Hotel Sunroute Higashi Shinjuku Review
A quality hotel in Shinjuku Tokyo
Hotel Sunroute in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo is a very clean and modern hotel on the edge of Shinjuku's red light and shopping district. I came across this sparkling new looking hotel while taking a stroll near another hotel I was staying at and reviewed called Sunlite Hotel Shinjuku. Both hotels are not related but are excellent hotels to stay in Shinjuku depending on how you you want to spend.
Hotel Sunroute is newer so it's pricier. But that does not mean that you can't find discount rates for their rooms. I paid $115 total for one night in early March 2011 just before the quake hit. The hotel's website at the time was charging $150 total for that same night. I used an Internet discount hotel agency called Agoda.com and found cheaper rates for Hotel Sunroute.
The location of Hotel Sunroute is very good though the immediate vicinity of the hotel's location is quiet. However the major plus point is that the Higashishinjuku Metro subway station is directly beneath the hotel. So if you are planning to explore Tokyo by subway and want an affordable place to stay, Sunroute is a good option. There are also two JR stations near the hotel, the closest is Seibu Shinjuku station which is a 15 minute walk. The other is a 25 minutes walk called Shinjuku station, and has a line directly connected to Narita airport.
And just like Sunlite Shinjuku Hotel, this property is in easy walking distance to Kabuchiko red light district, Golden Gai for drinks and shopping at some of Tokyo's top department stores. Plus there are tons of places shops and restaurants to choose when you're hungry. Korea Town is not too far from Sunroute Hotel and you can enjoy authentic Korean barbecue and dishes without stepping foot in Seoul.
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Hotel Sunroute Higashi Shinjuku Review
Hotel Sunroute is a 3 stars business classed hotel. Most of the guests who do stay there are Japanese businessmen but there are plenty of tourists like me who really appreciated the hotels cleanliness, design and quality.
I only booked one night just to make this review and I have to say that staying at this hotel for one night is enough to leave a good impression to me. Another thing is I paid $115 USD for the night's stay in early March 2011 which normally isn't in my budget range but for others it's affordable. Good thing I booked through the discount hotel reservation service Agoda.com or else I would've paid much more.
It should be no surprise that the standard guests rooms are small because small hotel rooms are the norm throughout Japan. That is unless if you have a lot more money to pay for more space. As for me, a solo traveler, it fits my needs just fine. My room was around 15 square meters but very modern and clean with a nicely decked out bathroom with expensive shampoos and soap at guests disposal. The room's high quality feel really made the difference so the size of the room did not bother me at all.
There is LAN internet access and the cable is provided all for free. Though there are 4 computers in the lobby for guests to use as well. There is a mini fridge and hot water maker too with complimentary tea bags. I fell in love with their comfortable beds and pillows. The in room television had a few English news channels but for 1000 Yen you can purchase an all day movie pass with Hollywood's latest hits.
Places to See
Closest Train Stations
Takashima Times Square
Shinjuku Gyoen Park
Seibu Shinjuku JR Station
Bic or Yodobashi Camera
Japanese Sword Museum
Shinjuku JR Station
Kubichiko Red Light District
Keio Department Store
Tokyo Government Building
It's a good location but you have to walk just a bit to get to points of interest.
You can take a ride up to the top of this skyscraper for a priceless view of the cityscape.
This station can connect you to Narita airport either through local and slower trains to the much quicker Narita Express (NEX) trains.
This subway station is directly beneath the hotel, can't get better than that.
JR trains run above ground. This station connects to a bigger JR station called Shinjuku.
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