Rock hard beds, dated decor, but good amenities.
Posted Oct 11, 2016
I have mixed feelings about this hotel. It felt like a resort that had it's heyday in the 1980's, but feels very dated now. Our room had ugly old decor and the hardest beds I've ever come across! The pillows were small and there were no extras in the cupboard. The hotel is massive, it was the kind of place where tour/school groups stay. The walk from Takayama station took us 10-15 minutes, not much fun with our big heavy backpacks. We only realised after we arrived that there was a free shuttle bus, but it didn't run in the evening, so when we went into town for dinner we had to walk the whole way back. It would have been nice if the hotel offered the rental bikes for free so we could get around easier, as the walk into town or to the Hida Folk Village were long. But the bikes cost 1000 JPY a day and had to be back by dusk, so we didn't bother. Thank goodness for the foot onsen, which soothed our feet after so much walking! All that said, the hotel had lots of great amenities - a large and welcoming lobby, a range of on-site restaurants, souvenir shops and cafes. The public bath area was spacious and well-maintained, and there were plenty of baths to choose from, but they sting you with the spa tax on check out. The buffet restaurant was a bit tacky with the Halloween decor. The breakfast buffet had some weird 'western' options like french fries, meatballs, spaghetti and nuggets - but it was all good quality food. All in all, it was a little disappointing for the price paid.