Location of the hotel is strategic, just right behind the JR station. 10-minutes walk to the Sakuramon and the public bath, 20-minutes walk to the Takeo Shrine and Public Library. The bus terminal heading to Ureshino is just next to the hotel. We understand that the hotel is under renovation now and there will be a public onsen in the new building. For the hardware, the room is extremely small even for two Asians, and shown clear signs of wear and tear. However, all basic amentities are available for the guests, just like other hotels did - toiletries, fridge, yukata, slippers, writing desk, TV etc. What make this hotel so different from others is the software, the staff and their customer-focused attitude: I stayed there on 2 April 2018 and the temperature was unexpectedly hot, around 25-6C. The cooler of the central air-con was unable to function and only the heater was on. I mentioned to the receptionists (who spoke fluent English) and they took every effort to adjust the thermostat in my room so that the cooler could work. Just to mention some more examples, for better hair washing experience, they have shampoo bar in the lobby for guests to sample (unseen anywhere in Japan); the price for washer/dryer per cycle is the cheapest that I've seen Kyushu (same brand of washer & dryer); sumptuous breakfast with a wide range of food & beverages free of charge; comic library (all books in Japanese though); very detailed walking map of Takeo town and the location of each convenience store etc. Very impressive hotel. If the hardware can be improved, I believe it will be one of the best value hotels in Kyushu.…
We were in Saga during the weekend of the International Balloon Fiesta and it was challenging trying to find a room at reasonable prices. Central Hotel Takeo was a great find as it is conveniently located and has easy access to Saga city as well as Ureshino Onsen. Rooms are tiny but very cosy and extremely clean. Service is great and some of their staff speak pretty good English. We had a room facing the railway tracks so it can be a little noisy if windows are left opened. Didn't really bother us and we had a really good stay. The public bath is about 10minutes walk away and you should not miss it if you are in the area. Discounted admission tickets can be purchased from the hotel.
It was right in front of the train station. Very easy access to everything. The hotel has all the things you need but it looked a bit old. We were 6 and one of the rooms we got smelled of cigarette but it wasn't that bad. Overall it was ok. We got what we paid for. :)
Everything it aims to be, thoroughly reliable basic hotel, well situated for rail to local area. Breakfast full and varied, local food close by, rooms small but warm. Don't expect luxury but a decent place to stay.