Where to Stay in Shinjuku ❥ BELLUSTAR TOKYO, A Pan Pacific Hotel Review

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In case you haven’t heard, Tokyo is HUGE. If you have a jam-packed schedule, here’s where to stay in Shinjuku to help cut down on transit times.

BELLUSTAR TOKYO, A Pan Pacific Hotel

About BELLUSTAR TOKYO

BELLUSTAR TOKYO is a Pan Pacific property that recently opened in May of 2023.

It is located inside the Tokyu Kabukicho Tower just steps to Shinjuku Station and the capital’s best shops, restaurants, and bars.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Its guest rooms occupy floors 39 to 47, and are a beautiful blend of modern design and Japanese culture. Combined with jaw-dropping views of the Tokyo skyline, this sophisticated home-away-from-home offers an unforgettable experience like no other.

Getting Here

Tokyo’s public transportation system is extremely fast and affordable.

If you plan on taking advantage of your PASMO or Suica card, the nearest stations are Shinjuku Station (for the JR Line and other subway lines) and Seibu-Shinjuku Station (for the Seibu Line).

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Alternatively, airport limousine services from both Haneda and Narita airports can be arranged by contacting their concierge team.

Check-In & Check-Out

Check-in begins at 3:00PM. (Early check-in is subject to availability.)

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We completed the check-in procedure right in the comfort of our room and were offered welcome drinks.

Check-out is until 12:00PM.

Studio Premier

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My boyfriend and I had the pleasure of spending two nights in a Studio Premier room, which features a king-size bed, sitting/dining area, and spacious bathroom with a jet tub.

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best hotels in shinjuku tokyo japanwhere to stay in shinjukuLazy morning room service.

This specific room type also comes in two twin beds instead of a king. It’s perfect for couples or friends alike!

Restaurant Bellustar

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For breakfast, you have the option of ordering room service or dining in the sky at Restaurant Bellustar.

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They specialize in American breakfasts as well as innovative modern French cuisine for lunch and dinner.

Around the Area

Let’s address the elephant in the room…

Yes, BELLUSTAR is situated in the Kabukicho neighborhood. And yes, Kabukicho is known as the red-light district of Japan. However, my boyfriend and I felt very safe walking to and from our hotel. We were never approached by any touts or scouts (most likely because we were traveling as a couple).

yakiniku beef tongue lemon shinjukuDinner at nearby Yakiniku Beef Tongue Lemon Shinjuku.

Apart from that, you really can’t beat BELLUSTAR’s location, with the following attractions easily reachable by foot or by train:

  • Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
  • Meiji Jingu
  • Shibuya Scramble Crossing + Shibuya Sky
  • Omoide Yokocho
  • Golden Gai

If Omoide Yokocho or Golden Gai aren’t your vibe, here are other restaurants and bars to try:

  • Ramen Tatsunoya Shinjuku
  • Yakiniku Beef Tongue Lemon Shinjuku
  • Tenkichiya Shinjuku
  • Bar Benfiddich
  • Jeremiah

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Final Verdict

Amenities: ★★★★☆
Cleanliness: ★★★★★
Comfort: ★★★★★
Proximity: ★★★★★
Quietness: ★★★★☆
Safety: ★★★★★
Space: ★★★★★
Value of Price: ★★★★★
Internet Access: Complimentary

Pros

  • Fabulous location
  • Entrance is discreet
    • Lobby/reception is on the 18th floor
    • We only encountered a few other guests during our stay here and I loved how quiet the common areas were.
  • First-class service and warm Japanese hospitality
  • Check-in takes place in your room
  • Stunning décor with deep blue hues that help with a good night’s sleep
  • Everything is sparkling new and very clean
  • Impeccable views + you can see Mount Fuji on a clear day
  • Best Japanese breakfast ever! (I think about it to this day.)
  • Gym has a great range of workout machines

Cons

A trade-off for BELLUSTAR’s convenient location is that you can hear trains arriving at and departing from Shinjuku Station. It’s nothing a little ear plug can’t fix though and this will, by no means, deter me from staying with them again.

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Now I’m not exaggerating when I say this is one of the most incredible hotels I have ever stayed at. (And I’ve had my fair share of luxury hotel experiences!)

If you’re contemplating which Shinjuku hotel to book, I highly recommend BELLUSTAR TOKYO. Check availability now.

This post contains affiliate links and is written in partnership with BELLUSTAR TOKYO, A Pan Pacific Hotel.

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