The position is very good, right opposite City Hall, with easy access to the excellent public transport system. My room, on the 25th floor looking South, was quiet; colleagues reported that other sides of the building could be rather noisy. The room itself was fine (although the bath was rather small) and, joy of joys, they allowed me to smoke in it. I do apologise for this to any unfortunate person who hates tobacco and who followed me; I gather that 90% of the rooms are always non-smoking so it should be possible to get a 'clean' room. Any smokers among readers of this will be as delighted as I was.
I made the slight mistake of misreading my 'breakfast voucher' (one issued for each day of the stay) and thought I was obliged to go to the Japanese restaurant. I was faintly surprised, on arrival, to be given a cup of tepid slightly coloured liquid with no choice of tea or coffee - and then realised I was in for a Japanese breakfast. It was actually very good, if you like that sort of thing. The following mornings I found my cornflakes and tea in the ground floor 'cafe'.
There was a slight problem with the bill (they insisted that I was not paid for when in fact I was). So I paid it myself in cash and then, when they realised their mistake after my return to Europe, they were reasonably quick to refund my bank account - although I think I lost quite a bit on the exchange rate. But at least I got it back - and they contacted me to accept the mistake before I contacted them which shows some efficiency.
So, once again, a perfectly serviceable business hotel which (once inside) might be anywhere. I think I must be alone in preferring a hotel with some form of local character. But since this appears to be what business people want, this is what they get.
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