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Hotel Century Southern Tower
Ranked #2 of 27 Hotels / Ryokan in Shibuya
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Oakland, California
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“My #1 choice for Shinjuku”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2012

For access to Ginza, I'd recommend The Peninsula.
For access to Shibuya, I'd recommend the Cerulean Tower Tokyu or the Excel Tokyu.

For Shinjuku, the Century Southern Tower is my new favorite. It's also a pretty good value choice, for a visitor that optimizes for high-rise views and easy access to everything.

+ Fantastic views, especially if you book a room facing Takashimaya and Shinjuku Gyoen
+ Relatively new construction, about 15 years old, and holding up well
+ Infinite number of shops and restaurants within easy reach. Tokyu Hands, Uniqlo, and a large number of restaurants right over in Takashimaya Times Square as well.
+ Direct transportation to all other areas of Tokyo. For my particular visit, it was a single shot event to Tokyo Motor Show in Odaiba, as well as an event in Roppongi via the Oedo line subway.

- It's not a full-service hotel, so there's no bell service for example. Perfectly fine for a lightly packed single traveler.

Pro-tip 1: If arriving on the Narita Express trains, be sure to come out the Southern Terrace exit. The hotel is closer to the platform than the connected subway station, even.

Pro-tip 2: There's a convenience store (1) on the ground level of the office tower, and (2) a 24-hour one out the back door. The in-hotel convenience store is also reasonably priced and well-stocked.

Pro-tip 3: If going to Roppongi, Azabu Juban, and Tsukiji, the Oedo line has a secondary entrance right outside the back door.

Pro-tip 4: For accessing the JR Yamanote Line, heading towards Harajuku and Shibuya, walking over to the Yoyogi station is probably faster than going into Shinjuku station.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the Shinjuku Gyoen / Takashimaya side
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2012

Brilliant location. Shinjuku station is right opposite the hotel... take the Southern Terrace Exit. Used the Narita Express to and from the Airport.... drops you right at Shinjuku station... very convient. Ate twice at Tribeks restaurant in the hotel.... very upmarket and excellent views over Tokyo. The lobby bar has lovely views as well. Spent Christmas in Tokyo.... this was the best hotel choice that I could have made. Only draw-back was that we booked a tour to Mt Fuji... however, this hotel was not on their pick-up list. Not a big deal as we took the appointed station and the tour departed from the ground floor of the station. Also, we used the bullet train from Tokyo Station to visit Kyoto. The bullet train to Kyoto does not leave from Shinjuku station. All in all the hotel was a good choice.

Room Tip: Check for a room on the higher floors, as the hotel has excellent views. You can see mount Fuji on a...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2012

We stayed here for 4 nights, the hotel is in a great location and the rooms all start above the 20th floor which ensures a great view.

We took the airport express train and it drops you off basically 3 mins from the hotel entrance, couldn't have been easier. Also we went to DisneySea by subway and as other reviews say, if you have kids with you, consider the bus, there is a lot of walking and the subway can get packed in order to get there.

The room itself was small, but not as small as some rooms in New York for example, free WiFi worked good, restaurant was way to expensive in comparison to the hundreds of options in the area, we ate down in Shinjinku mostly, also had to visit the Krispy kreme after laughing at the enormous line out front (we went when it was empty, it is right across from the hotel entrance on the terrace level.)

There is an expensive ($11 for 250ml) Belgium Beer place right out front too, that was pretty good.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2012

Perfect spot directly above Shinjuku station (don't be fooled by address popping up in Shibuya, it is in the heart of shinjuku!) We had a 30th floor corner room, it was large, beautifully appointed and had a great view. Tribeca restaurant was just perfect as well. The Japanese cook french better than the french (can't say the same for the Italian though)
Some more general advice for Aussie travellers: don't be put off using the cabs, no more expensive than in Oz, just check that you have a good idea of the distances involved, and avoid peak hours and you will be very happy, the drivers know all the main attractions or shopping districts and will drop you to the door. That being said, the JR train lines are perfect, use the Yamanote Line and you can't go wrong, it does a large ring about Tokyo CBH and all the stations are dead in the middle of each district either for shopping, or Temples/Shrines, or Sumo. Definitely consider getting a Japan Rail Pass (only available before you get to Japan). No tickets to worry about, all JR included, except the two fastest Bullet trains, and great value with unlimited use. Also if you can, you must get to the Sumo tournament if one is on when you are in Japan. Tickets are available online, get seats in A section on first floor: perfect.

Room Tip: Get a corner room on a high floor
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2012

Stayed two nights there, on the 23rd floor, which wasn't as high as ideal, but the view, to the southwest over Yoyogi park and directly facing (had it been less hazy) Mt. Fuji, was still far better than the usual Tokyo alternative of the side of a building three feet away.

Japanese hotels are always very generous with the amenities, and the Century Southern especially so. Everything you need is here, from twin-bladed razors, slippers, and rather ugly bathrobes (?) to a fully functional washlet toilet and hangers you can actually take off the rail. The 32" LCD TV gets several foreign channels - CNN, BBC, CCTV, and a Taiwanese one, but the bilingual button on ours at least did not work. What does work in the free internet: the room comes with a keyboard and mouse and the TV doubles as a computer monitor. Or if you have your own laptop you can plug in using the supplied LAN cable for more free internet. When many more luxurious hotels charge like wounded bulls for net access, it's nice that the Odakyu-run Century Southern Tower does not.

Despite being by the tracks, and in the middle of a busy part of Tokyo, the room is quiet at night, and the blackout curtains work very well. The decor is on the understated elegance side of bland; pleasant without being outstanding, though the wood in the lobby gives it warmth. Checkin was easy and quick, polite, friendly, and professional. No complaints there.

The location of course is superb. A few minutes walk from one of the main stations of Tokyo, along a pedestrian promenade, the lights of Shinjuku are an easy stroll away. There isn't too much in the immediate vicinity of the hotel on the street side, but three minutes walk gets you to the busy area.

Don't forget to admire the view from the floor-length plate glass windows in the lobby loos.

I see no reason to look anywhere else for my next trip to Tokyo: in terms of value for money, it's one of the best hotels I've ever stayed in. Cons? The towels had that slight chemically over-washed bleached feel that all chain hotel towels get. The pillows were a bit softer than I like. The shampoo / conditioner/ body soap could be placed a little higher so as to be easier to access. I'm really reaching here to find any complaints.

PS: TripAdvisor needs to rethink its location system. While technically in Shibuya Ward, any place three minutes walk from Shinjuku Station should be listed more logically.

Room Tip: The higher the better, but even the lower levels have great views.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Century Southern Tower
Address: 2-2-1 Yoyogi, Shibuya 151-8583, Tokyo Prefecture
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Region: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Shibuya > Shinjuku
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Shibuya
#1 Family Hotel in Shibuya
#1 Business Hotel in Shibuya
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €€
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Century Southern Tower 4*
Number of rooms: 375
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Hotel Century Southern Tower, Shinjuku Tokyo Convenient Access Just 3 minute walk from the South exit of SHINJUKU Station. Trains, subways, and Narita Express Train are all located within 3 minutes. Take the glass elevator from the 1st floor foyer or 2nd floor Southern Terrace entrances up to the main lobby on the 20th floor, where we will introduce you to our selection of comfortable guest rooms. This Tokyo business hotel occupies the 19th through 35th floors. Main Lobby and reception desk are on the 20th floor. 375 guests rooms are located from the 22nd to 35th floor and offer spectacular views of the city. We have no the Porter and Room Services. However we provide self-service luggage carts instead of the bell service or porters, vending machines on each floor and a lobby shop instead of Room Service, and also compact refrigerators in each room that guests can stock with items of their choice. ... more   less 
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