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Hotel Sunshine City Prince Hotel 3 star
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1-5 Higashi-ikebukuro 3-chome Toshima-k Tokyo, Japan -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

A beautiful 37-storey tower right in the middle of this slightly out of the centre but pleasant area. The architecture and the shiny marble hall probably won't do much to impress you, but it should be noted that the 1,000 guest rooms inside come at very reasonable prices and levels of comfort.

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    Location 4.8 /10

    The huge Sunshine City shopping centre includes shops, cinemas and restaurants. The district is north of Shinjuku, so fairly far north of the city centre. On closer inspection though the location isn't too bad: the JR underground line is close by and provides connections to Shinjuku in 7 minutes, Omote Sando in 15 and Shibuya in 20 minutes. If you take the circular line in the other direction and head north, Ginza is just 30 minutes away. Bearing in mind that the Limousine Bus takes you from the airport directly to the hotel, and that the prices in the district are more reasonable than those in the more prestigious centres, it's a good choice financially.

    Accommodation 7.20 /10

    The hotel has 1,000 guest rooms spread over 37 floors. The smallest (and cheapest) rooms are not big, but the middle category rooms are huge at 25m2. There are also suites available, Japanese rooms with tatami mats, and guest rooms reserved exclusively for women on a women-only floor.
    The decor is similar to that of a three star hotel in New York: the bedspread looks like your grandmother's curtains, while the carpets come in strawberry, pistachio, or slightly better, coffee. Nevertheless, the beds, either a double or two twins, are comfortable, and the very 50s furniture will soon be vintage. In the meantime, it's old-fashioned but in good conditioned. The amenities are good and include a safe, air-conditioning of course, tea and coffee-making facilities and a television which, curiously in this high-tech country, is often a model from the 90s with a large tube at the back.
    The bathrooms are decent, with a bath tub, small American wash basin and Japanese toilets with heated seats and cleansing water jets. Kimonos and slippers are provided, as is a hair-dryer. The desk in the bedroom also serves as the dressing table: the shelf lifts up to reveal a mirror. There are several communicating rooms available - ideal for families. The corner rooms are larger and come with 2 double beds to sleep 4 people. The higher up you go, the more you pay. There are 3 categories of view and price: the 6th to 29th floors, the 30th to 33rd, and the 34th to 37th.

    Overview 6.70 /10

    Reception is on the ground floor - a rarity in Tokyo. The entrance hall is rather like a train station concourse, with shop stalls spread out in the middle of the gleaming marble. Other than an Internet corner, there's not much else to mention. Here the theme is functional or nothing. 6 lifts deposit guests to a chorus of bells.

    Food and drink 6.20 /10

    The breakfast room is huge yet pleasant, with the breakfast buffet charged at around £13 and including tasty breakfast pastries among other things. Three restaurants fight over the almost 2,000 guests: A Japanese restaurant, and the large Trianon restaurant (the Japanese love the château of Versailles in Paris, and the smaller Petit Trianon château in particular) on the 59th floor offering a panoramic view over the whole city. The third restaurant serves only buffet food throughout the day, including an all you can eat cake buffet in the afternoon for around fifteen pounds.

    To know

    The hotel is connected to a shopping centre, open both day and night - handy when you arrive in the early hours of the morning.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Meeting room

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