Looking for a place to stay in Wakayama? Then look no further than Granvia Wakayama Hotel, a family-friendly hotel that brings the best of Wakayama to your doorstep.
Rooms at Granvia Wakayama Hotel offer a flat screen TV, air conditioning, and a refrigerator providing exceptional comfort and convenience, and guests can go online with free wifi.
A 24 hour front desk, shops, and baggage storage are some of the conveniences offered at this hotel. An on-site restaurant will also help to make your stay even more special. If you are driving to Granvia Wakayama Hotel, parking is available.
Given the close proximity of popular landmarks, such as Kyu Omurake Jutaku Nagayamon (0.9 mi) and Takanoji Temple (1.0 mi), guests of Granvia Wakayama Hotel can easily experience some of Wakayama's most well known attractions.
While visiting Wakayama, you may want to try some dumplings at one of the nearby restaurants, such as Chao Chao Gyoza.
Should time allow, Wakayama Castle, The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, and Momijidani Garden are some popular attractions that are within walking distance.
We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at Granvia Wakayama Hotel as you experience everything Wakayama has to offer.
Hotel was located beside Mio Wakayama mall, 5 mins away from JR Wakayama station and bus station is right outside the hotel. Check-in process was fast and efficient. Single room was spacious and well-equipped with facilities. Bed was comfortable with good pillow support.
Spacious room and bottled mineral water is provided daily. The name of the hotel on the façade is indicated in Japanese only (ホテルグランヴィア和歌山) but it is easy to locate. It is in the same building as Kintetsu Department Store (closes at 7pm) which is just next to Wakayama station - exit from the station and turn right, go through the tea lounge and the hotel lobby is right inside. The staff is friendly and helpful. There is also Mio Wakayama on the other side of the station (closes at 8pm). There is a free shuttle bus near the hotel that goes to Aeon Mall Wakayama.
This is the second time I am staying this hotel. Last time I felt a bit old and carpet a bit stinky but this time it was not so bad or rather I felt good. Theom given was quite spacious though I got the room at bargain price. Only thing I should say was a bit poor breakfast buffet. I thought this hotel's breakfast buffet was famous but quite disappointing. The offered items are not so many and taste just ok. Only thing I found good was dried fishes which we could grilled them.
Had two separate nights here, with very different rooms. The first a superior double, comfortable though bathroom rather small and basic. View of adjacent apartment balconies. The second was spacious, luxurious, with two large beds, sitting area with corner windows (great views), bathroom with spa bath and walk-in shower. Very helpful reception staff, especially Kazue Miyamoto who was warm and friendly and had very good English. Minor complaint: this Granvia not so tourist-friendly as others - breakfast offering had rather limited choice of non-Japanese food.
From Wakayama port, I bicycled to the hotel. They weren’t expecting to see someone in cycling gear asking to check in, but they adjusted quickly to a friendly welcome. I was given Room 902, a small room with double bed. The room was quiet. The bed was comfortable, and the pillow had a soft side and a harder “beanbag” side, which I like. An electrical outlet on the headboard allowed me to charge my phone while I slept and still have it to hand. The window kipped open and the fresh air was welcome, though the only view was that of the neighboring apartment building; further down the hall you would get a view of the station area and on the other side of the hall you would see the tracks from your room. The bathroom was small but up- to- date, sparkling clean and had a very good, Granvia- style selection of amenities. Breakfast was in a nice room on the 5th floor-- which has some number of eateries, all of them but the breakfast site closed at this hour. The breakfast room is bright and open, and overlooks the approach to the train station. The selection was excellent, and the food quality was good. There was a grill- your- own fish station, rarely seen elsewhere. They had no hot pepper sauce, though. On 6F, the hotel offers what they call cabins, in two sizes (business class and first class.) They look like good alternatives to capsules, offering more space, a bigger bed and space to stow your stuff. There’s a lounge and common bathroom and spa facilities. I did not see them but the pictures looked pretty good. Secure bike parking is available underneath, 200Yen, and offered by Times, the big carpark company you see throughout Japan.…
The hotel is just next to JR Wakayama Station. It should be a good place to stay if you have to visit the sights in Wakayama City. Or it is good as a transit to stay overnight. My group of six arrived at Kansai Airport in late afternoon and we have to start Kumanokodo hiking the next day, so it was the only option t stay for the night. The room was really small although we had a deluxe double. In the morning, we had breakfast at the small café on the ground floor of the hotel. It was a very basic buffet breakfast and it cost only about 800 yen.
Wakayama City is a place that many Japanese describe simply as being “countryside”. When uttered by the urbanites from the big cities that description carries a faintly derogatory tone. But for most Australians a town of 365 thousand people is better described as a city. In fact, the Australian capital, Canberra, has the same population as Wakayama City (and is also no stranger to put downs from the snooty folk of Sydney and Melbourne). I live near Canberra but was born and grew up in Sydney, but thankfully bush living has ironed out any of that city arrogance. Wakayama City is more laid back than many Japanese cities and barely gets a mention in the English guidebooks. Actually, in my reading Lonely Planet didn’t even give it a mention in the most recent Japan travel tome. But there is plenty to see if you look beyond the featureless streets and bus stops surrounding the Japan Rail main station. And it’s only a stone’s throw from Kansai International Airport so perfect if you’re looking for somewhere to stay other than an airport hotel before or after arrival in Japan. The Hotel Granvia is conveniently accessed directly from the Japan Rail (JR) Wakayama main station. You can also walk into the hotel from the road. The Granvia is not only laid back like the city, but also somewhat set back from the road. To get to reception from the street, you walk inside the building, along an arcade past a café and a tempting entrance to the Kintetsu shopping centre. When using the elevator, you can even hop out right in the middle the shopping centre, with the guest rooms being located above the shops. The Granvia’s rooms are spacious by Japanese standards, very comfortable, clean and quiet. As is the case with other hotels in the Granvia Group, they are not meant to be anything exceptional, just solid and reliable with all of the conveniences a traveller (especially a business traveller) would require. What stood out for me were the staff throughout the building. Smiles and konichiwas flowed freely from the room servicing teams down to the front desk. It’s that sort of friendliness that really that makes a traveller feel welcome in a foreign country. The hotel’s accessibility for anyone with a disability was excellent. There are external ramps and the elevators have a separate panel of low set buttons both within the lifts and on the outside walls near the lift doors. The buffet breakfast selection was full of variety. You can enjoy plenty of Japanese selections or go hard with the hash browns, scrambled eggs and sausages if you’re missing what’s usually in the typical westerner’s home fridge. A highlight is the DIY fish grill, where hungry diners can cook their own small pieces of fish for 3-4 minutes. It makes you feel like you’ve really earnt your food. There is also a chef is on hand to make a customised omelette if that tickles your palate. I couldn’t resist kicking off the day with a seaweed soup before tucking into fruit and yoghurt, rice porridge and then working my way around the buffet, usually ending up at the French Toast. Have you ever tried Natto? No? Well the time has come to enjoy this Japan staple. So why not do it at the Granvia Wakayama City. Wakayama City is a port and fishing town and one of the highlights for me was visiting an area called Marina City, where you’ll find a Euro-style village, theme park and a fresh food and fish market. While I can leave the faux Italian streets and Ferris wheels behind, the fish market was an absolute delight and includes a regular daily display of tuna carving up, complete with a description (in Japanese of course) by a charismatic young swordsmith. Watching this extraordinary display and eating the fresh tuna straight away is a world class visual, audio and taste experience. Back to the Granvia Hotel. Would I recommend it? Absolutely. At the end of a day’s sightseeing it was a relaxing and friendly place to come back to, and the genuine welcomes from the staff really made it. I hardly saw another western visitor in the 3 days I stayed in Wakayama City, which made the time there feel genuine, a real and local Japanese experience. …
The location was great! It was in front of Wakayama Station and next to the bus stop(included Kuroshio Markets bus). Maybe I was check-in at night, there was not too many people need to wait. The staff was good and polite. The room was good, not much small if in Japan, have enough space to open the luggage. And I love their head of the bed, it has a headboard with socket can give me put my charger and phone there.
Stayed 2-nights during a heatwave in July, and the hotel proved to be a welcome oasis on my travels. Arriving by train from Kansai Airport, the hotel is handily located adjacent to the JR station and the staff were super-helpful whatever my request; arriving extra-early and relieving me of my luggage, extra pillows, taxis to various destinations, etc. In visiting Wakayama, I only had a few items on my agenda; visiting Wakayama Castle, the hugely popular Wakayama Electric Railway : Kishigawa Line and exploring the Kii peninsular southwards by JR train. The hotel location was ideal for my agenda (although the Castle is a somewhat brisk walk away along the wide avenue which heads westwards from the hotel). The hotel is in the same building as two large Department Stores (Mio and Kintetsu) and provides direct access to these, which also contain several restaurants/food courts and are open until late. On the down-side, I thought the room (Std. Single - Non-Smoking) was a little small, but given the room rate provided good value-for-money. Also, there were no English language channels on the TV (common in Japan when you are off the main tourist track). Overall, I was highly satisfied with my stay and if I manage to return to this brilliant city I would choose the Granvia again.…
the hotel is right next to wakayama station, which makes it really convenient. i would recommend anyone to stay there if you're visiting nearby cities, as it's right next to the train station. the room looks very dated, some parts of the wallpaper were starting to come off. and for some reason the lights in the room were very dim, could use better light bulbs. could do with some refurbishing. the hotel receptionist are very friendly, gave good recommendation for massage around the area. you could also walk to wakayama castle.