Having stayed at the Hyatt and the Park Hyatt before in Shinjuku area, this time around those rooms ballooned to 400+ USD so I looked for something more reasonable. This turned out to be a great find thanks to Trip Advisor reviews.
Directions: even for local taxi drivers this hotel may take some time to find. I did it on foot in 25 leisurely minutes with 3 pieces of luggage. The key is to look for street maps at every subway entrance as well as the tourist information billboards marked with a blue/white "i". 2-40-9 means chome 2, as opposed to chome 1. Then look for block 40 marked with "(40)" - note the parenthesis. Know where due North is. After that it's cakewalk.
Pros: never stayed in or near a red light district anywhere in the world so it's very, very interesting. Obviously this is Japan so red light district takes on a whole different meaning. You won't see anything obscene in the streets. I certainly did not see hookers, drunks, and the like but I image if you go look into basement buildings and alleys you might find them. It's very safe to go around even late at night. The locals know you are a tourist and therefore behave accordingly (well). Ultra clean rooms, with very typical Japanese designed hidden shelves, cupboards, and bathroom.
Cons: brisk 10 minute walk from the station once you know exactly where the hotel is, so not for all travelers. Building is black/gray and does not stand out that much so it's not very east to spot from the road.
Will definitely stay here again. Oh, free cable internet is very fast. And the front desk guys and gals speak pretty good English which definitely helps.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Fontaine Shinjuku
- Hotel Villa Fontaine Shinjuku Tokyo
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