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Hotel Molino Shin Yuri
Ranked #8 of 45 Hotels / Ryokan in Kawasaki
Reviewed 6 May 2015

Researching a trip to Japan to visit our friends who live in Kawasaki was initially very stressful because there are virtually NO rooms in the city of Tokyo which can accommodate our family of five. You can get two rooms - but with no interconnection. If there was a major city in the world where this was safe, it might well be Tokyo - but our daughter is seven so I was not in the mood to risk it. So our friends did some ringing around and came up with Hotel Molino. It is a 25 minute train trip to ShinJuku - the bustling, neon-lit, cultural excitement centre of Tokyo.
In all our research we saw photos of midget rooms in Tokyo hotels, so we were amazed when we walked in to a roomy pair of interconnecting rooms. We were also impressed with the fast and free internet. We needed it, both to research it and for entertainment because there is not one word of English on the telly. The hotel is atop a shopping centre, where we could buy locally priced skiing gear at Uniqlo, as well as fabulous Japanese gifts. The nearby supermarket is fantastic. It is not a tourist area so if you don't speak Japanese, be prepared to really stretch yourself to find your way or order your dinner - not many people can speak English. We had a really fun dinner at a local restaurant where we tried to order our dinner using language apps. We enjoyed it and the waiter and we ended up in stitches - but we did end up spending a lot on who-knows-what and then had to go to KFC afterwards for a top up! The hotel breakfast is basic but adequate. The in=house toiletries are generous and good for sensitive skin. It is a hop skip and jump to the train station. But I would recommend this for confident travellers who are okay with having to spend a few minutes (or longer!) finding their bearings within a busy local culture. It is great - you will see Japan local and live and without the tourist signs on. A tip for getting there: take photos of all the Japanese place names you need before you go, and practice saying the place you want to go: Shinyurigaoka. I found that most place names written in the alphabet sounded pretty much the way they looked. If you can say this out loud, and point to all the people in your party, you will ALWAYS find a reliable Japanese person behind a desk who will take time to point you to the right place and queue.

Room Tip: Some rooms have (very distant) views of Mount Fuji.
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  • Stayed: January 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 September 2014

We are staying here for nearly a month. The staff is very friendly and very helpful. Everything is at your doorstep, express subway stop, buses to both airports, mall with every type of store you would need. We are here on business and appreciate all the conveniences. The room is very nice, we have a king sized bed, desk, nice sized room. We have the breakfast option. Most dishes are eggs, (omelet, fried, boiled, scrambled) or waffles. But if you let them know the day before you can order a fruit plate or a sandwich. Breakfast also includes a salad and the continental buffet - yogurt, corn flakes, and fruit cup. Only addition I would add is fresh fruit. I would definitely stay here again. Close by is an excellent Italian restaurant called Ottantotto- superb! The Japanese restaurant in the hotel is also very good.

Stayed: September 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 3 May 2014

The entrance is about 30 metres from Shin Yurigaoka Station on the Odakyu Line (20 mins by express to Shinjuku). Shin-Yurigaoka is a good place to stay because it's close enough to the big Yamanote Line attractions (Shinjuku, Shibuya, Harajuku &c.) and the more trendy Shimo-Kitazawa without being chaotic, but is reasonably sized itself. Good wee bars and restaurants nearby, and plenty of Americanised cafes for those who prefer their overseas trips to be less overseasy. Didn't eat in the hotel restaurants but assume they're the usual high standard you'd expect in a four-star Japanese hotel.
I was in the cheapest room so it was compact and on the less panoramic side of the hotel, but a friend stayed in a more expensive room a few years back with more space and an outstanding view.
They always seemed to have at least one staff member working who spoke English.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 5 March 2013

Stayed 4 nights in January,
Nice, quiet and comfortable hotel in this convenient location. Next to the Shin-Yuri Station with many shops and restaurants nearby. Hotel Entrance was not easy to find at arrival in the evening.
Hotel is on top of a department store with direct access. 3 floors of rooms cleverly built around a courtyard. Nice breakfast served in the restaurant. Enjoyed my stay.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 2 January 2013

Stayed here 3 nights. Coach from international airport takes about 2 hours depending on traffic and time of day/night. If arriving on cooach with luggage- take the lift up which is nearby to coach stop. Be careful because the entrance to hotel is slightly down a quiet mall area from the shops and elevators/lifts. I did get a bit lost for a few minutes until I discovered this as not well sign posted (and in Japanese).
The staff are very welcoming in all aspects at reception and resturants. Great breakfasts with nice variety! I also had dinner here and very tasty. As with most motels in Japan you have to pay for internet.
Plenty of shopping nearby and great variety and great prices. Also many resturants nearby. This is my 4th trip to Japan but for first-timers may be challenging due to lack of English signs. Many of the staff will help the traveller with limited English sometimes.

Room Tip: Try and get room with a view over the courtyard. For smokers need to request non-smoking floor (and...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled on business
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Address: 1-1-1 Kamiasao, Asao-ku, Kawasaki 215-0021, Kanagawa Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kanto > Kanagawa Prefecture > Kawasaki
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Ranked #8 of 45 Hotels / Ryokan in Kawasaki
Price Range: $113 - $252 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 80
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