Hotel Name: Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo
Address: 2 Chome-2-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0023, Japan
The Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo is in Shinjuku, which is one of best known areas of Tokyo. It’s a short walk from Shinjuku station which is on the Yamanote Line – the circle line that connects the major districts of Tokyo.
The hotel is in the part of Shinjuku known as the skyscraper district. The building takes up a whole city block with two towers as part of the property.
The Keio Plaza Hotel is a hotel chain in Japan, and this is their flagship hotel. It was opened in 1971 and it was the first high-rise hotel in Japan. The original tower is 178 metres tall and it was the tallest building in Tokyo from 1970 until 1974. While the city has since grown up around it, the hotel still remains as a landmark of Shinjuku.
Even with such a huge amount of hotel rooms the check in process was efficient and the staff were great.
My room was spacious, especially by Tokyo standards. I had a twin room and the beds were a decent size and very comfortable. Each bed had a personal light and accessible power outlets.
The work desk shared the space with the TV set. They would have been better to mount the TV on the wall to free up more space here.
The room included a “Travel Buddy”, which is a mobile device you can take with you outside the room. This is a brilliant idea if you have just arrived and haven’t set up a sim card, or you are just visiting for a few days. I didn’t need it for my trip but I appreciate that such a service is there.
A nice bathroom with a Japanese toilet (of course).
A good selection of branded toiletries.
There are three breakfast restaurants open in the hotel, serving Japanese and western breakfasts. I opted for the western style and it had an excellent choice of breakfast favourites on offer.
I noticed that the hotel got crazy busy around 9am, probably due to tour groups assembling for the day. Being such a big hotel it is popular with groups. There was a line to get into one of breakfast buffets at this time, so I was glad to be an early riser and have a reasonably peaceful start to the day.
There is free wifi in the hotel which I was able to log in from anywhere in the hotel.
Other facilities include fitness room/gym, swimming pool, massage / beauty centre, garden, karaoke, salon, spa and wellness centre.
Overall this was an excellent place to stay in Tokyo. The location was ideal, and being in such a spacious hotel was a delight, especially having experienced the Tokyo capsule hotels.
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