We stayed here for 2 nights.
The hotel is located about a 4 minute walk from the train station. It is outside the city center, which is about a 10 minute walk away. Not a problem though, Takayama is very small and walking friendly!
Right outside the hotel is a foot bath, perfect after a long day of walking! The hotel entrance and lobby are very pretty, with a 5 star feel. Tatami mats cover the lobby floor. For a few hours in the afternoon, there is a little 'stall' right next to the restaurant, where you can get free rice balls on a skewer. The hotel also has complimentary Ramen noodles between 10:30-11:30 PM.
Once you check in, you must remove your shoes. You can take them to your room, or put them in a little locker beside the check-in desk.
On the 13th floor, there are Onsen baths. They have public ones, as well as private. You can't reserve the private ones, but if you go late in the evening one should be available (they have 3). Note the 30 minute time limit and don't forget to bring the basket with the towels, which is in your room beside the sink!
Most people walk around the hotel in the provided Samue. You can get replacements (or a different size), in the rack outside the elevator.
The hotel staff are extremely polite, friendly and helpful. We don't speak Japanese, but had no problems communicating in English.
I had a single room. It was probably the smallest room I have ever stayed in, except for Hong Kong! However, it was so pretty and totally Japanese style, plus spotlessly clean as usual. The big bed took up most of the room space. It was super comfortable though! If you have 'joint' problems beware: The bed is very low, almost on the floor - basically 1 step up from Tatami mats! Also, if you have a lot of luggage you may have a problem. There is just no space to put anything! Best to ship your big suitcases to your next destination and come with just a carry-on suitcase! There was a large AC unit on the ceiling. It kept blowing cold air directly at the bed, even at the lowest fan setting. It was uncomfortable and the directions were only in Japanese, so I couldn't figure out how to change the direction of the fan. Unfortunately the windows didn't open and it was hot out, so I had to use it.
The bathroom is interesting. There is a stall shower (which I was very happy about!) and an enclosed toilet. The sink is in the main room. Don't turn on the tap very much, the faucet is too short and water splashes all over the counter. Decent counter space and the usual provided toiletries. Only 1 towel was provided, which I assume I was to use in the Onsen AND shower? No problems asking for additional towels at the front desk though!
The hotel has 2 restaurants, but we didn't eat at either. The food anywhere in Takayama is great and not expensive (unless you want it to be!). The whole town is wonderful, very small and you can walk everywhere. It's almost impossible to get lost! There is a lot to see and English directions everywhere (on the way into the old part of the city, look on the sidewalk for directions carved on grey stone - very original and fits in perfectly!).
Just an FYI: Takayama is very close to Shirwakago (the little town with the grass covered farm houses). Perfect stop on the way to Takayama, or as a day trip.
We loved Takayama and really enjoyed our first real Japanese (no business hotel) experience!
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