The hotel's location is great for those who wish to explore downtown Ishigaki and the surrounding islands. Shopping, restaurants, and the ferry terminal are all within reasonable walking distance...a plus for us since we wanted to explore Taketomi and Iriomote islands while in Ishigaki. The staff was very courteous and helpful and assisted us in obtaining a rental car for part of our stay, which was brought to us at the hotel. What service! The rental gave us the freedom to explore the rest of Ishigaki at our own pace without relying on tours or public transportation.
The hotel staff was extremely pleasant and very accommodating...we asked for extra pillows and they were brought up to our room immediately. They held our bags for us when we arrived before the check in time and again after we checked out, allowing us a little extra time to explore Ishigaki before our plane departed.
The hotel was extremely clean and the twin beds are larger than the standard American twin bed. We stayed in a triple room and the room size was adequate and actually larger than expected. The beds were firm, more than we prefer, but that is a personal preference. The bathrooms were modern and clean but smaller than we are used to in the U.S. There was also a small refrigerator in the room. The breakfast buffet served daily from 7 to 9 offered a variety of Japanese breakfast items, including tea, coffee and juices. If you miss the breakfast buffet there is a wonderful little French bakery just across the street. There is a nice sized area with tables and chairs at the front of the hotel and another nice room at the back with seating and tables (including a massage chair). My husband used this room a few times to connect to WiFi so he could do some work while here. The furnishings throughout are simple yet tasteful and lend to the airy atmosphere of this quaint hotel.
In short, we would definitely stay at Hotel Patina again if we return to Ishigaki with the purpose of exploring the other islands. The location, price, cleanliness and impeccable service was outstanding! We will also recommend this hotel to our friends traveling from Okinawa-honto to Ishigaki. However, if you want to laze on beaches you may want to choose a beach resort with a pool.
One last note- a tip for English speaking travelers- stop by the ferry terminal and pick up the free English maps of Ishigaki and the other islands! The Yaeyama Islands are beautiful and well worth the effort to visit! I thought Okinawa-honto was beautiful but it doesn't hold a candle to the serene Yaeyama islands!
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