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Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto
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81 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Wonderful Hotel, Great Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2011

We spent night on Miyajima Island to see the famed Torii Gate at low tide when you can walk out to it and at full tide, and have time to see the Island.

The Grand Hotel Arimoto made the experience all the more enjoyable. It is a wonderful hotel.

The Arimoto had a very helpful staff person who spoke fluent English to take us to our room, which was large and spectacular, with huge windows overlooking the mountains. We did not opt to stay in a more expensive room overlooking the Torii Gate.

The room had a western style bed, a sitting area with chairs by the windows, and a raised tatami room enclosed by sliding shoji doors holding a low Japanese dining table and chairs that had backs but no legs. We were asked us about our food preferences or allergies and if we prefer to sleep in the western style beds or would we like to have the tatami room transformed with futons into a bedroom.

The hotel’s Kaiseki dinner and the breakfast were both superb. You order from set menu options and decide when to dine. The hotel is fairly expensive, but when you consider what meals like that alone can cost in Japan it seemed very reasonable.

The hotel has an excellent location. It is a short walk from the best view of the Grand Torii, the Itsukushima shrine and other sites, shopping and restaurants, which close when the last of the day visitors leave about 6 pm.

The hotel will pick you up from the ferry. If you do not have a cell phone that works in Japan to call in advance, the very helpful people at the Miyajima tourist desk at the ferry landing will call the hotel for you. Be sure to also get a map from the tourist desk.

To make the short train and then ferry ride easier, we left our big suitcases in the left luggage lockers in the Hiroshima train station and took only overnight bags to Miyajima.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Rishpon, Israel
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109 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2011

Just go there, a sublime experience. The surroundings, the views, the mountains, the deers, and the hotel. The rooms are very spacious, the decoration fabulous, the ground chairs are a piece of art, no to mention the cleanliness. The bathrooms and the open rotenburo not to be missed, and the service superb. The Kaiseki was one of the best to have even in comparison to the highest standards, and everything was just made to perfection. Do not miss the experience of spending the night on the island, and the Arimoto is worth every one of the many Yen you would pay to stay there, and much more. I wish we may make it at least once more.

Room Tip: Just take the suites with the Torii view. , They are expensive but the experience is great.
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  • Stayed October 2010, traveled solo
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Tokyo, Japan
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2010

I stayed with my mother and sister for two nights and enjoyed a good service.
Staffs are friendly, yet some seemed a bit unfamiliar with the place and couldn't give us information about the area, where to go, how to get to places, recommendable route, etc.

Food was good, the location was great. They give free night tour of the Itsukushima Shrine. Our guide was an elderly lady with a great humor (tour is in Japanese, not sure if they have one in other language).

Room was clean & spacious but I found the Futon (Japanese mattress) a bit too hard to sleep in.

Hiking up the hill behind the hotel is greatly recommended. Of the 3 routes to the top, we took Momijidani route, which had a unique rock at the top that is worth a look.

Definitely worth staying over night instead of day trip to the island, if you have enough time to spare.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2009

I spent 1 night at the Grand Arimoto with my husband on May 20th 09.
We caught the ferry across from the mainland which only took 10 minutes. i called them when we arrived and a bus came several minutes later to collect us. Be prepared for the slightly hairy ride to the hotel winding up mountains the narrow roads, can be daunting, especially when the bus driver has to lock it up for a rogue deer!

We arrived at the hotel at 2:15pm, and we were hot, tired and exhausted having travelled by shinkansen in the morning from Kyoto and explored Hiroshima from 10-1:30pm.
We were thirsty and sweaty and desperate to get changed and have a lie down. The front desk staff spoke hardly any english, so i called upon my broken japanese to check us in. But check in was not until 3pm. i don't recall reading this on our booking and thought it was a strange time, as most check ins are 2pm. They were very insistent that we had to wait until 3pm, and suggested a drink at the bar..which was closed. The front receptionist fecthed us 2 drinks, a beer and a coke for almost $17..ouch. The lobby is very dated, like something from 1984, mint green and gold finishes, the furniture was scuffed and looked original...from 1984.
We waited, fell alseep in the lounge chairs and it became apparent that as more people arrived to check in, we all had to wait, the lobby started to look like a airport departure lounge. The right on 3pm, bingo...your room is ready!!??!!
The room itself was nice, a traditional tatami room section overlooking the Torrii Gate which was amazing!!! But the 2 single beds in the other section was interesting, i thought i reserved a queen, but i let it slide as we just wanted to rest.
Again, the furniture and interiors were very very tired, the wood trimmings were faded and split, as this was the most expensive room rate out of all the hotels we stayed at, i was a bit dissapointed by this. The view from the bathroom overlooking the Torri Gate was amazing, picture postcard stuff, but again, very dated bathroom and be sure to turn the light off at night as people from the street stare straight up at you in all your glory!
The proximity of the hotel to the Itsukushima Shrine is literally 2 minute walk, it's great.
we had a Kaiseki dinner included with our room rate, which really was amazing!!!
The western style breakfast in the morning also had us rolling out of the room, very generous.
The staff were always very courteous and professional, i just think the appearance of the hotel let it down, its in serious need of a makeover. Then it would be a destination hotel to visit again and again!!!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2008

I spent one wonderful night at this charming hotel during end of summer. The staff was very attentive, making sure we we're comfortable with the yukata and double checking our dinner and breakfast decisions since we chose Japanese style food. We had a traditional room with an excellent view of the red torii gate, which looks even lovelier at night. The highlights were the kaiseki dinner, fresh and seasonal traditional food and the outdoor baths, so very relaxing. I'd advise caution when if you're going to use the hotel geta as they are quite worn. And be careful when using the internet in the lobby late at night, the whole island seems to power down and my web browsing was cut short. Overall I highly recommend the hotel and hope to visit it again.

  • Liked — outdoor bath
  • Disliked — no free internet
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with friends
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Geneva, Switzerland
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123 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2008

Stayed in an executive room with breakfast and dinner. One word : magnificent. It was very clean. The room was spacious. Very quiet and peaceful. Employees were helpful and very polite. The food was delicious. 10 minutes walking from the ferry.

  • Liked — Beauty of the place
  • Disliked — 2 rainy days :(
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with friends
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2008

Stayed in a very nice/clean, Japanese style room (western toilet) with an outdoor rotenburu (bath). Loved the location and the in-room service level was very high. Front desk staff had very good service in English. The kaiseki-style dinner was quite good, albeit service was very rushed and in a private dining room rather than our room. The over-jacket for my yukata smelled badly of smoke. Top choice for the island however a little disappointed for the price.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — rushed dinner service
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto
Address: 364 Minami-machi, Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi 739-0522, Hiroshima Prefecture
Location: Japan > Chugoku > Hiroshima Prefecture > Hatsukaichi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
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Ranked #6 of 31 Hotels / Ryokan in Hatsukaichi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Miyajima Grand Hotel Arimoto 4*
Number of rooms: 55
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