Shinjuku Accomodations: Stylish Suites to Suit Your Needs
Traveling is all about experiences and here are 3 Shinjuku hotels that will make you glad you rewarded yourself with an epic adventure.
Location, Location, Location
Whether you are a frugally minded traveler or a person with champagne tastes, you can find excellent accommodations easily in Shinjuku. Known as the economic hub of Tokyo, Shinjuku boasts both the world’s busiest train station and Japan’s largest downtown. This is apparently a recipe for great success since Shinjuku blossoms with an impressive array of business headquarters as well as enough retail shops to sate even the most ravenous consumers. Yet, no matter your reason for being there, regardless of budget and time, here are 3 hotels with stylish suites that will leave you ready for another visit.
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Budget Friendly But Memorable
Pennies don't pinch themselves and sometimes it just makes fiscal sense to embrace a few tenants of frugality. That doesn't mean that you should settle for anything less than a clean, comfortable space in which to rest. Keep in mind, that while this older business hotel may have slightly small rooms by Western standards, it more than makes up for that in cleanliness, friendliness, and convenience.
The Hotel Listel has multiple entrances and a multi-lingual staff which are very friendly and able to converse in Chinese, Korean, German, and English. Their attentiveness makes checking in a relatively quick process. If you're a smoker, you'll be glad to know that 9 of the 12 hotel floors allow smoking.
For those wanting a more authentic Japanese experience, the hotel's low ceilings and doorways (compared to Western standards) will make you feel like an anthropologist as you really dive into the height difference aspect of Japanese culture. Although the Wi-fi is spotty at best (an issue at a number of hotels in Tokyo), there is a LAN cable provided and the internet is free. They even go a step further by placing beer and soda selling vending machines on every floor. This is an excellent option for travelers who want to save their money but still have a great Shinjuku experience.
Shinjuku Granbell Hotel
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From the moment you arrive in Japan, know that you are in good hands when staying at the Shinjuku Granbell Hotel. Featuring stylish modern accents, the location is pretty hard to beat and with their Takkyubin service, which transports luggage to/from airports, you'll have less stuff to worry about and more time to take advantage of the Club Lounge on the 13th floor. Make sure you book a room on a floor above the lounge because this is a huge part of the Granbell experience. As convenient as it is to have English speaking attendants, a delicious Western & Japanese breakfast buffet, and a grocery store a block or two away, the Club Lounge makes the experience magical with free soft drinks and sweets all day. They kick it up a notch between 5-7pm by having a selection of free wine and beer.
While the Shinjuku Granbell Hotel has 4 different booking plans, 2 of them allow for Club Lounge access. The creme-de-la-creme offering is the “Suite room with Club Lounge G plan”. Included in this package is: Club Lounge access, a buffet breakfast, and the ability to bring a friend since you get a discounted rate which means that it is the same price for 2 as it is for a single person - need I say more?
While all of your friends fight it out for that coveted "+1" spot keep in mind that although not all rooms come with a view, the location is a stone's throw away from a vibrant commercial area. After a long day on the town, you'll be able to clean up in a spacious bathroom which is heavily laden with amenities and adorned by a deep soaking bathtub: +10 points for comfort.
The colorful surroundings definitely add to the unique flavor of the hotel. Yet, for only being a short jaunt away from the bustling Shinjuku streets, it is quite a quiet hotel. Overall, the rooms are very clean, the beds are quite comfortable, and the plush robes left for your comfort make the entire experience feel like you should have paid a little bit more.
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Saving The Best For Last
Admittedly, most people who travel to Shinjuku are more concerned with exploring the area than they are with exploring their hotel, but in the case of the Park Hyatt, making a point to spend some time checking it out in its entirety is an extremely good idea. Simply put, the Park Hyatt is 5 stars of hotel awesomeness all wrapped in a luxurious bow. This is the pinnacle of hotel dom. Not only was this famous Shinjuku hotel in the film "Lost in Translation" but it is truly a local hot spot.
On any given night you might run into some noteworthy celebrity, bare witness to a hot date being impressed, or even to "the big question being popped" (if either a date or marriage proposal here fails... well, that's another article entirely #nohopeforhumanity). Even if you don't see any of these events, you won't feel slighted because absolutely everything about this hotel is immaculately defined by splendour.
Since the hotel begins on the 41st floor of the Shinjuku Park Tower, no matter where you are when dining in house, the breathtaking views ensure that you can view the Kanto Plains, Tokyo's metropolis, and even Mt. Fuji in all their glory. If you're not much for nature and urban views, feast your eyes on the Italian painted artwork adorning the walls. In the spirit of Italy, make sure to enjoy a glass of something derived from grapes with dinner since the wine selection at New York Grill (one of 3 unique in-hotel restaurants) includes over 1,800 bottles of wine. While you're at it, drink a toast to Kenzo Tange, one of Japan's most influential and prestigious 20th-century architects who happens to also be the designer of the building. As you enjoy your Red Wine and Radicchio Rosso Risotto with a Pan Fried Yellow Tail, you'll experience all of the sensory bliss die hard foodies addictively seek.
Once you're full and happy, and decide to retire to your room, be prepared for modern luxurious styling with enough space to live in. Even Queen Cleopatra would definitely approve of the extremely soft Egyptian cotton duvets because it's obvious at first bounce that beds at the Park Hyatt will ensure there's no need for you to count sheep; the massive marble tubs will make you wonder how you ever survived slumming it before being exposed to the finer side of life.
Overall, additional perks like free mobile phone rental, Sunday jazz events at the bar, and a lounge with a skylit bamboo garden are awesome but don't feel bad if, by the time you get to experience these things your wow-meter is already maxed out. If this happens to you, go unwind by checking out Club On the Park Spa which has one of the most incredible Tokyo vistas.
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