The Shinjuku prince hotel is in a pretty good location, just a few minutes walk from the JR station (that has tracks by the hotel) and immediately adjacent to Kabuki-cho (more on that later). The rooms in the Prince that I've stayed in on multiple visits are all roughly the same, what I would call modern Japanese-style, i.e. small by western standards. The bathrooms have a tall soaking tub (which is great), there's a bed, a small TV, and a small desk, and that's about it. The whole thing is about 1/2 to 1/3 the size of a "normal" US room. Other hotels in Tokyo have more "western" sized rooms like the Capital Tokyu or New Otani, but their location is generally not as convenient for walking or JR access as the Shinjuku Prince.
The hotel has packages that include breakfast (I always get this, so not sure if they have one without), and the breakfast is good. There are both Japanese and non-Japanese breakfast foods featured, so you can get what you prefer. It's buffet-style and a cut above any of the included breakfasts I've got with a stay in the US.
I would try to get a room with an eastern view, especially if it's in summer. The AC is not great for keeping the rooms very cool when the sun is beating into them. It seems to be centrally controlled and have a limiter on them. The rooms with the afternoon sun seem to have the hardest time staying cool from the visits I've had.
Now, regarding Kabuki-cho access, which is essentially right next door to the Shinjuku Prince. I love this place - there are tons of little restaurants with great food, and interesting shops, and tons of bars with all kinds of people in them. However, there's a good amount of seedy places exploiting women and some aggressive barkers in the narrow streets and alleys of the labyrinth that is Kabuki-cho. There's also a fair amount of drunken Japanese men as the night goes on. Sometimes they will say rude things to Gaijin they meet on the street. I would not recommend a woman or women walk around by themselves, especially at night. Nothing has ever happened to me personally, but the area has a lot going on, and not all of it is legal, so safety first.
I would say this hotel is best for a business visit or some young people that are adventurous due to the proximity to Kabuki-cho. I would not recommend this hotel for families with younger kids.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shinjuku - a city constantly on the move. Here in this fast-paced subcenter of Tokyo, you'll find the striking, brick-colored tower of the Shinjuku Prince Hotel, which boasts 571 guest rooms and the trendy shops of the Seibu Shinjuku PePe. Located near the towering Tokyo Metropolitan City Hall, this elegant hotel is just a few minutes walk from the skyscrapers of the financial district and the neon lights of the famous Kabuki-cho, a constantly humming nightlife quarter. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Prince Hotel Shinjuku
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