The Shinjuku Prince Hotel is a large mid-range business and tourist hotel a few minutes’ walk north of Shinjuku Station. Part of a nationwide chain of hotels run by the Seibu Group, it sits atop Seibu Shinjuku Station, the terminus of a commuter railway serving western Tokyo and Saitama Prefecture.
The Shinjuku Prince is housed in a long, narrow brown brick high-rise building situated between train tracks serving Shinjuku Station and the Kabukicho nightlife district. It’s conveniently located for the station and the surrounding shopping areas.
While the Shinjuku Prince is one of the older large hotels in the area, it has undergone several renovations – with the lobby and reception areas being the most recent.
Unusually for a Tokyo hotel, the front desk is located one floor below street level. The front desk has funky Vegas-like lighting with LCD screens showing postcard views of Japan. The adjacent lounge retains a 1960s vibe that echoes Tokyo’s legendary Okura Hotel, which was torn down in 2015. The second basement connects to the Sub Nade underground mall, which runs under Yasukuni-dori street.
Shinjuku Prince Hotel
The plush guest rooms are done up in deep blue, brown, gold and purple color schemes. They’re divided into single, double A, double B, twin A and twin B rooms. The “A” versions are about 30 square meters, double the area of the “B” versions and the single rooms.
Amenities include free Wi-Fi, LCD flatscreen TVs, pajamas, and toothbrush and shaving kits.
On the second basement, you’ll find the Prince Viking, which does buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner starting from around 2,000 yen. The smorgasbord includes sushi, tempura, roast beef, boiled crab and other delicacies.
The intimately lit Fuga restaurant and bar on the 25th floor offers panorama views of the lights of Shinjuku and the rest of Tokyo at night – best enjoyed from the “premium pair seats” by the windows. The menu includes a mixture of Japanese and Chinese fare such as sushi, grilled yellowtail, chicken meatballs and deep-fried skewered meats.
There’s an Omotenashi (hospitality) desk to help guests with their accommodation needs and a tourist information desk by the ground-floor entrance with service in English, Chinese, Korean and Thai. Tickets for airport buses and trains to Kawagoe, a town in Saitama Prefecture with Edo period (1600-1868) buildings, are also available.
Shinjuku Prince Hotel Location Map
1-30-1 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Article by Tim Hornyak. All rights reserved.