Disappointing APA Hotel
Posted Sep 3, 2015
While not reflective of all APA Hotels (and I have stayed in others that were better), the fact that they count this as one of their hotels makes me hesitant to trust them again. I will certainly not be staying at this hotel again.
1. The building is old and reeks of stale tobacco. I booked a non-smoking room, but there was still the smell of smoke and tobacco (and products used to try to cover it up) in my room, the hallways, and the elevator. The staff was very accommodating and brought an air purifier to my room, but it was still a really unpleasant experience, especially when trying to sleep.
2. There is an onsen-type spa within the building, but this hotel has a men-only policy for it. Quite often (including in other APA hotels), if there is only one onsen, there will be set hours for men and women to use it. However, this hotel has signs in the room and elevator (mostly in Japanese, although there is one brief "men's only" note in English in the elevator) very clearly stating that the hotel's policy is that their onsen is only for men. The note in the hotel room even has the audacity to tell you to "make yourself at home" (rough translation from Japanese) while baldly demonstrating their discrimination against women.
3. While the bathrooms were generally clean, upon getting in the bathtub, I could easily see mildew on the underside of nearly every surface. It was really disgusting.