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“Convenient and Cozy”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Sekitei

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Sekitei
Ranked #2 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Shinjuku
Singapore, Singapore
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“Convenient and Cozy”
Reviewed November 1, 2012

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.

Room Tip: If you hate stairs, stay on the first floor. There's no elevator.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 11, 2012

I stayed with my friend twice in this hotel and find it very value for money. It is 3min walk from Shinokubo and Okubo stations. Convenient stores and restuarants are nearby and the neighbourhood is pretty safe. The hotel is also quiet for sleeping at night.

For 3000 yen per pax, you get a double room with a traditional bed, a mini living room, a toilet and bath room. The room also comes with amenities like tv, fridge, toiletries and yukata and it is very clean. There is also a water dispenser with hot and cold water and free internet at level 1.

I would definitely stay there for my next trip to tokyo.

p/s: The toilet is very clean but has a bit stinky smell. If you are very particular, this hotel would not be a good choice.

Room Tip: There are 3 levels in the hotel and it does not come with a lift. For ladies, I would suggest to ta...
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  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 3, 2011

i was there for a stop over night on the way to new zealand.
very clean, internet for free, japanese style rooms, friendly people, in front of shinjuku party district

thank you for staying !

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Sekitei
Address: 2-15-10 Hyakunin-cho, Shinjuku 169-0073, Tokyo Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Shinjuku > Shinjuku
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Ranked #2 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Shinjuku
Hotel Class:2 star — Sekitei 2*
Number of rooms: 11
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