Shinjuku (新宿) is one of Tokyo (東京)’s most visited districts thanks to its Tokyo-esque neon-lit streets brimming with bustling eating and drinking establishments, entertainment, and shopping opportunities. With its easy access to the rest of the city and shuttle bus services straight to and from Narita (成田) and Haneda (羽田) airports, Shinjuku is not only one of the most entertaining places to stay in Tokyo but also one of the most convenient.
This buzzing area is home to stunning buildings and skyscrapers which are well worth a visit including Tokyo Metropolitan Government Center, the Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower, the impressive DoCoMo Tower, and Tokyo Opera City. For visitors who want to relax, Shinjuku is home to the vast Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and several shrines including the famous Hanazono Shrine.
Besides these sightseeing spots, Shinjuku is an ideal place to go shopping or catch a movie. Great shops are to be found at the Isetan, Keio, and Lumine department stores, and you can watch a movie in English at Shinjuku Piccadilly or Wald 9. Shinjuku also boasts several music stores such as Tower Records and Disk Union.
If you want to explore the buzzing nightlife, you should visit the unique Golden Gai area of Shinjuku which has quirky bars to have a drink and a chat, or find a club or bar at Kabukicho. If you’ve seen Lost in Translation, treat yourself with a drink at the Park Hyatt Tokyo, which was featured in the movie! The stylish neighborhoods of Ichigaya and Yotsuya also have numerous cafes and restaurants to choose from.
These 29 selected hotels around the Shinjuku area offer something for everyone; luxury and budget, rooms for families and solo travellers, and those added extras including traditional hot baths, delicious food and fantastic views over the city.
In one of the most central locations you could wish for, Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo (京王プラザホテル東京) is just a 5-minute walk from Shinjuku Station (新宿駅), right next to the towering Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office (東京都庁). One of Tokyo’s leading hotels, Keio Plaza promises fantastic service with English-speaking staff and clean rooms at fair prices for this area. One of the selling points of this hotel is undoubtedly its outdoor pool which also has space for sunbathing and incredible views over the city.
Book out a premier room for the best views and an upgrade on the standard room, as well as access to the Luxe Lounge or even go all out and reserve the Hello Kitty (ハローキティ) themed room. There is also a banquet hall, business support center and a lobby gallery whose walls are filled with beautiful art pieces.
If your vision of Tokyo is mainly based on scenes from Lost in Translation, then the Park Hyatt Tokyo (パーク ハイアット 東京) won’t disappoint as one of the settings of the film. This towering hotel overlooks Shinjuku Gyoen (新宿御苑) National Garden and the vibrant streets of Shinjuku and is found around a 12-minute walk from Shinjuku Station.
Take a relaxing swim in the Park Hyatt’s huge indoor pool before settling down for fantastic food at the New York Grill (ニューヨークグリル) and the reputable New York Bar (ニューヨークバー) on the hotel’s 52nd floor. This hotel is somewhat pricey with rooms starting at around ¥45,000 but the impeccable service and breathtaking views make it a worthwhile investment.
The Shinjuku branch of the Hilton Hotel is recognisable by its characteristic S-shaped exterior. Most certainly not the style of Hilton Hotel you will have seen outside of Japan, rooms are hidden behind Japanese-style shoji (障子) sliding doors with other Japanese elements throughout the hotel. Be sure to reserve a room on the executive floor for the highest standard of room. The extra space and even higher views from the sofa in your room are well worth the extra.
A free shuttle bus runs guests from Shinjuku Station all the way to the door where you will be welcomed by friendly staff. As well as offering a delightful Japanese and continental buffet breakfast, the hotel also offers an afternoon tea service on reservation as well as a delectable chocolatier in the hotel lobby.
Just a 3-minute walk from the perfectly central Shinjuku Station, Odakyu Hotel Century Southern Tower (小田急ホテルセンチュリー サザンタワー) is laid out over the 19th to 35th floors of the splendid Southern Tower with a plethora of offices and restaurants below these floors, including a convenient shop that is part of the hotel selling food, drinks and toiletries.
Spacious, clean and modern, all rooms offer splendid views over Tokyo, both its beautiful green parks and its mesmerising skyscrapers. The hotel offers a strong Wi-Fi connection, stylish design and great service. On top of this, the sophisticated dining area gives you the chance to enjoy breakfast or dinner with impressive views from wherever you are sitting.
The Hyatt Regency Tokyo (ハイアット リージェンシー 東京) is found in an accessible location a 9-minute walk from Shinjuku Station. There is also a free shuttle that will run you from Shinjuku Station directly to the hotel. The friendly staff and the bedroom and dining area’s elegant design make this a must-visit for those looking for sophistication.
Head to the hotel’s top floor to enjoy the indoor pool or pop to the gym. Breakfast can be enjoyed in the dining room or ordered to your room for that extra comfort, while the stylish bar is the perfect place to relax with a cocktail in the evening.
If you’re travelling on the cheap, a capsule hotel is one of the most affordable ways to stay in central locations. And if we’re talking about perfect locations, Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado Shinjuku (安心お宿 新宿駅前店) is as central as it gets just a one-minute walk from Shinjuku Station.
This particular capsule hotel is just for men (they are often separated by gender) and comes with a free breakfast as well as complimentary earplugs, face masks and toiletries. As you enter the hotel you are expected to take your shoes off and will be provided with pyjamas for your stay. A warning for shy guests – The clean and spacious shower rooms are shared with other guests.
With check-out not til 1pm, you’ll have plenty of time to discover the hotel’s artificial hot springs, vending machines selling beer and a lounge area packed out with manga (漫画), books, magazines and massage chairs.
The Rihga Royal Hotel Tokyo (リーガロイヤルホテル 東京) is just seven minutes by foot from Waseda Station (早稲田駅), a quieter area than around the busy Shinjuku Station but still with an abundance of restaurants, bars and shops nearby. The branch takes on a European style that exudes elegance, style and luxury in the dining area, guest rooms and the hotel bar which sports spectacular views over Tokyo.
You will be greeted into the hotel with a welcome hamper of cakes and biscuits and then led to your room where you’ll find a number of generous toiletries including skin care, make-up remover and bubble bath. Request a room at the back of the hotel for views over the splendid Japanese garden below. Family rooms are also available as well as the option to add breakfast for an extra fee.
The Shinjuku Washington Hotel Annex (新宿ワシントンホテル 新館) is connected to the main Shinjuku Washington Hotel and is found an 8-minute walk from Shinjuku Station. While the hotel may be less up-to-date than some of Tokyo’s ultra modern accommodations, it is relatively priced and the simple and clean style is infallible in the quiet surroundings which give you a break from the hustle and bustle of the Shinjuku streets.
The hotel’s restaurants are in a beautiful setting with a delicious menu on offer. With the option to move between the Annex and the main hotel, we recommend the breakfast in the Annex for its fresh pancakes and delicious buffet.
The Citadines Central Shinjuku Tokyo (シタディーン セントラル 新宿 東京) is the place to stay for those that want to stay in the heart of Shinjuku’s vibrant streets. An 8-minute walk from Shinjuku Station, you will find yourself smack bang in the middle of the action with the quaint, traditional bar street Golden Gai (ゴールデン街) next door and hundreds of restaurants, bars, cafes and shops at your doorstep, including a 24-hour Lawson’s convenience store in the ground floor of the hotel.
This fair-priced hotel offers both continental and Japanese breakfast options as well as complimentary water in your room which is refilled on a daily basis. The well-informed, friendly staff are happy to help you out with anything so feel free to drop by the front desk before heading out to explore.
One of the most affordable good quality hotels you’ll find in Shinjuku, Via Inn Shinjuku (ヴィアイン新宿) is found just a 3-minute walk from Shinjuku Sanchome Station (新宿三丁目駅), which is accessible on the Fukutoshin (副都心) metro line. The hotel offers a floor specifically for women as well as a basic free breakfast service.
The hotel is a good spot to base yourself if you’re planning a shopping trip with the nearby Isetan (伊勢丹) and 0101 (マルイ) department stores at your doorstep. As well as clean, simple rooms, cheap laundry facilities are on offer as well as a humidifier for your room for the dry winter months. Wi-Fi isn’t available in the guest rooms but can be found in the hotel lobby and restaurant area.
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Just a 3-minute walk from the world-famous Shinjuku Station is the JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Shinjuku (JR九州ホテル ブラッサム新宿). A hotel that prides itself on its sleek design both inside and out, you can expect clean, modern rooms and sophisticated dining. An extra benefit to this luxurious hotel is that its spacious rooms are soundproof which guarantee you a good night’s sleep to fully enjoy your stay. The hotel is also found off a quiet side street, a rare find in such a busy, central location.
The carefully prepared breakfast is a much higher standard than any normal hotel buffet with beautiful presented Japanese and western dishes as well as an array of delicious pastries.
Be sure to make the most of the free water, good Wi-Fi connection and the guest rooms’ English TV channels.
The Shinjuku Prince Hotel (新宿プリンスホテル) is another favourite if you’re after a central location and stunning Tokyo views. Surrounded by some of Shinjuku’s most Tokyo-style restaurants, bars and shops, this is the perfect way to stay in the heart of Tokyo. However, one step through the doors of Shinjuku Prince Hotel and you will be greeted with a calm atmosphere and friendly, multilingual staff ready to help you with any queries you may have.
As well as a strong Wi-Fi connection throughout the hotel, vending machines on every floor and yukata (浴衣) provided in your room, you can head to the business lounge in the North Tower in the day for free soft drinks, tea and coffee and in the evening savour delectable authentic Japanese dishes, including lobster and sushi (寿司).
With a reputation as good as Shinjuku Granbell Hotel (新宿グランベルホテル), it’s not surprising to hear it was featured in the Michelin Guide Tokyo 2015. Excellent service, immaculate rooms and high quality food make this an unmissable stay. The guest rooms come in different themes and you’ll also find deluxe rooms with extra space and fantastic views over the city.
The hotel is home to a rooftop bar, dining area and outdoor seating. Start the day with a buffet breakfast which offers an impressive spread of 30 Japanese and western dishes and finish the day off with A5 ranked Wagyu (和牛) beef steak cooked up by the hotel’s top quality chefs.
Hotel Gracery is a favourite among those wanting something a bit different in their stay. Nestled in the heart of Shinjuku’s Kabukicho (歌舞伎町) entertainment district, the hotel is easy to spot thanks to the towering Godzilla (ゴジラ) head that sits on top of the building. The hotel is a relatively new addition to the Shinjuku skyline, opened in 2015, which shows in its modern and new feel.
Enjoy any meal throughout the day overlooking the fantastical Godzilla statue before going out to explore the lively streets below. The hotel offers rooms suitable for families, a shuttle service to and from Shinjuku Station and, as well as fast Wi-Fi in the hotel, the option to hire a pocket Wi-Fi from the front desk to help you get around town.
The Shinjuku branch of Nishitetsu Inn is found just two minutes from Nishi Shinjuku Station (西鉄イン新宿 ) or 8 minutes on foot from JR Shinjuku Station. While this is a business hotel, it is also a good choice for tourists thanks to its fair prices, handy location and cosy atmosphere. Rooms offer a clean cut design with large, comfortable beds as well as a fridge, desk, widescreen TV and sofa. There is also access to a microwave and ice machine on the 10th floor.
Within walking distance of a number of eateries and attractions, including the Samurai Museum (サムライミュージアム), everything you need is at your doorstep.
APA Hotels have a number of branches in the Shinjuku area, three of which we’re going to introduce. This branch is found right next to the unmissable Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, which overflows with cherry blossom in spring. A 9-minute walk from Shinjuku Station or just 3 minutes from Shinjuku Sanchome, you’ll find yourself in a peaceful spot within easy walking distance of the action.
The clean, comfortable rooms can also be upgraded for those looking for a bit more space. Head down to the basement to enjoy the hotel’s spa with relaxing hot baths to help you unwind at the end of the day. Guests can also benefit from the vending machines on every floor which provide both soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. The excellent staff at APA look after their guests down to the small details including providing umbrellas when it’s raining.
APA’s Higashi-Shinjuku-Ekimae branch is one of the most convenient locations of the three. Found just a one-minute walk from Shinjuku Station, you’ll find yourself not only in direct access of Shinjuku’s many bustling streets but also just a minute from hopping on a train to many other areas around the city.
The excellent views over the city from this APA hotel will remind you of the unforgettable experience of staying in the very heart of Japan’s vibrant capital.
Just 100 metres down the road from Shinjuku Station and the Higashi-Shinjuku-Ekimae APA branch is the APA Hotel Higashi Shinjuku Kabukicho (アパホテル東新宿歌舞伎町). As the name suggests, this hotel is found in the Kabukicho entertainment district, one of the most desirable spots to visit in the capital to really soak up the exciting Tokyo vibes.
Just built in March 2017, this branch is the newest of the three Shinjuku APA hotels which shows in its immaculate rooms and stylish designs. Free Wi-Fi, English BBC world news channels in the room and multi-lingual staff make this an easy and comfortable stay for all.
Just a 1-minute walk from Seibu Shinjuku Station is a hotel with an international vibe, welcoming staff and clean and cosy bedrooms: Hotel Wing International Shinjuku (ホテルウィングインターナショナル新宿). With the rooms just renovated in July 2015, the hotel feels new and clean as well as quiet, despite the hubbub of busy streets that it is nestled among.
There is an affordable breakfast option available that includes both Asian and occidental dishes including fresh croissants and other pastries.
The staff speak several languages and are happy to help you out with any problems or advice you need help with during your stay.
This hotel’s name says it all. Central Hotel Tokyo (セントラルホテル東京) is all about location as it is found right next to Shinjuku Station. As well as having access to all the trainlines available from Shinjuku Station to get you around the city, you’re just a short walk from the hustle and bustle of some of Tokyo’s most vibrant, neon-lit streets.
Rooms are designed with natural colours and offer free toiletries and a comfortable space to relax. Breakfast comes as a set with a choice of Japanese or western.
The Hotel Listel Shinjuku (ホテルリステル新宿) was renewed in 2014 when it got an update to offer cosy designs, more space and a clean and simple style. This spacious business hotel is suitable for all in a quiet neighbourhood in Shinjuku, just a 7-minute walk from Shinjuku Gyoenmae Station.
All rooms offer free Wi-Fi and great views over Shinjuku and breakfast can be added on to your room fee. For those planning convenience store dinners, there are microwaves available to guests on each floor.
The hotel’s dining area is a relaxing space where you can enjoy the hotel’s freshly prepared breakfast and dinner.
Keio Presso Inn is one of the cheapest good quality hotels you’ll find in this central location, with room prices starting at around 8,000 yen. The hotel is a 9-minute walk from Shinjuku Station and within walking distance of one of Tokyo’s largest and most charming parks, Yoyogi Park (代々木公園).
The hotel provides a complimentary all-you-can-eat breakfast every morning which includes freshly baked bread. Rooms are spacious and come with a desk and comfortable memory foam pillows.
Tokyu Stay is a well-trusted branch of hotels around Japan and the Shinjuku branch is found just a 1-minute walk from Shinjuku Sanchome Station. Its central location promises an array of entertainment establishments in the area, including places to eat and drink, department stores, cinemas, karaoke (カラオケ) and much more.
Choose from a variety of room styles to suit your needs with the option to have your own washing / drying machine and even a mini kitchen, which is ideal for those planning on sticking around for a while in Tokyo. You’ll also find a couple of English channels on the widescreen TVs as well as a delicious buffet breakfast.
Need a comfortable bed for a good night’s sleep? Kadoya Hotel (東急ステイ新宿) is sure to suit you, not only with its beds but also with its choice of four pillow types to ensure you the utmost comfort during your stay. The spacious rooms offer free use of pyjamas, yukata and slippers as well as a free Wi-Fi connection.
Breakfast is served up in the adjacent cafe where you can also enjoy a number of hot and cold drinks as well as a delicious menu including the recommended charcoal-grilled chicken dishes. If the cafe doesn’t take your fancy, you’re in the perfect location to try out any kind of cuisine in surrounding areas.
Shinjuku North Hotel is a budget hotel ideal for women looking for a cheap stay right in the centre of Tokyo. Just a few minutes walk from Okubo Station (大久保駅), choose between a Japanese or western bed for just 3,000 to 4,000 yen per night.
Relax in the evenings in the hotel’s hot baths or the manga corner where there a choice of manga books to read as well as access to a computer and printer.
The Tokyo Business Hotel (東京ビジネスホテル) is an affordable business hotel with prices starting at around 4,000 yen. Not just for those travelling for business, anyone can benefit from the hotel’s comfortable setting thanks to its convenient location between three of Shinjuku’s main stations.
Head to the hotel’s public baths in the evening to unwind after a long day of sightseeing. The hotel’s 1 am curfew makes it suitable for those looking for a good night’s sleep, also thanks to the quieter streets it is found on.
Hotel Tateshina (ホテルたてしな) is a business hotel just a 3-minute walk from Shinjuku Sanchome Station and a short walk from Shinjuku Gyoenmae Station and Higashi Shinjuku Station. The neighborhood is also near Shinjuku Gyoen National Gymnasium, Tokyo gymnasium, Yoyogi gymnasium, Nippon Budokan (日本武道館), Tokyo Dome (東京ドーム), where the Emperor’s garden party is held in the spring and autumn.
All rooms can use Wi-Fi.
This small and homely hotel offers both Japanese tatami (畳) rooms for a more traditional feel or western rooms as well as the option to add breakfast onto your stay. Feel at ease with the helpful English-speaking reception staff where you can also buy train tickets for the metro and bullet train.
Hotel Mystays Nishi Shinjuku (ホテル マイステイズ 西新宿) is found just a 5-minute walk from Shinjuku Station, tucked away down a quiet street back off the busy main streets of the area.
The immaculate, clean designs of the rooms promise a comfortable stay with many amenities on offer such as slippers, a nightgown, hair dryer, hair products, toothbrush and toothpaste. Another benefit is the free authentic Italian coffee on offer in the hotel lobby, perfect for those needing a boost before setting off to explore.
Found in Shinjuku’s most popular entertainment district, Kabukicho, Super Hotel Shinjuku Kabukicho (スーパーホテル新宿歌舞伎町) is the ideal place to stay for those wanting to experience the essence of Tokyo life. Opened just three years ago, the hotel has received praise for guests awarding the hotel “number 1 satisfaction” in the JD Power Customer Satisfaction Survey every year since its opening.
The hotel’s hot baths will take you to a peaceful space that will make you forget you’re in the very centre of one of the busiest cities in the world. As well as free breakfast and many amenities available, reception offers free beauty samples which guests can benefit from as and when they need.
An exciting few days amidst the buzzing atmosphere of Shinjuku can only be perfected by a stay at one of these top quality hotels no matter what kind of stay you are looking for. Just be sure to book soon to avoid disappointment!
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