I felt very grateful for this hotel upon my arrival from Tokyo. It's very conveniently positioned very close to the train station, and the entrance to Shinkansen (bullet) trains is on the second floor of the hotel. There are however no signs posted directing you to the hotel, at the station, which is a bit of an inconvenience. If you follow to the shinkansen exit and go outside you should see it on the left hand side. This hotel, overall, was a bit of an odd experience. There were great things and some that were just weird/not so good. We stayed there for two nights, in the interim for one night going to nearby Miyojima (which I also highly recommend). The room, the bathroom, the breakfast buffet (alas not included but reasonably priced and excellent), the free wifi were all lovely. They kept our luggage and upon our second arrival actually had it waiting for us in our room! It was like magic - I often find service like this in Japan and it's such a relief. But then we decided to go for dinner at the hotel, and chose the only reasonably priced option which was Vern Vert on the second floor. That's where things started to fall apart. They couldn't comprehend that we wanted to do a la carte menu instead of the buffet, simply unable to stomach all that food for the moment, and then when they finally got it they sat us in the very back of the restaurant, in a not so attractive portion of it, and behaved weirdly, doing things like staring at us, switching our chairs, and acting as though overall we were committing some kind of rudeness by not going to the buffet. The food was actually surprisingly good for all that, so I can't complain on that account. Another disappointment was that they had not been able to change money for me - unfortunately I was left without yen by the end of the trip and then I hoped that they would be able to withdraw money from my credit card and give me cash. Instead they sent me to the ATM nearby at the JR station, but I was unable to use all 4 of the machines for some reason. I tried my darndest, to be sure. I don't know about other hotels in Japan, but in other countries I have not had difficulty with doing such transactions at the hotel. So here is a tip: bring more yen than you think you will need. Another tip: next to the hotel, there's an airport limousine bus that costs Y1300. It will take you straight to the airport and take only 45 minutes, running on 20 minute intervals. Finally to get around the city you need to walk through the underpass next to the hotel and head for the street car which only costs 150 yen and takes you anywhere you want to go. For the quality of the room/bathroom/free internet and the overall convenience of the hotel's position, I would recommend it very highly. For dinner, just head to one of the okonomiyaki places around town - we went to Nagataya which is close to the A-Dome and the Memorial Park, and had some of the best food in Japan. They have an English menu!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Granvia Hiroshima in the ideal location directry connected to JR Hiroshima Station.A great deal of sophisticated hospitality welcomes you!Check-in Time 14:00Check-out Time 12:00 ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Granvia Hotel Hiroshima
- Hiroshima Granvia Hotel