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Shimoda Tokyu Hotel
Ranked #3 of 66 Hotels / Ryokan in Shimoda
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Stockholm, Sweden
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“Room so-so everything else great”
Reviewed March 26, 2013 via mobile

This hotel sits on an impressive cliff overlooking a tempting turquoise shimmering Pacific Ocean bay. To spend some extra bucks for the ocean view is thus recommended. Too bad we visited early April, water too cold even for us Swedes. The hotel is in need of refurbishing and stains on carpets/walls made our room feel slightly dirty although they probably were of the permanent type. It seems to be a popular spot for Japanese seniors, less for foreigners. The service is very courteous, the English is a bit limited but works fine. Shimoda and off-hotel restaurants are ~15mins by foot. Great breakfast buff.

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Reviewed December 17, 2012

The hotel is located a bit outside of town on a small hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean, really beautiful location. Rooms (we had western style, twin) ok & clean, with a good sized bathroom. The ocean view was a highlight, really beautiful. Very nice staff, very friendly and helpful. I did not use the onsen (Japanese bath), but was told that it is not very large but has a great view. Breakfast was nice with plenty of choices, japanese style and western style, good coffee! We did not take dinner in the hotel, but went to town, which is about a 10 minutes (nice) walk. For the non-Japanese speakers - the staff speak some English. Free parking is available just in front of the hotel.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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verona
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

Nice location, which overlooks the Sagami-Nada Sea coast. Clean rooms with very nice sea view, but hotel celebrates 50 years of business and should be renewed. A very good continental and japanese breakfast buffet. Friendly staff. Wired internet only in the lobby. Hot-spring baths with nice view and big outdoor pool.There's a free shuttle from train station. Kisami beach is an hour away (shutte to the station and then public bus). Many restaurants are within a 15-minute walk (back at the hotel by taxi, it's on a cape !)



A very good continental and japanese breakfast buffet.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

We got super discounted rates on this hotel, and expected it to be a a great experience, but it wasn't really anything special. The view was amazing, but the location is inconvenient (both to the station and the beaches), the shuttles don't run back and forth from the station after 5 (cabs from the station are around 1000yen), the building itself is aging a bit, someone had clearly been smoking in our room before, and the onsen wasn't that great. The food at the hotel is really overpriced, so you'll want to go out into town for dinner, and we just brought combini food back and kept it in the fridge overnight for breakfast. On the other hand, it's hard to find a reasonably priced nice hotel in Shimoda -- so this place is fine, it's just nothing to write home about.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

If you want a place just to relax and recharge your batteries, you may consider staying at this hotel. It is in a great location with awesome ocean views, very secluded, not traffic noise, very friendly staff and great service.I was there for two nights and I had a great time.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Kootenays, British Columbia
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Reviewed May 23, 2012

I agree with those reviewers that point out that she's a little frayed around the edges but I found the view, the staff and the general vibe of the place makes me give it a 5 star rating nevertheless. Onsens are excellent. Staff are super friendly and helpful - although with limited english - they'll still do their best. Restaurant is very expensive and I gathered were almost exclusively used by 'package' buyers. There are such excellent restaurants in Shimoda that you have to get out and enjoy them anyway as it's half the fun. One of our favourites was a little cafe with the world's best coffee near the beach just below (and a little to the right) of the hotel. The hotel is a bit isolated standing on the top of a fairly steep hill 10 minutes walk from the downtown. A cab is reasonable at about 1000 Y.

But BEWARE: on the rather steep path to the beach we surprised a 50 cm (19 inch) Mamushi (pit viper) who was sunning himself! Since these bite about 3000 people a year in Japan (and kill about 10 of them) you should keep your eyes open and watch the little kids! The snake wasn't aggressive and I just stood guard over him with a piece of bamboo while the 3 ohers I was with gave him a wide berth.

We didn't swim at thar beach but went to one nearby and had a great swim and had the large sand beach pretty much to ourselves.

Value was good but I was there in May and got a good internet deal.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Brisbane
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Reviewed May 3, 2012

If you are looking for a hotel with commanding views of the ocean and the sweeping, rocky coastline, the Shimoda Tokyu Hotel may well fit the bill. However, it is not perfect and the room rate may be the determining factor. The hotel is perched high on a hill and certainly boasts impressive views. The staff were consistently friendly, welcoming and helpful, though one or two didn't always get things right. For example, we were told the taxi fare to town would cost 3,000yen but it only cost around 900yen. A pleasant surprise but we may not have even bothered to catch a cab had we believed it to be 3,000yen. Still, all staff meant well and made us feel very welcome.

There is a free shuttle bus service from/to Shimoda Station. Buffet breakfast is good. Onsen very comfortable. The hotel is secluded - no traffic noises - so is very quiet and calming. The seclusion may be a negative for some. Having said that it's only a 10-15min walk to the town/village. It's a bit trickier walking back because of the hill. Take it easy if walking up the hill!

The hotel needs an overhaul. Carpets are tired and pretty grubby looking in places. They are cleaned but there are many stains ingrained into the carpet. Much of the furniture is as other reviewers have said, tired looking. We were there in Spring so we didn't need to rely on air conditioning so I can't really comment on that. We enjoyed opening the window to feel fresh air and listen to the rain. The window slides open only about 10cm which is a good thing - keeps you secure but allows some breeze in. Having accepted that the decor was a bit daggy (but kept as clean as possible as it is) we were comfortable and had a great time. There is no bar in the hotel so stock up in town and put some bottles in the fridge in your room.

For me, the rating here would be 3.5 but would be 5/5 if a lot of money was spent sprucing up the place.

Good things to do as a tourist in the area:

Walk - there a lots of great walks which are flat and are on solid, secure pathways which hug the coastline. There are some walks which are hilly too eg to lighthouse at the point.

Talk the #4 bus to the lighthouse. From the end of the line it's about a 15-20min walk uphill (not too taxing) to the lighthouse. Great views. You need coins for the bus ride. There's a change machine on the bus but you can also get change at the information counter at Shimoda Station itself (the other main Tourist Information Office is just down the road from the station). When you hop on the bus, take a ticket from the machine and sit down. The panel above and to the left of the driver shows what fare is owed relative to the number on your ticket. It's not complicated. It's a good system.

Take a boat ride. There's a replica 'black ship'. Can't remember its name but its iconic in the area and you'll see photos of it everywhere. There are other boat rides too.

The aquarium is very good and well worth a visit.

There's a cosy little jazz bar/cafe called Cheshire Cat. It's very small and quaint and the man who runs it, a trumpet player, is very obliging. I'm not sure if much live music is played there but very good recorded jazz is played and some jazz memorabilia and instruments adorn the place.

Gorisaya is a good isakaya in town.

Go to the sashimi/sushi cafe at the building where the Game Fishing and Shimoda Museum is located. It's about 100 metres from where the black ship departs and can easily be seen from the pier when you get off the boat. The fish and other seafood is very fresh and reasonably priced.

If you're an angler you could take a fishing rod and try to catch a fish. Not sure if you can hire fishing gear but you probably can. Or just watch the anglers on the groin wall that juts out into the bay. It's between the aquarium and the town, near where some Japan Coast Guard vessels are moored.

The weather was pretty ordinary when we stayed recently, but if it was fine we'd hire bicycles and go for a ride. As mentioned, it's mostly flat.

Tips:

You can catch the shuttle bus to/from the hotel to save walking up the steep hill the hotel sits on. Download the shuttle timetable from the hotel's website and keep it handy.

It seems the only place to withdraw cash for a non-Japanese person is from the post office. Ask for directions from the Tourist Information centre - the post office is nearby.

There's a laundromat on the road along the waterfront in the main part of Shimoda (not too far from the station). You need to take coins, or buy something from one of the nearby vending machines to get some 100yen coins for the washing machine and dryer.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Shimoda Tokyu Hotel
Address: 5-12-1, Shimoda 415-8510, Shizuoka Prefecture
Location: Japan > Chubu > Shizuoka Prefecture > Shimoda > Shimoda Onsen
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 66 Hotels / Ryokan in Shimoda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Shimoda Tokyu Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 115
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Featuring hot-spring baths, a French restaurant and an outdoor pool, Shimoda Tokyu Hotel is 5 minutes from Shimoda Train Station on the free shuttle. Rooms have a private bathroom and ocean or mountain views. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. The air-conditioned rooms at Tokyu Hotel Shimoda come equipped with a flat-screen satellite TV and an electric teakettle with green tea. The private bathroom has a bathtub, amenities and a hairdryer. Zushu Shimoda Folklore Museum is a 5-minute drive away, and Shimoda Aquarium is one kilometer away. Shimoda Ropeway is 1.6 km from the hotel and many restaurants are within a 15-minute walk. Guests can enjoy diving, windsurfing and other water activities, or simply unwind with a massage. A breakfast buffet is served at Phoenix French Restaurant, which overlooks the Sagami-Nada Sea coast. Hamayu features Japanese dinners with fresh seafood and nature views. Room service is also available. We speak your language! ... more   less 
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