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Hotel Century Southern Tower
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2-2-1 Yoyogi, Shibuya 151-8583, Tokyo Prefecture (Shinjuku)   |  
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Ranked #1 of 29 Hotels / Ryokan in Shibuya
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“Indeed deserving of the top spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Stayed 3 nights in a double room just last week. It was easy to arrive at the location from the airport via NEX. The room is adequate and clean with an awesome view. Location was great, directly across Takashimaya and about 7 mins walk to the Shinjuku station. Most lines cross this station so it was really convenient.

For those heading to Disney, there's an express bus nearby. Just check with the front office staffs.

Stayed March 2014
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

I have stayed in this hotel on several occasions for work but on my last trip was there with my family. The location was perfect. It has easy access from Shinjuku station. The beds in the hotel were also larger than hotels that were much more expensive, so all 4 of us were able to stay in the same room. The hotel is a great value, its clean, quiet and convenient.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

My family stayed here for three nights. Ideal location, beautiful views, and a flawless experience. On a very nice plaza, but was also quiet and calm. Across the way from Tokyu Hands and Takashima. Check out their basement there for food. The lobby of the hotel was great. The bathroom even had a clothes line in it -- and the shower was great. We shared a king sized bed, which worked fine for the three of us. Our view faced Yoyogi park and Mt Fuji.

Stayed March 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

I was staying above the 30th floor and the view at night was unreal. I could watch all the blinking lights of Tokyo for hours, the Skytree towers cyclone lights and the trains passing by below me.

I had a twin room and the view was insane so I can't even imagine how good a corner room must be. While the rooms with a view are more expensive I can't emphasize enough how phenomenal this location is for a bird’s eye view of Tokyo. In my opinion the Tokyo skyline blows the doors off any other city in the world including New York or Hong Kong.
The hotel was very impressive. when you enter the building you need to go up to a high floor to reach reception. There’s a futuristic soundrack that plays throughout the hotel building which I loved. I liked it so much I wanted to buy a CD of it but they said it was no longer available!
The hotel reception has a breathtaking view of the city and a bar with large windows. From the men's washroom at the reception level you get a fantastic view of the city as well.
The rooms were perfectly neat and clean. They had those wonderful Japanese toilets and this hotel had some of the most advanced models I have seen. The room was very large for Tokyo standards and sound proof.

Staff was very helpful and professional. This hotel is very good for business but I'd recommend it for tourists and say that it is rather romantic.

There is a fancy restaurant in the hotel and a reasonably priced convenience store all at reception level.

This is certainly a hotel that is beautiful to be in and immaculately kept. The beds are very comfortable but simple.

Make sure to take a hotel car with the address in Japanese. The cab drivers here are dressed in suits and drive very clean cars but don't how where anything is for the life of them. Speak REALLY slow in English and you will get better results. The cabs are also VERY expensive so unless you are coming back from a bar at 4am you should take the JR or subway.

While the hotel may technically be in Shibuya (according to Trip Advisor) it is located directly outside Shinjuku Station (one JR station away from the heart of Shibuya). This is a key point if you want to be right in the thick of things this hotel is not. It is located next to a large upscale shopping mall but is certainly not in the heart of the action. This is more of a business area.
The surrounding area has restaurants bars and all that stuff but it is much slimier than Shibuya. The surrounding area of Shinjuku is very central but it was the only place in Japan I ever felt unsafe and saw people acting very much like in the West...throwing bottles, using drugs, fighting and glancing weirdly at the woman I was walking with. There are also refugees who work there trying to convince you to go into trashy bars.
That having been said the street where the hotel is located and the walkway is filled with business people so your path to the JR station and subway is safe, clean and modern.
What I am trying to say is if you want to go out go to Shibuya. Don’t stay in Shinjuku.
One thing to keep in mind is that Tokyo has two commuter rail systems: the subway which stops at many stations and takes longer and "Japan Rail" which hits the major stations faster. Shinjuku station has both rail systems right next to the hotel
Overall, I had no complaints. This place isn’t cheap but I don’t regret one cent considering the view. The location is also very central and the rooms are impeccably clean.
If you want to save money and you don't care about the breathtaking view and want to be in the heart of the action stay at the APA Hotel in Shibuya (see my review). The rooms are tiny, it is much more basic, there is no view but you cannot ask for a better location.

Room Tip: A high floor room facing the SkyTree. It is worth every penny!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 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 March 24, 2014

I stayed here for 5 days on a business. Very clean, with comfortable beds, and quite spacious rooms comparing to other hotels I have stayed in in Tokyo. Breakfast is truly a joy since there are a lot of choices and the restaurant is surrounded by huge glass windows that give you a beautiful view of the city.
Smiling, polite and helpful staff.

Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We choose it for a four days stay in Tokyo. And it couldn't be a better choice. In comparison with many other hotels in Shibuya and Shinjuku, this gave us a great value for the money we paid (it's not cheap, but nothing crazy expensive like many other hotels in the area). The hotel is in a huge tower, so the VIEWS from the room as well as from the breakfast room were simply SPECTACULAR! The room was super clean and big enough, with a comfortable bathroom in it. And the location, perfect: just 3 minutes far from the Shinjuku station (the train station with most passengers per day in the world). More details: every morning the international newspapers were hanging in the door of my room. I love this kind of details! The staff couldn't be nicer with us. Everything in this hotel was perfect!!!

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Our 3rd visit to Tokyo. Previously stayed at (and loved) The Park Hotel. Wanted to try a different area for a new experience of this vast city, and chose this hotel based on location, views and TA rating. As these 3 nights were the end of an eclectic and busy 2-week journey in Japan we had treated ourselves to a “Scenic King” room which we understood would provide an eastern view, a slightly more spacious room, on one of the higher, newly renovated floors. For the price (over $300/night) our room was disappointing. Yes, it was high up, spacious, yes we had a terrific view, and the free wifi worked. The renovation appeared to be pretty minor, though - the carpet and wallpaper had a very tired, 80s feel about them - I’d be amazed if these were only a year old. The bed was very firm and the pillows were bad, with no alternatives in the room, or on offer. Likewise, the ‘soft furnishings’, consisting of a chaise and a footrest, were not plush or welcoming. The shower was good.
Tokyo is a complex city to get around in, with a sometimes perplexing street address system. Beyond the main infrastructure (subways, trains, visitor attractions) everything is in Japanese (of course), and while this is clearly appealing and exciting, it can also be challenging for visitors. The lack of a concierge service at this hotel was a significant negative as we sought assistance on maps, locations, and help in interpreting Japanese-only websites and directions, etc. The reception staff did their best with limited English and time, but this reflected a glaring difference in the level of service offered here, and at other similar level (and price) hotels. Bizarrely, one of the best English-speakers we encountered was hidden out the back in the hotel shop – and she provided us more practical help than any of the other staff. The hotel might want to consider relocating her to the front area and making the most of her excellent English and helpful personality !
If you just want location and a practical, functional room, then this hotel is fine. But if you want somewhere welcoming and offering true Japanese hospitality this isn’t the place. There are better options for the price.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2-2-1 Yoyogi, Shibuya 151-8583, Tokyo Prefecture
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Location: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Shibuya > Shinjuku
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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*
Number of rooms: 375
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 Shinjuku Station South or JR Southern Terrace Exit to 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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