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8 Best Hotels In Shinjuku Tokyo

8 Best Hotels In Shinjuku Tokyo

Shinjuku, Tokyo has a good selection of quality hotels suitable for all budgets. It’s one of the most popular places to stay in Tokyo, so it’s expensive, touristy and crowded. But Shinjuku is a fun place to explore, with lots of shops, restaurants, bars and nightlife, so you should definitely consider staying here if it’s your first visit to Tokyo.

In this guide we show you the 8 best hotels in Shinjuku Tokyo for all budgets, based on our experiences.

Our Experience In Shinjuku

Couple standing together for a photo with Shinjuku Gardens in the background during cherry blossom season in Japan
Mark and Kristen in Shinjuku Gardens during cherry blossom season

We explored Shinjuku the first time we visited Tokyo back in the fall of 2018, but we stayed between Tokyo Station and Akihabara in the Kanda district. During our most recent trip to Tokyo for the cherry blossoms in 2023, we spent 3 nights at the Hotel Sunroute Plaza in Shinjuku.

Our major priority was quick and easy access to the vast network of Shinjuku’s transport links, not just for getting around Tokyo but also for the airports. Sunroute Plaza is located just a stones throw from the JR Station, it’s close to most tourist attractions in the district and it was affordable. Read more about us.

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Is Shinjuku A Good Place To Stay In Tokyo?

Crowded streets with neon lights in Shinjuku Tokyo at night
Crowded streets of Shinjuku at night

Shinjuku is a great place to stay in Tokyo if you’re looking for hustle and bustle, countless places to eat out and neon lights flashing throughout the night. But it’s touristy, crowded, expensive and isolated on the west side of Tokyo. So it does have cons too.

We knew Tokyo well from our first visit and we decided to stay in Shinjuku during our latest trip because it’s the liveliest and most vibrant area in the city, especially at night. We’ve got a tick in that box now, so we’d choose to stay in Ginza or Shibuya next time.

One important thing to remember is that Shinjuku JR Station has links to both Haneda and Narita airports, as well as easy access to several metro lines for connecting to other areas of Tokyo. The closer you stay to Shinjuku train station, the easier you’ll be able to get around Tokyo.

Where To Stay In Shinjuku

Tourist stood in the middle of a narrow street at night with lots of neon lights and signs
Kristen enjoying the nightlife around Shinjuku

We think the immediate area around Shinjuku JR Station is the best place to book a hotel in Shinjuku because it has the best transport links, it’s family friendly, there’s endless places to eat and it’s more upscale. You can easily walk to any of the other Shinjuku areas from the central and focal point of the JR Station.

Here are the four areas of Shinjuku you should know about:

1. Kabikucho – Tokyo’s famous red light district with neon lights and wild nights. Perfectly fine for all by day but the area takes on a gritty adult vibe at night. We would personally avoid staying here.

2. Shinjuku JR Station – The busiest train station in the world. It’s safe and there’s lots of places to eat around the station. Staying here means you have instant access to transport links.

3. Nishi Shinjuku – The popular skyscraper district in Tokyo with more of a business feel. Very safe and lots of excellent hotels, many of which are included in this guide.

4. Shinjuku San-Chome – The lesser known part of Shinjuku with good transport links and plenty of eateries. A bit of a hidden gem not far from the photogenic Shinjuku Gardens.

Best Hotels In Shinjuku By Reviews

Wide angle photo showing streets lit up at night in Shinjuku with restaurants lining the roadsides
Countless restaurants lining the popular Shinjuku streets

We always look at guest reviews when booking our hotels in new travel destinations. Previous guest reviews are a fantastic resource to use because you can see genuine unbiased pros and cons from a wide range of real people.

But it’s important to use reviews as a guide only because you might not necessarily agree with others. Let’s take a look at the best hotels in Shinjuku Tokyo as per genuine user generated reviews from popular online resources.

1. Booking.com

According to previous guest reviews on Booking.com, your top three hotel options are:

2. Hotels.com

According to previous guest reviews on Hotels.com, your top three hotel options are:

3. Google

According to previous guest reviews on Google, your top three hotel options are:

4. Tripadvisor

According to previous guest reviews on Tripadvisor, your top three hotel options are:

As you can see, the Park Hyatt Hotel is rated as the best hotel in Shinjuku by previous guests across all popular online platforms.

We rarely see one hotel come out on top of every single list, which means this hotel is head and shoulders above its competition. But let us warn you, the cost to stay at the Park Hyatt is also head and shoulders above all other Shinjuku hotels!

Shinjuku Hotels Map

Click or touch the map below to activate. Zoom in and out, move around the area to see exactly where each hotel is located.

Map key:

  • Green stars – Low budget
  • Red stars – Mid range budget
  • Blue stars – High budget

How We Order Hotels

We’ve hand picked 8 Shinjuku hotels for you to consider booking by taking into account previous guest ratings, location, value for money and our own experiences in the area. Read more about our editorial process.

Hotels in this guide are listed in order of average nightly cost. We analyzed nightly prices on three future dates in different seasons so we could order with a degree of accuracy.

You’ll find 3 x cheap hotels, 3 x mid range budget hotels and 2 x luxury hotels. We periodically update our guides to ensure the previous guest ratings from Booking and Google reviews are accurate.

1. The Knot Tokyo Shinjuku

Guest ratings:

  • Booking.com – 8.4 / 10
  • Google – 4.2 / 5
Inside a guest bedroom with two beds and a tv leading to window
Photo courtesy of Hotel The Knot
  • Price: Cheap $
  • Amenities: Free WiFi, breakfast available, on site restaurant and bar, laundry
  • Location: Nishi Shinjuku
  • Metro: Tochomae Station

The Knot is one of the best cheap hotels in Shinjuku. It’s the most affordable quality hotel in the area with good ratings, it has a reasonable location and it has noticeably cheaper nightly prices. If you want to stay in Shinjuku on a low budget, this is a great place to start looking.

Reviewers rate staff, comfort, cleanliness, facilities and value for money the highest at The Knot. What it lacks in prime location it more than makes up for in quality and affordability. This hotel has thousands of reviews, so it’s certainly a popular budget option.

BOOK: The Knot Tokyo Shinjuku

2. Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku

Guest ratings:

  • Booking.com – 8.3 / 10
  • Google – 4.1 / 5
Inside a small guest bedroom at the Hotel Sunroute Plaza in Shinjuku Tokyo with bed and small desk
Our small but functional room at the Hotel Sunroute Plaza in Shinjuku
  • Price: Cheap $
  • Amenities: Free WiFi, breakfast available, on site restaurant and bar, laundry
  • Location: Shinjuku JR Station
  • Metro: Shinjuku Station

Sunroute Plaza is one of the most popular hotels in Shinjuku with over 10,000 reviews on Booking and Google combined. We stayed at Sunroute Plaza for 3 nights and it was great for what we wanted; instant access to transport links. The room was small but so are most rooms in Tokyo.

Reviewers rate staff, comfort, cleanliness and location the highest at Sunroute Plaza. We used the laundry facilities but we didn’t do breakfast at the hotel, opting instead to eat out at cafes in Shinjuku. If you want the JR Station location at affordable prices, this is where to stay.

BOOK: Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku

3. Daiwa Roynet Hotel Nishi Shinjuku Premier

Guest ratings:

  • Booking.com – 8.8 / 10
  • Google – 4.4 / 5
Looking up at the outside of a hotel in Shinjuku at dusk with windows lit up
Photo courtesy of Daiwa Roynet Hotel
  • Price: Cheap $
  • Amenities: Free WiFi, laundry, breakfast available
  • Location: Nishi Shinjuku
  • Metro: Nishi Shinjuku Station

Daiwa Roynet is the highest quality cheap hotel in Shinjuku. The compromise is you sacrifice a little bit of location in order to get a much more comfortable hotel stay. With that said, if you want a quieter place to stay within walking distance of the busier areas, this is a fantastic option.

Reviewers rate staff, comfort, cleanliness and facilities the highest at Daiwa Roynet. Guest rooms and bathrooms are larger than average for Tokyo and especially at this lower price point. This is a superb Shinjuku hotel for families and couples who prefer comfort over prime location.

BOOK: Daiwa Roynet Hotel Nishi Shinjuku Premier

4. Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo

Guest ratings:

  • Booking.com – 8.6 / 10
  • Google – 4.3 / 5
Inside an apartment style guest bedroom with orange sofa, table, bed and desk
Photo courtesy of Citadines
  • Price: Mid Range $$
  • Amenities: Free WiFi, breakfast available, fitness center, laundry
  • Location: Shinjuku San-Chome
  • Metro: Shinjuku San-Chome Station

Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo is where to stay in Shinjuku for longer term stays. Instead of traditional hotel rooms, you can book apartments here with kitchenettes, so you can save money by not eating out three times a day. You can also use the gym and laundry facilities, which are important for longer stays.

Reviewers rate staff, comfort and cleanliness the highest at Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo. It has a quiet location but it’s close enough for a quick walk to be in the heart of the action. Prices are very reasonable for what you get and the place is set up perfectly for couples or families.

BOOK: Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo

5. Hotel Century Southern Tower

Guest ratings:

  • Booking.com – 8.7 / 10
  • Google – 4.1 / 5
Inside a guest bedroom with large bed and seating area leading to window with a night view
Photo courtesy of Hotel Century Southern Tower
  • Price: Mid Range $$
  • Amenities: Free WiFi, breakfast available, on site restaurant with views
  • Location: Shinjuku JR Station
  • Metro: Shinjuku Station

Hotel Century Southern Tower is a solid mid range budget hotel in Shinjuku. It has a fantastic location next to the JR Station, it has amazing views over Tokyo from the high floors and rooms are slightly larger than average with higher quality furnishings. However, the nightly prices are beginning to climb now.

Reviewers rate staff, comfort, cleanliness and location the highest at Hotel Century Southern Tower. If you want more class and style with a prime location and don’t mind paying a little more for those things, take a closer look into this popular hotel.

BOOK: Hotel Century Southern Tower

6. JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Shinjuku

Guest ratings:

  • Booking.com – 8.8 / 10
  • Google – 4.3 / 5
Inside a guest bedroom at a Shinjuku hotel with two beds leading to large windows with a night view over Tokyo
Photo courtesy of JRK Hotels
  • Price: Mid Range $$
  • Amenities: Free WiFi, breakfast available, on site restaurant, laundry
  • Location: Shinjuku JR Station
  • Metro: Shinjuku Station

JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom is a top quality mid range budget Shinjuku hotel. With thousands of positive reviews and a superb location, this is the best overall place you can stay in the area without crossing into the luxury price category.

Reviewers rate staff, comfort, cleanliness and location the highest at JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom. If you can find reasonable rates at this hotel for your visit to Tokyo, it’s definitely worth taking the step up from a cheaper hotel to this far more comfortable offering.

BOOK: JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Shinjuku

7. Mimaru Tokyo Shinjuku West

Guest ratings:

  • Booking.com – 8.9 / 10
  • Google – 4.5 / 5
Inside a large guest room at a hotel in Shinjuku with four beds and Japanese style windows
Photo courtesy of Mimaru Hotels
  • Price: Luxury $$$
  • Amenities: Free WiFi, laundry, kitchens
  • Location: Nishi Shinjuku
  • Metro: Shinjuku Station

Mimaru is one of the best places to stay in Shinjuku for families or groups. You can book upscale apartments with different room and bed configurations, along with kitchens and washing facilities. It has excellent ratings, especially with families who want to stay in the same room as the kids.

Reviewers rate staff, comfort, cleanliness and facilities the highest at Mimaru. The location is quiet and away from the noise but within easy walking distance of the busier areas in Shinjuku. Groups may benefit the most with this lodging option by splitting costs between each adult.

BOOK: Mimaru Tokyo Shinjuku West

8. Park Hyatt Tokyo

Guest ratings:

  • Booking.com – 9.2 / 10
  • Google – 4.5 / 5
Indoor swimming pool with large glass windows looking over Tokyo from the Park Hyatt Hotel in Shinjuku
Photo courtesy of Hyatt
  • Price: Luxury $$$
  • Amenities: Free WiFi, breakfast available, high floor restaurant and bar, fitness center, indoor swimming pool, spa, sauna
  • Location: Nishi Shinjuku
  • Metro: Shinjuku Station

Park Hyatt Tokyo is the only true 5 star hotel in Shinjuku. It has by far the most luxurious facilities including indoor pool, gym with floor to ceiling windows and an upscale high floor restaurant overlooking Tokyo and Mt Fuji in the distance.

Reviewers rate staff, comfort, cleanliness, facilities and location the highest at Park Hyatt Tokyo. Comments are exceptionally positive about service, quality and views from the amenities. It costs a lot more than anywhere else in Shinjuku but it’s unquestionably worth it!

BOOK: Park Hyatt Tokyo

Affordability

Tourist entering Omoide Yokocho in Tokyo Japan at night
Kristen walking out of Omoide Yokocho in Shinjuku

Shinjuku’s hotels cost more than the average hotel in Tokyo because it’s the most popular district to stay for first time visitors to the city. And Tokyo is already expensive enough! Are you traveling to several places in Japan? You’ll find much better value at hotels in Osaka, Kyoto and Hiroshima.

You’ll inevitably overpay for a tiny room if you stay in Shinjuku, just like we did. But it’s worth it for the experience, and unless you plan to splash the cash on your trip to Tokyo, you’ll end up in a small room anyway.

If you book in advance for a weeknight, you can pick up a quality cheap hotel in Shinjuku for around $180 USD per night. Luxury hotels in Shinjuku are going to cost closer to $800 USD per night, even on a weekday!

Added Tax

Bear in mind when booking your hotel that you’ll pay 10% hotel tax on top of your base rate. So, let’s say the basic nightly room cost at a cheap hotel is $200.00 USD for one night, your actual total cost is going to be $220.00 USD.

  • When booking your hotel using Booking.com look under the price for includes taxes and fees. This means the price you see is final and will not be subject to further add ons.
  • Conversely, if you see text reading something like +$30 for taxes and fees, that means you’ll pay the hotel room cost + the additional 10% tax.

Certain hotels may also add on a property service tax which will show in the included taxes section. And you may also have to fork out another $1 USD per person per night in city tax fees.

These are just things to be aware of so you avoid any nasty surprises when you come to pay or upon arrival in Shinjuku.

Our Verdict

Looking up at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building from below on a clear day
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building has a free observation deck at the top

There’s a good selection of quality hotels available in Shinjuku, Tokyo. It’s a great place to stay for food, shopping, tourist attractions and especially nightlife. But it’s isolated, expensive and busy. We think Shinjuku is best suited to groups, couples and families with older kids.

Daiwa Roynet is the top rated cheap hotel in the area but it doesn’t have the best location. Sunroute Plaza has the top Shinjuku location, but it lacks a little in quality. JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom is a great all round package if you can get it at good rates, but Park Hyatt is by far the best hotel in Shinjuku.

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We hope this guide to the best hotels in Shinjuku helps with planning your visit to Japan!

Please let us know if you have any questions about your trip to Tokyo by commenting below.

Happy Booking,

Mark and Kristen
Best Hotels Anywhere

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