If you’re looking for the perfect Tokyo accomodation, consider booking a stay with Shinjuku New City Hotel. Visiting Japan for the first time can be overwhelming. There’s so much to see and do, a seemingly endless amount of people, and lots of bright lights in Japan’s bustling cities. Tokyo is like nothing we have ever seen before.
Before booking our trip to Japan, Russell and I did a lot of research, writing down everything we wanted to see and do. When it came time to book our accomodation in Tokyo, we looked back on this list, and realised that the best area to stay was Shinjuku. We started looking into hotels, finding ones that were conveniently located, and eventually came across Shinjuku New City Hotel! It was the perfect choice for us. We could walk to Shinjuku Train Station (the biggest in Japan), there were plenty of food options nearby, convenience stores on every corner, and one of the most exciting districts in Tokyo, was less than 20 minutes away.
So, what did we think of our stay at Shinjuku New City Hotel? Keep reading to find out!
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Shinjuku New City Hotel: Tokyo Accomodation Review
The Room: Semi Double, Non Smoking
Something you should keep in mind when booking accomodation in Japan, is that generally speaking, rooms are going to be smaller than most Western countries. Given the sheer amount of people who live in Japan, everything needs to be smaller. With more people, means less space available for accomodation. So if you’re expecting to be given a large, luxurious room during your stay in Tokyo, think again.
Our room at Shinjuku New City Hotel was perfect for us. We opted for the Semi-Double, non smoking room, and although it was small, we were able to live comfortably for our 12 night stay. Our double bed was positioned against the wall, which meant Russell had to climb over me every time he wanted to get out of bed. So keep that in mind if you’re travelling with your partner or a friend. This didn’t matter to us, because at the time, we were sleeping on a mattress on the floor at home anyway!
There was plenty of space for two suitcases plus any carry on luggage that you may have. We had both of our suitcases open on the floor, and there was still space to walk around the room without bumping into anything. We had a huge desk along one side of the room, with a flatscreen TV and cosmetic light. This was the perfect place for me to do my hair and makeup each morning – thanks Shinjuku New City Hotel!
To make life even more convenient for guests, there were three power pints on the headboard. This feature, combined with the light switch and heater function, made for a very lazy and super convenient sleeping situation. Shinjuku New City Hotel is designed with business men and women in mind. Which explains the ultimate convenience and plenty of power points.
Our room also had a mini fridge/freezer, kettle, mugs, clothing cleaning products and a few other items which were more for business men and women to keep their business clothes clean and wrinkle free.
Just like the hotel rooms themselves, Japanese hotel bathrooms are quite small. They have everything you could possibly need, it’s just the size of the bathroom itself that you’ll have to get used to.
Our bathroom at Shinjuku New City Hotel was a very decent size, compared to the previous hotels during our time in Japan. There is plenty of room to have a shower or bath (Japan’s hotel rooms have a shower over bath. Like what you’ll find in the United States). Along with the decent sized bathroom itself, we were also lucky enough to have three large bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body soap. Hotel bathrooms that come with shampoo and conditioner are my favourite kind, because it means I don’t have to lug around extra weight in my suitcase! Bonus. The bathroom also had a razor, two toothbrushes and toothpaste, two glasses and two hair brushes.
The Lobby & Facilities
The lobby area in Shinjuku New City Hotel was pretty cool. There were a ton of helpful amenities and facilities to make your stay more comfortable and home like, compared to other hotels we stayed at during our Japan trip. Upon entering the lobby, to the left was a laundry, smoking room, microwave, and computers with internet and printing access. There were also 7 vending machines – 4 beverage (Coke range and various other soft drinks, hot/cold coffee and milk), 1 cigarette vending machine, a snack and cup noodle machine and even an ice cream vending machine! You’ll never go hungry or thirsty if you stay at Shinjuku New City Hotel.
The laundry had six washing machines, two of which were combined washing and drying. There is a coin machine with detergent available for 100 yen. The regular washing machines cost 300 yen each load, and the washing/drying machines can cost up to 600 yen depending on the size of the load and what cycle you are using.
The printing and computer area is a great idea, and can come in handy if guests need to print tickets for an attraction, like Disneyland and DisneySea. The internet and printers require a fee to use them, but it’s cheap if you only intend on using them for a few minutes. The ice machine came in handy, too! We took up a few plastic cups full of ice, and kept them in our mini freezer. Perfect for our one (or three) alcoholic beverages each night!
The Area & Distance to Popular Attractions
Shinjuku New City Hotel is in a super convenient area. It’s centrally located to a lot of the major attractions and things to do in Tokyo. The hotel is a short 15 minute walk to Shinjuku Station, where almost all of the main train lines depart and arrive. It’s the biggest train station in Japan, though. So keep that in mind if you’re new to the city, and haven’t had a chance to accustom yourself to the overwhelming amount of people.
There are plenty of nearby convenient food options as well, both Japanese and Western options. If you’re travelling with kids (or picky eaters like myself), head out of the hotel and turn left, a short walk down the hill will bring you to McDonalds. There are a few convenience stores within walking distance, also. You’ll find a Family Mart, 7/11 and also a pharmacy nearby.
Related: Shopping & Food in Japan
There was a Dominos Pizza menu sitting on the desk in our room, which we totally forgot about. One of the first few nights we stayed at Shinjuku New City Hotel, we decided to head out and grab some dinner. At first, because we were tired and didn’t feel like walking too far, we headed towards McDonalds. But then, we remembered Dominos. Since we were already out, I did a quick Google Maps search, and discovered there was a Dominos one street over from the hotel! We ended up getting two giant (and I mean giant) pizzas for around $30. So if you’re craving pizza, don’t pay for delivery. After exiting the hotel, turn left and head down the first street. Once you get to the intersection, turn right and a short walk down the hill will bring you to Dominos! You’re welcome.
If you’re looking to enjoy some nightlife, Kabukicho is the Entertainment district of Tokyo. There’s so much to see, including the Robot Restaurant, which we unfortunately didn’t get a chance to do, but looks absolutely awesome. Kabukicho is around a 20 minute walk away from Shinjuku New City Hotel.
Also, for an epic free view of Tokyo, head across the road from Shinjuku New City Hotel and you’ll find the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. It’s completely free to go up one of the two building towers, and enjoy a breathtaking view of Tokyo. On a clear day you can even see Mt Fuji! Try to spot Tokyo’s major attractions, like Tokyo Dome, Tokyo Skytree and more.
Free Shinjuku Station Shuttle Bus
Shinjuku New City Hotel has a very convenient free shuttle bus to and from Shinjuku Station. We didn’t use this, since the station itself is within walking distance. But if you have a lot of luggage or don’t feel like walking to the station, the free shuttle bus is a great way of getting back and forth! Just ask at the counter when you arrive at your hotel how it works and how often it leaves. There’s also a schedule on the wall near the entrance of the hotel, if there aren’t any staff available.
Other Things You Should Know
- Check in is fairly strict at 3pm. If you wish to check in earlier than 3pm you’ll need to pay extra, per hour, per person. However, if you arrive early, don’t worry. You can leave your luggage in the lobby for no extra charge. We arrived at around 2pm, left our suitcases and went to McDonalds for a feed. Came back at around 2:45pm, and didn’t have to wait long before we were able to check in.
- Room cleaning is compulsory on the 4th consecutive day. If you are staying at Shinjuku New City Hotel for more than 3 days, regardless of whether you hang the ‘do not disturb’ sign on your door, you’ll return to a clean room.
- There are smoking and non-smoking rooms available. If you are a smoker and would prefer a smoking room, you can book this when you book your stay. If you’re staying in a room with other members of your family who do not smoke, there’s a smoking room in the lobby.
- The hotel and every room has free WiFi. Internet access in each room is very easily accessible. The connection and speed is great, too. We had no troubles throughout our whole 12 day stay.
So if you’re looking for a place to stay in Tokyo that is close to all of the main attractions, stations and necessities, I definitely recommend Shinjuku New City Hotel. You’ll get a super comfortable, convenient and affordable (just over $100 a night) hotel, with tons of cool included amenities. Check out Shinjuku New City Hotel’s website here, to book your own stay in the heart of Tokyo!
Have you stayed in Shinjuku New City Hotel before? What did you think? Tell me below!