I didn't expect the Daiwa Roynet to be anything special - I chose it specifically for its location, since it's within walking distance of the Peace Park, which is obviously one of the main reasons for visiting Hiroshima. The hotel is also right on one of the main streetcar lines travelling between the Peace Park and the Station, so it's easy to get to other places as well, though you do need to allow the extra time for travel - by their nature, streetcars are not the fastest mode of transport.
At any rate, as promised, getting to the Daiwa Roynet from the Shinkansen area of the main station was straightforward - as long as you note in advance what stop you need, the announcements are easy to understand and as with the railways, all the stops and streetcars have signage in romaji.
Check-in was smooth and easy, and I also had luggage to collect that had been sent on ahead - this too was completed quickly and easily. The staff did not speak a lot of English but more than enough to deal with any enquiries I made, and certainly had more English than I have Japanese! There are machines at which you make your payments at this hotel, but don't worry - the staff can show you how to operate them and it's quite easy. I was also offered a selection of toiletries from a basket if there was anything I needed - I decided to try the bath cubes since they had been recommended on Tripadvisor and indeed I can vouch that the mint ones are very nice indeed for a relaxing post-travel soak!
The rooms were a nice surprise at this hotel - surprisingly roomy for a business hotel and plenty of room for my two small bags. There was also a coathook rail - I wish more Japanese hotels had these as it considerably adds to the hanging space for clothes without taking up too much room! You can expect all the usual things at the Daiwa Roynet - kettle, fridge, TV, Internet cable (though there was also a wifi connection that I managed to connect to once or twice - not sure if that was official or not since it's not in the hotel info *ahem*). One thing that they did have that I did not see anywhere else I stayed was a multi-adapter phone charger in the drawer with the Internet cable - it worked for my iPhone and also had adaptors for a number of other types of phone - nice touch!,
The bathroom was also slightly larger than those of other hotels in this class I stayed at. Having a soak in the bath was quite possible, and there was an array of toiletries provided apart from the ones that were on offer at check in. As usual there was also nightwear provided every day.
The hotel also provides a coin laundry on one floor, and communal microwaves, ice and vending machines too. You can eat breakfast in the restaurant next door for an extra cost though I didn't try it so can't speak to the quality.
The hotel itself is not in a busy area, though it is on a main road - it's sort of in a "between" area, so don't expect great views. However, there are three convenience stores and eateries close by (one of each are literally in the same block) and the tram stop outside can take you to the main drag in minutes if you want more food options. You can also get back to the station in 15-20 minutes if you want to take daytrips out to Miyajima, or south to Iwakuni and Yanai etc.
All in all I found the staff very efficient and friendly, and the hotel a good deal for the price, with larger rooms than I found in most other business-type places. I'd certainly stay there again and recommend it to other people. For the price,it's a good deal, and generally exceeded my expectations.
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