Apart from the attractive pics on their website we chose the Flex due to how its location fitted in with our itinerary. Our route was an am start from Tokyo so arrival was around 3pm which fitted in anyway with their published check in times. With only a 2nt stay planned our idea was to follow a fellow TA recommendation to go to Myijima island that late afternoon (possible sunsets over the Tori gate). On paper the location looked just across from the station so this would fit in with checking in and then walking back to the station for a bit of sightseeing to make the most of that day.
Flex Hotel theme is modernist particularly over the communal areas, Londoners will know the South Bank exposed concrete look. The rooms have a nod at white minimalist which is reflected even in our pics. However don't expect high quality fittings and finishes, when you get close it looks like a teenage student of architecture has been in control and taken a can of white paint to all the surfaces of the previous existing furniture and surfaces. The other half couldn't get on with the ceiling to floor column “design statement” that is in the way of the window and room either. The chairs are of a primary school size and the bathroom is like a cabin from a caravan too.
We originally requested the superior room but as there were no non smoking rooms left accepted a standard A room. Don't get me wrong the room was quiet, the bed was ok and for the price Y9k it was reasonable. They also offer a buffet breakfast for Y1.2k each which was not bad too and you don't have to reserve it in advance.
However contrary to our map perspective it is more like a 10-15min walk from the station. So you could commit to a taxi from the station to other hotels if they offer a better overall deal and then catch the street car back to the station and still achieve what we did on that day. (Would confirm that Hotel Active is just around the corner from a tram stop, the entrance looked very nice, but that doesn't mean the rooms are of course, and best of luck as we couldn't navigate their Japanese only website.)
We did enjoy the late afternoon on Miyajima island even though the waters were out and the gate was exposed. But be aware this island does seem to be totally given over to the day tripper and providing endless souvenir shops rather than a tranquil cultural centre. We then spent the second day at the Peace Park and the museums, this was well worth the several hours that went by, emotionally tiring but cannot emphasise how much rewarding, so we didn't try and fit anything else in that day other than having a walk around the shopping centre and a meal in the early evening.
Overall if you are aware of the limitations that we judged above it is still worth considering Hotel Flex as an option for a brief stay in Hiroshima.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Flex is located on the riverbank where the Kyobashi river and the Enko river diverge. Facing the rich greenery of its surroundings, it is a certainly a city type designer's hotel, being positioned so as to afford the guest easy access to downtown Hiroshima. Hotel Flex is only a seven-minute walk from JR Hiroshima station, making the hotel one of the most convenient as a base for both sightseeing and business. We offer guestrooms from a compact single room, a maisonette, and also a personalized room with a terrace. We also have a living-room like open cafe and banquette rooms, all arranged in our ten-story premises . We are always there for our guests to make their stay in Hiroshima as comfortable and safe as possible. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Flex Hotel Hiroshima