We chose this hotel because of the great reviews it had on Tripadvisor and we were not disappointed!
1. The hotel was clean and new and the service was excellent.
2. Apparently there is high speed internet access in your room, but remember to bring a cable as there is no wireless access. There is however, internet in the business lounge where you can also have access to free hot drinks while you are waiting. There is also a printer available. The keyboard (which has English and Japanese keys) however, is a little different as some of the keys (such as the underscore) are not where we usually expect them to be. In addition, the applications (such as Word) are in Japanese, but if you know how to navigate through the menus in general, you will not have much trouble figuring it out.
3. While the room is smaller than what most of us would be used to, it was still spacious enough for 2 people.
4. Once you have settled in and are ready to go exploring, go to the Lobby and get a map of the Tokyo subway. It consists of colourful railway lines criscrossing the page. Take it with you so you can figure out which line to take. Also, ask Reception for a map of restaurants and stores around Shinjuku. This will be invaluable to you.
5. We went to Akihabara in search of camera equipment in a store called Yodabashi. We also went to Ogawamachi station to find London Sports, a store that sells discount snowboarding and skiing gear (although we ended up buying the snowboarding gear in a store called Victoria instead. The board, boots, bindings, board bag, goggles and gloves cost Y36000 all up. While London Sports has cheap snow clothing and boards etc, we felt the quality was better at Victoria.) The best tip for travellers to Japan also looking for these items is that you can get them all in Shinjuku! Most of the shops we were looking for in Japan, are actually located in Shinjuku. For example, Don Quixote (aka Donki in Japanese) is a variety store that sells everything from exercise equipment, to costumes, food and toys. It's definitely a must-see for you never know what you'll find. Lush is a store that sells beauty products; Zara sells women's clothing; UniQlo sells a variety of clothing for men and women; Tokyu Hands sells everything you need to satisfy your home decorating, craft, accessories, travelling needs and more; and Kinokuniya has a wide selection of English and Japanese books and magazines. All of these stores are in Shinjuku and not far from the hotel. So save time by making all your purchases in Shinjuku and spend the rest of your time just sight seeing. Don't forget to claim your tax refund at the store.
6. The quickest way to get to the hotel is by taking the Airport Limousine bus which is Y3000 yen per person. In the event that you have just missed the bus that takes you to the hotel, do not be afraid to take the bus that merely takes you to Shinjuku. The drop off point is just down the road from your hotel, a short 5 minute walk. When you get off the bus, walk to the intersection and a shop called First Kitchen (with orange lights) should be on your right hand side. Cross the road and keep going straight until you pass McDonalds on your right and the hotel is just near that.
7. There is an AM PM which is a convenience store across the road from the hotel. We found it useful for stocking up on drinks (you can even buy alcohol there) and chips and lollies or whatever else we needed. Next door to the hotel is Maynds Tower, where there is a citibank atm open 24 hours a day. It easily accepts foreign cards and you can get a cash advance from there too. Ensure that you have changed up enough yen to carry you through the weekend, as it was a bit of a hike to find the World Currency Exchange (which has limited trading hours on the weekend - if any.) There is also a post office to the right of the hotel, across of the road.
8. When taking the train, be sure to come out of the JR line South Terrace Exit as it is the closest to the hotel. Once out of the station and above ground, turn left and take those stairs. You will see a Starbucks ahead of you so follow that path. You will pass an Italian restaurant and once you see Krispy Kreme on your left, turn right and take the stairs going all the way down to street level and the hotel is just across the road.
9. Shinjuku is on the Yamanote line, which leaves from Platform 14 going to Harajuku, Yoyogi and Shibuya. Most of the places we wanted to visit were on this line, so transport was really easy. We'd recommend though that you purchase a Suica card, which is a card that you load up with money and all you have to do is swipe it each time you ride the train. It will save you a lot of hassle trying to figure out the cost of each fare from one station to another. You will need one Suica card for each person. you can even use the Suica card to pay for purchases in some stores.
10. If you want some amazing accessories such as diamond studded hair clips, some hair extensions, necklaces, bracelets etc, go to Paris Kids in Harajuku in the street called Takeshita Dori. Most items are Y315 each and the quality is so good. The shop is on the left hand side of the street, not far from Wolfgang Puck's Express Restaurant.
11. We would recommend the Sunny Side Cafe in Shinjuku as a place to sit, relax, have a drink and a bite to eat. The cafe is decorated in a 1920s lounge bar feel and the service was excellent. We went there on a dark stormy night to get out of the rain and it was so relaxing with the lights down low. Very romantic.
12. We also went to Studio Katsura in Harajuku to get a Maiko / Geisha and Samurai makeover. While it cost Y20 000 it was worth it as you got to dress up in a lovely kimono and have your photos taken. It was definitely an experience!
13. By the way, the Japanese are not big on breakfast as dinner is usually their largest meal for the day. So if you want to find somewhere that is open early in the morning, you can hit the McDonalds next door (although we'd recommend you stay away from the McHotdog) or take the restaurant map and go for a walk to Nakau, which is a Japanese food take away place. The service is good although they don't speak much English. You place your order from a vending machine and give the ticket to the staff who then prepare your meal. The meals often consist of rice with a pork chop or chicken or curry or noodles and are very delicious. The restaurant is very clean and it's a great place to go. If you can hold out until 10am, go to the Basement of Takashimaya department store and you can find an array of Japanese food and Western cakes and patisseries. Most shops open at 10am and close at 8:30pm onwards.
14. if you want really good Japanese food, particularly Sushi, we would recommend going to Ginza. Take the Higashi Ginza Station and take the Kabuki-Za Exit. Cross the road and turn left. You will soon see an AM PM convenience store. Turn right and the Sushi place is on your left hand side. While they do not speak much English, the sushi-chef is a master and the clientele of the place is businessmen and high powered lawyers (which indicates that the quality of the sushi must be of a high standard - which it is!) It is reasonably priced (eg Y2100 for a mixed platter) but the quality is so good that you don't mind paying for the experience.
Overall, we had an amazing trip. We were so glad we stayed in this hotel as it was a good base and pretty much everything we wanted was easily accessible in Shinjuku. We felt safe no matter what time of the day or night and it was an easy place to just walk around and explore. One last word, if you can't figure out how to set the air con or the heater, just ask Reception as they can do it automatically for you. We will return to this hotel next year and recommend it to all our friends. We think it's a great place for singles or couples, as we did not see any people with children in the Hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku is a chic hotel located in the busy Shinjuku business district of Tokyo, Japan. Newly renovated in 2007 with sleek lines and modern accents, this Tokyo Shinjuku hotel's guestrooms are both contemporary and inviting for business and leisure travelers. Spacious and considerate, Hotel Sunroute offers guests competitive prices with special discounts and deals and the choice of a variety of guestrooms to meet each party's specifications. At the confluence of corporate skyscrapers and subway stations, this business hotel in Shinjuku is a magnet for business travelers. Travel around the Shinjuku and Tokyo area effortlessly via high-speed public transportation, which is just minutes away by foot. Shop one of the many department stores or travel outward to Mt. Fuji and the greater Tokyo area. Hotel Sunroute invites guests and visitors to lounge in the Villazza restaurant and trattoria for an expertly prepared meal from a menu featuring traditional Italian fare. Unwind at the end of the day in our Shinjuku hotel at Bar Ku Kon, in the plush lounges lit by a crackling fire, while sipping on a premium cocktail or whiskey with colleagues or friends. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku Shibuya
- Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku Hotel
- Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku Shibuya, Tokyo