More about Best Western Shinjuku ASTINA Hotel Tokyo
Best Western Shinjuku ASTINA Hotel is an excellent choice of accommodation in Tokyo. Firstly for its convenient location, 5 min walk from Shinjuku station, giving you the opportunity to travel all around city using your JR pass. There are a lot of restaurants and bars in a walking distant. The rooms are clean and well-furnished even if the there are not that spacious. Breakfast is perfect and staff is really kind and helpful. Finally the price is reasonable for such an expensive city; it is good value for money.
Good Value for Money
We stayed 6 nights at this Best Western hotel.
1. they have a package from their website if you stay more than 2 nights. good value.
2. everything is very clean
3. toiletries were great, and everything was refilled every day
4. 5 mins walk from the subway/JR station. newbies to the japan underground system will take some time to figure it out, but once you get the hang of it, it's really really near.
5. near shopping and food so no worries if you don't take the hotel breakfast plan.
6. a good base to tour tokyo and do day trips as most trains connect/transfer at Shinjuku Station.
1. as per typical japanese hotels, the room was very small. 1 double bed and 1 crib just about filled the whole room.
2. the location was on the fringe of kabukicho, which is the redlight district. as it's on the outskirts, it's still pretty safe walking from the subway station to the hotel.
on the whole, aside from feeling cramped the 6 nights, we had a pleasant stay. some of the staff spoke good english, but the rest was still passable enough to communicate. it was good value for money.
Small but perfectly formed
Shinjuku is a great place to explore Tokyo from. The packed neon lit streets you've seen in the movies? That's right outside the hotel door. And you're 5 to 10 minutes walk from one of the main train station which gives you great access to the rest of the city.
Rooms are small by Western standards, but this IS Tokyo don't forget. Otherwise ours was clean, comfortable, and our toilet was like sitting on the command seat of the Starship Enterprise. Lots of extra functions to try! The style is Western chic. The staff speak some English, but don't expect a long conversartion. We got a good rate for booking ahead. Free internet in the room, free tea and coffee, and a cheap vending machine for drinks down the corridor.
Location does have some drawbacks. It's slap bang in the middle of the host bars. So expect to get approached by men with booklets showing the girls on offer. But we found it entertaining more than a hassle. Tokyo is so safe, friendly and polite that when we said no thanks, some even apologised for bothering us! The area outside the hotel comes alive at night, so we could hear street noise despite being on the 9th floor. That's the trade off for being in the thick of it. Our Japanese friend calls Shinjuku "no sleep city" but it's not THAT bad!
Breakfast offers a Western and a Japanese option, neither of which really hit the mark. Both manage to be distinctly average. But you won't leave hungry. If not you can use your breakfast voucher in the convinience store downstairs to a value of 1000 YEN each.
The hotel is fairly new. It backs on to Golden Gai, one of the last remaining original areas of the city. Shinjuku Gyoen (a big park and garden) is close by and the gay bars aren't far either, always a consideration for us.
We absolutely loved Tokyo and we liked the hotel too. We'd stay here again.
Great deal for a conveniently located hotel in the middle of the busiest part of Tokyo
Really enjoyed the hotel, especially the location, the cleanliness, and the value. Smallish but serviceable and modern rooms. Impeccably clean bathrooms. Decent breakfast. If you don't eat bfast in the hotel, you can apply a 1000 Y voucher at the convenience store on the first floor. Just five minutes from the train station. Tough to find. One free computer with confusing Japanese keyboard in the lobby.
All-around competent, but watch out for additional charges!
The hotel is conveniently located close to subway lines and the Shinjuku station. My room was small but spotless, and the bed comfortable with a real duvet.
Pluses: convenient location, free internet, bathtub (vs only a shower), free breakfast by booking at bestwestern.com, comfortable bed, attractive landscaped walkway at the back of the hotel leading to a main shopping street.
Minuses: somewhat sketchy red-lights district (which can be avoided by walking to the main street on the walkway located behind the hotel), blah breakfast, windows don't open, and most aggravating: 6,500 yen late checkout fee to 1 pm - normal checkout is 11 am sharp (but they will store luggage for free).
New Hotel Close to Everything
Just a five minute walk from the Shinjuku station, this Best Western is new, modern and perfect for a short stay. Rooms are slightly larger than average, which is nice, and the price is right, especially if you include breakfast. Location is in the heart of Shinjuku which is sensory overload at night, yet the hotel is amazingly quiet. Helpful staff and 24 hour convenience store and lost of restaurants and department stores nearby.
Excellent hotel close to everything
What a fantastic hotel! The rooms were quite spacious considering my expectations for Japan. Amazingly clean and new which was perfect. The mini mart on level 1 was very handy for reasonably priced supplies. Very helpful staff and free internet at reception. Yes, you are in the more seedy side of Shinjuku but we felt completely safe. We didn't realise though that Shinjuku is an area of predominantly 20 somethings so felt a little on the older side but good fun. Sushi bar about 10 doors down was superb and very inviting!! Of course no English out the front but had the menus inside so all good. And I'd highly recommend going to the Park Hyatt hotel and going up to the sky lounge like Scarlett Johansen and Bill Murray in 'Lost in Translation'. Costs a bit but the views are superb at night and the drinks sublime! What a crazy city, but I love it :-)
Great value, great location
Loved this hotel. Decent size for Tokyo - small bathroom, but bigger than other ones in Japan. Clean, modern room. Breakfast was good - a mix of Western and Japanese. Easy to find once you look up and see the sign - a Lawson shop is on the ground floor. About a 5-10 minute walk from Shinjuku. Glad we stayed in this area - vibrant, clean and close to the Red Light area which is always fun. [--] Alley is right behind the hotel which is wonderful - gives you a glimpse into little bars and a past way of life.
Good choice for Tokyo
This is a great location, clean, and super friendly staff who were very helpful. The centralized location made it easy to see all in the city of Tokyo. The room was modern and an excellent choice for new visitors to Japan.
Small yet spacious
This is my first time staying in a hotel in Tokyo. The interior of the room was above expectation as it really looks and feel the same as seen online. The bath tub was spacious and the whole bath area was well designed and spacious. Enough tables and drawers for 2 person to share to put their daily stuff after coming back from shopping.
I would suggest to add some more hangers for double guest.
I would recommend this hotel to a first timer but I will try other hotels if need to stay in Tokyo again.
A shopping centre at Shinjuku, Tokyo
Shinjuku Central Park