A little tired and in need of an uplift but nonetheless quite comfortable and well worth going for a traditional Japanese style room. Futon on the floor and tatami mats. The hot spring baths are on one of the upper floors and in this case they are hot! There is also a sauna and various areas to wash yourself down before entering the bath. On the ground floor, there is a funny little gift shop and I found myself buying some postcards and stuff to take home. The staff are freindly and helpful. Wi-fi (free) is on the ground floor. From the rooms, you get an excellent view of the sea and the early morning sunrise - at which point the Japanese flag design is presented to you in full colour. The town of Beppu is well worth a wander, not least for the stunning natural hot springs that occur everywhere. Looking down on the city from one of the hills, you can see steam rising across the whole landscape.
This hotel provides a traditional Japanese breakfast (very fishy) - but there is toast and juice. There is also a thriving art scene driven by the wonderful people from Beppu Project, including a triennial festival. Not quite Brighton. Overall, the hotel is centrally located and good value but don't expect boutique touches.More