March 17, 2004
A stay at the Poni Business Hotel is like a stay at any other business hotel in Japan. That is to say the experience is a no-frills education in utilitarian function. Rooms are immaculate and more spacious than typical business hotels. The pre-fabricated unit bathrooms induce claustrophobia and are not suited for use by more than one person at a time. Travelers may be put off by the traffic noise on the main street below, however traffic does die down after Kameoka Station’s last train at 12:04am. The most redeeming quality of this hotel is its central location within Kameoka City. From here any of the attractions listed in this journal can be easily accessed on foot.
Room prices are reasonable and include complimentary morning toast and coffee. The staff at Poni Business Hotel only speak Japanese, however standard hotel English is understood. This hotel has both Western-style and Japanese-style rooms available. Prices range from 6300 Yen for a single to 31,500 Yen for group room. Groups are decided at six persons. As is typical in Japan, hotel room pricing has less to do with the quality of the room and more to do with services provided. Therefore, the number of guests has a direct effect on the price.
In general, this hotel charges 6500 Yen per person/night. In order to find your total cost, just multiply the number of guests by 6500 Yen. As this is a business hotel, reservations are not required, though a call ahead to make sure the hotel isn’t already full is advisable.
Lastly, a stay at the Poni Business Hotel would not be complete without a stop for an unforgettable bowl of Kameoka Udon at Tsuru Tsuru Ya restaurant, across the street from the hotel. Please continue on with the dining review of this great restaurant.
From journal Kyoto / Osaka Peregrination #2