In this post, I thought I would write about some of the basic amenities that made my trip so enjoyable. I’ll give you a quick review of the hotel that I stayed in, and my two recommendations for breakfast. I learned from a previous trip, that I am not one of those people who likes surprises when it comes to hotel rooms. I like to know exactly what the room will look like and what is nearby. That’s why if I find a suitable hotel, I usually will stay in the same one whenever I’m back in the country. During my first trip to Tokyo, I stayed at Sunroute Plaza, in Shinjuku based on the recommendation of my friends, Carol and Laura, whose advice I trust with my life. They were right, the hotel was perfect for my needs. First of all, there is an airport shuttle that goes directly to the hotel, from both Haneda and Narita airports. The ground staff and driver help you with your luggage, and each piece is tagged and labeled before being placed in the trunk of the bus. The hotel is the last stop on the route, so you don’t have to worry about missing your stop. At the end of your stay, you can book and purchase your airport shuttle ticket at the front desk, and that’s one less thing to worry about on your day of departure.
Once you arrive, the check-in process is smooth and efficient. The staff is professional, friendly and bilingual. I always want to see the inside of the hotel room when reading reviews, so here is a shot of my room:
The room is small, but adequate. I had to think a moment about how to open my suitcase, but after trying a few angles, I finally figured it out. There are no drawers and just a tiny closet in this room, so you have to basically live out of your suitcase. There is a desk that faces a big window, that lets in plenty of light. The window sill is also nice and wide, so you can store some items on it. All the electrical outlets in the room are located on this desk, so if you have a lot of gadgets that need to be charged, you might want to bring your own surge protector, or power strip. There is free wifi in all the rooms, and also downstairs in the hotel lobby.
And the view from the window! The glass is double-paned, so even with all that is going on inside, you don’t hear any street traffic or noise.
The lobby is quite comfortable, with lots of seating, and clean bathroom facilities. One extremely useful tool that is also in the lobby is this luggage scale. This really came in handy the last few days, when I was trying to fit everything in my suitcase.
But, by far, the absolute best part of Sunroute, is the location. The hotel is located near a metro station (just to the right of the front door) and right across from the Southern Terrace of the JR Shinjuku Station. Once you climb up the stairs, you will see the JR station on your left, with NEWoMAN department store nearby, and in front of you will be the big Takashimaya department store, a Uniqlo, a Tokyu Hands, and even a nicely sized English bookstore (Kinoyuki).
For the six days that I was there, I had a morning routine that I enjoyed following, I would start the day either at the artisan boulanger Gontran Cherrier, and Blue Bottle Coffee, both conveniently located on, and near the Southern Terrace.
Gontran Cherrier has the most buttery, flaky croissants and chocolate croissants on this earth.
They also have an eating area upstairs, where you can sit with your cafe au lait and croissant, and read the morning paper. Oh, and it’s one of the best places to people watch too!
My second favorite breakfast option is Blue Bottle Coffee, located in the basement level of the NEWoMAN department store. By the afternoon, it’s full to the rafters, but in the mornings, after rush hour, it’s not so bad.
You order your coffee at the counter, and they enter your drink of choice, and name into an iPad. Then, you wait for them to call your name. Espresso drinks are made on one side of the counter.
The other side of the counter is devoted to pour over coffees.
If you want to try the pour over coffee technique yourself, Blue Bottle also has the equipment for you to purchase and try at home.
I ordered a latte, and it was perfect. The flavor was rich and robust and the the steamed milk was dense and velvety. Both Gontrain Cherrier and Blue Bottle Coffee are brilliant ways to start your days in Tokyo, because you can hop onto the subway nearby as soon as you finish your breakfast.
And at night, if you don’t feel like navigating the metro again, there are plenty of areas near the hotel to shop and explore. Plus, the holiday lights are still up in the Southern Terrace, so it’s a safe and pretty place to wander around.
Information: Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku| Address: 2-3-1 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, 151-0053 Tokyo, Japan| Tel: +81-3-3375-3211 |Website: http://en.sunrouteplazashinjuku.jp Gontrain Cherrier, Shinjuku Branch| Shibuya-ku, Yoyogi 2-2-1, Southern Terrace (next to Shinjuku station, South exit) |Opening Hours: 7:30am – 10:00pm Daily| website: http://gontran-cherrier.jp Blue Bottle Coffee, Shinjuku | Address: 4-1-6 Shinjuku Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022 (located on the B1 level of the NEWoMan department store)| Website: https://bluebottlecoffee.com/cafes/shinjuku
Please note, this is not a sponsored post. All experiences, viewpoints and opinions expressed are my own. I paid for all services and items with my own money.