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City Hotel Lonestar
Ranked #44 of 81 Hotels / Ryokan in Shinjuku
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“Great location with good amenities”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2011

We found this hotel nicely tucked away in Shunjuku (by the way, walk to the back alley area and check out the Hosts Bar and their big dogs). There is a quaint little Kushiyaki restaurant tucked away nearby (sorry but can't for the life of me remember the location) which serves excellent Kushiyaki - note, you can't just go in and have sake/beers as we found out. We got thrown out.

Love how the hotel provides little things like hair bands and disposable packs of facial washes for use. The room is very standard and small in comparison to the Ryokan we had in Shiga Kogen, but for the price it's ok. Toilet is quite cramped however, but I presume this is the standard throughout Tokyo due to space constraints.

Pro - love the free internet in the lobby and the breakfast. Toast and coffee makes me happy.
Con - my friends next door claimed our room has a perpetual weed smell. We concur. It wasn't us.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with friends
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2011

Okay - there's no getting away from the fact that the rooms in this hotel are smallish, but it IS Tokyo and let's face it - you're going to sleeping in it - not throwing dinner parties!
The house-keeping was excellent - room was always cleaned to a high standard. And none of that "Oh - you were still in your room when we came so you'll have to wait until tomorrow" nonsense.
Nice little continental breakfast in lobby area if you want a little something in your belly before venturing out in the awesomeness that is Tokyo!
The staff at Lonestar are wonderful. They speak enough English so that you don't feel a Wally playing charades and their standard of service was great. One afternoon we got caught in a rainstorm on our return to the hotel and a membernof reception staff immediately rushed out with towels when we got into reception - a really thoughtful gesture.
It helps that Lonestar is really close to the underground station - just remember to head for exit C8!!
It REALLY helps that the Lonestar is SECONDS from a mad selection of bars - many of them gay orientated, but not exclusively so. So very little in the way of staggering back after top nights out.
This was our first time in Tokyo but we will most definitely be back and the Lonestar is most definitely a huge deciding factor in this!!
Don't forget the free drinks and ice on the 4th floor!

  • Stayed August 2011
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2011

This was our first trip to Tokyo, so it's hard to compare this place against any other in Tokyo. YES the rooms are small, and the definitely of 'double' bed is not the same as it is in Europe. It doesn't help that the photos on their website seem to make this look much more sophisticated than the reality.

But if you can get over the size (which I'm assuming is the same for the rest of the city) then it's not bad a hotel. And if you factor in the location in the gay area of Shinjuku and the price, then you're on to a winner.

We stayed in Tokyo 4 nights, and I feel like we should have stayed another 3. There's just so much to see and do in the city. But from the little I saw, I feel like Shinjuku was the right choice of neighbourhoods to stay in to get that authentic Tokyo experience. It's also good to see the Tokyo gay scene, and also be close by some great restaurants and bars.

The room's small, the bathroom's small, but you'll be amazed what they can fit into the space. The breakfast replicated the 'mini' theme with mini croissants in a toaster oven (we accidentally set fire to).

And don't forget to visit the floor with vending machine serving complimentary iced green tea.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2011

The hotel offers small but tidy and really comfortable rooms. The beds are soft and the sheets are of great quality. The WC are super small, but functional and clean. The location is just perfect, really close to everything you want to see (the subway is so convenient, when you've figured out how it works...), but still in a calm and quiet part of Shinjuku. The prices are reasonnable (and you can get discounts online) and the breakfast (included) is fair (bread, tea, jam). I would go back there if I went back to Tokyo.

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  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2011

Stayed here two nights while in Tokyo. Staff was very helpful and spoke pretty good English. Adjacent restaurant, but plenty more in the area. Only a few blocks from Shinjuku station made this place a great location, but without the price of downtown. Free computer to use in the lobby and breakfast (breads, juice, and coffee) served every morning. Rooms are tiny, but very comfortable and clean. Absolutely no complaints and would stay here again if I am in Tokyo!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about City Hotel Lonestar

Property: City Hotel Lonestar
Address: 2-12-12 Shinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0022, Tokyo Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Shinjuku > Shinjuku
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#6 Best Value Hotel in Shinjuku
Price range (per night): ₹ 5,671 - ₹ 7,991
Hotel Class:3 star — City Hotel Lonestar 3*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shinjuku: Tokyo's second city center. There is a place to relax in this bustling neighborhood, center of many of Tokyo's main transportation routes. The lobby features a modernist touch, with black Italian tile and leather stools. Guest rooms have a minimalist, modern design, accented by framed artwork selected by our own graphic designer. The location offers easy access to the rest of the city, perfect for both business and sightseeing. ... more   less 
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