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Best Hotel
Ranked #4 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Shinjuku
Reviewed 18 April 2014

Not to be confused with Best Western Hotel which is also in Shinjuku area. Stayed here with a friend for 3 days and 2 nights. The place was kinda retro. Like a Japanese 80s movie. But it is clean. Front desk people are nice. They will let you check your belongings while waiting for check-in time so you can roam around the metro. Free drinking water (hot/cold) at the receiving area. Recommended for budget travelers.

CONS
- place is a bit hard to find. but they do have a crystal clear direction on how to go there.
- neighborhood is a bit shady at night coz it is filled with aging Jap street-walkers... or depending on your preference, you can put this in PROS. =)
- DO NOT COME HERE during winter. Heater is a bit weak, esp when you sleep beside the closed window

PROS
- close to train station
- cheap for a Shinjuku hotel
- clean (not immaculate clean but clean)
- very roomy
- wifi strongest there is (Hulk said)

Room Tip: the receiving area toilet was no longer working when we left. i think it was my fault.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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4  Thank Carlos Q
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Reviewed 17 January 2014

If you need a cheap Japanese room in Tokyo that is conveniently close to one of the JR stations, then Best Hotel is a logical option. It is a short walk away from the JR Shin-Okubo station and one station away from Shinjuku. If you have sturdy legs, you can even walk to Kabukicho and JR Shinjuku East entrance. Shin-Okubo is Tokyo’s Korea Town and there are plenty of dining options in and around the area.

How to get there: From the Shin-Okubo exit, walk towards the little alleyway to your left with a string of restaurants and then head til the very end of the alleyway. Turn left and walk past the bridge. Walk for about a minute and turn right on the third street. You will find Best Hotel along a strip of cheap hostels there.

Check in time is at 4 pm, but you can leave your bags in a small luggage area near the reception. I booked a single Japanese style room and it was comfortably spacious, with a tatami bed, a flat screen TV, free slippers and an en suite Japanese-style bathroom. The staff were polite and helpful. I would never hesitate to stay here again on my future trips to Tokyo.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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4  Thank nomadofthecentury
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Reviewed 29 December 2013 via mobile

My room was clean when I walked in. In fact, the toilet had one of those paper ribbons wrapped around the toilet cover that said "sanitized for your need" or something like that
which was surprising given all the negative comments about this hotel.

I also wanted to address a lot of other negative comments about this hotel. Kabukicho is Tokyo's biggest red light district. The Best Hotel sits on the northern fringe of this red light district.

That is the reason why you occasionally have
street walkers in this area. The hotel itself is not located in Kabukicho but is very
close. And, like every part of Tokyo, including Kabukicho, it is perfectly safe with many throngs of people constantly coming and going.

The wifi is pretty good. It's not blazing fast. I am able to watch YouTube videos so that's good. I've switched over to my pocket wifi because the hotel wifi is fast, but not that fast. Expect perhaps 5-6mbps down although I noticed the wifi router is right outside my door so I might be getting a better signal than others.

Toilet is western style in my room and actually has it's own little room separate from the shower. I've never seen this before in any hotel room. It's just a normal toilet, no fancy electronic clean up dials on the side like you see in other Tokyo hotels.

Place looks a bit old and run down but it is clean and the man downstairs (he was Korean) printed out a schedule how to get to Ginza.

I had bim bi bop for dinner at the restaurant next door for around $10 USD (cheap for this area). Not sure if it was a Korean restaurant. They all look alike to me.

There is a large Samsung flat screen in the room. Only Japanese channels. It sits on the fridge which I have not used yet.

There is a convenient light switch by the bed which I love. It allows me to turn off the main lights from my bed.

If you have an iPhone 5 like me, you don't need an international plug adapter. I can plug my little square white USB straight into the wall and it successfully charged my phone. iPad Mini too.

  • Stayed: December 2013
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1  Thank Mahadragon
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Reviewed 30 November 2013

We went there 12 days 20 days ago... the location is great next the Shinokubo station, restaurants, seven elevens and a few Konbinis stores. The bad point is... there is not clean service at all... they will remove the dirty towels everyday but not the bed sheets so we stayed 2 weeks with the same bed clothes. The positive point is... they will give it to each of you tooth paste and brush every day.

There are 3 receptionist... one of the girls speak some english and after a first try asking his college for an extra bed, she was able to understand us and made us the big favor herself!thank you so much girl!! sorry but I didn´t get your name! ;)

The open hotel`s wifi is also very fast... and you can even upload videos and photos in a few minutes.

The room( type traditional)... it was not too bad... actually they need to modify the equipment, an example: ...we were forced to turned off the fridge because it was too noisy...
and the tv had just japanesse channels but we didn`t bother...and you also had air conditioning...

So... the hotel it was not good but not but either... and we went there after 18 hours in a plane y 2 in a train to know the city costume... culture...etc not to stay the entire day at the hotel....so it worth it,it is confortable and you can rest during the night( if the jetlag give you a break) without any noise.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Thami Ta D
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Reviewed 11 April 2013

We were moved to this hotel upon arriving at the Hotel Empire also in Shijuku as the Empire was having water problems.

its a very basic place and not recommended for those of you who want modern cleanliness.

if you're just looking for somewhere to sleep and enjoy the local nightlife, its acceptable.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank GeorgeD653
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Reviewed 16 March 2013

The hotel is about 3 blocks away from the Shin Okubo JR line. Room was clean, nice size. i got the double room and the bed was a decent size. i was expecting smaller so it was above my expectations. Hotel staff was very polite and spoke English. It was as a little hard to find at first as it is on a side street. in room wi-fi was a plus. would recommend.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled solo
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6  Thank Jacob H
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Reviewed 8 December 2012

This hotel was one of the cheapest I found in Tokyo. It's located in Shin Okubu (Korea Town), within walking distance from Shinjuku and on a convenient rail line. The area is great for Korean food, with amazing chicken houses in particular. Unfortunately it's also a red-light district, but it did not feel at all dangerous. The hotel itself was extremely basic - I'd say it was clean, but in a state of disrepair and it felt a bit stale. I would stay here again if I wanted to save money, but would prefer the similarly-priced Hotel Empire - the sister hotel of this establishment which is 3 minutes walk away. Both places have free wifi which is always a plus.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Waltz2
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Address: 1-2-3 Hyakunincho, Shinjuku 169-0073, Tokyo Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Shinjuku > Shinjuku
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Ranked #4 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Shinjuku
Price Range: £54 - £92 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Best Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 22
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