We wanted to have a ryokan experience but yet be close to the city, and this hotel seemed to fit the bill.
Upon arrival and checking in, we were told to be seated while they served us some refreshments. The room we were given was quite large with the classic layout of a ryokan. It was fully self-contained with a separate toilet and bath. Being our first experience in a ryokan, we're not sure how authentic this was, although we suspect it's not what a proper, traditional ryokan would be. However, we just wanted to get a taste of this sort of accommodation, and yet enjoy the convenience of being close to the shopping & eating hub, and it was good enough for us.
We had signed up for the breakfast deal, and we were surprised by the quality of what we were served. It was a tasty, impressive, classical breakfast and we enjoyed it very much.
Free wifi internet was available only in the lobby and while that was inconvenient, fortunately for us there were very few people using it when we were.
It was an interesting experience overall. I don't think this would suit someone looking for authenticity, but sufficient for those who don't mind a taste of what should be, and be near the city center at the same time.
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