We stayed for 3 nights in Citadines, which we booked through a booking engine.
The hotel is located in Shinjuku, 2 stations away from the main Shinjuku metro station. It is nearby a small and charming local neighborood, but not ideal to get a meal unless you speak japanese. However, it is about 5 minutes walk from the metro station, and from there, you can basically go anywhere in Tokyo. However, you should not expect a skyscraper, nor a very urban landscape, around the hotel, there are mainly low rises and the hotel itself has about 10 stories. There is also a very nice park nearby.
The hotel is mainly functional, and has no charm at all. However, there are plenty of comfortable seats in the somewhat small lobby. It is a choice of convenience, rather than trendiness or interior design.
More than a room, what Citadines offers is a small and convenient apartment. There is a small kitchenette directly in the hallway, a small alcove with a 2 place sofa, and a 140cm double bed. The room is not large, but still comfortable. You can easily get at ease for a few days, and it is even possible to cook there, as there is a hot plate, a microwave, a fridge as well as plates and cutlery. There is more than enough closet space for 2 people, and you get the usual conveniences, such as a hair dryer, an iron, a safe, etc. The room also offers a flat screen TV with a couple of channels in english. The bathroom is small, but with a bath and the usual high-tech japanese toilet. Again, not really charming, but extremely convenient. Bathroom amenities are non descript.
The staff is agreeable, but there is no particular service to speak of. You get to carry your own luggage, and basically, the staff is around to check you in and answer the occasional question. It is worth noting that we had an issue with the internet (free), and that a staff member immediately came up to our room to find us a solution.
This is where it gets interesting. We looked at many choices for Tokyo, but have to say that the Citadines was definitely the most interesting in terms of price vs quality. We were not disappointed and would not hesitate to return. Of course, it is not stylish, but the location is good, the rooms are a good size and the price is a steal for Tokyo.
An excellent choice for Tokyo if you want to save your budget for other things besides accommodation, as Japan is very expensive. We enjoyed our stay and would certainly return on a future visit to Tokyo.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located within walking distance of the Shinjuku East area, one of Tokyo's thriving urban centres, Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo is a contemporary residence which enjoys a prime location close to the Marunouchi and Toei Shinjuku subway lines. At Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo, you can look forward to a pleasant stay that combines the convenience of a hotel with the freedom and privacy of a Tokyo serviced apartment. The residence's range of optional services are customized to suit your business and leisure needs, allowing you a choice of short or long term stays. Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo is conveniently situated near restaurants, supermarkets, shopping malls, the Shinjuku hospital and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Citadines Tokyo Shinjuku Hotel Shinjuku
- Citadines Tokyo Hotel Shinjuku
- Shinjuku Citadines Tokyo Hotel
- Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo