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.
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