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 when I’ve visited enough times, sometimes, I still find it a challenge to get my bearings right.
Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku Hotel is located in Shinjuku, which is considered the business district of Tokyo.
Ever since I tried Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku Hotel for my first solo trip to Tokyo, it has remained my top choice. Here are the reasons why!
Why Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku Hotel has always remained my top choice:
It’s easy to get here from the airport.
There’re 2 direct methods to get here: Airport limousine bus (works for both airports), or N’Ex airport train (for Narita Airport).
Method 1 (recommended):
The airport limousine bus (which is a comfortable coach) makes a stop at this hotel. Simply purchase a one-day or return tickets from the Airport Limousine counter at the airport, go to the boarding bay to wait for the bus.Buses are extremely punctual and clean, staff are efficient, the procedure is a breeze. When your bus arrives, the staff will load your luggage, give you the luggage tag (so no one collects it by mistake), and off you go, till you’re dropped off at the hotel.
This company also has many buses going to different districts. You can check the schedule and covered hotels on their website!
N’Ex Train (cheaper alternative)
If you’re coming from Narita Airport, you can go to the JR East office at the basement to purchase the train tickets. The staff will allocate the seat number and correct cabin. Then, wait for the train and you’ll arrive at Shinjuku Station.
At Shinjuku Station, look out for South Exit, exit and then walk to the hotel.
Check the schedule and info for N’Ex trains on their website.
Sunroute Plaza’s location is unbeatable.
It’s a short, easy walk (5-10min) to 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 Tokyo Station to say, Kyoto, or even the Narita Airport Express.
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!
You can walk to get food, shopping and everything else
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 (which is to the left of the above photo) and choose a ramen place. 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!
The room size is more than decent
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 Shinjuku 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 bathroom! In one of the hotels (ps: it was a Hyatt) 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.
The rooms are very comfortable
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.
There’s WIFI in the rooms!
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. 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, helpful, and speak English fluently.
Since my first stay, my own family has stayed at least thrice in seperate bookings and they all totally appreciated my recommendation! I will check back into Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku in a jiffy!
Where in Tokyo have you stayed at before?
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Ps: I have always went as a paying customer. As always, all opinions are my own.
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• Day trip to Kamakura (Tokyo)
• Hiking Mt Takao (Tokyo) in autumn
• Checking in Kyoto: Yumotokan onsen ryokan hotel
• Seeing a geisha finally in Kyoto
Image credits: Airport limousine bus is by Wikipedia user: Comyu, licensed under CreativeCommons 3.0, further editted by me. All other photos belong to me.
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