Saturday, November 17, 2012

Shinagawa Prince Hotel, Tokyo

Hullo! Here's presenting the hotel I stayed at the first time during the first trip and the second time during the third trip 
- Shinagawa Prince Hotel. Confused? I surely hope not? :D Why did I choose to stay here again?

  1. Location
  2. Location
  3. Location
  4. Location
  5. Location

I can't begin to emphasize more on how amazingly awesome the location is. This hotel, Shinagawa Prince Hotel, is located in Shinagawa. The Shinagawa Station is a mere five minutes walk from the main hotel building. Basically you get down to the lobby, you walk a little, stop by 7 Eleven to get some snacks, walk a little more, stop by McDonald's to see what they have while waiting for the pedestrian light to turn green, walk across the main road and there you are smack in Shinagawa Station - all in less than five minutes!

The hotel is quite huge actually, they have their own bowling alley, restaurants, food court, cinema and even an aquarium wtf and of course, quite some shops for some souvenir shopping whoohoo! So basically when you're walking all the way to McDonalds, you're actually still within the hotel vicinity!

Shinagawa Station is also one of the stops on the Yamanote JR Line, plus several other lines running through. I have to clarify though - I haven't stayed or explored accommodation around more commercial areas like Shibuya and Asakusa so this is by no means the best of the best hotel recommendation in Tokyo.

The picture  below is exactly what greets you when you open the door to the room. It's much more narrow than hotels in Malaysia, but it's expected dah. I went through lots of hotels/business hotels/dorms/budget hostel in Tokyo before booking this one, which I think it's a pretty good deal despite the slightly higher prices. This is sort of middle class I guess? 

The one thing about really cheap accommodations that put me off - communal bathroom. I'm not talking about those in your university hostels where you get a cubicle each to shower. I'm talking about those let-it-all-hang-out  while you shower next to random strangers in one huge room that has a large hot bath to soak in as well. Yeahhh, not exactly my ideal situation either. Like, I wouldn't mind, but I'd rather not la haha plus, this hotel has got its own tiny bathtub in the en suite bathroom so yeay! Bathtub! :D

Here's a look at  the bathroom - clean, compact and heated toilet seat zomg best invention ever!

Keperluan berguna juga disediakan. Save on luggage weight and/or space! 

View from the other side of the room. A little closet/cuboard is right behind the TV, by the way.

Oh the joys of lying on the bed after a nice hot bathtub soak and watching Arashi Japanese variety shows!

Arashi hahaha you've no idea how many literal screen shots I took of them whenever I see them on tv, 
which is pretty much every. single. day. Happy!

Ooh look, they even have a pakai-dalam-rumah yukata/bathrobe for you!

Here's another major plus point that made me go back to Shinagawa Prince Hotel the second time - if you officially decline room service (maximum two days in a row), for each day you get a ¥500 (RM20) voucher to be used in Shinagawa Hotel shops which includes the convenience store! This is so awesome because you can accumulate the vouchers and use it to buy souvenirs at the end of your trip at pretty much no cost at all! When you enter your room, there'll be a green form somewhere on the bed/table for you to fill, just pass it to the frontdesk before the next day and at the end of each day you can collect the vouchers from the frontdesk. Super great or what! It's also a great effort to save on resources seeing as the disaster last year affected both the economy and the environment.

Yeap, so that's my take on Shinagawa Prince Hotel! 

Feel free to pop in a couple questions if you need more non-Internet-searchable information!

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