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Reviewed January 17, 2011

Our travels in Japan (including all other hotels where we stayed) were marked by attention to beauty, cleanliness, and detail. This hotel was the complete opposite: an ugly junk hole and complete rip-off. This place was a cheap, plastic, bachelor's dorm room interpretation of a ryokan/seaside hotel. It advertised all the bells and whistles at about $400 USD per night in the off season (!) and we therefore expected a truly romantic evening in lovely Japanese aesthetic. Instead, we were met with a tourist trap identity crisis of cheap knick-knacks lining every surface (plastic and wire cats? palm trees?), a room with plastic imitation tatami mat floors that smelled like stale smoke and boasted sticky, 90's tv/vcr/clock, and a filmy in-room menu of cigarettes to order. The beds were not Japanese ryokan futons, but just plain old mattresses laid on the floor. Attention to details and aesthetics were extremely poor even by 3-star hotel standards; this place was no elegant gem worth $400 a night. I would have been upset by the quality even paying $200 a night. Our private outdoor deck and soaking tub smelled like a suspicious mixture of bleach and male bodily fluids (although the sperm-like scent may also have been wafting from the huge 20 foot deep mountains of rotting oyster shells in the industrial wasteyard below... hotel is basically situated in the parking lot of an oyster harvesting facility- not a beachfront experience- you must wade through construction equipment, power lines, trash, and processing plants before you get to the ocean). We were physically able to walk to the islands and the train and see sunrise/sunset over the islands from our room, but this hotel was literally on the farthest end of everything and those less willing to haul their luggage a mile or two would have needed a cab. Definitely would not stay here again. Even a clean hostel would be better. Do note that a lot of Matsushima overall was overly developed 50's, cheap and dirty, didn't have the same feel as traveling in the rest of Japan and was very, very overpriced- everything cost twice as much even as in Kyoto!

Date of stay: March 2010
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 6, 2010

Hotel is clean and modern, with Balinese decor. Hot spring on top floor a nice touch. Food was of good quality, but could be a little exotic for foreigners. Within walking distance to major attractions. Is conveniently located on loop bus route.

The best part however was waking up to the sun rising over Matsushima Bay. A view you would not forget.

Date of stay: January 2010
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Thank Kurosaki_Ichigo
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Reviewed April 2, 2019 via mobile
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Date of stay: March 2019
Trip type: Traveled with family
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Reviewed January 15, 2019 via mobile
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Date of stay: January 2019
Trip type: Traveled with family
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Reviewed April 28, 2018 via mobile
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Date of stay: December 2017
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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