If you’re looking to explore every inch of Tokyo, then you should definitely spend a few nights in the neon metropolis of Shinjuku. Well connected by public transport, home to a bustling nightlife scene, and filled with endless daytime attractions, this vibrant neighbourhood is arguably the central nervous system of Tokyo. As you might expect, Shinjuku has a huge array of hotels and accommodation options, from elegant luxury stays to traditional ryokan inns. To help you choose where to crash, here are seven of Shinjuku’s best hotels.
Shinjuku Granbell Hotel
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Shinjuku Granbell Hotel | Courtesy of Shinjuku Granbell Hotel / Expedia
For the ultimate in comfort and convenience in the heart of Shinjuku, you can’t really look past Shinjuku Granbell Hotel. Nestled right 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 effortlessly sleek and modern but still very welcoming, making it perfect for those looking for a stylish yet relaxed stay. One of the hotel’s main highlights is the on-site art lounge, which features a rotating exhibit of exciting, upcoming artists and sporadic live shows.
Arguably the most iconic Shinjuku hotel in contemporary pop culture is the Park Hyatt. The location of Sofia Coppola’s 2003 cult hit film Lost in Translation, this hotel is a go-to for both film buffs and luxury hotel seekers alike. Just a 12-minute walk from Shinjuku Station, the 177-room hotel is situated in a corner of Shinjuku that offers both convenience but also a sense of tranquillity, positioned just far enough away from the neighbourhood’s sometimes manic main streets. On the 52nd floor is where you’ll find New York Bar and Grill; with panoramic views of the skyline below and some of the finest cocktails in the city, it’s a must-visit hangout for those looking to experience quintessential Tokyo glamour.
A name synonymous with the best of the best in the hotel game, the Hilton Shinjuku is definitely worth adding to your must-visit hotel itinerary if luxury travel is your thing. Directly connected to the Tochomae Subway Station, it’s easily accessible for those wanting to explore everything the city has to offer. The hotel’s hefty 800 rooms are located between the eighth and the 38th floor of the building, serving up unforgettable views of the city skyline. The design is both modern and sleek, but features warm, homely touches such as rich wood furnishings, traditional Japanese shoji screens, and complimentary pyjamas.
A relatively new player on the Shinjuku hotel scene, it hasn’t taken Hotel Gracery very long to garner a reputation as one of the city’s best accommodation options. Opened in 2015, the 30-story, almost 1000-room hotel is situated right near many of the neighbourhood’s main landmarks, such as Golden Gai and the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, both of which are less than 15 minutes away by foot. A quirky little sidenote: the hotel also features a Godzilla theme woven throughout its design. Pop by the terrace on the eighth floor to come face to face with the towering, 12-meter Godzilla replica who comes to life on the hour between 12pm and 8pm.
If you’re looking for somewhere easy to crash for a few nights and have value for money in mind, Citadines is a very good shout. This stylish, centrally located, budget-friendly hotel is relatively relaxed but still offers impeccable service and very high standards. Rooms come equipped with kitchenettes and heated toilet seats, a novelty for first-timers in the city. Shinjuku Gyoen Park is just around the corner, and Golden Gai and the main shopping district are around 15-20 minutes away by foot. If you want to explore a little further, Shinjuku Gyoenmae Subway Station is just a five-minute stroll away. For an easy, central, no-fuss option, Citadines is ideal.
Just a five-minute walk from Shinjuku Station, the Keio Plaza Hotel is a striking, 47-story tower overlooking the picturesque grounds of the Shinjuku Gyoen Park, a tranquil hideout positioned right 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 different accommodation options, including traditional Japanese rooms, more Western-style offerings and, for those looking for something a little different, even Hello Kitty themed rooms.
If you’re looking for a traditional Japanese experience right in the heart of the city, then don’t look past Ryokan Takemine. Fully renovated a little earlier this year, this ryokan inn features classic tatami mat flooring and contemporary style 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.