It’s been over two months since my trip to Asia and I apologize for the super late blog post but you know… Christmas, New Years, what have you. Been a bit busy with life and work, so busy that I got sick four times this past little while. My apologies for the delay but I am glad to finally present my review for Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo.
Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo
Address: 2 Chome-2-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0023, Japan
Phone Number: +81 3-3344-0111
Check-In Time: 2:00PM
Check-Out Time: 11:00AM
View from our room.
First and foremost, this is a sponsored review. I had the pleasure of working with Keio but all opinions are of my own and I can honestly say we enjoyed a fabulous time here.
Our room was a standard twin (two twin beds) and rates can vary between JYP 25,000/night ($288 CAD) to around JYP 55,000/night ($630) depending on the season and package. Aside from Western rooms, Keio also offers traditional tatami rooms where instead of regular mattresses, guests can experience sleeping on Japanese futons.
And if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, be prepared for what’s coming your way…
Hello Kitty themed rooms! Yes, that’s right! For those of you Sanrio lovers, this just might be your paradise! These rooms are completely decked out in Hello Kitty decor – everything from the carpet, the wallpapers, the sofas/chairs to even the washrooms. This most certainly will fulfill your fantasy of living in Hello Kitty Wonderland.
Photos courtesy of www.keioplaza.com.
In addition to the options mentioned above, if you are traveling with friends or with family and would all like to stay in one room together, the 4 Bedded Rooms are perfect for that sense of close connectivity without being too crowded. Not only do you get your own bed, each room has 2 bathrooms as well so there’s no need to fight for the washroom every morning!
Photos courtesy of www.keioplaza.com.
Another great thing about Keio is how accommodating they are. They have what’s called a Universal Room for those who are are physically disabled. The beds can recline electrically, the chairs are electric, the closet has a lowered bar, the bathroom is equipped with grab bars and slip-proofs mats… They really do go above and beyond to cater to their customers’ needs and this truly does bring traveling to a whole new level for those with mobility impairments.
Apart from a wide array of room options, Keio also has a large selection of dining choices. They offer Japanese teppan-yaki and kaiseki cuisine and French, Italian, Chinese, Korean, you name it! My friend and I actually both really wanted to try their kaiseki dinner but our trip was unfortunately a bit too short hence time was quite limited. Nonetheless, we did enjoy breakfast at their breakfast buffets. Whether you’re a croissant type person or you prefer waking up to a nice hot bowl of porridge, Keio has got you covered from Western to Japanese cuisine.
We received complimentary access to Luxe Lounge which is only for Executive International Club members and designated Plaza Luxe/Plaza Premier guests. Drinks and snacks are provided and they even have books and magazines if you need to pass time.
Of course, for regular guests, Keio’s Sky Lounge has astonishing panoramic views of the Tokyo horizon. There is also Art Lounge where you can enjoy desserts or Lobby Lounge if you’d like a light meal to go with your cocktail. OR if you’re into drunk karaoke, there is Karaoke47 on the 47th floor.
Facilities & Services:
When it comes to amenities, Keio provides all kinds services that you could think of. The obvious pool and gym are a must but what’s really convenient are its shops and convenience store as well as currency exchange ATMs. This is especially great in the winter when you need something but don’t want to walk out into the cold or say it’s late at night and you are craving for some snacks (the convenience store opens 5:00AM to 2:30AM).
We also toured the Wedding Ceremony Hall. Keio has quite a few banquet rooms and often hosts wedding ceremonies on their hotel premises. That said, they provide beauty studio and photo studio services as well!
Traditional Tea Ceremony
Keio was very kind and hospitable that they even hosted a traditional Japanese tea ceremony for us. I did an exchange back in high school to Aichi Prefecture and experienced a tea ceremony as well but it definitely didn’t compare with this one. The tea master explained everything in depth from how to enter the tea house to how to enjoy the tea and the meanings of the tea cups used. It was such an elaborate process and a beautiful and cultural experience.
Japan’s younger generation nowadays don’t really know the way of tea anymore. Needless to say, it’s very rare to find a master with such great knowledge and one who takes pride and joy in sharing this art. Highly recommended!
Proximity: ★★★★☆ (very central location in Shinjuku)
Space: ★★★★★ (super roomy! Japanese hotels usually have tight rooms.)
Value of Price: ★★★★☆
Internet Access: Free
Breakfast: Depends on your stay package
– Located in Shinjuku just steps away from Shinjuku Station
– Different types of rooms for all travelers; accommodates those with disability
– Plenty of dining options
– Convenience store on premise (I got sick and they had cough drops!)
– Offers express check-out
– Phenomenal tea ceremony experience
– If you are visiting Tokyo for the 2020 Summer Olympics, Keio Plaza Hotel is situated right across from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building!
– A little hard to locate especially coming from Shinjuku Station
– Too big! (you might get lost on your first day haha)
– Wifi passcode needs to be re-entered daily
– Being nitty-gritty here about interior design but I believe we stayed in a newly renovated room. The bathtub/wall tiles/lighting/overall feel in the bathroom still seemed a bit old-fashioned and didn’t match the modern look of the newly renovated bedroom.
Well, there you have it! This is perhaps my most detailed and longest review ever just because of how much Keio has to offer. Again, this is a sponsored review but I would for sure return again because of how satisfied I was with my stay.
Don’t forget to check out my latest vlog where you can see more footage of the hotel at 1:18 to 1:48. For more on what to do around the area, check out Cedric from Continents & Condiments’ detailed guide on “Interesting Things to Do in Tokyo“. Thanks for tuning in and see you in my next post!