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Good for a budget hotel (under $100/night) Fairly kid-proof Allowed bed-sharing with kids, so we had a twin room for a family of four (kids aged 1.5 and 4) Coin-operated laundry facilities available was a bonus Public bath on floor 10 was nice to have Breakfast buffet was good (cost extra) Great location less than 5 min from train station. Walk 5-10 min to get to loads of shopping, restaurants (giant Aeon mall opening next door in Dec 2014), 20 min stroll down busy/fun street to Okayama Castle and Gardens. We travelled in November and it was hot, (22 C, around 70 F) but the A/C didn't work. I think they turn it off at a certain point in the year, so setting it at a low temp only blows air around the room. We had to crack the window but it only opens about 3-4 inches for safety reasons. The staff brought us a fan but then housekeeping took it away the next morning and we had to ask for it again. Minor issue but our Japanese was terrible so communication was slightly difficult.
I liked that it was attached to the train station. The thing I'm actually really upset about is that I booked the hotel because of price and convenience. Then when I was already in my room they said they would charge and extra 2,000 yen for having another person in my room. This is a proper hotel, not some charge by the hour/person. That's why I'm giving it a not so positive review.
Great position tight by the railway station
Welcoming approach to hotel i.e., bench and umbrella outside the front door. Well organized, courteous front desk staff. Patient with non-Japanese speakers.
Location was great - short walk from JR train station & directly across from canal / tourist district. Public bath on top floor was also very nice.
The rooms were small but functional. The spa on the top floor very nice & the laundry facilities very helpful
The staff were very helpful and charming. It was very close to the shops and restaurants. The lack of wifi internet access was a problem for me, and the position for my purposes was not great (I mainly needed access to the ferries)
Friendly staff and convenience of the location None