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City Hotel Lonestar
Ranked #47 of 87 Hotels / Ryokan in Shinjuku
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Reviewed 6 December 2012

I had 2 nights in the Lonestar. It was very convenient to the subway, the shopping, and the nightlife of ni-chome. The room was tiny, but acceptable, and very clean. Free wi-fi in the lobby (and in your room, if they had a special wi-fi box available to lend -- all of them were lent out on my first night, but I had one the 2nd night), and a simple breakfast to at least get your day started.

Communication with the staff was relatively limited, as most of them didn't seem to speak much English, and I didn't speak much Japanese -- but they were very nice and helpful.

I walked with my luggage from the train station at Shinjuku, thinking it wouldn't be a very far walk, (which it's really not), but I would definitely take a taxi next time instead of wheeling my roller suitcases around the city streets.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

Small hotel with small rooms as expected, like all Japan hotel. Rooms are very very clean. Located near subway station which in actually a little far walk to the real trains (depends on what line you will be using) but at least you walk in a covered passage way. Very convenient and warm in cold and rainy fall season like when i stay.

It's a located in a quiet area but could be a little noisy on weekends since behind the hotel shinjuku ni-chrome are famous for bars and night clubs. A bit 10-15 minutes walk to shinjuku shopping area.

All in all, a great base for you to explore tokyo. Quite recommended.

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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank arieflaksono
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

What I got:
A small, clean single room. The bathroom is about as big as a closet. I asked for non-smoking but the room smelled of cigarette smoke, something a different reviewer noticed. In the room is a very mini fridge with two glasses for water, which can be had for free on the 4th floor. There's also some sort of little machine (a dehumidifier? an air purifier? I have no idea).

You have to ask the front desk for a LAN cable if you want internet. If you want WiFi, you'll have to put down a small, refundable deposit and they'll give you a router to put in your room.

The hotel provides small items such as soap at the front desk. In your room they provide shampoo, conditioner, body soap, towels, toothbrushes+toothpaste, nightgowns, slippers and a small hairdryer.

Breakfast each morning consists of pieces of toast, bread or croissants with either jam or margarine to spread on them. There is also juice and coffee from an electronic dispenser thing.

The location is terrific. Shinjuku is a busy neighborhood, and there are little izakayas with people drinking beer and having bbq till the small hours. Shinjuku Avenue and great department stores are also nearby. Finally, there are several metro stations within walking distance. The closest seems to be Shinjuku-Gyonmae, which might be about 3 blocks away. That can take you to Shibuya, Roppongi, and to transfers elsewhere. The hotel is also around the corner from a bunch of gaybars. Mostly for guys, but one women friendly bar.

Overall, this is a great place if you're on a budget and need a clean, convenient place to lay your head.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled on business
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1  Thank rollingstone83
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Reviewed 12 August 2012

A 3-star hotel in the great Shinjuku area of Tokyo. Small rooms of course but also very very clean. The neighborhood is a bit noise on the week-ends with loud talking and screaming on the street outside. I had some problems sleeping as this goes on all night!!! Only Jap channels on the TV. Nice and polite staff though!! Will not stay here again!!!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 26 July 2012

Our main hotel during our stay in Tokyo. We didn't know how to speak Japanese hence we got a police officer to bring us there :). If we had done out research and landmarks properly, looking for the hotel would have been easy.

We stayed in a double standard room(no smoking). It was a simple room. The size is like most Japanese hotel - adequate for your luggage and a small walking area. For the price and since the room was just meant for sleeping it was good enough. The bed was a double bed - could fit 2 man like me (1.8m) just right.
Free wifi, common hot and cold water dispenser at every level, breakfast was simple and filling (croissant, variety of jams, soft buns, toaster to toast, coffee and tea).
The hotel was also located near convenience shops, some restaurants and a very nice stall that sells wonderful ramen - you can ask for more soup if you still have noodle left. The serving was huge and the soup was fantastic.

  • Stayed: June 2012
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1  Thank luffygomomono
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Reviewed 31 May 2012

Good economy hotel. Small room with barely enough space for our luggage. The room was non-smoking but smelled like smoke anyway.

The staff was really nice. I ended up losing my rental cell phone in the cab on the way there and they were super helpful with getting it back for us. They went out of their way to be the liason between us and the cab company and we got it back in the end!

There is a beer machine in the lobby and it's close to a lot of small, good looking authentic restaurants, though we didn't try any of them out.

They have wi-fi in the small cafe/lobby/eating nook - which is where, in the morning, they set out a simple breakfast spread. The breakfast was great for us, a few pastries, fruit, soup, coffee and juice.

This is a great place for a quick overnight - like we did - or a business trip. Though we did have a hard time finding it from the station and ended up taking a cab (approx. US $10).

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 April 2012

Nice little hotel and great position close to tokyo's gay scene

  • Stayed: April 2012
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2  Thank odeyw
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Additional Information about City Hotel Lonestar

Address: 2-12-12 Shinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0022, Tokyo Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Shinjuku > Shinjuku
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#6 Best Value Hotel in Shinjuku
Price Range: £63 - £87 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — City Hotel Lonestar 3*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shinjuku: Tokyo's second city center. There is a place to relax in this bustling neighborhood, center of many of Tokyo's main transportation routes. The lobby features a modernist touch, with black Italian tile and leather stools. Guest rooms have a minimalist, modern design, accented by framed artwork selected by our own graphic designer. The location offers easy access to the rest of the city, perfect for both business and sightseeing. ... more   less 
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