The hotel is located in the center of the city, conveniently only walking distance from the outdoor mall, the major electronic store, and the Peace Memorial Park. It is big and modern. On one side of the hotel is the Hiroshima Castle and the other is a 12-story mall structure consisting of many stores and restaurants. It offers you everything from classic Japanese sushi to American burgers.
Inside the hotel is beautiful and elegant. It is clear that Japan is putting its best work forward. The rooms are large by Japanese standards and include benefits such as BBC news and heated toilet seats.
The attendants at the counter speak good English and will do anything to help you out. Japan can be a difficult country to move around in, but they make it easier by calling for taxis and getting you on the right train.
The hotel also offers a full breakfast in the morning. You have your choice between Western breakfast (eggs and bacon) and Japanese breakfast (tofu and seaweed). The tofu and seaweed is actually pretty good and when ever I travel I always make a point to try to live like the natives. It makes the cultural experience much more intense and personal.
The hotel itself is a little pricy ($130 a night), but its accommodations and location in downtime Hiroshima are worth it.
August 22, 2005
From journal Modern Japan