Tokyo, Shinagawa’s Hostel for Enjoying Art, ARTnSHELTER

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ARTnSHELTER first opened in December of 2015.
As its name suggests, ARTnSHELTER is a museum-like hostel where guests can enjoy various works of art!
It also features a multimedia space that plays ultra-widescreen movies!

Convenient Transportation

ARTnSHELTER is conveniently located only 2 minutes on foot from the Keikyu Main Line’s Samezu Station.
Shinagawa Station is only 5 minutes from Samezu Station, and Haneda Airport is only 19 minutes away.
It really is the perfect location for sightseeing in Tokyo!

Shinagawa Station is only 2 minutes from Samezu Station
Shinagawa Station is only 2 minutes from Samezu Station

You can see the hostel from the station’s platform.

You can see the hostel from the station’s platform.
You can see the hostel from the station’s platform.

a Chiq Exterior

The 1st floor is home to the gallery space and a café bar, while the 2nd and 3rd floors are the hostel itself.

a Chiq Exterior
a Chiq Exterior

Here is the entrance hall.

the entrance hall
the entrance hall

Paintings are on display in the lobby.

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the building.

reception
reception

You need a card key to access each floor.

You can pick up your floor card and locker key at the reception desk.

pick up  floor card and locker key at the reception desk
pick up floor card and locker key at the reception desk

The staircase is spiral-shaped. There is no elevator.

staircase is spiral-shaped
staircase is spiral-shaped

Free Coffee and Black Tea!

Here is the café and bar area. Guests can enjoy free coffee and black tea here.
The staff is extremely friendly.

I ordered a cup of coffee.

the café
the café

Artsy Architectural Style

The lobby has an atrium built in, giving it a very open feeling.

lounge area
lounge area

The rooms are also very open.

room area
room area

There was art down in the basement too.
The architecture here was simple, but it felt artsy at the same time.

the basement
the basement

Types of Rooms

★Cheapest Variety, Open Dormitory Type★

Here beds line the hallway. This is the open dormitory type lodging, which costs 2350 yen (tax incl.).

the open dormitory type lodging, which costs 2350 yen (tax incl.)
the open dormitory type lodging, which costs 2350 yen (tax incl.)
the open dormitory type lodging
the open dormitory type lodging

★4 Bed Dormitory★

Here is a private-type room. There are rooms that hold 2 and 4 people. The 4-person room costs 3250 yen (tax incl.).

a private-type 、 rooms that hold 2 and 4 people
a private-type 、 rooms that hold 2 and 4 people

You put the sheets onto the bed yourself. This way, you can see for yourself that the sheets have been properly cleaned and maintained.

put the sheets onto the bed yourself
put the sheets onto the bed yourself

There’s also an outlet in the perfect location. You can even connect directly with USB cables.
There is a light right next to the beds.

there’s also an outlet in the perfect location
there’s also an outlet in the perfect location

I stayed in a 4-person room this time, but I was the only one in the room and had it all to myself.
However, the walls seemed to be rather thin, as I could hear conversations going on in neighboring rooms.

the walls seemed to be rather thin
the walls seemed to be rather thin

Facility Amenities

The kitchen. You can cook your own meals here.

the kitchen
the kitchen

Of course, lockers are also provided.

lockers
lockers

Here is the shower. Shampoo and body soap are provided.
Toothbrushes and towels are available for a fee.

the shower
the shower

The toilets look very clean and well-maintained.

the toilets
the toilets

Walking Around the Hostel’s Area

Tonkotsu Ramen Doraku. It’s open 24 hours.

Tonkotsu Ramen Doraku. It’s open 24 hours.
Tonkotsu Ramen Doraku. It’s open 24 hours.

Sukiya. If you’re hungry, why not have a cheap and tasty bowl of Japanese gyudon?

Japanese gyudon Sukiya
Japanese gyudon Sukiya

My Basket, a convenience store and supermarket. It’s located nice and close by to the hostel.

a convenience store AEON
a convenience store AEON

Their boxed lunches and other prepared goods are cheaper than those of typical convenience stores.

boxed lunches and other prepared goods
boxed lunches and other prepared goods

And when you go past the Keikyu Line’s Samezu Station…

the McDonald’s located near the Samezu station
the McDonald’s located near the Samezu station

…You can see the McDonald’s located near the station.

Introducing Some Interesting Services!

★A Free Clothing Rental Service?! ★

This unique service allows you to rent clothes that you like for free from a shared closet.

shared closet
shared closet

Why not rent a coat when you’re chilly, or try wearing some clothes that don’t fit into your usual everyday wear?

you can  rent clothes that you like for free from a shared closet
you can rent clothes that you like for free from a shared closet

★Ultra-Widescreen Films★

Back at the hostel, there was a movie screening going on.
Movie screening times and selections are not fixed. Instead, they are put on as the staff sees fit.

The projection surrounded the room, making for an excellent atmosphere.
The atrium provides a sense of openness.

The atrium provides a sense of openness.
The atrium provides a sense of openness.

After spending the night…
Morning arrived.

morning arrived
morning arrived

You can see Samezu Station from the window.

Checkout is just leaving your key cards in the key return box.

Checkout is just leaving your key cards in the key return box.
Checkout is just leaving your key cards in the key return box.

This hostel truly was more of an artful experience than I had expected!

exterior View
exterior View

In Summary

  • This hostel is both cheap and tidy, and you can easily spend a day enjoying its art. Its gallery space and café bar were also great additions.
  • However, the lack of towels, slippers, or elevator was a bit of an inconvenience.
  • Perhaps this facility is best suited for travelers like backpackers rather than businesspeople.

Attractions: Free coffee and black tea. Randomly selected movies. Beautiful spaces. Nearby supermarket.

Basic information on 「ARTnSHELTER」

「ARTnSHELTER」

Address
1-19-10 Higashioi, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Access
About 2 minutes on foot from the Keikyu Line’s Samezu Station
Tel
03-3765-2288
Check-in
15:00 (Last check-in: 24:00)
Check-out
12:00
URL(English)
http://www.artnshelter.com/