The Kokusai hotel is right smack in the middle of Sakae, the shopping/entertainment district of Nagoya. It must have been a prestigious Hotel back in the distant past, but it got reduced to a budget hotel because none of the interior had ever been upgraded (except for the toilet -- washlets have been bolted on at some point in time, I would guess about a decade ago). The good news is that the owners seem to understand this fact, therefore the prices are quite reasonable.
Because the interior is kept very clean, age was not an issue for me, except for two things. I was there in the winter, and the temperature was impossible to control, so the room was either unbearably hot (windows closed) or quite cold (windows open). The other major inconvenience was the lack of power outlets, especially around the table where I tried to use my laptop. There were only two available outlets, one in the bathroom and one on the opposite wall of the room, so I ended up with my phone charging in the toilet and the laptop's power cord crossing the room at waist level.
The front desk was very well staffed with English speaking employees, so there was no waiting and no communication difficulties during check-in and check-out. The breakfast selection was limited and unchanging, but it tasted good, and the breakfast restaurant offered sufficient seating even at peak times.
In the basement of the hotel there is an outstanding restaurant offering a variety of Japanese specialties.
All in all the hotel offers a reasonable value for foreign tourists who want to stay in the downtown area. But those who speak a bit of Japanese and/or willing to travel a couple of subway stops can find much better deals in Nagoya.
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