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HOTEL UNIZO Shibuya
Ranked #17 of 27 Hotels / Ryokan in Shibuya
Boulder, Colorado
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“Luxury-type accommodations perfect for a savvy solo traveler!”
Reviewed December 20, 2013 via mobile

Good location. Convenient spot not too far from Shibuya station. Since Tokyo is already really expensive, Hotel Shibuya is a great choice for a comfortable, clean and luxury-type hotel that is also affordable. A lot of the reviews I read seemed to highlight how small the room was but for a solo traveler, I felt it was the perfect size. Relatively small for a typical hotel room but when you're in Tokyo, you should be out exploring instead of hanging out in the hotel room. A single bed and bathroom is all you need.

Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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Reviewed December 15, 2013

The location of this hotel is perfect. It's within walking distance of everything you'll want to explore in Shibuya but it's set a few streets back from the main shopping streets so there's not too much noise. The hotel is stylish and clean. The staff didn't speak a lot of English (why should they) but they were friendly and professional. I stayed in a double room with a friend and we had a double bed each with a decent-sized full bathroom. The room was fairly compact but we didn't have a lot of luggage so didn't notice too much. The bed was really comfortable - and made getting over the jetlag incredibly easy. The room rate was very reasonable for the area too. I would definitely stay here again - based on location, cost and comfort

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Perth
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Reviewed November 24, 2013

The rooms are absolutely tiny - but that's Japan for you. They make up for this by being very comfortable, clean, modern and stylish. If you have a lot of luggage, you may want to upgrade to a bigger room. I would stay here again, the location is also fantastic.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Singapore
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

The hotel is in a fantastic location and does not cost an arm and a leg so it is ideal for a few days in and around Shibuya. Clean rooms, nicely finished, quite basic overall but as a place to sleep it does the job nicely.

Might be a bit small for couples but for one person it worked very well.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed September 22, 2013

I just checked out of this hotel today after 4-nights' stay.
People: this hotel is geared towards Japanese travelers, so if you are not willing to adapt to the Japanese way, don't stay here. After all, a Japanese traveler would not expect the staff at an American hotel to speak their language. The staff do speak some English, but it depends on who, and being Japanese, they are reserved and may appear unwilling to help. They do try to accommodate as best as they can -- if you ask.
I am thankful to past reviewers for pointing the way to this hotel. Really, in Tokyo this is a gem of a find. The location is ideal. I am not the slickest when it comes to finding my ways around in a strange city, but the location is so great that I was able to get around easily.
I will not repeat what others have already said, but -- while the memory is still fresh -- let me add a few things that may be helpful to others.
For my laptop, the ethernet connection works better than the wifi.
The Starbucks across the street has a sausage croissant that's quite delicious - ask for it to be warmed. This shop opens at 7AM on weekdays and 7:30 on weekend.
There is a 魚民(Fish people) restaurant near the hotel, an Itzakaya on a basement floor that serves quite a range of food, including sushi and grilled food. You get to sit in your own little room, and a choice of smoking or non-smoking.
The Denny's on the Park Road (Goen Dori) on the way to Yoyogi Park serves an edible American style breakfast (scrambled eggs with bacon or sausage). If you want, cross the street and eat at the Tobu Hotel, they serve a breakfast buffet that has both Western and Japanese food.
I stayed on the 6th floor, and the cleaning there is something that in my humble opinion can be improved. It seems that they assume no one will be around from 11 through 3, when they do the cleaning. And they seem to follow a strict schedule so don't expect them to clean your room immediately just because they see you walk out of your room. Also, the hallway is strewn with cleaning equipment and towels and sheets during the cleaning - very messy.
There is practically NO storage space except for a tiny and narrow closet. No drawers at all and minimal shelf space. I did find that difficult to adapt.
The window covering is very efficient - two layers of screens, the outer layer, when fully lowered, blacks out the room completely.
I appreciate the built-in clothesline in the bathroom - it allowed me to wash much by hand. And the washing machines in the basement are a wonder - you just put the clothes in and the machine does the cleaning and drying -- no soap required; however it does take 2 hours for the cycle to complete, during which the machine door would not open.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

Unizo hotel in Shibuya has a nice lobby, very nice and modern. I was in a double room - ie I had a pretty big bed. The bed is very comfortable, the room clean, good bathroom. It is a little on the small side with the double bed (even by Tokyo standards) and my only little gripe was that my room had no wardrobe space at all. A part from that all good, air purifier, Tto toilet, quiet aircon, quiet room despite being in the middle of Shibuya, I would go back and it is great value for money.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

Don't have a negative thing to stay about this hotel. I stayed on the "women only" floor while traveling solo in Japan. Yes, the rooms are small -- this is Tokyo, where real estate is at a premium. I live in NYC, so I'm used to it.

The single room worked like a well-tuned Swiss Army knife -- the wall unit housed a TV, a desk, and a closet, in an amazingly minimal amount of space. Gotta love that Japanese design and ingenuity!

Room had a tea kettle and powdered green tea to make in the mornings and featured a fridge that I was able to use to keep yogurt and fruit I would by at the supermarket to eat for breakfast in the morning (for some reason there is no such thing as breakfast or brunch in Japan -- most restaurants don't open until 11am for lunch) -- which was essential, as I often wanted to start early in the day to head to see whatever I was doing that day.

Bathroom was tiny, but again, very efficient in terms of use of space. Had very nice bath soap and lotions.

Again, not that much space in the rooms, but thanks to the long hallway opposite the bathroom, had a big enough space for me to do in-room yoga next to the mirror! Super-cool way to turn on/off the lights -- just drop your room key in the holder by the door! Awesome! Other nice touches were the ring/watch holder on the nightstand, an light controls right by the bed.

Found the floor to be quiet, hardly ever heard anyone else.

I had a Japanese visitor's SIM card delivered to the front desk, and had no problems picking it up from the front desk.

Out of all of the places I stayed in Japan, this was amongst my favorite -- cannot beat the location, and the rates are decent.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Property: HOTEL UNIZO Shibuya
Address: 4-3 Udagawacho, Shibuya 150-0042, Tokyo Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Shibuya > Shibuya / Harajuku / Ebisu
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Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #17 of 27 Hotels / Ryokan in Shibuya
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Hotel Class:3 star — HOTEL UNIZO Shibuya 3*
Number of rooms: 186
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