Staying in Japanese spa hotel is a very special & expensive experience. The Arima Grand Hotel is no exception.
It's a huge building consisting of different blocks. The architecture is typical of a large modern style Japanese hotel and not very special. The Japanese tatami rooms are also quite typical - reasonably large, clean and with the usual simple decor.
What makes this hotel special is first the location on a hill, commanding nice views over the Arima area, from all rooms and especially from the Spa which occupies much of the top floor of the hotel and is another asset of the place. It's a huge area with a choice of different in- and outdoor baths, one of the nicest I've been to. The 3rd asset of the hotel is the garden and pool area, which is perfectly manicured and creates a very special atmosphere particularly in the evening.
The routine in the hotel follows the usual Japanese style, taking a bath before dinner and a Kaiseki meal served in your room.
From July to early September, the hotel is very busy on weekends, as these are the months where they open the pool, also to outside guests. The pool is extremely nice for Japanese standards, and if you have kids, you will appreciate the relative freedom given to the kids to enjoy playing in the pool, also with their inflatable toys.
All in all, this is a great place for a weekend escape. Expensive, but worth it.
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