The Century Southern Tower hotel is within spitting distance of Tokyo's busiest railway station - Shinjuku. Which, if you're like us, is perfect. A quick stroll to the station in the morning to take you just about everywhere your tourist heart desires, and in the evening when your feet are swollen from walking, this hotel is the closest.
On a tourist budget, we were really impressed by the value for money of the Century Southern. By booking in advance we were able to get great early bird specials, a little unusual for a hotel in the heart of Tokyo.
The hotel is in the process of renovating all the guest rooms and should be finished by the end of 2014, although most have been completed already. We had a renovated room both times we stayed, so I can't say how large the upgrade has been. The bathroom has an over tub shower with great water pressure, which is excellent after a long days walking. The room has some nice touches like the heated mirror in the bathroom for example, and the comfy chaisse lounge for flopping onto, plus the international power plug just in case you forgot your adapter which all make for a more premium feel. The furnishings are warm to the touch and rooms have a cozy feel, not cold and clinical like some.
Sounds great, so why not 5 stars? The hotel has two areas that I didn't enjoy - the Lobby has a bar area for drinks, nibbles etc, but each time I frequented this Lobby bar I came out feeling more annoyed than relaxed - being made to wait 5minutes for a table while I could see 4 were empty smacks of self importance and I never really got a feeling of being made welcome. My other little gripe is the hotel has a very strict 2pm check-in time, no ifs, no buts. This is a hard one when you fly in from Europe, when most flights land very early in the morning. While it was annoying, it doesn't detract from the value, location and room quality/feel. Most important question, would I return - its an unequivocal yes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Hotel Century Southern Tower, Shinjuku Tokyo Convenient Access Just 3 minute walk from the South exit of SHINJUKU Station. Trains, subways, and Narita Express Train are all located within 3 minutes. Take the glass elevator from the 1st floor foyer or 2nd floor Southern Terrace entrances up to the main lobby on the 20th floor, where we will introduce you to our selection of comfortable guest rooms. This Tokyo business hotel occupies the 19th through 35th floors. Main Lobby and reception desk are on the 20th floor. 375 guests rooms are located from the 22nd to 35th floor and offer spectacular views of the city. We have no the Porter and Room Services. However we provide self-service luggage carts instead of the bell service or porters, vending machines on each floor and a lobby shop instead of Room Service, and also compact refrigerators in each room that guests can stock with items of their choice. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Century Southern Tower Shibuya, Tokyo