Welcome to Te Moana: Business or Pleasure?

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“Business or pleasure?” - that famous question you may have heard while spending some time abroad. Travelling for work can sometimes feel like a chore, but at Hotel Te Moana Shinjuku you get the best of both worlds fulfilling your duties and enjoying some leisure time in one of Tokyo’s hottest spots. Kabukicho has many different kinds of entertainment to suit anyone’s taste for nightlife or sightseeing, and there’s nothing like really letting loose after a hard day of work.


I visited the medium-high budget room Te Moana offers. It basically looks like the usual leisure hotel that I’ve started to get pretty used to. There are the typical features such as the headboard controller for lights, music. A TV with many different forms of entertainment and services. A Blu Ray player. Wifi. Some snacks and drinks. A large bed and sofa for relaxing. The real standout for me was the bath. It’s bigger than many other hotels set at the same price, and the colorful LED lights set the mood perfectly. The room is very spacious, and your luggage can easily be set aside without cluttering things up which is useful for this leisure hotel in particular because you can stay here for multiple nights, unlike most others, which is a  very appealing feature for foreign travellers.


Te Moana is a very unique hotel since it straddles the line between business and pleasure. As you could imagine, just like any other compromise between two wildly different ideas, there are some sacrifices. For example, if the highlight of your hotel stay is waking up at 7am for some cold scrambled eggs and instant coffee disguising itself inside a pot, you’ll have to search for an alternative. However, for when you get hungry, a form of room service is available. You can order food or drinks with the remote from the TV menu. Personally I think of the sacrifices are worth making for the sake of comfort, convenience, and affordability. Te Moana provides a more modern experience than the traditional hotel, so depending on your priorities, Te Moana can be a much better option.


At typical hotels you end up paying for services you don’t need or want while you are stuck in a boring, cramped room. By eliminating some of the bloated, unnecessary aspects, you can enjoy more luxury features in a convenient and exciting area of Tokyo for a much more affordable price. Though there isn’t much of a front lobby that you would see at a usual hotel, checking in is still a breeze. Without being able to speak a word of Japanese, you can still get by using some live online translation services on a tablet available in Chinese, English, Spanish, Korean, Thai, and Russian. That’s just one more example of how Te Moana is ditching outdated methods of running a hotel in favor of comfort and innovation.


Though it is unique for now, I can imagine more hotels like this becoming popular in the future, especially in key locations like this. The style of Te Moana with its unusual pairing of business and pleasure that focuses a hotel's most fundamental qualities while still maintaining class and comfort is gathering more and more attention among foreign travellers. This is partially thanks to its accessible online booking through travel websites. A variety of rooms are available for 2-4 travelling colleagues or couples. Don’t plan your family vacation around staying at this hotel though. Children are still not welcome. You probably shouldn’t spend too much time with your kids in Kabukicho anyway. For those that work hard and party harder though, “Te Moana” may be just what you are looking for.


Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

Andrew is an American writer living in Tokyo, Japan. He often finds himself wandering home from a livehouse after missing the last train. As an outdoors enthusiast, musician, traveler and editor, he stays pretty busy, but he is still always looking for new things to try. The only thing more unorganised than his schedule is his room.

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