The Citadines Shinjuku and its sister hotel Citadines Shinjuku Central are ingenious apartment-hotels that are perfectly located at the heart of Tokyo’s downtown. They strip out the extra overheads associated with larger hotels so provide excellent value for the traveller looking for a comfortable and stylish place to rest their heads after days and nights out in the big city.
Both the exterior and the interior designs are bright, colourful and modern, bringing a fresh twist to the typically plain apartment-block buildings. The apartment-style rooms are compact, cosy and clean – in a sense, they feel more personal than the usual hotel rooms, creating the overall effect of a home away from home. While Citadines Shinjuku is by no means luxurious, this hotel still provides many amenities, including televisions, Wi-Fi and a well-equipped gym, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows.
Breakfast is also included during your stay – we recommend taking advantage of the light and airy dining room as well as the variety of continental food, which may provide a welcome break to the Western palate after multiple Japanese breakfasts. Another huge plus of Citadines Shinjuku is their staff, for they tend to speak conversational English – which is usually only the case at super luxe hotels in Japan – and are friendly and helpful.
Sightseeing is easily accessible from this hotel, with Hanazono shrine and Shinjuku Gyoen park both less than a ten-minute walk away. You’ll be spoilt for choice as these sights only scratch the surface of the cultural gems dotted around this city. If your feet get tired from exploring, bicycles are available to rent from Citadines Shinjuku. Shinjuku is renowned as a fun, lively entertainment district that comes alive at night, particularly down the popular Kabukichō street and within ‘Golden Gai’ - a post-war maze of tiny authentic bars, as well as in the iconic Robot Restaurant - the more child-friendly spot so Citadines Shinjuku is suitable for all ages. Shinjuku Train Station is also only a 20-minute walk so you can visit the eclectic mix of Tokyo’s districts easily.
An excellent way to start or end a Japan experience.