Hotel Review: Citadines Central Shinjuku

For our first night in Tokyo 2017 we stayed at Citadines Central Shinjuku and whilst there was nothing wrong with it we found it to be distinctly average by Tokyo standards.

The location is very good, deep in the heart of Kabukicho (Tokyo's red light district), surrounded by many bars and restaurants and close to the East Entrance to Shinjuku station which is useful. If you intend on visiting the famous Robot Restaurant then it is literally just around the corner.

We found the hotel easily and took a lift to reception. Check in was quick and easy, exactly what we wanted after a long journey. The shared areas are a bit dingy but facilities include an ice machine, vending machines for soft drinks and alcohol, foreign currency exchange machine and a launderette.

Our room was on the 5th floor, and very compact (as with most Tokyo hotels), we were expecting an apartment based on the hotel's branding so were a bit shocked by the size of the room. I've since checked the hotel website to make sure I wasn't imagining it and it certainly suggests that the smallest room available is a studio. Sadly I didn't take any pictures but the room was definitely not a studio and was probably around 17msq. Nevertheless it had plenty of amenities including a fridge - something which is high on our list of hotel requirements. The bed was comfortable, however, it was placed next to the wall to make the most of the small space meaning that there was no bedside table on one side of the bed. There was a good view of the street out of our window, this looked especially pretty in the dark and it is lined with bars and restaurants. The wifi was quite slow compared to most hotels these days, the shower was wonderful though!

I'm struggling to find much more to say about it other than it was adequate and served a purpose!


+81 3 3200 0220

Citadines Central Shinjuku Tokyo
1-2-9, Kabukicho,
Tokyo 160 0021