The Best Hotels in Shinjuku, Tokyo

The vibrant Tokyo neighbourhood of Shinjuku offers a wide range of places to stay, from luxury high-rises to traditional ryokan inns and design-forward capsule hotels
The vibrant Tokyo neighbourhood of Shinjuku offers a wide range of places to stay, from luxury high-rises to traditional ryokan inns and design-forward capsule hotels | © Michael Evans / Alamy Stock Photo
Lucy Dayman

If you’re looking to explore every inch of Tokyo, spend a few nights in the neon metropolis of Shinjuku. Well connected by public transport, home to bustling nightlife and filled with endless daytime attractions, this vibrant neighbourhood is arguably the central nervous system of Tokyo. As you might expect, Shinjuku has an array of hotels and accommodation options, from elegant luxury stays to traditional ryokan inns.

1. Hotel Gracery

Suite Hotel

A seating area with chairs and tables, and a bar with bar stools at Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
Courtesy of Hotel Gracery Shinjuku / Expedia

The term “centrally located” sounds somehow like an understatement when talking about Hotel Gracery, which has a Godzilla statue as a watchman. Situated right behind Shinjuku Station, the most trafficked train station in the world, walking distance from the meticulously manicured Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and practically across the road from the restaurant- and bar-lined Memory Lane (Omoide Yokocho), Hotel Gracery may be sky-high, but it has the city at its feet.

2. Shinjuku Prince Hotel

Hotel

Two beds, a green couch and a TV in a hotel room with a city view at Shinjuku Prince Hotel
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A five-minute walk from Shinjuku Station, the Prince Hotel has convenience, style, price and accessibility wrapped up in one tidy hotel package. The 571-room high-rise hotel serves city views, space-maximising design (a key feature in this heavily populated area) and, at the on-site Bonsalute KABUKI Italian restaurant, deliciously crispy oven-cooked pizza.

3. Hyatt Regency Tokyo

Hotel, Luxury

Tables and chairs with a dark wooden round island with a plant at the Hyatt Regency Tokyo
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Five-star luxury in a five-star part of the city, Hyatt Regency Tokyo is upmarket living in downtown Shinjuku. The suites are the embodiment of Japanese modern-traditional hybrid design, blurring the edges of where contemporary sleekness and classic minimalism meet. With an on-site fitness centre, spa and dining options that span authentic Japanese kaiseki and teppanyaki to Italian-inspired and all-day dining, there’s near no reason to leave. Still, when you do, the heart of the city is on your doorstep.

4. Sotetsu Fresa Inn Higashi Shinjuku

Inn, Hotel

Two beds, a TV, desk, chair and lamp in a hotel room at Sotetsu Fresa Inn Higashi Shinjuku
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Basic, convenient, well-located, comfortable and consistent are the hallmarks of the Sotetsu Fresa Inn chain, a group with a cluster of hotels across Tokyo. Still, this one is their most central outpost. Situated in Higashi (West) Shinjuku, it’s close enough to walk into central Shinjuku but far out enough to retain a sense of Tokyo’s neighbourhood charm. Excellent independent restaurants and bars surround it, but if you want to take it slow, there’s always the Western-style breakfast buffet at the hotel.

5. Nine Hours Shinjuku-North

Capsule Hotel

Two people sit in two brightly lit capsules among a corridor full of them at Nine Hours Shinjuku-North
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Capsule hotels don’t have to be dinky human-storage facilities lacking ambience and style, as Nine Hours in Shinjuku-North attests. With cool Brutalist concrete interiors, Scandi-style minimalist furniture and plug-in communal workspaces, Nine Hours looks more Shinjuku start-up than a place to crash. Stay for a ‘nap’ in the capsule beds, pop in to take a quick shower or power through those deadlines by renting a desk.

6. Shinjuku Granbell Hotel

Hotel, Boutique Hotel

A bed and bathroom with bathtub in a hotel room at Shinjuku Granbell Hotel
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For the ultimate in comfort and convenience in the heart of Shinjuku, you can’t look past Shinjuku Granbell Hotel. In the heart of the neon-drenched streets of the lively Kabukicho neighbourhood, the hotel is just 10 minutes’ walk from the ramshackle Golden Gai bar district and just a five-minute stroll from Shinjuku Station. Opened in 2013, the hotel is sleek and modern but still welcoming, perfect if you’re looking for a stylish yet relaxed stay. One of the main highlights is the on-site art lounge, which features a rotating exhibit of exciting, up-and-coming artists and sporadic live shows.

7. Park Hyatt

Hotel

A bed, shelves, TV, table and chairs in a hotel room with large windows at Park Hyatt Tokyo
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Arguably the most iconic Shinjuku hotel in contemporary pop culture is the Park Hyatt. The location of Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation (2003), it’s a go-to for both film buffs and luxury hotel seekers alike. Just a 12-minute walk from Shinjuku Station, this 177-room hotel is situated in a corner of Shinjuku that offers convenience but also tranquillity, just far enough from the neighbourhood’s sometimes manic main streets. On the 52nd floor, you’ll find the New York Bar and Grill, with skyline panoramas and some of the finest cocktails in the city.

8. Hilton Shinjuku

Chain Hotel

A large couch, coffee table and low chairs with flowers in vases in a room at Hilton Tokyo
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Directly connected to the Tochomae Subway Station, Hilton Shinjuku is easily accessible if you want to explore everything the city has to offer. The 800 rooms are located between the 8th and the 38th floors, serving unforgettable city views. The design is both modern and sleek, but features warm, homely touches such as rich wood furnishings, traditional Japanese shoji screens and complimentary pyjamas.

9. Citadines

Chain Hotel

An orange couch, table, bed, desk, chair and TV in a hotel room at Citadines Shinjuku
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If you’re looking for somewhere easy to crash for a few nights and have value for money in mind, Citadines is a good shout. This stylish, centrally located, budget-friendly hotel is relaxed but still offers impeccable service and high standards. Rooms come with kitchenettes and heated toilet seats, a novelty for first-timers in the city. Shinjuku Gyoen Park is around the corner, and Golden Gai and the main shopping district are around 20 minutes away by foot. If you want to explore a little further, Shinjuku Gyoenmae Subway Station is just a five-minute stroll away.

10. Keio Plaza Hotel

Independent Hotel, Suite Hotel, Business Hotel

A couch and several chairs and tables, with large windows showing a view of the city, in a hotel room at Shinjuku City
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Just a five-minute walk from Shinjuku Station, Keio Plaza Hotel is a striking, 47-storey tower overlooking the picturesque grounds of Shinjuku Gyoen Park, a tranquil hideout in one of the most densely populated corners of the world. Like its neighbouring park, the hotel is a picture of oppositional harmony, where the manic and the peaceful, the new and the traditional meet. Inside the hotel are a number of accommodation options, including traditional Japanese rooms, more Western-style offerings and, for those looking for something a little different, Hello Kitty-themed rooms.

11. Ryokan Takemine

Hotel

A low table and chairs on the floor, and a TV in a hotel room at Ryokan Takemine
Courtesy of Ryokan Takemine / Expedia

If you’re looking for a traditional Japanese experience in the heart of the city, then don’t look past Ryokan Takemine. Fully renovated recently, this ryokan inn features classic tatami mat flooring and contemporary comforts. It’s located a little over 10 minutes from Shinjuku’s Kabukicho district by train, making it accessible while still also being the perfect city hideaway.

Lucy Dayman contributed additional reporting to this article.

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