Shibuya is home to the famous crossing, an endless network of bars and some of the best shopping on the globe. The best way to experience it all is by staying right in the eye of the storm. The area boasts a large, eclectic selection of hotels, but which one is best for you? From personally designed capsule hotels to lifestyle hubs with their own fashion labels, here are some of the best hotels in Shibuya, Tokyo.
One of the newest players on Tokyo’s contemporary hotel scene, Trunk Hotel is much more than just a place to rest. Situated right on the doorstep of Harajuku’s fashion-forward Cat Street and a ten-minute stroll from Shibuya Crossing, it’s in the middle of all the action, but tucked far enough off the main thoroughfare to provide some peace and quiet. The hotel features its own Trunk brand convenience store, a sprawling outdoor deck and a lobby that is a popular co-working space by day and by night transforms into a sleek cocktail bar.
Sitting on the Harajuku corner of Shibuya, Hotel Koé is much more than just a hotel. It’s also an arts hub, live music space, bar, café, restaurant, co-working hub and retail store. It was founded by the apparel company Stripe, which is why it’s practically overflowing with street-style cool. The hotel features 10 rooms in total, of different sizes ranging from S to XL, each of them designed with an appreciation for elegant minimalism. Keep an eye out when visiting, though, as this place is full of surprises. One particular surprise is the check-in desk, which some nights transforms into a DJ booth manned by Masaya Kuroki of fashion and music label Maison Kitsuné.
Great for exploring the city by foot, Shibuya Hotel EN is just a five-minute walk to the 109 Building and Shibuya Crossing, and a 10-minute walk the sugary pink streets of Harajuku’s Takeshita Street. There are countless bars and restaurants surrounding the hotel. However, if you’re too tired to go any further after a day of exploring, you’ll find an intimate, inspired bistro on-site serving up Japanese black wagyu beef, lamb chops, langoustines, sautéed foie gras and fresh fish daily.
A central location, unforgettable panoramic views of Tokyo and surprisingly spacious rooms are what you’ll get at Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel. An excellent place to stay if you want to explore the area quickly on foot or via public transport, the hotel is just a five-minute walk from Shibuya Station and the area’s central shopping district. The hotel also boasts world-class Japanese, Chinese and Italian restaurants and an elegant jazz bar on the second floor.
Another Tokyo staple on the accommodation scene is Tokyu Stay Shibuya, a modern hotel complex about five minutes from Shibuya Station by foot. An excellent choice for budget-focussed business travellers, Tokyu Stay Shibuya has everything you need and nothing you don’t, meaning that you’re not paying for bonus features you’ll never use. Best suited to those staying solo or as a pair, the price point for a hotel based in this neighbourhood makes Tokyu Stay Shibuya a steal.
Tastefully minimal in design, but not in concept, the Turn Table Hostel and Restaurant is a hybrid restaurant, hotel and budget hostel located right in the heart of Shibuya. Its design gives a nod to traditional Japanese aesthetics, while still being effortlessly modern. On the first floor sits a bar open to guests and visitors alike, while the second floor features a stylish contemporary restaurant serving Tokushima prefecture-style cuisine. On the third and top floor is where you’ll find the guest rooms, which range from single, twin and dormitory-style rooms. The hostel also offers more luxurious private suites with balconies.
If there’s one sector of the travel industry that Tokyo is doing better than anywhere else in the world, it’s in the stylish and modern, but budget-friendly, accommodation department, and The Millennials is an ideal example of that. Just a few minutes from Shibuya Crossing, The Millennials features space-economical capsule-style rooms that feel worlds away from your typical capsule hotel. The larger private spaces come equipped with projector screens, and some rooms feature unique murals designed by the country’s most exciting visual art talents. The main area also features a large co-working space, an excellent place for digital nomads and travelling creatives to meet, socialise and collaborate.
One of the most well-known hotels in the area, Shibuya Granbell Hotel is a failsafe option in the heart of the city’s most vibrant hub. Featuring youthful, vibrant pop-art inspired rooms, the decor reflects the energy of the neighbourhood. Located in one of the most fashion-forward corners of the city, the mega-shopping hubs of Daikanyama, Harajuku and Omotesando are also all within walking distance, while Shinjuku is just a few minutes by train. Do be wary though, space is one of Tokyo’s most precious commodities, and here prices vary quite drastically depending on the size and style of the room.
If location is your number one priority, then Hotel Mets Shibuya is definitely your list topper. Owned by the JR train company, this impressive complex is located just a few minutes by foot from Shibuya Crossing but is far enough away from the dead centre to avoid all the traffic. Here you can expect spacious rooms, affordable prices and excellent on-site dining. If you’re chasing a no-fuss stay that ticks all the boxes, this is it.
This is one of the newest players on the Shibuya hotel scene, but Mustard has already established itself as a boundary-pushing hotel to watch. Located just behind the bustling Shibuya Crossing in the newly rejuvenated Shibuya Bridge complex, the hotel is surrounded by shiny new bars, cafés and shopping outlets. If you want to get around the city just like the Shibuya locals do, the hotel can hook you up with smooth, affordable bike rental from W-BASE, the bicycle shop.
Shibuya Stream Excel Hotel Tokyu is a brand new complex that’s already proving to be one of the most popular accommodation options in the city. Its location couldn’t get more central – it’s just 800 meters from Shibuya Crossing and a 12-minute walk to the shopping hub of Shibuya, while the Shibuya Stream shopping complex sits right on the hotel’s doorstep. The decor is classically styled inner city living with a progressive edge.