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Hotel Monterey Lasoeur Fukuoka
Ranked #46 of 185 Hotels / Ryokan in Fukuoka
Irvine, California
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“Good value & good location”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

Tenjin station is ten-ish minutes walking distance, the hotel has triple room that we need (cramped as it is just a double with an extra bed). All in all good value for money though room is a bit dated. What we loved is Nissan rental car (reservation via Toocoo) is exactly next door and in case need to attend mass, catholic church is right behind the hotel. Yatai (open from dusk to 2.00 am) is right in the front of the hotel.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 24, 2012

After two wonderful nights at the Monterey Nagasaki (see my other review), we took a 8.29am fast train (3,000 yen each) and arrived at the Hakata station almost 2 hours later. Then, its changing to a Subway train to Tenjin station (3 stops, 200 yen). Though I have been to Japan numerous times, it was my first visit to Fukuoka.

Adhering to the Hotel website's info, we exited from subway exit 1 and got lost for about 10 minutes. Luckily, my husband had saved the Hotel's location on his hand phone and we finally found the hotel hiding at one corner, not noticeable from the subway exit. Later did we realized the correct exit to be number 2 instead of number 1!

Once out of the subway exit number 2, look across the road and you would see a big signage, NOMURA (a securities firm) and a Sunkus convenience store. While crossing the road to the opposite to these two companies, you could catch a side way glimpse of the Monterey Fukuoka. Then cross another smaller road to reach the hotel's main entrance (ie cross a total of two roads). Like most hotels in Japan, check in time was 3pm, not impressed, as we were allowed a 12 noon check in at Monterey Nagasaki.

We then took a short cab (1,050 yen) to the Yanagibashi Rengo Ichiba (fish/fruits/beef market). Had a good time there, buying gifts, food and groceries. Even had a cheap BBQ beef lunch there, not the best, but fine enough. This market is not that big and though it does not offer a wide range as markets in Osaka or Tokyo, it was fine for our needs that we went back twice! Forget about the Fukuoka Fish Wholesale Market near the Monterey (12-15 minutes walk) as there is only an Observation deck on the 13th floor and cheap restaurants on the 1st floor, with nothing to offer to the tourists unlike the Osaka or Tokyo fish markets ... so don't waste time going there unless for cheaper breakfasts or lunch.

The Monterey's corner twin room (we were assigned non-smoking room, 1111, the second highest room) was smaller than the Monterey Nagasaki one, at 28.8sqm instead of 36sqm (knew it before hand). However, its rates was much much higher, at an average 24,000 yen with breakfasts for two persons (close to Christmas time, I believe). And this had made this Hotel poorer value for money ...

Though room was quite small, it was very well formed and comes with lots of closet space. It has a walk in area (with a tall closet and full length mirror) and a separated door leading to the sleeping area, which promises almost no noise from the hotel's internal corridors, nice! TV was extremely small here, unlike in Nagasaki, and the beds, much harder! My husband's back ache got worsen after just one nights of sleep and had to take medication for his back aches ... He even complaint that his bed sagged in the middle , that's why the poorer hotel ratings.

Also, the hotels outside sound proofing is not very well done - in the afternoons, we could hear ambulance/fire brigade sirens, and at all nights, racing cars right in front of the hotel ... Wondering why there was no mention of these problems after reading all Tripadvisor reviews? Outside noises and very hard beds were the killer for us.

Minuses are - poorer sound proofing from the outside, harder beds, smaller rooms where I could only open up one small cabin bag and got to hide the other one below the dressing table, no direct JR access to Kokura or Kumamoto Castles, Nagasaki and nearby cities (need to take train from JR Hakata station), 25 minutes walk to Nakasu or Canal City (otherwise, an 800 yen cab ride), 3pm check in time, harder to find Hotel on first visit, windows that cannot be opened unlike in Monterey Nagasaki.

During Christmas time, the area right outside the JR Hakata station is simply lovely and gorgeous, even comes with free outdoor live performances. Sort of regretted not staying there and might seriously consider to stay at the Grand Hyatt Canal City (where our favourite beef restaurant is) or the ANA Crowne Plaza/Royal Park (nearer to the Hakata station).

Overall, the Monterey Fukuoka is not a bad hotel to stay. Think carefully of what is your priority before deciding where to stay - to do lots of shopping or want an easier access to a JR train station? After a 3 nights stay, we took a 20 minutes cab ride to the Fukuoka airport (2050 yen on a Sunday morning with no cars or traffic lights).

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed December 1, 2012 via mobile

Simply good, helpfull staff, clean, easy to find. Most important: 50 meters from Tenjin Station, only 13 min. from airport. in middle of shopping and dining area. Easy acces to museums, parcs and other sight seeings

  • Stayed November 2012
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Townsville
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

We (wife & I) stayed 6 nights at HMLF and found it quite suitable for our style of travel. We prefer to travel independently and we generally only use our room as a "luggage locker" and sleeping area. This is lucky because as we found with all our hotels we stayed in, Japanese rooms are tiny compared to rooms elsewhere. The state of the hotel was new (or newly renovated). The staff courteous and keen to help. The room was spotless. We had internet (wired - cable provided) but no English TV to keep up with the news (CNN would be good amognst their provided programs).
As for location it is doubtful you could find better. 100 mtrs to the rail/subway right in Tenjin CBD yet the roms were quiet. We only utilised the hotel dining for 1 breakfast which was OK but preferred to 'eat native' in the street cafes (see my review on Brooklyn Parlor).
Again, typical of all Japanese hotels the beds are rock hard.
Overall if I revisit Fukuoka I would not hesitate to stay there again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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Reviewed June 12, 2012

We chose this hotel because of its location -- the Tenjin area of Fukuoka, where the yatai (street food vendors) are. The locations was just minutes from the train station, subway line, and great shopping. The hotel had free WIFI which we made good use of.

The room was decent sized, but Japanese standards. We had enough room to walk around (and we were in a triple), and felt that it was adequate for our stay. The front desk was helpful, and some of the staft spoke some English. Bathroom was entirely adequate, and the 'washlet' toilet is standard in all of Japan.

There are yatai stalls right across the street from the hotel -- the people in the stalls spoke no English, but we were able to order -- pointing at food, and using some hand signs. The food was delicious and inexpensive. One of the stands specialized in tempura -- we were able to point at the foods we wanted fried (shrimp, different kinds of fish filets, thin slices of pumpkin, etc). Another stand specialized in ramen. If you venture further out, there are lots more yatai stalls.

We loved visiting Fukuoka - the people are more laid back and surprisingly friendly, not like being in Tokyo. The only difficulty was that not many of the signs and information are in English.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
Reviewed May 24, 2012

I found the Monterey La Soeur to be on the small side even by Japanese standards. For a triple room, we got what was basically a twin room with a small fold out bed (that took up all the available space of the normal twin room). It was thus pretty cramped for a small family.

Still, I was happy with the location as it was close enough for me to get onto trains and buses, and the free (and fast) wifi was a definite bonus.

Best of all, if you're into street food, the street outside the hotel come alive at night with food stalls set up along the entire stretch. While these stalls cater mainly to Japanese speakers, there is one stall further down the road (look for the orange and white awning) near the traffic light with English / Thai / Chinese menus hanging on the outside. This was the only street food stall that I came across in the entire Fukuoka that allowed me to 'point and order'. The great thing was, the food was excellent and it was walking distance to the hotel!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Beppu, Oita, Japan.
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

we went to a 3 days 2 nights family trip to Fukuoka and stayed in this hotel. It was very close to everything we didn't have to pull out the car from parking at all.

They had English speaking staffs and we had no problem with language there.

The rooms furniture and bathrooms looks is little bit old but it was very clean.

Our kids had a different room all by themselves but we saw many other families with small children too.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Monterey Lasoeur Fukuoka
Address: 2-8-27 Daimyo Chuo-ku, Fukuoka 810-0041, Fukuoka Prefecture
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Location: Japan > Kyushu-Okinawa > Fukuoka Prefecture > Fukuoka
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
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#30 Business Hotel in Fukuoka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Monterey Lasoeur Fukuoka 3.5*
Number of rooms: 182
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An elegant building adorned with Belgian Art Nouveau and Art Deco. The hotel has been designed around the theme of exquisite Belgian art so as to remind visitors of Fukuoka's place as an international city connecting Japan and the rest of the world. Furthermore, by combining elegant artworks with antique furnishings, we have created a formal yet relaxing atmosphere where guests can enjoy a comfortable stay. ... more   less 
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