Shinjuku Granbell Hotel
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
With a stay at Shinjuku Granbell Hotel in Tokyo (Kabukicho), you’ll be convenient to Omoide Yokocho and Meiji Jingu Shrine. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Tokyo Toy Museum and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.
Make yourself at home in one of the 485 individually furnished guestrooms, featuring refrigerators and LCD televisions. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while iPod docking stations and pay movies are also offered to provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature designer toiletries and bidets. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and coffee/tea makers.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Take in the views from a rooftop terrace and a garden and make use of amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access. Additional features at this hotel include a television in a common area and tour/ticket assistance.
Food & Drink
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant or in a coffee shop/café. Or stay in and take advantage of the hotel’s room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary wired Internet access, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk.
How to Get There
We spent 4 nights in the hotel at the start of our trip. The staff were helpful and gave us a small gift as it was our honeymoon.
The hotel is well located, it is about a 10 minute walk from Shinjuku station which is a main hub station. There are a few roads leading up to the hotel, one of which is quite seedy in the evening, we found out afterwards that it was through the red light district.
The room itself was pretty small, it had a narrow desk and a double bed and that was pretty much it, apart from the bathroom. We know that the majority of the hotels in Tokyo are like this so it wasn’t a surprise but is the reason why we aren’t giving it 5*
They do supply a good selection of toiletries which were replenished daily, this was from a toothbrush to razor blades and hair bands.
The hotel did have a couple of restaurants in house as well as a sky bar on the 13th floor. We didn’t visit any of these though.
This hotel is hardly what I’d expect for a 4 star hotel and I’ve stayed at better 3 star hotels in Japan. The room was old and dirty. The walls in the corridors. There was even some dry blood on my room door. The space behind the toilet seat was disgustingly dirty with hair, dust and whatever else. The furniture was dated and worn. The room doors would slam loudly and the walls would shake, so I could hear other guests coming and going. The location wasn’t the best either. It was too far from Shinjuku JR station, about 15-20 mins walk, which is difficult if you have luggage. Shinjuku is a great area to stay in but the area where this hotel is wasn’t very pleasant, with a number of “love hotels” nearby. There wasn’t the typical Japanese hospital with front desk staff not as friendly as they are in other hotels and shops in Japan and wouldn’t even acknowledge you as you walk in. I even heard one of them yell at a difficult customer in the front desk. Definitely wouldn’t stay here again.
Rooms are small yet comfortable with great blinds to block out the morning sun. The bathroom and toilet are fine. We enjoyed the roof top bar. No breakfast included in the price but there's a Subway three minutes walk away plus a few Family Marts. There are restaurants close by and you can be in the thick of the action within about 10 minutes walk. They did try to charge 450 yen to call us a taxi at check out but just walk down the street and they are everywhere. The Samuri Museum close by is worth a visit. You are close to large shopping centres here so take your Passport to get the Tax waived. Also Spirits at the local bottle shops here are far cheaper than the Duty Free at the Tokyo airport so if you can pack a bottle save your money and buy near the hotel.