As most people would know or guess, Tokyo hotels are small and expensive, especially if they are right in the heart of the city, e.g. Shinjuku, Shibuya. So when we found this Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku (2-3-1 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0053) deal on Agoda for S$176.03 per night (USD 132.41) for an economy twin room, we decided it was a steal and we had better grab it asap. 😉
In case you might not know, Shinjuku train station is arguably one of the busiest, if not the busiest train station in Tokyo with numerous railway/ subway/ metro lines and a highway bus station connecting the area to other parts of Tokyo. Thus to stay in a hotel like Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku which is about 5-10 minutes from Shinjuku train station is definitely a plus point. It is also accessible from both Haneda and Narita airports via the airport limousine bus or Narita Express where the final stop is Shinjuku station. Do note that although the airport limousine bus stops right at the hotel, but it has limited timings and it’s better off you take the Narita Express if you arrive Tokyo in the morning and depart late in the evening.
Anyway, enough of the location facts. Although the hotel is of close proximity to Shinjuku station, please be careful not to get lost at the station, as we did as the station is just too huge.:( From the hotel website, we were told that it is merely a 3-min walk from the South exit of JR Shinjuku station. However when we alighted the Narita Express at Shinjuku station, with our trolley luggages in tow, it wasn’t easy to find the South exit. Instead we could only get to the Southern Terrace exit and the hotel was nowhere in sight. Finally, with some help from the friendly locals (whose spoken English was very limited) at one of the restaurants at Hotel Century Southern Tower (which was just opposite our hotel), we managed to find the hotel after at least 15 minutes! 😛
The hotel imposes a strict check-in & check-out time (2pm and 11am respectively) so we could only deposit our luggage at the concierge as we arrived around 11am. Hence we had to wander about in Shinjuku and have lunch before we could return to check in from 2pm.
Upon check in, the hotel reception staff asked if we would like to upgrade our economy twin room to a standard twin room as the former is more of a super single room only 15.7 sq metres, which would be very cramped for 2 of us, while the latter is of 23.1 sq metres. The best part is the upgrade costed only JPY 1,000 per night (S$15.44)! Of course we decided to upgrade hehe. Did we regret our choice? Take a look at our standard twin room. 🙂
It’s really a great bargain we got for this cosy accommodation conveniently located in Tokyo! The hotel room was always kept clean and in tip-top condition. In addition, if you bring your own laptop, you have free wired internet access in the comfort of the room, and you can also watch various Japan TV channels, plus KBS World, CCTV and CNN channels. If you need free wifi connection or free pc/internet access with printing service, then proceed to the guest lounge on level 2, which was what we did. When the guest lounge closes at midnight, I could still sit outside on the sofa to use the wifi on my mobile hehe.
Furthermore, after we got the directions right of Shinjuku station, South exit is indeed the closest from JR lines, about a leisurely 5-10 minutes’ walk. Opposite the hotel is Family Mart convenience store and on the same side of the street is a 24-hours MacDonald’s (turn left when you exit the hotel). If you turn right upon leaving the hotel you will get to Shinjuku Maynds Tower which is also exit A1 of Shinjuku Station on the Toei Oedo line. This looks like an office tower with some eateries at the basement, and we found this bakery cafe called 食人 that serves nice breads (they have different 100yen offers daily).
We would strongly recommend our contacts to stay at this hotel the next time they visit Tokyo, especially if the price is irresistible like ours! 😉