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“Onsen in the room” 5 of 5 stars
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Grandia Hosen
4.0 of 5 Onsen Hotel   |   43-26 Funatsu, Awara, Fukui Prefecture 910-4193, Japan (Awara Onsen)   |  
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Ranked #1 of 26 Hotels / Ryokan in Awara
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“Onsen in the room”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012 via mobile

This was my second stay for a couple nights at this hotel this year. I was in a Japanese Western room on the new annex with a Japanese living room and a western bedroom with twin beds. Very spacious for a couple. This is probably hot spring hotel at its best. Each room is designed differently and thoughtfully. There is a hot spring bath in each room. It is really convenient to take a hot spring bath when compared with going to the public bath. I did it four times a day.

There is free Internet in the room, and the audio visual system is nice. There is even a massage chair in the bedroom!

The Japanese banquets were great. There were dishes specially created for the hot summer. The seafood was seasonal. Live fishes were shown to us before they were prepared. The raw sea urchin (uni sashimi) was really fresh.

Ladies should ask for Japanese banquet dresses rather than wearing the Japanese bath robes found in the room for the banquets. The banquet dresses are very colorful and in many different colors.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Singapore, Singapore
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30 reviews 30 reviews
29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2011

Love this place!
If you are looking for a ryokan experience, this is a good place to go. Unlike some Ryokan that may be old, this ryokan keeps its rooms clean and the facilities are new. The rooms are also huge.Out of the more than 8 ryokans I have stayed, this is the only one that has a nicely dressed lady to come in and make tea for you after your check in.
My favourite would have to be the view from the room. It faces the rice field and simple gives you a sense of tranquility. I even made a special effort to wake up earlier just to sit beside the window to enjoy the view. There are 2 chairs and a little table placed nicely at the window , actually, that part of the room is a balcony within the room. The tea lady brought our tea to the little table, and we just sat there , sipping the tea, nibbling the snack, totally immersing in the quiet ambience.
Food is fantastic too.
Just a gentle reminder: my mum, a senior citizen requested for a bed instead of tatami. She was put in a room catered more for the disabled. They had railings and supports and huge toilets, These would generally allow greater ease for the movement of a person on a wheel chair. However, my mum being very mobile and healthy, did not enjoy being in the room, as it reminded her more of a hospital than a nice hotel.
My strong recommendation is to stick with the traditional rooms and enjoy !

Room Tip: request for room with a view of the rice field.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2009

OMG!! If you want to experience the best Japanese hospitality, go to this place! Their service is impeccable, extremely delicious food and outstanding rooms ( i chose the one with a private onsen in the room)!! Not all of their service staffs speaks English, but they will go all out to make sure you have a wonderful stay in Japan. There's not a single foreigner when I was there which made it more better as it's not all tourist-sy place. It is a ryokan after all, therefore be prepared to spend a little more on it though the service just made the price of the room seemed penniless!!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2007

Normally, I don't repeat a resort-type hotel because there are so many around and I would like to try a different one each time. This is an exception. The hot-spring (onzen) is a very important part of Japanese culture. Usually, you go to a Japanese hotspring fully naked with a lot of strangers, male and female are segregated in different sections. But in this hotel, some guestrooms have private mini outdoor onzen bath. So I can bathe with my wife together in the outdoor in the privacy of our room. The stay includes a very authentic Kaiseki dinner which is very awesome. The only drawback about this hotel is that the staff don't speak very good English. The fact that I can speak a bit of Japanese took me a long way. Even their website is entirely in Japanese too. [--]

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  • Stayed July 2006, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Grandia Hosen

Address: 43-26 Funatsu, Awara, Fukui Prefecture 910-4193, Japan
Location: Japan > Chubu > Fukui Prefecture > Awara > Awara Onsen
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 26 Hotels / Ryokan in Awara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Grandia Hosen 4*
Number of rooms: 113
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