Hotel Gracery is one of the most distinctive hotels in Shinjuku. Not only is it located in a neck-straining tower smack dab in the middle of the Kabukicho entertainment district, a life-sized bust of Godzilla looks out over the city from the eighth floor.
The house-sized landmark is a tribute to the legendary movie monster and production company Toho Co., which operates a 12-screen cinema and IMAX theater in the same complex.
Part of the Washington Hotels Group, Hotel Gracery is a massive mid-range hotel that opened in 2015. With nearly 1,000 rooms, it adds enormous capacity to the Kabukicho area, which is located a few blocks north of JR Shinjuku Station.
Hotel Gracery begins on the eighth floor of the tower and is accessed by an exclusive elevator at the back of the building. A hallway leading to the lobby features movie posters from the Godzilla series.
A five-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station or three minutes from Seibu-Shinjuku Station, Hotel Gracery’s 970 rooms come in single, double, twin and triple versions ranging in size from 18 to 32 square meters.
Equipped with free Wi-Fi, some of the rooms look out over the massive Godzilla head on the eighth-floor patio. Amenities include feather comforters, Japanese tea, pajamas and toothbrush sets.
There’s also a special Godzilla Room with its own Godzilla statue, wall art depicting the monster’s feet and numerous other features and amenities from the long-running film franchise.
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Bonjour is a “sandwich buffet” and café on the eighth floor in the spacious lobby. It has a limited menu with dishes such as hashed beef and curried rice but more than makes up for that with eye-popping views of the Godzilla head right outside its floor-to-ceiling panoramic window.
Bars, restaurants, karaoke parlors and arcade halls can be found within steps of Hotel Gracery. Kabukicho has enjoyed its share of notoriety as the biggest red-light district in East Asia, but its character is changing with the recent redevelopment including the construction of family-friendly cinemas and the cybernetically themed Robot Restaurant, which attracts many tourists.
Hotel Gracery also has coin-operated laundry machines, a concierge desk with sightseeing information and a Godzilla merchandise kiosk on the eighth floor.
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Address: 1-19-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Article by Tim Hornyak. All rights reserved.