This place astonished me - at first we thought there had been a mistake with the room prices... we paid backpacker budget hostel prices for an ensuite twin hotel room with a panoramic view of the river.
It's a huge place with lots of floors, so don't come stay if you're looking for somewhere cosy, communal and sociable. If, however, you want a large room with a [very!] little private bathroom, the sense of being in a hotel [fridge and tv in room] and amazing views of the city, this is for you.
the room was clean, large and very secure. not exactly brimming with japanese character but - thanks to large windows and incredible views - not the most bland of hotel rooms either.
the hotel is around the corner from the peace park, which is in itself a short tram-ride from the commercial town centre. we walked into town regularly though - it really isnt far and the tram is more of a luxury than a necessity (although it's very handy when you're heading for the train station which is much further away).
the location also makes the hotel comparatively easy to find - if you can just get as far as the peace park (the town's foremost landmark so not difficult to find) then you can nip into the tourist office there and they'll direct you the rest of the way. when you get really near to it you may be baffled as to where it is - yes, it really is the enormous building you've walked straight past, not the small hostel you were expecting! i think the hotel is also a conference centre, hence the size. it's a few metres further along than the 7-11 (also handy!!).
they will also store luggage for you if like us you're nipping elsewhere for a couple of nights and don't want to take all your stuff.
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