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Hotel Century Southern Tower
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2-2-1 Yoyogi, Shibuya, Tokyo Prefecture 151-8583, Japan   |  
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Sydney, Australia
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“Value for Money”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

For a number of people, this hotel will be a well appreciated discovery. It is not a luxury hotel, particularly, the hotel saves on costs by not employing multiple staff usually found in upscale Tokyo establishments. But in return you do receive a number of useful services at a very reasonable price (for Tokyo). As noted by others, the location, a few minutes walk from Shinjuku station is super convenient. This allows you the choice of taking trains to either airport or the airport bus. And it means that most places in Tokyo can be easily reached by train in the Shinjuku area does not appeal. The hotel is on the Southern, or more quiet end of the station area and does contain shopping (the Takashimaya Department Store) as well as numerous cafes and restaurants. The hotel itself has three restaurants (French, Chinese and Japanese). I had lunch at the Japanese one and it was quite good and not overly expensive. The bar offers 500 Yen happy hours during weeknights for well drinks, beer and wine which in Tokyo is a bargain. The rooms are of a reasonable size for Tokyo and include a number of welcome extras including free wifi (internet access also via the TV is free), two free bottles of water every day as well and an empty bar fridge in which to place drinks or food. The Takashimaya Department Store has many food stalls in its basement as well as a number of restaurants on the top two floors. The hotel lobby is on the 20th floor of a high rise with rooms on the 22nd - 35th view. Rooms have good views including a glimpse of Mt Fuji from the western side. There is a small exercise room on the 21st floor with limited equipment but it seems mostly empty and treadmills or bikes were always available. Customers must transport their own luggage but there are trolleys which makes it relatively easy to do so. Service is efficient and helpful as only the Japanese can manage to do. Having stayed in a number of Tokyo hotels from the luxurious to the far from luxurious, this would be one of my favorites. A final note, there is a recently opened French style bakery just before you come to the station on your left hand side. It is well worth a stop by in the morning for a light breakfast.

Room Tip: Naturally a room on a higher floor is better. The west side offers a view of Mt Fuji. You do hear th...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Stayed for 4 nights on my first trip to Tokyo. The hotel is in a very convenient location right next to Shinjuku station, perfect for the Narita express and getting around the city. The views are awesome and was perfect for cherry blossom season.

All in all a great hotel in a great location.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

A very conveniently located high rise hotel with great views of the city and comfortable rooms. They feature a breakfast buffet that’s quite good but skews towards Western food. Not a major problem and since this was where we stayed at the end of the trip I was ready for yogurt and fruit for breakfast again.

It’s just about 5 minutes from Shinjuku station so a nice place to connect to the Narita Express Train. It’s also very easy to get to the nightlife of Shinjuku in and around Kabukicho. Overall a convenient and comfortable place to stay in Tokyo with great transportation options from nearby Shinjuku station.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

Stayed here for 4 nights during a family trip to Japan with my wife, two teenage boys, and parents in July 2013. The hotel is extremely conveniently located on the new southern terrace of Shinjuku station. For travelers coming from overseas, the Narita Express train from the international terminal arrives in the southern portion of the station. From there, it is a short walk to the hotel which we were able to accomplish in a few minutes with all of our luggage in tow. Right across a footbridge from the hotel is the giant Takashimaya Times Square with its “depachika” food court in the basement and three floors of restaurants at the top. There are also a Starbucks, convenience store, and even a Krispy Kreme donut right on the southern terrace. The staff spoke very good English and were extremely helpful. For instance, we speak almost no Japanese but were able to arrange to leave several bags at the hotel, at no charge, while we traveled to Kyoto and Hiroshima. The hotel lobby is on the 20th floor and the rooms are above that, which affords the rooms great views and isolates them from the noise of Shinjuku, below. The rooms were extremely quiet. Each of our rooms had a comfortable king size bed. They were also surprisingly spacious for Japan and well appointed. We stayed in both the higher floor, renovated rooms and the lower floor, normal rooms. Both were fine. As with everything in Japan, the rooms were spotlessly clean. There was free wired and wireless internet. There is an electric hot water pot, instant coffee and tea, and a refrigerator, but no microwave. You get two free bottles of mineral water every day. We did not patronize the hotel’s restaurants. I don’t know if there is a fitness center or pool. The hotel also had a better exchange rate for US dollars than the currency exchange stores in Shinjuku station, so we exchanged some cash at our hotel. It couldn’t have been easier. Including additional fees (for a second adult or child > 12 years old in the room), the 15% service charge, and tax, we ended up paying $180-200 per night which we thought was a good deal considering we were in Tokyo, the convenient location, and quality of the room and amenities. We would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Rooms on the higher floors (I think 30 and above) have been renovated and are a little nicer, but we...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

We stay here for 4 nights. The location is very convenience. Staffs has very good English ability so no worries. They store lagguages for you that is a plus when we need to travel somewhere else. Yes, it does not have bellman and Everthing is selfs services. But the price is so good that I don't mind that, otherwise you can stay at Kieo Plaza. Rooms are small but you pay what you get and most of hotel rooms in Japan are small. We love the view up on 35th floors amazing. We stay at Keio plaza before I think from now I will stay here to save a bit of money and go shopping!

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Our family of four had connecting rooms with two beds each on the 25th floor facing east with amazing views of the Tokyo skyline and Takayshimaya Times Square. The rooms themselves were nothing special, but we chose this hotel for location (close to shopping and dining), not decor. Some of the rooms in the hotel have been remodeled (as in the website photos), but ours had not, but it was nice enough. The price for Tokyo was very good value for two rooms (perhaps the remodeled rooms cost more?) and the space was large enough not feel cramped. The department stores and lots of restaurants were within easy walking distance for our kids- we did not have to use the train system or cabs to do these things as we had earlier in our trip staying in another area of Tokyo. However, the hotel is far away from the traditional tourist sights in the eastern half of the city. It is convenient for taking the shinkansen from Shinagawa station and the airport bus to Narita. Free wifi in rooms was a bonus.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

We arrived before 6.00am on a public holiday after a 12 hour flight and without having a guaranteed early access to a room. The reception staff bent over backwards to accommodate us for a 30% fee of the daily room rate which was extremely welcome. Our room had an expansive view of Tokyo as the hotel only starts at the 20th floor. Bed was very comfortable and all amenities available. Restaurant was good for both a Japanese dinner and hot breakfast.
Very close to at least two stations (Shinjuku and Yoyogi), within easy walking distance of Yoyogi Park and Takashimaya Department store. Airport buses from Haneda and to Narita airports operate from Shinjuku station. All very helpful.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2-2-1 Yoyogi, Shibuya, Tokyo Prefecture 151-8583, Japan
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Location: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Shibuya
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Shibuya
#1 Family Hotel in Shibuya
#1 Business Hotel in Shibuya
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Century Southern Tower 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
High above Shinjuku, Tokyo, Hotel Century Southern Tower offers a luxurious escape from the bustling city below. Elegant, yet, functional accommodations are conceived to meet the special needs of business travelers. Trains, subways, and Narita Express Train are all located within 3 minutes from the hotel on foot. 375 guest rooms are located from the 22nd to 35th floor with spectacular views of the city. ... more   less 
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