There’s not a lot of information about the Shin Okubo Sekitei on Trip Advisor, so I was a bit worried about what the hotel was going to be like. Turns out, it’s a pretty good place to stay! The hotel is located a 3 minute walk from Shin Okubo station, which is on the Yamanote line (this takes you to all the major stations like Shinjuku, Harajuku, Shibuya, Ikebukuro and Tokyo Station) – very convenient indeed. Also, Shin Okubo is actually known as “Korea Town” so there’s a lot of Korean food and grocery stores around.
The hotel doesn’t allow guests, which is slightly annoying, but also good because it cuts down on noise and I do feel a lot safer. You also leave your room keys at the reception before heading out, so you don’t have to worry about losing them (or if your friend has the keys and isn’t back at the hotel yet). With only 11 rooms in the whole place, the receptionists remember who you are.
My room was located on the first floor which I liked because there’s no elevator so I didn’t have to climb any stairs. I was worried at first, because there was a vending machine located outside my room, and I didn’t want people to gather around there and chit-chat really loudly. But nobody did, so I had 6 quiet nights.
The room itself has an interesting layout. You have to take off your shoes at the tiny porch area in your room, and then enter the living room, which has a flat screen TV, mini fridge, kettle and coffee table. There is a smaller room adjacent to the living room with a closet to store the futon and bedding, and has a clothes rack with hangers. You can choose to either lay out the futon in the living room or the other room, or both so that you really have 2 rooms.
The bathroom is made up of 3 sections, the toilet area, the mirror and sink area, and the bath area. But it’s all very cramped. The bath area is also kind of old, but it’s clean and like most Japanese homes, comes with the shower area and a bathtub. But the room also comes with the basic amenities such as shampoo, conditioner and soap (all Shiseido, so it’s pretty decent, unlike other hotels that give you low quality stuff that ruins your hair).
All in all, I have to say for the price (less than USD100 a night for 2 guests) and the location, Shin Okubo Sekitei was a good choice. It is a little old, but it’s very clean and cosy.
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- Also Known As:
- Sekitei Shinjuku, Tokyo