The Keio Plaza Hotel is a large, luxurious establishment a few blocks west of Shinjuku Station. With an army of uniformed bellhops, kimono-clad musicians playing koto in the lobby and a ground floor paved with miles and miles of marble, it exudes old-school class and charm. It has maintained its status as one of the country’s leading international hotels for years.
The Keio Plaza has a whopping 1,440 guest rooms and over 20 restaurants and bars. The latter are particularly useful because the Nishi-Shinjuku area is very different from other parts of Shinjuku in that it is mainly an office and government district, with few eateries.
On the bright side, though, the Plaza is only a few minutes’ walk from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, Tokyo’s city hall, which has free top-floor observatories offering views of the capital and, if you’re lucky, Mt. Fuji.
Guest rooms range in size from 23 to 35 square meters and come in six main varieties: standard, superior, deluxe, Plaza BIZ Plus, Plaza Luxe and Plaza Premier. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, shower and bathroom sets, yukata sleepwear and cable channels including CNN, BBC and Fox.
The hotel also has 10 rooms with universal design features, 10 with four beds and four special Hello Kitty-themed rooms, which feature the iconic cat on the walls, furniture and amenities.
Other facilities include an outdoor pool open from late June through mid-September, fitness center, business center, room for nursing babies, a day care service, a traditional Japanese tea ceremony room and a business meeting room. There are also fashion, jewelry, sweets and gift shops on the second and third floors. On the 47th floor, there’s a karaoke parlor with eye-popping city views.
The Keio Plaza Hotel has a wide range of dining options including Chinese, Korean, French, Italian and Japanese. Under the latter category are kaiseki (seasonal multi-course meals), tempura, teppan-yaki, soba, seafood and sushi.
The 45th floor is home to both the Polestar and Aurora Lounge, with sweeping views of the city lights. The hotel has five other bars and lounges including Amanogawa, which specializes in premium sake.
Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Location Map
Address: 2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo
Tel. 03-3344 0111
Article by Tim Hornyak. All rights reserved.