Disappointing for the price
Posted Aug 21, 2016
We would highly recommend Takayama but this hotel made it by far the most expensive leg of our stay in Japan.
The hotel is about a 15min shuttle bus ride away from the train station, this gave us a little less freedom than if it was closer to town. When we arrived I was surprised to see that it had an overpriced, large, gift shop in the lobby, a first in my experience for a hotel. The room was very large and had a good view over the town. It was clean and we had no problems with it. The breakfasts were included and were great, we had fresh fruit and pastries but there was a huge range of choices.
Our main issue with this hotel came when we decided to have dinner in the hotel one night. The hotel seems to fairly unashamedly take advantage of its poor location and offers three hugely overpriced restaurants. We chose the one that they use for breakfast service because it seemed a little cheaper. As we got to the entrance one of the slightly strangely mannered restaurant managers (of which there seemed to be 3+) told us to 'wait there'. He then let a number of guests who arrived after us in, and eventually allowed us to sit at a table after 10mins. The food that arrived was one of our most expensive meals in Japan, and probably the poorest quality one that we had there. I can buy better sushi in Canada. These were also the cheapest items on their menu. Very disappointing for the price of the room. The cheaper hotels we stayed in were nicer and didn't charge us a 'bath tax!'