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Reviewed May 24, 2018 via mobile

We booked this hotel as our exit point after four days hiking on the Kumano Kodo. It is part of the Hotel Urashima group, but is onshore at the wharf with easy access to the rest of Kiikatsuura. The hotel has an almost boutique feel, and the staff couldn’t have been warmer and more accommodating. (Not many of the staff were conversant in English, but language was never a barrier to great service.) We booked our room with both breakfast and dinner (to reduce the fuss after hiking), and the food did not disappoint. Numerous courses of very fresh seasonal items gave us much to explore of the local cuisine. The whole cooked abalone was a special treat and the fresh tuna sashimi was to die for. The booking came with free access to the famous in-cave onsens at Hotel Urashima, but we didn’t actually use this opportunity being too tired for the 10-minute ferry ride after a long day’s hike. Being onshore in the morning gave us the opportunity to wander over and catch the tail end of the morning tuna auction. The 5-minute walk to the train station also made for an easy departure shortly thereafter. I would definitely recommend this hotel to friends and would be happy to stay here again.

Stayed: May 2018, traveled as a couple
2  Thank Jeffrey D
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Reviewed November 27, 2017 via mobile

Outstanding food with steamed fresh abalone, melt in your mouth sushi, and a light seafood coriander broth that was just stunning in its simplicity and complexity. Very good sake recommendation. We were upgraded to a clean, large 2-bedroom traditional tatami room (Room 403) overlooking the harbour. Good but small baths, but you can take a free boat shuttle to a huge sister hotel minutes away. That hotel is depressing and run down, but it has great onsens in caves overlooking the ocean that shouldn't be missed. Very attentive service. Highly recommend if you are in the area.

Stayed: November 2017, traveled as a couple
Thank SingaporeGaribaldi
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Reviewed November 28, 2016 via mobile

Stayed here for 2 nights based on friends recommendation. Average room price is 14,000y (before taxes) per person with breakfast and dinner.

If you drive there is abundant car park beside the hotel. We had a sea facing room (can be a bit noisy as the platform (floating platform) for the ferries to the other hotels constantly move with the wave action. All rooms come with toilet and bath/shower attached.

We did the Nachi temple/shrine/waterfall visit on a great day before our arrival to the hotel as it was raining heavily the next. Good to check weather forecast and plan accordingly. If you have the time, visit the 3 shrines (Hongu and Hayatama) around the area.

The room has a dated design in the 80s and the toilet is small though our room had 2 twins bed and was large.

Limited or non existent English is spoken at the ryokan. Dinner was held on the ground floor and upon checkin you be ask your preferred dinner and breakfast time.

Dinner was fantastic and abundance of seafood and meat was provided. Since we were staying for 2 nights, we had 2 different menus for each night.

Highly recommended ryokan though onsen is small but you can take the ferry to the other hotel's onsen if you do not mind carrying your stuff across.

Ryokan is small about 30 rooms and gets filled easily. Reservations to book online is almost impossible - best to give them a call to make reservations.

Stayed: November 2016, traveled as a couple
Thank Michael C
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Reviewed December 7, 2015

Now this is a special town, kii katsuura, mostly off the usual Mainland Chinese tourist radar (really sorry but today Kyoto n Osaka r just so different with so many of them everywhere - I love PRC people, am not prejudiced against them but u don't want to go to Japan to b swarmed by them). A fishing village, mostly known for the tuna auction held at the town, it is 2 hours n 45 mins from Wakayama City, a really long train ride away but thoroughly worth the time spent.
Knowing small towns have small-town-mentality, I paid careful attention to trip advisor reviews of Manseiro (not many) n the sister hotel, urashima hotel. We would b spending 3 nights here n I didn't want to risk it. Reviews that Urashima Hotel is jaded, needing upgrading put me off ( yes it is true, the common areas of the urashima hotel reminded me of Singapore in the 60s or 70s). I also felt it unnecessary to b bound by taking the only access to the urashima island, the free boat. Besides, staying at Manseiro also entitles you to have free onsen at Urashima Island which is why people go there in the first place. And I want better food- the evening dinner at Manseiro are all Kaiseki dinner - if you like fish, this is the place for you!
Having made our decision, we emailed Manseiro. No return email for a week, v unusual for japanese who put company interests above everything else. They could not entertain calls either coz the staff cannot speak English. Undeterred, we called Urashima hotel, the sister hotel to explain our predicament n got them to help us book n get Manseiro to return our email. I am glad we persisted.

Now the hotel - it is clean, food for dinner n breakfast are generally good n abundant.
The twin room comfortable. The onsen is hot. We liked the fact that we could walk around the town at night, along the pier - it was peaceful. It is 7-10 mins to the train station n bus station where the friendly tourist information is. There r restaurants n shops, a supermarket nearby. N amidst stunning scenery.

Tip 1 - pick Japanese tatami room, they only have one western room if you like but we love the aroma of the tatami mat.

Tip 2 - this is a very japanese hotel n staff speak japanese only n only very basic English but they are alert, very service-oriented and helpful. Mr Fukuda Masashi is helpful. He helped us call our next ryokan to arrange for our arrival. So pls come prepared with what you want to do - whether it be walking the daimonzaka ( you must do!), going to the nachi falls, or taking the dorokyo boat ride at Shiko.

Tip 3 - after your dinner, have a tranquil. lovely walk around the town.

Tip 4 - after your day trips, come back to the hotel to pick up your green plastic bags with towels from Manseiro (this is the onsen pass for urashima hotel) and just walk a few steps to the pier to take the boat shuttle to urashima hotel.
Tip 5 - stay at least 2 days coz it is far to come, whether from kyoto, osaka, nagoya - n by the time you arrive, it will be close to 2pm.
Tip 6 - wifi is only available at the lobby of hotel

  • Stayed: November 2015, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank mordecai12
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Reviewed December 23, 2014

We stayed two nights at Manseiro at the recommendation of the tourist info office in Kii Katsuura and are very grateful for their direction. Had a very pleasant ocean-facing room with just breakfast included since we wanted flexibility for our evenings. We concur with others who have raved about the good food and service at Manseiro and the small but lovely onsen baths. Had a great day walking the ancient paths at Nachi in the morning and then took advantage of the free access to the Urashima Onsen at the funky, sprawling hotel a few minutes boat ride across the bay in the afternoon. Not sure going for the buffet dinner there was such a good idea but enjoyed checking out all the baths - especially the two cave baths that open onto the open ocean.

Stayed: December 2014, traveled as a couple
2  Thank EricAvil
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