Alex Catarinella

Apartment Hotel Shinjuku

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  • Why:Sakura season vacation.
  • When:Late March.
  • Who:Just me.
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Apartment Hotel Shinjuku Beautiful day in the Shinjuku neighborhood.

Beautiful day in the Shinjuku neighborhood.

Apartment Hotel Shinjuku Honey, I’m home.

Honey, I’m home.

Apartment Hotel Shinjuku Why couldn’t my college dorm look like this?

Why couldn’t my college dorm look like this?

Apartment Hotel Shinjuku Cutie.

Cutie.

Apartment Hotel Shinjuku Keep it simple.

Keep it simple.

Apartment Hotel Shinjuku Here’s where I was supposed to do work.

Here’s where I was supposed to do work.

Apartment Hotel Shinjuku Yeah.

Yeah.

Apartment Hotel Shinjuku Good products. Not pictured: Shiseido samples.

Good products. Not pictured: Shiseido samples.

Apartment Hotel Shinjuku Hey girl!

Hey girl!

Apartment Hotel Shinjuku Call me. (Meant to buy these -- they were like 20 bucks.)

Call me. (Meant to buy these -- they were like 20 bucks.)

Apartment Hotel Shinjuku Downstairs at the Brooklyn-y (but actually reasonable cheap-ish prices) shop!

Downstairs at the Brooklyn-y (but actually reasonable cheap-ish prices) shop!

Apartment Hotel Shinjuku Must I really leave? Love you/ai shiteru, Apartment Hotel Shinjuku!

Must I really leave? Love you/ai shiteru, Apartment Hotel Shinjuku!

Highs & Lows

  • Apartment Hotel Shinjuku has so much personality. First of all, it looks like a house -- love those ‘70s red roof tiles. And it’s hidden down a quiet alley lined with cute apartments.

  • I felt like an asshole in my sweats because the employees (who are so so nice) dress so so cool. Not only is the lobby and the basement an adorable hip as hell antique-y store, so is the outside where you can smoke, sip a Blue Bottle and/or 7-11 coffee (they’re both less than a five minute stroll away) and watch the locals bike by. The porch is packed with funky furniture and quirky items, like an empty bird cage, all, I think, for purchase. The items are out there all night. That’s how safe the neighborhood is.

  • Location is everything. Shinjuku station is a five minute walk away. But you might get distracted by its neighbor AKA Takashimaya AKA the only department store I’ll ever fuck with. SO GOOD.

  • Each room is designed differently! I think next time I’ll stay for thirty days in thirty different rooms. #Dream

  • If you’re a snob, this place probably won’t be your jam. But I’ve gotta tell you, I stayed at a five star hotel in Hong Kong before I landed at Narita and I preferred it here. Felt like home. (In other words, my tiny room was akin to my Lower East Side studio, except it wasn’t deteriorating and it was a lot cuter and quieter.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 47/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Hip & artsy cheap as shit/cute as hell apartment-style hotel.

  • Vibe

    Sort of like you’re in a hipster Bushwick college dorm. So much personality. Adorable. Stay here.

  • Location

    In the heart of amazing Shinjuku. The location is everything. Besides the claustrophobia-friendly capsule hotels, you cannot beat this price in this location!

  • Rooms

    30

  • Music

    Chill tunes in the lobby. From ambient rock to jazz. PS. The lobby is awesome. It’s an art gallery/quirky antique store. Dishes, ashtrays, clothing, light fixtures, etc. For more goodies, head downstairs.

  • Year Opened

    2010

  • Designed By

    The hotel is a former Japanese inn and was rebuilt in the early ‘70s and renovated to become a hotel in 2010.

  • Health & Wellness

    No but unnecessary. Take a jog in the gorgeous Shinjuku Gyoen park. Less than a ten minute walk away.

  • Restaurant

    No, but rooms come with a kitchenette.

  • Bar

    No. There’s a slew of those in the hood.

  • Minibar

    No mini bar. Just a lil kitchen and lil fridge.

  • Children

    Maybe if they’re on a leash. There’s delicate stuff in the lobby!

  • Price

    So cheap for Shinjuku. A single room, which I stayed in, is like 60ish USD.

Get thee to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Get thee to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Get your shop on at Takashimaya

Get your shop on at Takashimaya

Takashimaya Shinjuku Store, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

LOL at me if you want, but the 24/7 colorful as a kaleidoscope 7-Eleven’s are awesome.

LOL at me if you want, but the 24/7 colorful as a kaleidoscope 7-Eleven’s are awesome.

7-Eleven Nishishinjuku 1-chome, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Apartment Hotel Shinjuku

Apartment Hotel Shinjuku

Apartment Hotel Shinjuku -アパートメントホテル新宿, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

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