This was my first stay at Keio Plaza, though I knew it well--the house I where I grew up in Tokyo had a good view of it while it was under construction in 1970, when it was briefly the tallest building in Tokyo at 49 stories. The room was spacious and very comfortable, but the bathroom was stuck in 1970--very small by today's standards and lacking the separate shower stall that is currently expected in good hotels. I also hated the step up to the bathroom--it's easy to forget and trip over it. Service was excellent--a little too good at times, such as when my room service meal arrived 15 minutes earlier than promised, when I was still in the shower. But when I needed drops for an eye infection, I was promptly assisted by the concierge, who took me to the hotel pharmacy to get the right ones.
Whether you stay at the Keio Plaza depends on how much you like being in Shinjuku, a major hub whose station is a jumping-off point for many train and subway lines. (The station is a brisk 5-minute walk through the west concourse of the station, and the fact that it's enclosed makes a big difference in a rainy country.) Personally, I much prefer to be near the Ginza, which is more walkable and less high-rise, and features the Kabuki-za and Hibiya Park. But any business traveler would appreciate the Keio Plaza's convenient location and comfortable rooms.
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- Also Known As:
- Keio Plaza Shinjuku
- Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Shinjuku