Redditch, United Kingdom
December 4, 2005
We stayed for just 1 night in the New Station Hotel. We booked directly with the hotel by email and found them really helpful. They gave us all sorts of information about the bus from Matsumoto to Takayama, etc., before we arrived. The location was ideal, only a couple of minutes from the train station. Reception was helpful and friendly. We cannot comment on the food, as we did not eat in the hotel, but there was a restaurant available had we wanted to use it.
The triple room was very reasonably priced, about 14000 yen, £70, between the three of us for the night. It was plenty big and comfortable, with an en-suite bathroom and a large window with a good view of the city. Although right next to the railway line, we didn't hear a sound from the trains during the night. The customary "nightware" and coffeemaking facilities were provided, and there was even tea-making equipment built into the table. Matsumoto castle was within easy walking distance (less than 30 minutes), and the shops and central area were again very handy.
From journal Fortnight in Japan