Contrary to what you might expect, there are some good hotel deals to be found in Tokyo. While the city does have some expensive places to stay, there are plenty of hotels aimed at businesspeople that offer cheap accommodations.
One of these hotels is the Tokyu Stay Nishi Shinjuku. I stayed here during both of my stints in Tokyo for a total of eight nights. On average, I paid around $70 per night. The apartment hotel is conveniently located on the quieter western side of Shinjuku, near Shinjuku Central Park. It’s about 1.4km from Shinjuku station, which is about a 15 minute walk.
Since the hotel caters to business travelers, the rooms are tiny. They’re perfect for solo travelers, though couples could also make due as long as they are ok with not having a huge bed.
While the rooms may be small, they don’t feel that bad, especially when you still have a nice view like this one.
In each room, you’ll find basics like a coffee maker, microwave, small refrigerator, ironing board, and television, as well as a small desk area. There is of course also a fancy Japanese toilet, complete with heated seat.
With many of their customers opting for extended stays, Tokyu Stay have also installed a unique feature in each room: a washing machine. The hotel staff even give you a packet of detergent when you check in.
The washing machine/dryer combo was perfect for me, as I was in the middle of a three-and-a-half week trip, and I arrived in Tokyo at the midpoint. I was able to bring enough clothes for half the trip, then do laundry on my first night there. Since the friendly staff gave me another detergent packet when I checked in for my last two nights in Tokyo, I even did more laundry before heading home. One less thing to do after traveling is nice, especially when you can just set everything and go out for the evening.
The Tokyu Stay Nishi Shinjuku also offers breakfast each morning. It’s included with some room rates, but you can also pay for it separately. When you check in, you are given a coupon for each day if it is included. The breakfast was fine, though I only had it a couple of days. There was usually some egg dish (hardish-boiled or scrambled – Japanese scrambled eggs are interesting… ), plus meat (meatballs or chicken) rice, a salad, juice, and rolls/pastries. It’s nothing spectacular, so I wouldn’t pay extra for it, especially when there is so much other good for in Japan, but it’s at least an option if you’re in a hurry.
There are about 20 Tokyu Stay locations around Tokyo. While there are other hotels that might be a bit closer to Shinjuku station, you’ll pay at least twice as much for those, likely more. If all you need is a decent bed, Tokyu Stay locations are a great option. I can’t speak for the quality of each hotel, but I’ll certainly keep Tokyu Stay in mind for any future trips I make to Tokyo.
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