The hotel is located less than five minutes on foot from the bus and ferry terminals, the public market, and the post office (which has an ATM that accepts foreign cards).
Although everything worked out just fine in the long run, we had two small problems: none of the hotel staff spoke any English (we managed adequately with body language and a Japanese phrase book), and there was confusion over whether breakfast was included, despite the fact that when we reserved with Expedia, a complimentary breakfast was noted on the website and over the telephone, but not on our confirmation slip.
The breakfast was one of the best that we have ever had at a hotel --- it featured a large selection of mostly Japanese items, many of which changed daily. Although the staff didn't speak English, they were very helpful and pleasant to deal with. Everything worked as it was supposed to.
"Semidouble" beds are about halfway between a single and a double --- OK for two small adults who don't kick around much in the night. Rooms featuring one of these beds, despite confusing information on the hotel website, are indeed available for couples, and they are a great value for the money, although on the small side. The only bed cover is a fairly heavy comforter, and to make that work, the air conditioner has to be cranked up moderately high. Unfortunately, nonsmoking rooms are no insurance against smoke in the hallways....
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- Also Known As:
- Chisun Hotel Ishigaki
- HOTEL GranView ISHIGAKI Japan - Okinawa Prefecture