On our last trip to Japan, we had friends and family travelling with us so we needed a cheaper hotel in a central and convenient location. We were pleasantly surprised with the Citadines Central located in Shinjuku even though the rooms were small (but hey it’s Tokyo most rooms are small!). Check in took a little while longer than we would have liked, that being said that was the only fault this hotel got in my review.
The rooms are super clean and even though the bed was a little too small for my husband and I (we are used to a king bed) they were exceptionally comfortable. As you can see by my photos the room isn’t’ that big however it’s perfect for a few days stay when you are going to be busy sightseeing most of the time! When we go back for vacation purposes we would stay there again. One last handy tip for staying at this hotel is they have a currency converter machine in the lobby making it super convenient for currency exchange.
Location: 1-2-9, Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to, 160-0021, Japan,
The are many surrounding restaurants around the Citadines Central and we ate at a few, so here’s my review!
Abbot’s Choice Shinjuku
We found this bar due to the sign out the front on the side walk saying they were showing La Tour De France making it the perfect watering hole for the end of every day. Each night we sat at the bar, watched the cycling and became friendly with the bar tenders. By the 5th night, we were considered ‘locals’ and they always took care of us. This place gets packed with locals, again there is a lot of smoking (so beware). They have a great selection of beers, whiskey and the potato wedges are amazing!
Location: Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture - 130 meters up the road from the Citadines Central Shinjuku - head towards Shinjuku train station and it’s in the lower basement
This place has a little more ambiance to it and here you can cook your own food. The guys enjoyed themselves with their BBQ dinner and beer whilst I had the vegetarian bibimbap. They guys tell me the food/meat was great and I can say the bibimbap was ok, not great. The problem is the hot stone was just too hot and it dried my dish out before I had a chance to finish it. That being said we would go back, however, I am also going to warn you the smoking is annoying (but that’s just the culture there, they smoke and smoke a lot!).
Location: 3-5-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture
This place looks great from the outside, that being said the sushi was a little disappointing. Don’t get me wrong we didn’t get sick or anything like that, it’s just the staff were not cheerful and the sushi was average plus the downside of people smoking next to you is a little off putting when trying to eat your food.
Location: 1-2-3 Kabukicho, Shinjuku 160-0021, Tokyo Prefecture
The famous Golden Gai is located within a few minutes’ walk from the hotel making it very easy to have a few drinks and wander back to the hotel at your leisure. The night we went to grab a few drinks the place was pumping and we couldn’t get into a bar! That being said here are some pictures for you to have a look. Some places charge a cover fee with a minimum spend whilst others are free entry. I really like this guy’s sense of humor (I like English!). So take note if you are there on a Saturday night it might be a little hard to get into a bar.
My Review of the Citadines Central Shinjuku Tokyo
The hotel was very clean and comfortable! There are many places to eat and drink right near the hotel so you don’t have to travel far at night if you don’t want to. You are only a few hundred meters away from Shinjuku Station (which is one of the biggest stations in Tokyo and dare I say the world?). You can get to every location from here either directly or which a quick interchange. So when booking a hotel this is always something I take into consideration. All is all we would definitely stay there again!
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