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APA Hotel Shibuya Dogenzakaue
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Reviewed 9 November 2013

Good location, but be aware you have to walk up the hill to get there from the main Shibuya station.

The room size was good for Tokyo with a tiny bathroom, but remember you're in Tokyo!

Beds were comfy, staff were friendly, wifi in room.

Only stayed one night and did the job of being close to the areas we wanted to explore - shibuya, harijuku and shinjuku.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

Very small Hotel in the centre of shibuya. I stayed one night before i moved to another one. Its a very small Hotel. The rooms are really tiny. A big laggugae doesnt fit really inside. But its really clean and everything you need is there. If you want to check in earlier you have to pay each hour 1000 YEN extra. Same as when you check out. They are very strict. Check in 3pm and checkout is 11. A bit unusuall for beeing so stric but as i say. You get what you pay. For people with not a lot of lagguage and who walk arround the city all day its perfect. Just dont expect space in the room and no drawers or place to put your clothes. Only 3 hangers.

Room Tip: Take the biggest room they have if you have big language
  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

Decent priced hotel close to Shibuya. Rooms are clean but small. The main advantage is the location as well as the friendly service (very helpful in arrange transport and printing documents). And its close to the fun places of Shibuya. Would stay there again

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

Small but extremely convenient. A 3-4 minute walk to be at Shibuya crossing and the hustle and bustle is just right out APA's doors. Clean towels and water were out out the door everyday if you leave the 'do not disturb' sign on your door.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

Some general tourist stuff first:

Once you learn the road layout, you realise the Hotel is not so much at the other end of the street to the rail station, but actually the right end of the street to the Maruyamacho / Chome 2 club scene and Dogenzaka1/ Chome 1 bars. The walk to Scramble crossing, Bunkamura-dori and Center-Gai is really about 10-15 minutes, but there are plenty of things in between. If you are uber lazy there is an underground rail station about 100 metres down Dogenzaka street you're staying on.

Mark City is about 5 mins and is the easy way to get to the station and the crossing in air conditioned comfort and escalators. Book activities through Keio travel in the Mark City East bldg. level 1. Tourist information tenancy is also in Mark City West Building on the right hand side as you come in from the APA Hotel end. Knowing Mark City layout before you arrive can save you aching legs and perspiration as you trundle your baggage from Shibuya rail station to the hotel.

The rail system is a combination of competing owners like in England and they offer different enticements. But if you are coming from say Narita airport get yourself a Suica card and open return trip ticket. The Suica card gives you discount train travel while in Japan and can be used as money in (some participating) stores. The Japan Rail (JR) is the most obvious service available to travellers. There is a "Triangle" ticket that Tokyu Corp sell that lets your traverse their lines for cheap too. Make sure you catch the Narita "Express" or Haneda "Express" trains, otherwise you'll be on that train for hours to and from your airport; don't be too quick to board the first train to see.

If you want western cuisine to keep your weight on, use the British Pubs for food. Shibuya Chuo-gai street area has some great boutique eateries, even a basement dwelling basement one named Ankara that has belly dancers if you are lucky. Don't be afraid to explore the eateries on the floors above and below street level, space in Japan is at a premium and street access doesn't mean you get the best food. The Italian and Indian food is surprisingly OK. I didn't see a Singapore/Malay restaurant handy, but there is probably a couple somewhere. Of course there are the big three American "restaurants" handy if you want some fast "food?".

Underneath the rail station is a "Food Show" grocery and prepared food store. You can find lots of different staple hot and cold foods, cakes, salads, cereals, etc. It's like a down beat David Jones food bizarre. Finding somewhere in Shibuya to sit down and eat your meal is another thing, but I just sat under the trees at the Scramble crossing and watched the humanity.

Just down the hill from the hotel and across the street is a small store that has import foods and drinks.

The beer is pretty much Kirin, although there are pubs which have bottled favourites from Oz, USA and Europe. The British themed pubs have fairly reasonable selections, but being a tourist means trying the local scenes. If you want to escape into bar, pub telly is rather boring, dedicated mostly to English Federation Football (soccer), unlike the multiple screens with multiple different sports and codes showing that are found in many bars in other cities around the world.

If you want to draw money from your Visa, you will have success at three location types: at 711 store ATMs, at Japan Bank ATMs and at Citicorp around Center - Gai street precinct. The ATMs at the "Family " and "Lawson" convenience stores won't dispense money from Visa or M/Cards. There is a 711 just down the road from APA Hotel and a JB ATM diagonally across the intersection from the same 711. All eateries and stores seem to accept credit card purchases, but they haven't come up to speed with Paypass, so expect to pin and sign.


Hotel APA is clean, inviting and the staff are very pleasant. The cleaners say hello with a bow and a smile and the rooms are serviced every day. If you are a westerner you might find the Patisserie, Starbucks, Food Show, etc down at Mark City are more to your breakfast liking. There's a nice little bar at the front of the Hotel where you can have a tipple before going off to bed.

The room is expectedly cramped, but it works. The air conditioning is a ceiling split you can adjust, once you have a card in the occupied socket inside the room; seasoned travellers know what I'm saying. Tokyo get's pretty hot and humid, even in Autumn so air conditioning is a must. My bed was really comfortable and the pillows high quality. The windows are double glazed so there is negligible road and city noise.

There is no free to air programs on the television, which is disappointing if you like to see what the locals are watching, especially those highly energetic and frenetic shows the Eastern cultures seem to excel at . You can pay a modest 1000 yen to have movies and content streamed to the television for long time. There is a reasonable free wireless internet which provides average signal strength, enough to handle Skype and Viber and a bit of low grade streaming. A free native language or English language newspaper is available on a stand in the foyer each morning; as with most Asian countries the print news is generally much better scripted, wordsmithed and news worthy then the pulp fiction found in USA and Australia. Cable doesn't seem to have made headway into Japan yet.

As with most of Japan, you are encouraged to recycle waste by using the non combustible and combustible bins in the room. You will notice there are very few waste bins in Tokyo streets, so take a carry bag with you incase. There are generally bins outside the convenience stores if you get frustrated. You quickly get the vibe that Japanese culture doesn't like to waste anything and ceremony and procedure is a great way to make a meal, for instance, seem more substantial than it is.

The laundry is a 300 yen coin operated washing machine that does not require detergent, The drier is a small coin operated tumble unit that cost me 200 yen for a small load. You should consider taking a small iron for your clothes, although the hotel will loan you one that isn't all that flash performance wise. One of two pants press near the lift makes a handy ironing board.

Nice little Hotel. My only two very minor disappointments were lack of common area air conditioning and the breakfast choice. But the good was far greater than the bad and it was really great not to have the smell of cigarettes, especially the pungent and infuriating stale stink that so many Asian and American rooms smell off.

It doesn't profess to be six star, but it's better than what I've seen some hotels offer up as four star. Sure the rooms are cramped, but that's Tokyo and better than having a one bed room with a community bathroom and toilet; besides we are supposed to be out and about getting tourist bang for our hard earned bucks, not shut in a room. It's modern, spartan and efficient and that's why I rate it.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled solo
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