As others have written, the hotel interior and rooms are kept spotless. From the moment you step into the hotel you can tell it's a newer property compared to some of the other chain hotels in the area (e.g. Century Southern Tower, Shinjuku Prince, Keio, etc). I'd booked a "Business Plus" room. If the lounge chair wasn't in the room, it would have been a little more spaceous, but overall it was a very small room that couldn't have been larger than 100 Sq feet. No wardrobe but a wall-rack near the door that allows you to hang coats over the small fridge. Since it's december, most of the bigger chain hotels would have heating on, and some of the older hotels would have it on too high without allowing you to adjust for your room. Rooms at the Astina, however, allows you to switch from heat to cool. Only drawback is that the controls are only in Japanese with no english. The bedding is nice and pajamas a nice touch. The best part of the room is the bathroom and it surprised me that it was ample sized with a glass-enclosured tub and separate shower that helped to keep water out of the toilet and sink area while not making things looking crowded and cramped-in.
Since the hotel is located in Kabuki-cho, albeit only near the entrance to the area, late at night you can still hear people yelling and drunks making noise on the street. I stayed on the 12th floor and it wasn't too bad, but I could imagine the lower floors having problems with noise if their room faced the West side of Shinjuku (which are the better rooms with a view). Late at night there is a lot of seediness going on the streets right near the hotel, especially since a lot of people hang around the Lawsons convenience store that's situated on street-level of the hotel building. There's a bar/club at the basement but I didin't go in. If you're just here for work, I would suggest you stay away from the streets at night as you could get bothered by people offering you dates or other risque business. Breakfast isn't bad but yet no big lost. If you skip breakfast you can use the breakfast coupon to apply to a meal (on the same day) at the in-house restaurant STELLA (which is also the same place where breakfast is served).
I would recommend this hotel to business travellers, or groups of friends. I don't recommend families with children or for romantic getaways given the neighborhood's seedy nature, which doesn't interfere with the quiet and serenity within the hotel itself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Citadines Central Shinjuku Tokyo offers a variety of rooms to meet your needs, including spacious 17.5M2 Single Room. All rooms offer complimentary wired high-speed and Wi-Fi Internet access. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Shinjuku
- Shinjuku Best Western
- Citadines Central Shinjuku Tokyo