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City Hotel Lonestar
Ranked #43 of 81 Hotels / Ryokan in Shinjuku
London, United Kingdom
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“Cosy with a great vibe - loved it”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2011

We stayed here the DAY after the 9.0 earthquake. We arrived in Shinjuku after an epicly long commute from Auckland, with a delayed 9 hour stopover in KL, and catching a myriad of trains to get there due to the partial JR closure.

Anyway, we heeded advice of this site in that its not THAT easy to find, but if you print/save a copy of Google Maps screenshot on your phone you will be fine. About 10 mins walk from main Shinjuku station or you can get the subway to Sanchome #3 which will drop you right outside but thats a bit trickier unless you are familiar with Tokyo public transit.

We stayed on the top floor level 7, and our room was compact. The bed was wide enough however for the two of us, although floor space was sparse and the bathroom was very small - like a closet.

However, everything was very clean and well maintained - the staff had good English skills, the lobby has free internet wifi and provided laptops, and the free everyday breakfast was great for the level of hotel.

Just walk East towards Shinjuku station at night or day and you will find heaps of cool local food places, Pachinko, shops, vending machines etc.

In Summary: A cosy hotel, in a good location, good value, great staff, very clean, but with compact rooms. Suitable for a single or couple who doesn't want to rough it but doesn't mind not having all the comforts of a larger hotel.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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sydney australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2011

We stayed at this hotel 3 times on our recent trip to Tokyo. Once on arrival, once after snowboarding & lastly on our return from Kyoto. On each occasion we received great service from this small but perfectly located hotel.

A special thank you to the hotel staff for taking extra time to assist us during the recent earthquake. Your extra care & understanding helped us greatly when we were struggling the most.

We will stay here again when we return to this beautfiul country.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2011

This was a great base for me as a solo traveller for a few nights in Tokyo. The price is quite reasonable given the location.

The single rooms are very small, but that is standard for Japan. A basic continental breakfast is available downstairs. You can save a small amount of money by opting for an "eco-stay" where your towels and linen are not changed daily.

The hotel is only 50m from an exit of Shinjuku Sanchome station, a handy station with an interchange of 3 separate subway lines that can whisk you away around the city. It's a very short walk to the west to the main commercial area of Shinjuku where shops and restaurants abound.

The hotel is in Shinjuku Ni-Chome which is known as the "gay area" of Tokyo but the area does not seem sleazy or dangerous.

My biggest gripe is that although free internet is provided in the lobby it is not until after 10am. If you want to look something up online before heading out for the day this is really too late. Better do it by midnight the previous night when the computers are removed.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2011

This hotel is wonderful in relation to price, location, cleanliness and great staff however they need to install thicker doors in their rooms. I was constantly woken up by people out in the hall ways talking really loudly or closing their doors.
The rooms are SMALL. Only book the single room if you are in fact single and have very little luggage. The double room is bigger but only slightly but in my eyes better value for money. Bathrooms are even tinier.
I would stay there again only know knowing what I know now.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2011

Location was hard to find because directions on other sites were so vague. It's a great location to the metro line. It's at the Shinjuku-Sanchrome station. From the Shinjuku Station underground, just follow the light green C line to exit C8. You'll come out next to the BYGS department store, take a sharp left turn. There is a Dominique Saibon bakery on the corner. Down the street, the hotel is on the left. From the street level, you'd have to walk along Meiji Dori until you see a huge building with the sign ISETAN department store. Take a right onto Shinjuku Dori. Then follow the direction after you see BYGS and Domnique Saibon bakery. Free internet, unlimited green tea, coffee, water, ice. Laundry service, breakfast...staff could speak alittle English. Would stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled solo
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Property: City Hotel Lonestar
Address: 2-12-12 Shinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0022, Tokyo Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Shinjuku > Shinjuku
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#6 Best Value Hotel in Shinjuku
Price range (per night): $118 - $163
Hotel Class:3 star — City Hotel Lonestar 3*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shinjuku: Tokyo's second city center. There is a place to relax in this bustling neighborhood, center of many of Tokyo's main transportation routes. The lobby features a modernist touch, with black Italian tile and leather stools. Guest rooms have a minimalist, modern design, accented by framed artwork selected by our own graphic designer. The location offers easy access to the rest of the city, perfect for both business and sightseeing. ... more   less 
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