The Shinagawa Prince Hotel is a traveler’s favorite due to its location on the west side of Tokyo’s Shinagawa Train Station. This convenient location makes it easy to get to and from just about anywhere in Tokyo. If you are landing at Narita Airport, take the Airport Limousine bus right to the front entrance for 3,100 JPY / 26.52 USD. They have service between Haneda Airport and Shinagawa Prince Hotel for 720 JPY / 5.90 USD. Depending on traffic, you will arrive in about one and a half hours from Narita and much less from Haneda. With over 3,500 rooms in four towers, there is sure to be room for you and your party, but it is best to make reservations to get the best rate. Rooms start at 7,000 JPY / 60 USD for a budget single room or pay 14,000 JPY / 120 USD for a bigger room on the higher floors with an excellent view of the Tokyo skyline.
A room with a view
Check in at the correct tower that your room is located to avoid confusion. There is a guest services desk at the main tower reception area that can help direct you if you’re not sure which tower to check in to. Several of the staff speak English, making check in a breeze for us English speaking folks. Once you get to your room, enjoy free high speed internet access to check email or browse the internet. Use the hot water pitcher to boil water for a cup of tea and relax while you take in the magnificent Tokyo skyline. If your cell phone needs charging, there is a multi-charging device in the desk drawer that fits most cell phones for your convenience. If you are planning on relaxing for a while, try on the yukata (traditional Japanese robe) and change into the slippers provided in the closet. Now you are dressed like a local and are ready to kick back and enjoy the view! Set the mood with controlled lighting on the command center on the wall by your bed.
Clean well-appointed bathrooms
Your bathroom has a combination tub and shower with plenty of hot water and strong water pressure. The toilet seat features a bidet type spray to cleanse your rear, and the toilet seat is heated. Many foreign tourists will find this either immensely amusing or quite useful. Shinagawa Prince is committed to the environment and instead of the small shampoo, conditioner and soaps, you will find eco-friendly larger sized pump bottles of the above toiletries in the tub/shower area. They also offer a 500 JPY / 4.18 USD cash-back program if you are staying two days or more and opt-out of room cleaning for two days. You get a voucher for 500 JPY / 4.18 USD to use at the 7-Eleven store onsite.
So many dining choices
If you are hungry after check in, Shinagawa Prince Hotel have 12 onsite restaurants to satisfy your needs. On the first floor of the main tower is Luxe Dining Hapuna serving a huge breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet. This main floor restaurant has over 400 seats and is busiest for breakfast and lunch, serving both traditional Japanese foods as well as western-style cuisine. If you want the best view while dining, go to the thirty-ninth floor and chose either French or Italian in the Top of Shinagawa restaurants. On a clear day, grab breakfast here with unsurpassed views of Tokyo and the iconic Mt Fuji looming in the distance. Dinner is also excellent at the Top of Shinagawa but be advised it’s an expensive choice with the French fixed menu starting at 80,000 JPY / 66.40 USD excluding beverages. There is also a 7-Eleven convenience store for any snacks or toiletry items you may need. It is located just outside the Annex Tower near Wing Final Bazar shops and restaurants.
Several entertainment options for all
This is one of the biggest hotels in all of Tokyo and seems more like a small city than a hotel with so many features. There are conference facilities that hold over 3,000 guests. Entertainment options are many and varied with an eleven screen cinema playing new releases seven days per week. Check with guest services to see what the specials are and for showtimes. Tennis courts are located on-site if tennis is part of your vacation plans. They also have a two story bowling alley over in the Annex. The hotel also has an aquarium, (Epson Aqua Park) with live shows featuring dolphins in an indoor pool with arena style seating. Part of the aquarium includes a large fish tank with a sawfish, sharks and other fascinating sea creatures swimming around you left, right and overhead making your head spin trying to keep up with all this fishy motion. There is also a bar in the aquarium featuring tanks with exotic fish swimming around you as you sip your refreshment in a deep sea themed space.
Dining outside the hotel area
You will have many other shops and restaurants near the hotel to chose from and one of the most popular is Tsubame Grill. It is just outside the main tower across from the train station and their specialty is a Salisbury steak style hamburger. It comes out on a cast iron sizzler wrapped in aluminum foil all puffed up like a balloon. When you pierce the foil a blast of the best smelling beef goodness engulfs you in foodie happiness. This is as good as ground beef gets and is complemented by the gravy within the foil and a baked potato on the side. For dessert you can’t go wrong with their baked whole apple stuffed with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Tsubame has been in business since 1930 and with food this good, will be around for some time to come.
Location, location, location
If you’ve stayed in other Tokyo hotels, it’s easy to see why Shinagawa Prince Hotel is a winner. The location is tops and the onsite amenities are hard to beat. Their staff deliver friendly and efficient service. When the new series of high-speed Shinkansen Trains start up, they will be departing from Shinagawa Station across the street making it even more likely tourists will choose this hotel. With excellent customer service and a great location, I believe you will enjoy your stay at Shinagawa Prince Hotel and put it on your list for return visits to this world-class city.