We had a great stay in Hiroshima and enjoyed our 2 nights in the Intelligent Hotel Annex. This was our first exposure to the Japanese business-style hotels and we felt this was a reasonably good hotel for tourists visiting Hiroshima. We loved the name, by the way, and ended up here after trying the enticingly named Active Hotel and the Intelligent Hotel. Neither had non-smoking rooms available at the time (and the standard rooms just reeked!!) so they sent us to the Annex.
The location is great, pretty much in the heart of the city, about a 15min walk to the A-bomb park and museum, and about 10min walk from the train station. There are plenty of shops and restaurants around in the immediate area, and we found the many eateries in and around the train station to be of the best value for money (don’t miss the okonomi-muri !). It is located right on the edge of the river, and with trails and parks developed on both sides, it is a great place for a morning run or evening stroll.
The rooms are tiny, standard for this style of hotel, but very well laid out and comfortable. We had a few too many doors in our room which became a bit annoying. The place was very clean and appeared to be well-maintained. The micro-bathroom was cute, and what a great toilet seat! We had a fantastic view over the river and even though we were right above a busy intersection, the room was very impressively soundproofed. The fridge worked very well but the little boiling pot took forever to heat up the water. The small LCD TV occasionally had some English movies.
The hotel lobby wasn’t all that impressive – small, rather dated and usually smoky. However the reception staff were very attentive and friendly, always ready to assist as needed. A few of them had decent English skills. Unfortunately they had no parking area for our car so we had to park it in a parking garage a few blocks away which was somewhat inconvenient.
For about $110 for a double room, we felt it was reasonable value. We would definitely stay here again and would recommend it to all travelers who want a good central city base.
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