Having visited Tokyo 4 times, twice already I’ve stayed at Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku. For foreigners visiting Japan for the first time, this city can feel like a maze, especially if you somehow managed to find your way to reach the city area. You’re not alone. Even if I’ve visited enough times, sometimes, I still find it a challenge to get my bearings right.
Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku is located in Shinjuku, which is considered the business district of Tokyo.
Ever since I tried Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku Hotel, it has remained my top choice. Here are the reasons why!
Direct & easy accessibility from the airport
The Narita airport limousine bus (which is a comfortable coach) makes a stop at this hotel. For convenience, I’ve always used the airport limousine bus to get to town. The buses are prompt, clean, staff are efficient, the procedure is a breeze. You can purchase a ticket at the airport terminal when you reach Narita. This company also has many buses going to different districts.
The hotel’s location is unbeatable. It’s a short walk (5-10min) from Shinjuku train station. This is especially important if you’re carrying heavy shopping bags, or going back for a quick rest (if you have kids or tired adults), or are leaving Tokyo and proceeding to take the bullet train to, say, Kyoto.
Shinjuku train station is also a quick 2 stops away from Harajuku, or 3 stops from Shibuya on the Yamanote Line – areas you’ll likely be visiting when you’re in Tokyo!
Easy accessibility to get food, shopping and everything
There are plenty of eateries in Shinjuku. If I’m feeling lazy and travelling solo, I head towards where the lights are bright at Shinjuku and choose a ramen eatery. After I finish eating, I walk back to the hotel. If you’re super lazy, there’s a Macdonald’s restaurant right down the road from the hotel entrance!
Convenience stores like Family Mart, vending machines, drugstores are easily within reach.
From Shinjuku train station, you can navigate your way to Lumine shopping malls, Takashimaya, Isetan, Muji, Kabuki-cho (for Don Quijote), etc etc. All within walking distance from Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku Hotel!
Tokyo is a city that is short of space. This, in turn, affects hotel room sizes (and/or public washroom sizes, etc) in Tokyo. Sunroute Plaza Hotel is a refreshing change from my previous hotel stays in Shinjuku, because it’s not so cramped to induce claustrophobia. They even have space for a good-sized bathtub in the room! In one of the hotels I stayed at before, the bathroom standing space was so tight, there was only space to stand and rotate your body to change clothes, hang them up, use the toilet etc. Not at Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku Hotel.
They have rooms for solo travellers, nicely called the “Bright Single Room”. I love it. Bed size is a good width at 140cm, and was comfortable to sleep in. The room also comes with an alarm clock, bedside mood lamp, TV, telephone and the usual.
In Nov 2012, they didn’t have wireless in-room WIFI yet, so I had to linger at the hotel lobby to use the Internet if I were there. For my second stay in Dec 2015, the hotel had already implemented free in-room wireless WIFI. Convenience!
My room also comes with a humidifier/air-purifier. Being environmental-conscious Japan, the dustbins are also separated into thrash vs recyclable products.
Checking in and out were hassle-free. The reception staff are polite, efficient and helpful.
I will check back into Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku in a jiffy!