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“Hotel about 20 mins walk or subway from main Shinjuku”

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APA Hotel Higashi Shinjuku Ekimae
Ranked #51 of 83 Hotels / Ryokan in Shinjuku
Reviewed 8 June 2013

We didn't book before all the central Shinjuku hotels had filled up and chose this as walkable into the central area. They wouldn't release our room until 4:00p pm when we arrived 2 hrs early, which given a delayed flight from UK and a further long wait at Narita airport for our JR passes was a bit galling, espcially as they'd have checked us in early with a supplement payable. I asked if we'd been given a large room and they said we has one of the only 4 large rooms as we were there for a whole week. But it wasn't big, maybe the other rooms were even smaller; one of us couldn't get out of bed without walking across it and we had to dodge our two average size (for a 2 1/2 week overall journey) cases. The bed was comfortable enough and a reasonable size.As far as I could see, the hotel has no rooms with a view other than the nearby wall of the next building and the web-site photo has airbrushed out all the surrounding buildings which nestle up tight, so if you were after a view based on that it won't happen.

The staff were always helpful and usually friendly but their English was poor and their card machine which strangely sits in the middle of a very small foyer like an airline check in machine refused 2 of our cards so they had to use their traditional card reader at the desk.

Breakfast was failrly poor value and there was a limited choice of unspectacular food, with no intention of adding to it - my request for butter squares to put on bread was not considered.

In Japan APA hotels are regarded as being good business hotels but I can't compare this one with any others. The room price, booked about 4 weeks ahead was moderate but not cheap. Our room was at the far end of the corridor and the free Wi-Fi was occasionally receivable for periods but often not seen. Wi-Fi also did not reach to the basement breakfast room but a separate foyer Wi-Fi was ok although not really convenient. There were only about 4 seats for the foyer, inc for people waiting to be checked in.

We soon learnt the main way on foot (and also using free open mapping on the smart phone the back route way through little passages) to the local JR station (which can take you straight to Shinjuku or to the further stations for Shinkansen) and the way on foot to JR city centre (which can be through the very safe red light district) or you can go by subway on the Oedo line.


In a word I'd say this was an "average" hotel of no particularly good features, except it was very clean everywhere, but probably nothing terribly bad either.

Room Tip: Ask for a bigger room but if it's at the end of the corridor you may not get any or much Wi-Fi.
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 June 2013

My wife and I stayed here recently for 3 nights. It's located very close to the train station which is great. We were a little apprehensive as we arrived as they requested payment up front. But one look in the (admittedly tiny) room and we were very happy. The rooms are typically small as is the case in Japan, but the room is very well appointed with all the mod cons you normally require. Only complaint is the air con cannot be altered to direct the air away from over the bed, but this is minor. Overall, one of the better places we stayed at in Japan.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 April 2013

I was in Tokyo on business and could not find many affordable hotels in Shinjuku. Although this hotel is a subway stop away, you can walk to where all the shopping is - it is relatively new. The rooms are tiny - but that is the Japanese standard. Even though I was in a non-smoking room, my room did smell of cigarettes. I think that happens here in Japan though. There was no TV channels in English but the internet was good and free. The breakfast was Japanese styled and additional cost. The staff were helpful and spoke English - a good place to stay for a few days in Tokyo. If you can get a room away from the main road it will be quiet but Tokyo is a noisy city like New York so do not expect total silence.

Room Tip: Get one away from the main road on the top floors
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled on business
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1  Thank Jorge B
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Reviewed 23 January 2013

We were very pleased with this hotel, comparatively cheap, very new (January 2013) and very clean. The staff spoke a decent English, location is good (next to Shinjuku-higashimae station) and hotel seems to be very safe (you cannot use elevator or enter floor without keycard). Rooms are small, only barely room for a bed and suitcase, but if you don't plan on spending all day in room, it is no problem. As a hotel just for sleeping it's great!!

Only complaint is that in our room there was two books, one of them a manga about APA hotel! and the other book unfortunately a quite nationalistic/rightwing book on Japanese supremacy (which does not suit my personal political taste). Beside that, we had a great stay and would recommend this for anyone looking for a decent business hotel in Tokyo at a decent price.

Tip: try to book through Japanese travel websites if you can, many discounts are offered, often up to 50% of regular hotel price!

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Boqa
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Reviewed 17 January 2013 via mobile

This hotel was only a month old when I stayed there in December 2012.
The rooms are impeccable, as expected from a brand new hotel! They weren't big but there was enough room to put luggage on the floor and still get around. The staff are friendly and spoke enough English.
The hotel is located a couple of minutes walk from the Higashi Shinjuku station, this is NOT the main station in Shinjuku, you can take the train to the main station and transfer from there. You can also walk 15 minutes from the middle of shinjuku to this hotel. It was still very convenient. The price was very cheap! I recommend this hotel to everyone!

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Address: 1-1-48 Okubo, Shinjuku 169-0072, Tokyo Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Shinjuku > Shinjuku
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Ranked #51 of 83 Hotels / Ryokan in Shinjuku
Price Range: £58 - £142 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — APA Hotel Higashi Shinjuku Ekimae 3*
Number of rooms: 122
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