Travelling is an experience and every experience is unique. Finding a suitable, comfortable accommodation forms a good part of your unique travel experience. Check out these top 5 unique hotels and apartments in and around Shinjuku for a truly memorable stay!
Most of us would have surely heard of Hello Kitty, the Sanrio cat character with the classic red bow and blue overalls. Created in 1974, Hello Kitty is a massive icon of Japan’s “Kawaii culture” and widely loved by fans from around the world. For all the Hello Kitty fanatics out there, you can now have your very own dream Hello Kitty room too!
The Hello Kitty Room at Keio Plaza, Shinjuku, is a truly unique one. Everything from floor-to-ceiling is featured with Hello Kitty designs. The room even has furniture specially shaped to look like the signature bow and a giant high heel. Some other hidden surprises in the room include a Hello Kitty weighing machine, Hello Kitty room slippers, Hello Kitty water boiler, Hello Kitty skin care set and Hello Kitty water bottles for you to take home!
There are two types of Hello Kitty rooms available for booking. The Kitty Town room features a pop décor and the concept revolves around Hello Kitty taking a tour around Tokyo. Hello Kitty also left her signature on the toilet mirror! As for the Princess Kitty room, the setting feels more like a “palace”, embellished with ornaments and fancy royal decorations. The entire room is in a pretty pink colour that will definitely make you feel like a princess!
Also, you also ask for a special Hello Kitty room service where you get to enjoy a hearty Hello Kitty western breakfast in your room! The omelet, ratatouille, sausage and vegetable sandwich, and salad have cute Hello Kitty images printed/ included. Other food includes fries, potage soup, juice, coffee/tea.
Spend a lovely stay at the Hello Kitty room in Keio Plaza Shinjuku!
2. Booking only via direct site! Godzilla Room - Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
Similar to the Hello Kitty room, the Hotel Gracery Shinjuku Godzilla room is another unique experience for travellers. Godzilla earned its fame as a renowned icon through numerous video games, comic books as well as Toho and Hollywood movies. The giant fictional monster is known to be a “cross between a gorilla and a whale” and a great representative of Japanese popular culture.
At Shinjuku, you can easily spot the hotel at the Kabukicho district as it has a giant Godzilla head at the side of the building. The hotel has 6 “Godzilla View Rooms” where you can view the view the full Godzilla head right at your bedroom. Also, they have the “Godzilla Room” where guests can immerse in a Godzilla world with Godzilla posters, wall art, as well as a huge Godzilla claw crashing right through your room wall. A few Godzilla figurine and other freebies are placed in the room so don’t forget to bring them home with you!
Hotel Gracey can be accessed via the 8th floor of the tower, and the hallway to the lobby is decorated with a showcase of Godzilla movie posters. The hotel also has a restaurant that serves Godzilla-themed desserts. Ready for a thrilling stay?
Godzilla Room - Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
Address: 1-19-1, Kabukicho, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo 160-0021
Price: The Godzilla view rooms start at ¥15,000 per night, while the Godzilla room is ¥39,800 per night during the week and ¥49,800 per night on weekends and holidays. Room reservations can only be made via Hotel Gracery’s website. Phone reservation is not allowed.
Access: 5-minute walk from JR Shinjuku station’s east exit. 3-minute walk from Seibu Shinjuku station
Contact: +81 3-6833-1111
Does “Lost in Translation” ring a bell with you? Yes! That’s the famous movie we’re talking about. Shot entirely in Japan and directed by Sofia Coppola, the movie tells a story of two strangers’ encounter in Tokyo: a lonely movie star, Bob Harris, and newly wed, Charlotte. Bob was in Japan to film a whiskey commercial while Charlotte was accompanying her photographer husband on an assignment to Japan. They met at a hotel bar and formed a deep bond with each other.
Park Hyatt Tokyo’s hotel bar was exactly where the movie was shot. The New York Bar is an excellent venue for live music and jazz, some cocktail and casual dining. The large windows also give a breathtaking view of the city landscape – a sight so memorable that you really cannot miss.
Park Hyatt Tokyo has a total of 177 rooms and occupies the top 14 floors of Shinjuku Park Tower. The luxury rooms and suites are spacious, sleek and stylish and fully equipped with all the amenities you need. Each room also offers a stunning view of the city. Other services and facilities include a fitness centre, laundry, pool, restaurant, Wi-Fi and parking. Although a bit pricey, Park Hyatt Tokyo’s luxurious comfort is of quality and great value. A classic five-star hotel!
Accommodation in Shinjuku is not only restricted to hotels. If you are looking for a homely local experience for your stay in Japan, this Airbnb apartment is perfect for you.
The apartment is designed like an industrial loft with raw concrete walls and a minimalist, simple finish. The interior décor has warm hues, giving out a nice cozy feeling. More than that, the apartment is fully equipped with all the necessities a traveler need. There is a compact kitchen with a microwave, an oven, coffee maker, stove etc. There is also a washing machine in the room if you need to do your laundry.
This nice little apartment let you have a peek of the local neighbourhood in Japan. More importantly, the apartment is located just a stone’s throw away from Shinjuku Station (3 minutes’ walk), giving you easy access to all major train lines and bus routes to the outskirts of Japan, Takashimaya Times Square, convenient stores and more!
Cozy Industrial Loft
Address: Shibuya Ward (but considered to be Shinjuku station area) (see map)
Price: around 110 USD
Number of Guests: 2
Access: 3-minute walk from Shinjuku station
Japan is a place where you get to see an interesting blend of traditional and modern cultures, and this Airbnb apartment surely brings out that uniqueness with its own style. There are a total of 5 beds in this apartment – 3 single floor mattresses/ futons and 2 queen beds, accommodating up to 7 people. The room with the futons has a zen design with its natural and simple layout. The queen beds are on the second floor of the apartment and the room is modern and chic.
Moreover, travellers would surely love the clean, uncluttered layout of the living room and kitchen. The furniture and room setting are sophisticated yet minimalist, a real dream home for all travellers!
The apartment is also fully equipped with all the necessary amenities such as a kitchen, washing machine, microwave, oven, and pocket wifi (you can bring it around for your navigation around the streets of Tokyo)! There are also a good selection of shops and restaurants in the neighbourhood. The nearest station is Akebonobashi (within a one minute walk), and you can reach Shinjuku Station just one stop away. Really special apartment that offers great value!
Zen, chic and comfortable home in Shinjuku
Address: Shinjuku Ward (see map)
Price: Around 100 USD
Number of Guests: up to 7 (the price goes up accordingly)
Access: 1-minute walk from Akebonobashi station. 1 train stop away from Shinjuku station
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