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During our recent trip to Japan, we spent one night at The Knot Tokyo Shinjuku. Our stay was very short, but we’d like to share our impressions in case you’re considering a visit! We had no idea what to expect after taking the train in from Osaka, so we hope this will give you a better idea of what the hotel has to offer.
The Knot Tokyo Is Near Shinjuku Station
Unless you’ve rented a car, you’re probably going to be seeing Japan by train. We bought a Japan Rail Pass (best investment ever!) so that’s how we got around, along with the Shinkansen (bullet train) and local subway lines. The closest station to The Knot Tokyo is Shinjuku Station which is crazy busy. As the world’s busiest transit hub, it serves more than 3,000,000 people a day!
While the hotel is just a kilometer from the station, it will probably take you about 15-20 minutes to get there. It’s not quite a direct path, and tourists often get lost in and around Shinjuku Station. We felt like we were in some sort of time warp because no matter which exit or path we took, we always ended up at the same spot. The train attendant was very tired of giving us the same instructions over and over!
We had to rely on GPS, but after a few short detours, we found our way! There are many restaurants and shops near the train station, but as we got closer to the hotel, options were limited. I found some convenience stores, a McDonald’s and a Coco Ichibanya, but I wouldn’t say that this is an excellent location. As mentioned, our stay was short so maybe I just needed some more time to explore.
The vibe at The Knot Tokyo Shinjuku is eclectic. When we walked in, there were both a DJ and live music playing — at the same time! Luggage, people (including kids!) and backpacks covered every surface. The scene was very bohemian and somewhat chaotic, which are two things I just don’t associate with Japan. It reminded me of what I’d imagine the central area of a hostel to be like. It was unusual — but not necessarily in a bad way!
When you’ve got travel anxiety and OCD, keeping things orderly can help. I’m a big fan of minimalism and organization, so I felt stressed. That lobby is perfectly fine, but it was not right for me. Fortunately, the design made everything feel more spacious and clean.
When we walked in, we were surprised by the lobby for several reasons. First, it’s very open with high ceilings. There are eateries on either side as you enter the property, and then there’s a very long table for guests to eat or gather right in the middle. Once you pass this, there are several check-in/check out kiosks at the end of the corridor with a front desk off to the side. You can do everything from the self-service kiosk, which we found very convenient.
The Guest Room at The Knot Tokyo Shinjuku
Checking into The Knot Tokyo Shinjuku was a breeze. All we had to do was enter my last name and arrival date, and it generated our reservation and a passcode for the door. No credit card or deposit was required and we didn’t have to keep track of a key. Hooray! The hallway was very clean, as was the room when we entered. Compared to our accommodations at the Universal Port in Osaka, this room was very tiny. It was, however, a very typical room for Tokyo.
We reserved two twin beds, which had a small space between them. There was no closet, nor storage space for clothing. You must take a big step up to get into the bathroom, which would not be ideal for those with mobility issues. The toilet included a bidet and all the functions you’d expect in Japan, but the bathtub and shower were combined (which is less traditional).
We could hear people talking through the walls for a while, but then things quieted down. For most of the night, we were not disturbed by any other noises, which was great! Checkout was also very simple. We returned to the kiosk, entered our room number and passcode, and that was it!
Overall Impressions of The Knot Tokyo Shinjuku
We paid less than $90 USD for this room at The Knot Tokyo Shinjuku and it was worth every penny. The room was smaller than what you’ll find at North American hotels, but very normal for Tokyo. The property felt new and fresh, and was incredibly well-maintained. Even though my anxiety was triggered by a few things, we were able to do some deep breathing and work through it.
We had just a small backpack with us, because we were only staying for the night. The bag had just enough room for our belongings. I’m not sure how staying at The Knot Tokyo would have worked with larger suitcases. With our OCD, having large luggage in the room would have been very difficult. If that’s not a problem for you, this place is great.
Overall, despite the size, the room was sufficient for our needs and the price was right. If you’re looking for a modern hotel in Tokyo that won’t break the bank, definitely consider The Knot Hotel Tokyo for your next trip to this beautiful city!
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