Concierge.com's insider take:
Designed by an architecture professor from Tokyo's Waseda University, Andon offers friendly Japanese-style accommodation at very low rates. Set in the residential neighborhood of Minowa, this is a taste of real life in Tokyo, just two subway stops from Ueno. Rooms are simple, with tatami floors and futons. There's free Internet access plus TV and DVD in every room. There are showers on each floor, laundry facilities, and a cooked breakfast for a bargain 500 yen (about $4).