor is also very convenient, although there are some slightly lower prices at the Seijo drug store down the street. The post office is also right around the corner.
The staff was always friendly and courteous; front desk staff spoke very good English, and the restaurant staff was very helpful. Be forewarned that the breakfast buffet is the same from day to day: mostly Japanese breakfast with things like saba, rice, miso and sometimes scallops and daikon salad; Western foods included corn flakes, yogurt, bananas, blueberries, bread with butter/jam; also coffee, tea and orange juice.
The rooms were clean and nice, but very dark unless you have the blinds open. Some nice Shiseido shampoo, conditioner and body wash is provided as well, along with toothbrushes, toothpaste, disposable razors, pajamas and slippers. Nothing in the mini bar (just an empty fridge), but there's a beer vending machine in the lobby and alcohol at Lawson.
Nicole from Vancouver, BC