We paid for our stay on Rakuten to try to get a good deal at a fairly traditional Western hotel. It was a little expensive for what we got in my opinion, having stayed at a few different kinds of hotels/hostels in Japan, but we had nothing major to complain about.
Keep in mind that this hotel is located in Kabuki-cho. For those not familiar, this is the red light district, complete with girls bars, prostitutes and so on. However, this area isn't dangerous in the slightest. You really don't need to worry about your safety, especially as a foreign tourist. I saw families with children walking through. It's just Shinjuku's nightlife area. It's an interesting place to see, especially at different times of day, but don't try to take pictures of the girls, no matter what their outfits. This hotel does have options for 2 or 3 hour stays, so there might be occasional noise in the hallways from those patrons.
It's about a ten minute walk from Shinjuku station. When you arrive, walk toward the "Central East Exit," and soon you'll see signs for Kabukicho. Follow the stairs up and you'll be out of the station. You have to walk through a couple of streets past restaurants and girls bars to get there. I recommend stopping at the Calico Cat Cafe (きゃるこ猫カフェ) which has a couple hundred cats and is one of the better Tokyo cat cafes.
We went for a three person room, which meant a double bed plus an extra bed. The extra bed was slightly softer than concrete, as it was just a foldaway bed. The double bed was very firm, and they had feather pillows that went flat immediately. The air conditioning was good, and the controls were next to the bed in English. It had a TV, small fridge (though most of the space was taken up with alcohol that is pay if you drink), coffee maker, hot water machine, three sets of casual yukata, slippers, a hairdryer, closet with several jacket hangers.
Bathroom amenities were nice. It had a full option toilet with the usual bidet options, a tub/shower combination, and a sink. There was no air circulation, so I had to open the door to breathe after a shower. There were large pumps for shampoo, conditioner, and body soap to use freely, plus brushes/combs, cotton wipes, etc, and free samples of various face products. Those by themselves were very nice, but also common at business hotels.
The oddest thing about this hotel is that they didn't appear to have any housekeeping until you checked out, and since we stayed 9 days, that was a little annoying. We could have asked in all likelihood, but I was too tired from sightseeing every day to bother.
Overall, an average stay. I could stay again, but there are places with better value at a lower price that I'll stay at next time I'm in Tokyo.
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- Hotel Siena Shinjuku, Tokyo