I stayed at the Hotel Econo Nagoya Sakae for eight days in May while covering the excellent AICHI Expo 2005 in Aichi, about a 30 minute train ride away from the site. I had a single room for an astounding $53. US per night including an excellent breakfast selection. The hotel, located across the street from the antiquated Nagoya TV Tower, is located on the fifth-through-ninth floors of a building that contains everything from four restaurants to a "gentleman's club". The elevator stops at the fifth floor lobby, where breakfast of egg sandwiches, rice and spinach cakes and beverages are provided in a grass refridgerator free each morning. Part of the fun is a tiny OJ cup that shows a robin with the caption "Birds Fling Delightly". Of course it should read "flying"! but it is part of the lost in translation inevitabilities that are classically Japanese. The staff is VERY limited in the English language. In fact, a cram course to learn the basics came in handy to say the least here, but the employees went out of their way to understand and make things smooth for this American. The single rooms consist of a small step-up bathroom cubicle with a toilet/bidet combo. a step down mini bathtub impossible for other a small child to sit in, and a showerhead that is attached to the sink. Excellent water pressure. The words of wisdom on the toothbrush and razor blades are priceless. The rest of the room was a simple single bed, 12 inch tv and view of a brick wall only eight inches away from the window, so if you tilted your head to either side you could get a glimpse of the street and the TV tower. When a daily wake up call is made on the phone, an automated woman responds with the cheerful word "Certainly!". How could you not love it? Inexpensive hotels are incredibly rare in Japan, but this Nagoya property, with a robe and slipper at the foot of the bed nightly, was very small and rather cramped but, as a novelty, was a terrific memory. Needs to be experienced at least once! 4 out of 5 stars
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