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tel aviv, Israel
October 28, 2008
Los Gatos, California
November 21, 2003
But the room was larger and much more accommodating than we expected. We did have two twin beds, but we also had a full leather couch and overstuffed leather chair with a glass coffee table, a long desk/counter/dresser, color cable TV, small refrigerator, hot water maker (for tea, instant coffee, etcetera) and a deep closet. We had another area with a tatami-covered floor which had a low level table and four seating cushions, during the day, and two futons spread out for the night, offering us a choice of sleeping accommodations. The bathroom came with a shower/tub combination, sink and western style toilet with heated seat, heated bidet and heated spray rinse.
The on-site restaurant offered a full menu of Japanese and western meals. The food was delicious and artfully presented. Service was always excellent. We usually placed our breakfast requests the night before, including what time we wanted to eat so we could make our connections on time. Everything was always ready on time.
The hotel staff went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable, often anticipating our needs and offering ideas to improve our plans. We were staying in a beautiful resort area, which was somewhat remote, requiring us to travel varying distances each day to see all the sites we desired to see. They helped us with train schedules, sometimes suggesting alternate routes in order to fit everything into the limited time we had. Each night we would share our plans for the next day and they would alert us to any flaws they detected. Each morning after breakfast, they had one of the staff take us to the train station. Each evening, when we arrived at the train station, either they were already there waiting for us, or we would call the resort and in eight minutes they would arrive to take us "home".
It's no wonder that resorts in Japan so seldom are offered for exchange. When you're treated as well as we were, you look forward to returning year after year.
From journal The Other Half of Our Dream Vacation
San Diego, California
July 23, 2001
From journal Careful How You Pronounce It