First of all, I still have to give this hotel an average rating because it is a nice one despite of the uncomfortable sleep during our stay.
Since it was already winter, the whole hotel did not have aircondition, it was on heater if you switched it on. If you have been walking around for the whole day, the last thing you want is a hot room, even if the heater is not on. There's not much air circulating so we felt stifled. We were at the point of buying a small electric fan just to cool the room. The cold weather outside did nothing to cool the room.
Another uncomfortable thing during our stay was the pillow. Why the pillows? Well, who fills up a pillow with plastic pellets as fillings? So, lying in bed with a plastic pellets filled pillow on your head in a very hot room was the most uncomfortable stay ever. We didn't request nor enquire as we were all just tired after a long day of gallivanting.
Another one, the room reeks of cigarette. Unfortunately, when I booked, I mistakenly booked a smoking room and it was too late to change it to non-smoking as the hotel was getting full. I requested a non-smoking room though in my remarks just in case. Good thing about that was the presence of a deodorizer spray in the room. It helped a bit in removing the cigarette scent all over.
Despite all the inconveniences, we still find the hotel ok in terms of price (booked via Hotels.com) for a triple bedroom, location (connected to Shinjuku train station from the basement), proximity to eateries and major department stores, cleanliness, big rooms for a Japanese standard, well-stocked bathroom everyday during our stay, convenient store located at the First Floor if in case you needed water or food, accessible airport limousine pick up area and the friendly staff who were all courteous and accommodating of our requests. They also spoke good English.
We were given a triple bedroom on the 22nd floor so we had a very good view of the nearby areas.
I will recommend this NOT during winter because of the lack of cool air conditioning but perhaps, some other season when they will actually switch the cool air conditioning on.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- OUR HOTELS DISCOVER OUR HOTELScroll down to read text WELCOME TO SHINJUKU WASHINGTON HOTEL MAIN Shinjuku Washington Hotel is conveniently located in the center of Shinjuku, one of the Tokyo’s most popular and active locales,next to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and close to shopping and entertainment venues. Looking up to the skyscrapers, the hotel is the ideal location to explore the delights of the city. The sophisticated environment of our three restaurants and bars makes it the best place to dine for two, family, friends, business associates or organizations to gather and celebrate. ... more less
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