Tokyo Washington Hotel: Review

 

There is no shortage of hotels to pick from in Tokyo; in fact it’s more of a headache picking the right location that will ensure your stay is the best it can be! Tokyo is a huge city after all. I remember having such a difficult time scrolling through dozens and dozens of hotels after another on the internet before I was left feeling utterly confused and back to square one.

It resulted in me blindly picking a district that was close enough to Shibuya (Tokyo’s heart) that wouldn’t cost me a small fortune, or that wasn’t a million miles away either. After a bit of price comparison and stalking reviews on Google, I decided it had to be Shinjuku. Although I did have my heart set on Harajuku if not Shibuya, hotels are significantly more pricey in those areas (and more than what I was wanting to fork out at the time). So Shinjuku, only a few train stops away from Shibuya and Harajuku, was the perfect choice. And was this a good decision?

Well yes…..During my trip to Tokyo, I had time to explore the districts in the city and mould what areas and surrounding I preferred over others. And after reflecting back, you really can’t go wrong wherever you stay in the city. The trains are so efficient and speedy that you can literally be anywhere in the city without a drop of sweat. It all boils down to what you would like to do while you are in Tokyo that will have the biggest effect on you!

For me, Shinjuku was a fantastic area to stay during my first visit, as it was very affordable, close to great shopping, attractions and some of the best restaurants!

 

Tokyo Washington

 

Room

 

photo credit: http://shinjuku.washington-hotels.jp/content/header_1991_1.jpg

 

General room sizes in Japan, are tiny and this is to be expected anywhere in Tokyo! They can vary slightly from city to city, but as far as Tokyo goes, they are mostly very cosy. To give you a general guide of room sizes at Washington Tokyo, they start from 13 square metres (single room) to 24 square metres (3 singles).

Our room at Tokyo Washington was small but hospitable and clean. Walking into the room was a thin walkway that led to our double bed, that featured a window with a great view of Shinjuku. Beside the bed, was a table and chair with a plasma TV, phone and hotel directory on top. The bathroom was very clean with a shower and bath combined and we were supplied with fresh amenities such as soaps, shampoo and conditioners, as well as a hair dryer.

Beside the entrance to the room, was a slim fit mirror and a cupboard to hang clothes and store luggage in. Our room had air conditioning and free high speed internet access that worked on multiple devices throughout the room and hotel premises. They also supplied a mini fridge and tea facilities, which I was delighted about!

Despite the small and almost squeezy room size, Tokyo Washington catered for our needs with room facilities needed for a nice and comfortable stay.  We did spend most of our time out exploring the city most of the day, however at the end of the day it was a relief to come back to a clean and tidy room.

 

Other Hotel Facilities

– Foreign Currency ATMs

– Self-Checkout Machines

– Family Mart convenience store on ground level

– Rental facilities – things such as blankets, humidifiers, clothes iron, ironing boards, desk lamps, nail-cutters,  and bottle openers.

– Massage Service

-Relaxation Room (Open 6:00 am to 24:00 midnight) features a private Lounge on the 2nd floor with personal computer & printer on rent, massage chair (JPY200/10 minute) and coin washer (JPY400 and up)

– Limousine services and airport pickups

 

 

The good

– There is free Wi-Fi here – simply ask the reception at check in and they will give you the code

– Rooms are cleaned by room service daily

– The hotel has a family mart on the ground floor – great for snacks, drinks and breakkies on the run!

– Location of the hotel was good, approx. a 10-15min walk to the train station and 5 mins walk to lots of restaurants and shops

 

The negative

– Be careful when booking rooms anywhere in Japan to get a non smoking room if you are a non smoker. Our room had a smoky stench which wasn’t pleasant as we are both non smokers.

– There were many business workers staying here, which lead me to think this hotel is targeted more at short staying business workers rather than leisure/holiday travellers.

– When you walk into the hotels building it can initially be quite confusing, as you need to go up a few levels to get to the lobby and check in. From there, you continue to catch lifts higher up to the rooms. The lifts are very slow, particularly in mornings, so just be prepared to wait 5 – 10 mins just to leave the hotel.

 
 

Key facts

Check-in / Check-out
14:00 / 11:00

Credit cards accepted
VISA, JCB, American Express, Diner’s Club, UC, DC, NICOS, OMC, Bank Card, UFJ Card, Master Card, Saison, AEON, JACCS, CF, LIFE, ORICO, JTB and Rakuten KC

 

Smoke-free Policy
Separate Smoking and Non-Smoking Areas

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