This hotel is within walking distance to the shopping, nightlife and restaurants of downtown Kagoshima as well as the ferry departing for Sakurajima. We were very pleased with the convenient location and the well-designed (but small and rather stuffy) double room which served as our base for two days. We stayed at another Richmond previously and both hotels shared the same look and feel - good layout, efficient, clean, excellent wi-fi in room, rather clinical. We requested in advance for a room with Sakurajima view and the hotel obliged! Parking was an additional 1000yen per day but we felt it was reasonable given its city centre location where space is a premium.
Just one concern: There was no safe in the room, so we had to place our valuables and passports at the reception. The desk clerk merely wrote our details on an envelope and took our stuff, telling us that he would put everything in the hotel safe. Although this is Japan, we felt that the hotel should adopt a less nonchalant approach to the valuables of its guests ... or provide in-room safes.
When we were checking out, the hotel took a instant photo of us, mounted it on a small card with good wishes and a photo of Sakurajima, and gave it to us as a souvenir. We thought this was a very nice touch and ended our stay on a very pleasant note.
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