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“Great hotel, shame about the curfew” 4 of 5 stars
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Aster Plaza International
4-17 Kakomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture 730-0812, Japan   |  
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Ranked #7 of 107 Hotels in Hiroshima
London, England, United Kingdom
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“Great hotel, shame about the curfew”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

We only spent one night in Hiroshima. Got to the train station early and took the 25 minute bus ride to the Aster Plaza. We left our bags with the helpful staff, went for a wander and checked in around 6pm. The rooms are huge for Japan, clean but a little dated. It's definitely not a hostel but the rates are nowhere near hotel prices so very reasonable. The only problem we had was that we managed to find a really cool bar for drinks but had to leave when it was just getting going due to the 1am curfew. Would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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AsterPlaza, マネージャー at Aster Plaza International, responded to this review, December 17, 2012
Thank you for staying with us and nice comment. We were honored to have you.

Our hotel provide a reasonable price for guests from foreign countries. We'd like to many people around the world to visit Hirosima and stay with us.

We are sorry to hear that you had have to leave a really cool bar before 1 am due to the curfew. We appriciate your understand and cooperation.

We look forward to seeing you again. Thank you,
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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11 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

Stayed there for one night during my 2-week trip of Japan. I decided on this place based on the positive reviews on Tripadvisor and I was very very happy with my choice! Location wise it is perfect - only minutes away (by foot) from the Peace park and museum. The centre of town or JR train station are only a quick bus ride away.

The hotel is located within a complex which serves as a function centre; the hotel rooms are on the top 2 floors of the building so you get a nice view of the city.

I stayed in a single room for about 3600 yen/night. Such good value for money compared to anywhere else I've stayed in Japan. The room was of decent size, very well-maintained and clean (I'm very fussy when it comes to cleanliness) and had everything you will possibly need from a hotel room.

Staff were great and spoke good English.

You can book your stay by email (they were very quick to respond) or by phone.

Overall one of my favourite hotels that I've stayed in Japan. Will definitely stay again and recommend to others.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AsterPlaza, マネージャー at Aster Plaza International, responded to this review, December 22, 2012
Thank you for staying with us and the wonderful review you gave. I'm very glad to hear that you had a enjoyable stay with us. I hope that you were able to leave Japan with delightful sense of satisfaction after 2-week journey.

There are many beautiful rivers in Hiroshima. As you know, our hotel built a long river from direction of peace memorial park to seto sea. On fine day, it is great to take a lesurely walk a long a pretty river walk.

We are trying to find more local's pleasure which you can not get from travel guide book to share it with many tourists.

We look forward to seeing you again! Thank you from all staff :-)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2012

We had a great time at the Aster Plaza. This is supposed to be a Hostel-type accommodation but really, it's much much more.
We booked a Japanese style room and it was amazing. Big, bright, quiet and super-clean, with all the amenities you could wish for and even more. Very friendly and attentive staff. The Hiroshima Memorial and Peace Park are two minutes away, but you can easily walk to busy streets and shopping malls around.
Highly recommended!

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2012

The Aster Plaza is not really a Hotel, nor is it a Hostel. It appears to be a function centre, that has accommodation on the upper few floors. Its in a great location for visiting the Peace Park and Museum. Approx a 5min walk straight up the street. WE arrived by bullet train. The easiest way to the Aster Plaza is the bus. Take the No,24 bus for “Yoshijima”from platform A-3 near south gate of Hiroshima JR Station, and get off at “Kako-machi”which is next stop from the Peace Park stop (about 25 minutes ride). You will see Aster Plaza across the road. Approx 190yen, pay cash in machine near driver.
We had a family of 4. Kids aged 15 and 12. We originally booked a Japanese style room for the 4 of us. However this was our first experience with a Japanese style room. After coming from Kyoto where we had two "double" rooms, the Japanese room seemed quite small. The price for the Japanese room was approx $280 total for 2 nights. We paid more than that per room per night in Kyoto. Ended up changing to 2 "double" rooms for an additional $28 total, ie $308 for two nights for 2 rooms, simply fantastic value. The rooms are your standard Japanese Western room, small bathroom (clean and does the job), 2 single beds (quite comfy), small fridge, kettle and LCD TV. Very little English content on the TV, but that seems standard for Japan. Thankfully the Sumo wrestling was broadcast in English every afternoon. Note there's usually an English button on all Japanese remotes, so if a program has English content it can be changed, but don't expect a lot of choice. Our 2 rooms overlooked the river (8th floor) and faced the Peace Park. They have washing machines and dryers, coin operated, 100yen, ask at reception. They also have a fully equipped kitchen if you need it, ask for key at reception. We didn't see anyone else staying in the hotel. It felt like we had the place to ourselves. This could be dependent on the type of functions being held at the Plaza. The reception staff were very very helpful, and had great English. The Aster Plaza isn't in the middle of the restaurant district, but there was a couple of small Okonomiyaki (google it, Japanese pancake, especially famous in Hiroshima) restaurants across the road. Ask reception to direct you to the Hana-Hana restaurant, small husband and wife setup. Our best meal in Japan.
Don't forget to go to Miajima Island to the south of Hiroshima, easy to get to from the Aster Plaza. I have already recommended the Aster Plaza to friends. You can't book online, but you can email them at reserve@hiyh.pr.arena.ne.jp to make a booking.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

the aster plaza is a very good hotel, i stayed in a western style room. walking distance to the peace memorial park.
for 3700 yen it is a very good deal for the otherwise very expensive japan.
bathroom was clean, and the room was very quiet.
as i stayed on the 9th floor I could enjoy a wonderful view over hiroshima at day and night.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

The accommodations at Aster Plaza were clean and excellent value. We stayed in the Japanese style rooms (2) with our teenage children and enjoyed our stay. This is basic, clean lodging provided by friendly and knowledgeable staff. We used the laundry facilities which were a welcome addition to our stay. The fridge in the room was useful. I would not recommend the internet service offered in the common area as it timed out by the time the page refreshed. There is a wonderful noodle house across the street which I would highly recommend. An excellent breakfast buffet is offered next door at the Four Seasons Restaurant. The tram to Hiroshima Port is easily accessible for the ferry to Miyajima.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2011

I stayed at this hotel because it was recommended as a good, clean, inexpensive option and close to the Peace Memorial Park. My teenage son and I booked a single room each, with a private bathroom for only 3,750 yen. I was a bit hesitant, as we had stayed at some very nice, more expensive hotels in Japan, but was pleasantly surprised. Nothing fancy but comfortable enough with a clean, basic bathroom. There was a TV, desk area, little fridge, good A/C and jug for tea. We had Rooms 913 and 914 and they had fabulous, panoramic views of the river, bridges, city and mountains beyond. To get to the hotel, catch a cab for 1200 yen or take the bus going to the Peace Memorial Park from the bus stands outside the Station. Get off one stop past the Memorial stop. Look across the road and you will see two large, modern, white buildings. The Aster Plaza Hotel is in the one on the left with the curved front. The one on the right houses a Four Seasons Hotel that serves a good buffet breakfast for 1,000 yen until 9.30. There is a 7 Eleven close by with an ATM and freshly, packaged food for snacks. You can easily walk to the Peace Memorial Park and Museum from the hotel. There are Internet terminals on Floors 8 and 9 that cost 100 yen for 15 mins and the phones in the rooms charge home rates for long distance calls. They now take credit card and the rooms must be booked direct through their website. Courteous English speaking staff. I think it is owned by the City. If you want a basic but clean, budget priced room with your own bathroom, this is recommended. They also have a Japanese style room for the same price but I looked at it and found the tatami mats were a bit smelly - perhaps because of the heat & humidity in July. I think the pillows were the typical Japanese ones with the husk filling which may be hard for some.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 4-17 Kakomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture 730-0812, Japan
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Location: Japan > Chugoku > Hiroshima Prefecture > Hiroshima
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