Asia,  Hotels and Lodging,  Japan

Hotels: The Hotel Unizo, Tokyo

I’ll start my Japan series with a quick review of my hotel. Please note that this is not a paid review.

Being away from home sometimes takes its toll even on the most enthusiastic travellers (such as myself). Travel  anxieties like homesickness,  loneliness, and even insecurity can occur at any point of one’s trip.  But having good accommodations usually makes things better especially since it’s going to be the only place one can call home during one’s stay.

That’s why I was so happy that I was booked in Hotel Unizo in Shibuya.  Barely a year old, Hotel Unizo is one of the newest hotels this side of Tokyo.

Hotel Unizo in Shibuya
Hotel Unizo in Shibuya

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I must admit that prior to my trip, I had no idea what Unizo had to offer. Browsing through their website didn’t help much either. All I saw were a couple of pictures and a description of the guest rooms. I also couldn’t find any reviews online. So I was pleasantly surprised when I finally checked in.

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The 1,300mm single bed
all rooms come with a flat screen TV and free internet connection
all rooms come with a flat screen TV and free internet connection

As expected, the room was tiny. But somehow, It didn’t feel cramped. Each square foot was efficiently used.

the writing desk:  now you see it...
the writing desk: now you see it…
...now you don't!
…now you don’t!
tiny cabinet with shoe cleaning stuff and a rechargeable flashlight
tiny cabinet with shoe cleaning stuff and a rechargeable flashlight
a small ref and safe
a small ref and safe

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a full-length mirror for dressing up (or cam-whoring)
a full-length mirror for dressing up (or cam-whoring)

Aside from the comfy bed, one of the big plusses for me is the squeaky-clean bathroom. Since the hotel is new, the thought of soaking in a warm bath didn’t seem so icky.

impeccably clean toilet and bath
impeccably clean toilet and bath
lavender shampoo, conditioner and bath gel
lavender shampoo, conditioner and bath gel
complimentary toiletry kit, body 'sponge' and hair dryer
complimentary toiletry kit, body ‘sponge’ and hair dryer
bun warmer / remote-controlled bidet
bun warmer / remote-controlled bidet

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I’m a very low maintenance kind-o-gal. So the room exceeded all my expectations. Suffice it to say that I was a happy camper while billeted in this hotel. And not just because NHK paid for my accommodations. Honestly, I will gladly pay the 17,000 yen/night ($208+). If I had the budget, that is.

Speaking of NHK, the coordinator, Y, welcomed me to Tokyo with a little gift bag containing these…

a welcome bag from our NHK coordinator
a welcome bag from our NHK coordinator
this bread was so good I finished the whole thing in 2 minutes!
this bread was so good I finished the whole thing in 2 minutes!

Needless to say, I give Hotel Unizo two thumbs up. Thanks, NHK.:)

By the way, they serve terrific breakfast. But that’s another post.

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Hotel Unizo Shibuya

4-3, Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0042
Tel: 03-5457-7557
Fax: 03-5457-7558

 

4 Comments

  • slouchingsomewhere

    Leave it to the Japanese to make the most out of a small space. Your room looks so cozy. And man, I miss the toilets in Japan. Especially the warm seats. The toilets at the Peninsula (no, we weren’t fortunate enough to stay there, but some friends did and I just made sure to check out their toilet, hehe), the seats open on their own once it senses your near, there’s music and dryer. Grabe. What is it about the Japanese and their toilets? (Although may squatting toilets pa rin akong nakita)

    • polmangilog

      There are seats that open automatically?!! Wow! I did use a toilet with music and dryer haha. I loved those toilet seats. Never had to sit on a cold one while I was there.:)

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