We were in Shinjuku both at the start of our Japanese holiday for one week when the Prince was full until our return for two final days. So we were able to contrast the Prince in the heart of Shinjuku with a hotel 20 mins walk on the edge of the area (see my separate APA hotel review if interested). The Prince won hands down being bang in the centre of this exciting vibrant area.
All around are the throbbing Shinjuku shops and department stores, restaurants and night-life including some adult clubs, plus within 5 - 8 mins walk through pavements, alleys or the station, access to the platform for trains to the Osaka / Kyoto Shinkansens.
Our booked standard room was so claaustrophobic I'd swear if you walked from the door to big window - just 3 or so steps - and didn't stop, you'd end up floating down over the red light district 15 floors below. At reception in a trice, bought an inexpensive upgrade (not available when originally booking) to a deluxe room which was exactly twice the size, well featured with a small separate seating area, huge picture window over the main station and around, comfy big bed and lovely bathroom.
WiFi in the room wasn't too cheap and not massively fast, but we bought one night and were able on the 2nd night to find a different connection anyway.
The foyer was a disappointing area lacking much seating, the staff English skills varied for moderate to non-existent and the lack of a coffe shop or bar meals area in early evening was a surprise.
Needing an early checkout for a 7:00 am train I did everything possible at Reception the night before, but was still asked to call at Reception in the morning. Thankfully with no queue then, we were away in a few seconds.
We had a really happy exciting three weeks in Japan this Spring and the Shinjuku Prince was a great way to spend our last 2 days. I do read other reviewers' reviews and if our holiday had not been so exciting, I am sure some of the hotel's shortcomings which they and I noticed may have dampened our enthusiasm, but thankfully this was not the case. We had a great stay.
- Also Known As:
- Prince Hotel Shinjuku
- Prince Hotel Tokyo
- Shinjuku Prince Hotel Tokyo
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shinjuku - a city constantly on the move. Here in this fast-paced subcenter of Tokyo, you'll find the striking, brick-colored tower of the Shinjuku Prince Hotel, which boasts 571 guest rooms and the trendy shops of the Seibu Shinjuku PePe. Located near the towering Tokyo Metropolitan City Hall, this elegant hotel is just a few minutes walk from the skyscrapers of the financial district and the neon lights of the famous Kabuki-cho, a constantly humming nightlife quarter. ... more less
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