by Lisa Milbrand
Once the tallest building in Japan, this stylish high-rise offers plenty of family-friendly amenities. You’ll find spacious rooms that work for a larger family (try one of their four-bedded rooms), a nursing room and a day care (though the staff only speaks Japanese), along with a cool outdoor pool up on the roof.
If you’re traveling with a Hello Kitty fan, book one of the hotel’s themed rooms, which comes with an adorable Hello Kitty doll you get to take homeâ€”or simply order the Hello Kitty themed breakfast, which features her adorable mug on the sandwich and omelet.
Our Editor Loves
- Free Disney shuttle
- Hello Kitty-themed items
- Day care and stroller rentals
- Theme Park
We arrived via the N'exarita stopping somewhere in the Shinjuku train station maze. Exit West main exit side, Keio is a 7-10 min walk. We stayed in the South Tower and rate incl. Exec Lounge access, great for planning our day or relaxing with a coffee after a days sightseeing.
Unknown to us when we booked the hotel back in Jan 19, our stay in early October was also the England Rugby Team's Tokyo base for the weekend of their pool match v Argentina. We found out when Eddie Jones San entered the lift as we exited. We then saw Jack Knowell and family plus Tom Curry, post Argentina game at breakfast. We have them their personal space exchanging simple "hellos".
Room, being one of their premium rooms was pretty much perfect. Like every hotel we stayed at, great bathroom freebies. It was a huge double bed. Breakfast, included in our rate, was quite an extensive choice. Fried eggs were cold though, a common thing in Japan but you can ask for hot egg omelettes etc.
The sky / top floor bar was a great place to end your day, open late, cocktails beers etc. Superb view of the night skyline across Tokyo. Had some great conversations with Japanese and other guests.
We had our wifi hub delivered to the hotel and they also arranged forwarding of our main luggage to our next stay in Kyoto. No traumas.
Overall I would recommend the Keio Plaza, it was pricey but perfect location. We did not eat at the hotel but that is generally what we do, eat what and where the locals eat.
Just checked in today. Disappointed with my room in the South tower, it is very old and dated. Wish I had known the difference between the South and Main tower rooms before I booked. It is a very busy hotel and it does not have the hospitable feel some other reviews talked about.
I feel that it is very expensive for the room I got.
It is a bit of a walk (20mins) to the main Shinjuku area, but near to the Shinjuku station.