First Hotel in Japan at Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku

Written by Katherine

January 16, 2013
Last Updated on March 5, 2024

After a long ride on the Japan Airport Limousine bus, we arrived at our first hotel for the trip, Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku! Read on to find out about our first time staying in a hotel in Japan~! (ノ´ヮ`)ノ*: ・゚


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Why Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku

We wanted to stay at a hotel that is close to the train station. With Shinjuku station being the interchange for a lot of train lines, we decided to pick a hotel in Shinjuku, and somehow, we picked Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku. Considering that the Japan Airport Limousine bus has a drop-off just outside the hotel, it was a good thing that we chose this hotel for our first trip here in Japan.

Our Experience at Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku

Checking into the hotel was fuss-free. The staff at the reception was really friendly. And even though some of them have a limited command of English, they always tried their best to assist us. We generally use simple English, so they understand what we want. ( ´ ω ` )

A Cozy Room with a Questionable View

I know that rooms in Japan are generally quite small, but I honestly did not expect it to be so small that it was kind of tight. We used to think that some of the hotels in Singapore are small but in comparison, that was nothing. (*/ω\)

The entryway was quite tight. It is probably similar to rooms on cruise ships, so it was a challenge trying to get our luggage into the room. Haha! After placing two pieces of luggage along the passage, we were left with not much room for walking. There is a worktable at the end of the room. Since it was quite small as well, we tried to move away most of the things on the worktable so that there was space for our miscellaneous items as well as a laptop. I also used the table for doing my makeup, so everything was a squeeze. (´・ᴗ・ ` )

Feng was busy looking for a restaurant for my birthday dinner (´ ε ` )

The size of the room was not even the most surprising thing. I wanted to see what kind of view we had and got a surprise when I pulled open the curtains. Right there in front of our room was another building, and it was facing an exposed men’s washroom. I could see the row of toilets from our room! Σ(O_O) Thankfully, no one was using the washroom at that time, but from then on, we just left the curtains closed.

Small Bathroom that Has Everything We Need

The bathroom was really small but has everything that we need in it. For such a small bathroom, I was amazed that it had a bathtub in it. A bathtub seems to be a must in Japan’s rooms. I love the shampoo and conditioner provided at Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku. They actually made my hair feel smooth and nice! I also love the hairdryer that was provided, though sadly the second time we came, the hairdryer was not as good. I’m not sure why they did not standardise the hairdryer for all rooms. (´-ω-`)

My favourite in the bathroom is definitely the toilet bowl. I always love Japan’s toilet bowls as they have so many functions, of which my favourite is the seat warmer. Hotel rooms can get so ridiculously cold in the morning, and being able to sit on a warm toilet bowl is the best thing early in the morning. (´・ᴗ・ ` )

Information on Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku


☎️ Phone Number: +81 3 3375 3211

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