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“Very small rooms, but convenient access to Shinjuku station”

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Premier Hotel -CABIN- Shinjuku
Ranked #41 of 83 Hotels / Ryokan in Shinjuku
Reviewed 11 August 2011

If you don't spend a lot of time in your room, it is hard to beat the value of the Shinjuku Vintage.

You get access to Japan's (the world's?) busiest train station for convenient access to the rest of Tokyo, and you have access to the exciting Shinjuku area.

The only drawback is that the rooms are very, very small. Other then that, they are clean and the staff are very courteous (but note, they barely speak English, though this is common everywhere in Tokyo).

They could improve the value by not making people pay if they want more than two channels (or even one English channel). Feels like getting nickel and dimed.

Also, there is no wifi, but they include free Internet via a network cable. I brought my iPad so I was out of luck. They should get wifi!

  • Stayed: July 2011
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Reviewed 13 June 2011

It's a simple hotel in Kabukicho. Great location for me as I used to live in the area and many of my friends live close by. Yes, it's the "red-light" district, but unless you're going to a bar in the area (which I would not recommend unless you have a Japanese person with you who knows the score), it's quite safe and you don't have to worry much about being "taken".

To be honest, the only thing I would warn non-Japanese clients about is that like most Japanese hotels, the windows in the rooms here do not open. If you're there during the winter, this hotel does not have year round air conditioning and again, like most Japanese buildings they are very warm inside. Oppressively so.

I could not get a good night sleep because I was so hot - and the smell of cigarette smoke combined with the heat was horrible.
There is an airconditioning unit (split system) in the room, but it does not cool in the winter months.

If you stay during the summer, it probably would not be an issue, but I'd never stay there in the winter again.

Aside from this issue, the rate was reasonable and like most Japanese business hotels, the room was small but not capsule sized. Unlike some hotels, this one was clean. If you are a non-smoker be sure to ask for a non-smoking room, but be prepared to still smell some cigarette smoke as many hotels in Japan that have non-smoking rooms don't actually restrict smokers from using them.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled solo
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4  Thank deruo
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Reviewed 5 November 2010

It's in a very accessible location, approx 20 mins from Shinjuku station. Located on most maps, which was very helpful. Breakfast was included in our stay (I believe this is common) which was another bonus. The only drawback is that the beds were hard and the room was very small (although this is common for Japan). We were woken one night by some party-ers who were playing around in the basketball court across from us and their screams/laughs were echoing all over the place. Only happened one night though. Otherwise, a good place to say while in Shinjuku :)

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank JuliaThorne
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Reviewed 16 September 2009

nice clean convenience 24hours shops around . not far from stations.
breakfast quite good. room a just a bit too small.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled solo
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3  Thank shashabu
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Reviewed 19 April 2009

Godd place for a night's stopover, but rooms a bit small for a longer stay. Not too far from the station and an all-night convenience store nearby.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 May 2007

I have stayed at Shinjuku Vintage many times since 2000 with the last stay in October 2006.

Not much has changed over the years. Hotel still looks the same and the condition has been maintained the same, so looks exactly the same as it did in 2000! Clean and tidy,

Only change to the hotel which I have welcomed is broadband access now available in all rooms free of charge. You just ask at reception for the cables which come in a small clear plasic case, that's Japanese packaging for you! When you leave, you just leave it in the room, no need to remove it and take it back to reception on check out.

Yes, the rooms are small but do remember this is Tokyo with some of highest real estate prices in the World. I have stayed in other hotels in Tokyo with larger rooms but also with corresponding larger hotel bills.

Walking through the Kabukicho (red light district) to get to the hotel can be a bit intimidating at first but you soon become accustomed to it. There is no problem with personal security at all. Loads of cheap 24hr eateries (yoshinoya, matsoya etc)within 10 mins walk if jetlag has got the better of you.

As to not having a local shop, I am not sure how well the other reviewer looked around.... if you turn left out of the hotel, there is a 24hr supermarket less than 50metres away!

Overall I can recommend this hotel to anyone who just needs a clean and convenient place to stay in Tokyo. Being located in Shinjuku, 10 mins walk from JR station, it is a great place to base your holiday in Tokyo as Shinjuku Station has connections to everywhere in Tokyo and beyond.

You pay for what you get and based on this you cannot go wrong.

Stayed: October 2006
6  Thank ayct
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Reviewed 25 July 2005

This is a popular business hotel with the Japanese and tourists from SE Asia. The hotel is north of the red light district (Kabuki Cho) in a semi-residential setting. Which poses some problems:

You always have to go through the red light district. It is by no means unsafe or too intimidating, however.
There is no shop within 5-10 minutes walking distance, and you might have to wait for a while if you want to hail a cab.

The main concern though is the size of the rooms. They are extremely small. For the double room we were in, the bed is right against 2 walls, with about 1 foot of empty space on the foot end, and about 2 feet on the open side, which also accommodates a desk and chair :) If you have some full-size suitcases, I am not sure where you can put them. The bathroom is not too small by Japanese standard, as it is modular.

Finally, the in-room temperature was not adjustible and we were being cooked, because it's "winter" time.

If you get a good rate and don't spend anytime in the room except to sleep, it's OK.

P.S. I hope you are an earlier bird because the tourists got rowdy getting up in the morning.

22  Thank bibimbob
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Address: 2-40-3 Kabukicho, Shinjuku 160-0021, Tokyo Prefecture (Formerly Hotel Vintage Shinjuku)
Region: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Shinjuku > Shinjuku
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #41 of 83 Hotels / Ryokan in Shinjuku
Price Range: £58 - £105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Premier Hotel -CABIN- Shinjuku 3*
Number of rooms: 194
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Premier Hotel -CABIN- Shinjuku is well-located for sightseeing, business, and convenient to public transportation. About 90 minutes to Narita International Airport(Direct access by N'EX.) About 40 minutes to Haneda International Airport(Direct access by Airport Limousine Bus) ※Please note that actual time of your travel may differ from those duration shown. ... more   less 
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