Scenic, comfortable, convenient. English friendly.
Posted Nov 7, 2016 on Hotels
The location, right on Lake Biwa, next to a biking/walking path along the lake and near several lakeside parks, was excellent. Bike rentals right from the hotel (400 yen first hour, 200 each additional hour). Easy walk to restaurants, convenience stores, big department store (Seibu) which also contains several restaurants. Free shuttle every half-hour from the hotel to the train station; quick ride from there to Kyoto. Rooms was surprisingly spacious for Japan (similar to a traditional western hotel), very clean, with very comfortable beds. Meals at the hotel are very expensive and nothing is open before 7 am, but there is a convenience store walking distance and an electric teakettle in the room if you bring your own coffee or tea bags. There were very few western guests, and not all the staff are comfortable with English, but we were always able to communicate our needs, and the front desk was incredibly helpful with anything we needed. Would definitely stay here again if we could get another good discount rate.