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“Arcana Angel” 5 of 5 stars
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Arcana Izu
1662 Yugashima, Izu 410-3206, Shizuoka Prefecture (Shuzenji Onsen)   |  
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Ranked #3 of 99 Hotels / Ryokan in Izu
4.5 of 5 stars 76 Reviews
Mystic
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Arcana Angel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

This is a place where you can relax so thoroughly that the very idea of stress makes you laugh. You can partake of a kaiseki meal that ranks right up there with the best. Stare out at tree tops over a racing small river. Dip into the onsen on your room balcony. Eat. Stroll about a bit in the village or hike up into the hills. Have a massage. Nap. Repeat. It's a good situation for tired, busy adults. Arcana plays out quietly, effectively, without undue fanfare. It actually knows how to do a slow fade into itself. The views are good and the rooms are pretty good. The onsen is constantly beckoning. But the dining is the real centerpiece here. French-Japanese fusion without a hiccup, taken in at a long counter of guests watching the proceedings, interacting with the chef and his assistants, or looking past them to the green outdoors. It's only after Arcana unwinds you that you realize you are in a very small and limited town, right next to less magical living. And that's charming too. Only be prepared: very, very expensive.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Bangkok, Thailand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

We stayed at Arcana for our New Year vacation for 3 nights. We booked 3 rooms. I and my friend had the River Terrace Suite and my sister had the best room in the place The Suite ( there is only one The Suite , you understand and since she's paying for the trip I let her have it. )
After a 6 hour flight form Bangkok and a 3 hour private van ride from Narita we were exhausted we we arrived but the staffs all made us feel so welcome we started relaxing the minute we stepped foot into the hotel.
And when we saw the room .OMG. It was AMAZING. My roon has this huge panoramic window and you could see/hear the stream running quietly just a few feet below .The opposite side of the stream was a heavenly ( but forbidden ( forest that looked lush even in winter .)
All rooms have private On-Sen which is great and even though the On-Sen is outside you feel complete privacy. All you can see are trees and amazing view of the stream . It's an amazing feeling to get naked in almost 0 C and bathe in an On-Sen. I didn't feel cold as the water was so warm and my skin didn't dry up because of the mineral in the water.
There is a french restaurant called Lumiere which serves food all day and the breakfast was amazing .I can't even describe it. The way all the elements were presented on the tray. Omelete , Brioche , ham, yogurt with honeycomb and even creme brulee . It was spectacular . Dinner was a full 10 course affair . Lunch was usually something simple like seafood pasta , hamburg steak , beef/pork curry served with salad and bread.
I'm usually a really fit guy but I scoffed it all down without a care in the world .The town itself is pretty dead. There are some minor tiny grocery store and a 7/11 which took 15-20 minutes to walk to so that was my daily exercise ! There is no TV in the room as you don't really need one but free wifi is provided throughout . mini bar is free and is restocked everyday .
The bed was large and comfortable. The service was impeccable .
All in all it was a perfect vacation.I know the room /food etc were really expensive but after all the stress we had to go through during the Great Flood of Thailand we wanted to splurged on a vacation and we absolutely picked the right place.
I will definitely come back.

Room Tip: If you have plenty of cash to spare go for The Suite . It has its own fireplace and it's like a...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Hong Kong, China
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2011 via mobile

Been here for a day so far. Wonderful spa / Ryokan with Wedtern style rooms.

Our room had a private onsen out on the balcony. Views from the room are beautiful with wibdow opening to the forest and the Kano river below flowing with wonderful sounds of the water.

For Japan rooms are excellent in size and nicely appointed.

The restaurant Lumiere presents exquisitely prepared French cuisine with all tables looking out to breath taking big window out into the forest.

Hosts are attentive and very polite. They are making our honeymoon a wonderful experience.

Pricy for sure but wonderfully relaxing.

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hyderabad, India
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2011

An absolutely stunning place in an extraordinary location! Just about 90minutes away from Tokyo, I was very surprised that this was a very modern Ryokan with modern facilities and amenities in the room. The room itself was spacious with a large bed. The minibar was fully stocked and included in the stay. A sitting area separated the bed and the ceiling-to-floor glass window overlooking the stream flowing at the bottom of the foliage filled mountain - the most serene view that i ever encountered in a long time.

To relax in the hot spring water tub and hear the lapping sounds of the water flowing in the stream was so peaceful that i could hardly believe it that just that morning i was in downtown Tokyo with all its urban accoutrements.

the dinner was very French and the most exquisite one! Seemed like it went on forever. The breakfast was even more amazing!. Definitely recommended to all who wish to see a different side of Japan!

Room Tip: All rooms face the mountain!
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  • Stayed February 2011, traveled on business
    • 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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Tokyo, Japan
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2011

Just back from spending one night here in a river wing suite (room 15). The room was more than sufficiently large with a two beds, a sofa, work table area, and long veranda with a private hot spring bath. The room was furnished in a simple, elegant and modern fashion. Internet is available but no TV's in any of the rooms (though apparently the staff can bring a small TV and DVD player if you want to watch a movie to pass the time. CD's are also available.) I really liked the room and enjoyed just reading and relaxing between dips in the bath. Another nice feature (compared to many more traditional Japanese inns) is that the standard check-out time is 1pm so you can take your time in the morning if you're not in a rush. This place is made for just sitting back and relaxing.

Dinner is served at the hotel's private restaurant. Excellent use of locally grown vegetables and other ingredients. An ample wine list (though I'm no expert) is also available. Everything is prepared in front of the main counter and the main feature of the restaurant is a massive window overlooking the outdoor scenes. I think the idea is for guests to enjoy their food in a setting that tries to blend in and make use of the natural environment.

Breakfast, also served in the private restaurant, was also excellent combining a large selection of vegetables, fruits, and breads along with a selection of fresh juices. A perfect way to begin the day.

Each room has a "butler" assigned to it available 24 hours-a-day in case you need anything. The staff were all very nice and contributed to making this a very memorable stay.

The only reason that I didn't give Arcana a perfect rating of 5 was that it is indeed quite expensive. A river wing suite, dinner with a couple of drinks, and breakfast was about 120,000 JPY (about $1500 at 77 jpy/usd) for two. That's not inexpensive and for that amount of money I was looking for a little more "wow" factor.

Overall I definitely recommend a visit to Arcana both for the location and the cuisine.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
62 hotel reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2010

I stayed there for 2 nights with some friends in a River Wing Suite that had a lovely Jacuzzi on the terrace with a nice view on the river and forest. The room was perfect, so was the service and the food.
Lots of meaningful attentions. For instance, we discovered an incredible tomato juice during our first dinner. The butler noticed it and had some brought to our room before the end of the dinner so that we would find it when heading back to the room.
Absolutely amazing experience.

Will definitely be back

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
    • 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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Seattle, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2010

The Arcana accomplishes something extraordinary: It achieves an entirely authentic personality and charm, and creates an impeccable escapist environment. This beautifully designed and expertly staffed resort serves as a model of what the boutique hotel can—and should—be. Waking to treetop views, bathing in our private onsen, spotting fireflies by lantern-light, and dining on creative, meticulously crafted gourmet dishes (all specially tailored to my culinary likes and dislikes)—these are just a few of the unforgettable details of our stay. The breathtaking greenness of the surroundings and the quiet seclusion of the place left us, after just three days, completely relaxed and rejuvenated. In every detail and aspect, this experience ranked among our absolute best in the hospitality sphere.

  • Stayed June 2010, 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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Address: 1662 Yugashima, Izu 410-3206, Shizuoka Prefecture
Location: Japan > Chubu > Shizuoka Prefecture > Izu > Shuzenji Onsen
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Izu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rooms_16rooms with open-air hot spring bathWater type_mainly calcium&sodium sulfate water / 8.3pH (slightly alkaline)Restaurant _lumiere arcana izu (seats 32)Check in_3pmCehck out_1pm ... more   less 
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