Nestled in the heart of downtown Takayama, the historic city in the Japanese Alps, Best Western Hotel Takayama is within walking distance of all the major local tourist attractions. Guests are offered all the comforts of an international hotel, including modern and spacious rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi, working desks and cable TV. The hotel's spa features an array of indulgent amenities, from whirlpools to massage services, while the restaurant serves up a menu of international dishes to suit all palates. Corporate guests and event planners are also catered for, with a meeting room and a range of professional services such as photocopying and printing, and bilingual staff provide personalized and heartfelt service to every guest. Best Western Hotel Takayama is also conveniently positioned close to the train station and bus terminal, making it wonderfully accessible.
Conveniently located in the city centre. Just few minutes walk from the station if you arrive by train. Parking space is available in the hotel for a fee of 1,000 yen but you can't reserve a spot. You will have to be there on the day itself to check if there is any spot available. It was full during our stay, the staff directed us to a public parking space that is just 300 metres away from the hotel which costs 1,200 yen for 24 hours. But because we were guests at the hotel, the staff gave us a 400 yen discount coupon upon check in to the hotel. So at the end of the day, it wasn't such a bad thing to not being able to park in the hotel and it only cost us 800 yen. The hotel is really nice and clean. and the amenities were great. There is a massage chair inside the hotel room! What a bonus surprise and it really came in useful after a full day walking around the city. Nespresso machine is available in the room as well. I read some reviews that say the hotel is a little dated, but I find it quite the opposite. There is also a Handy device (portable wifi device) provided in the room for your convenience if you do not have data roaming in the country. I think there is a public hot tub in the hotel that you can enjoy but I didn't make use of this facility during our stay. Hotel breakfast was intercontinental style. Quality of the food. One interesting thing during breakfast was the nitro cold brew coffee dispenser that was available. Staff were all friendly and nice. It was such a wonderful stay, I would definitely choose to stay here again if I were to come back next time.
BWH_Takayama, Front Desk at Best Western Hotel Takayama, responded to this review
Dear Sir / Madam Jjunnn Warm greetings from Best Western Hotel Takayama, Thank you for staying with us and for your kind review and recommendation. We are delighted to note that you had a pleasant experience on that your stay with us. Thank you once again for your review and for your patronage; and we are looking forward to welcoming you on your next stay with us. Sincercely, Best Western Hotel Takayama,
This hotel had very good location, 2 minutes from the station! The breakfast was also pretty good with several choices ! The room was quite spacious with lots of toiletries. The staff was very nice and friendly and that contributed for a great atmosphere!
BWH_Takayama, Front Desk at Best Western Hotel Takayama, responded to this review
Dear Sir / Madam, Warm greetings from Best Western Hotel Takayama, Thank you for staying with us and for your kind review and recommendation. We are delighted to note that you had a pleasant experience on that your stay with us. Thank you once again for your review and for your patronage; and we are looking forward to welcoming you on your next stay with us. Sincercely, Best Western Hotel Takayama,
Within the walking distance from Takayama JR station (3 minutes). The room is a bit old but still cozy and clean. Breakfast is just okay but you will get a plentiful options. Overall, I think it is great experience.
Very dated hotel. The location was possibly the best thing about this hotel. It was a 2 minute walk opposite the train station which was ideal with luggage. The hotel itself needs an complete update. The room was a decent size and the twin bed pushed together was massive. The bathroom was an extract from the 80's and the shower was too small for me, even though I am only 5ft 10. The air conditioning was a struggle to work with no guide and noisy when sleeping. The restaurant likened to a school canteen. However, the options for breakfast were extensive. The staff came across a little too keen and quite awkward. Maybe there was a certain language barrier. I am sure there are a lot of local hotels in the area that are twice as nice for the same price.
Lovely rooms, excellent location near the station and short walk to the old town. It may be a bit on the expensive side but you get what you pay for. The staff at reception were extremely helpful, they even organized for us to forward our luggage to our next destination. The massage chair in the room was a nice touch. The only thing missing in the room was a safe.
It felt like home. I was so glad to be in the room. The bed was comfortable. Bathroom is spacious. At least there was a decent selection of shampoo and body soap. There is also a Nepresso coffee machine. I always look forward to be in the room. Breakfast is quite a spread. Of course, I cannot compared to the 5 star hotels. It is decent enough. Staff at the reception are helpful. They also speak good enough English, a rarity in Japan. One senior staff can be friendlier though. There's not much to do in Takayama. A nice hotel is great. At least you can be comfortable in the room.
This hotel was in a good location and was easy to find. The room was nice and clean and a good size. The breakfast had good variety and tasted good. It was served in the restaurant within the building just off of the lobby. The hotel does not loan umbrellas but will sell you one. The hotel has separate gender spas however you are not allowed to wear swimsuits or have tattoos.
Just one or two minutes walk from JR Takayama station. It is very close to Nohi bus station as well. And if it is not a rainy day we can walk to Takayama old town area in about 10 minutes. Hotel staff are very nice. Breakfast is average. Room cleanliness is one thing that need to be improved. And coffee cups and water glasses had not been washed all the period I stayed which I don't know why.
This hotel was a 3 minute walk to the station which was really handy. Then really only 10 minutes walk into town and the river where everything exciting is. The room was quite large with a sitting area and heaps of space for our luggage, we had 2 nights here. The room had everything you needed. Staff were really helpful and friendly and spoke English Breakfast was down in the restaurant and they were efficient giving you a ticket to display on your table, to say was occupied and still needed. Heaps of nice choices for breakfast. Then you just hand it back. Afternoon it becomes a coffee shop and restaurant, but we didn't eat there. There are many restaurants nearby, many close in the evening but there are some still open. Overall a really central place to stay in wonderful Takayama!
I stayed here based on the fact I had sent so many clients here, I needed to try for myself. Walking distance from station and really friendly staff. Decent sized room. Shower over bath. I enjoyed my stay here and it will continue to be an option for clients. Well situated for restaurants (Takayama really isn't that big). You can do a day tour to Shirakawa-go from here. Really enjoyed my stay here.
This appeared to be a very new hotel, very clean and in a good location close to the station. Just off the main street,within easy walk for all bars and restaurants. There was a new spa recently installed with a mist sauna and Jacuzzi..
This hotel has some very good points but also some shortcomings which cant be ignored. The main shortcoming for me was that there is no lobby or lounge area. You can't check into your room until 3.00pm and there is nowhere really to wait until then apart from a very few seats next to reception (much like a dentists waiting room). Tired travellers need somewhere to sit and have a cool drink- you can't even use the adjacent dining room. When we got to the bedroom (room 616, twin), we found that there was no storage apart from a wardrobe so we had to open our suitcases and lay them out on the floor. We could put up with this for one night but it would have been awful if we were stopping longer. However the room was equipped with both coffee machine and kettle which husband greatly appreciated-no milk for tea though (all hotels we stayed at only supplied Crema). There was a happy hour between 5pm and 7pm in the restaurant but as there was no bar we didn't bother. Breakfast is served on ground floor and at peak times was more than a bit chaotic. The system is that you hand your ticket to the man at the door and he shows you to a table which is then marked as in use. You then have to queue in a fairly confined space for food so it all became a bit of a bunfight. And worse, some people didn't understand the system and rushed in without being seen by the member of staff. One of our tour was waiting in line for food only to come back and find that someone was trying to nick his table!!! Good points- staff as in all other hotels were very smartly dressed and charming. The newly refurbished spa was absolutely gorgeous. You are required to strip down to birthday suit but it was well worth it. In the ladies section there were 3 individual jacuzzi baths and a steam room with "rain" feature. It wasn't busy and was spotlessly clean throughout. I think most of our group were too shy to try naked bathing but I'd urge you to give it a go!! The hotel is quite convenient for station and town and there are a few restaurants close by (we loved the Nepal curry house). So in summary, ok for a very short stay but there are probably nicer hotels if you're planning on sticking around.
First of, the picture this hotel is advertised with (submitted by the management) is heavily photo-shopped. The building is not at all standing free and is actually in a quite narrow street with lots of surrounding buildings. So that's a bit false advertising there. That being said. The hotel had great rooms and is easily accessible from the train station with only like a 1-2 minute walk. All floors are wheelchair accessible and so are all the facilities with perhaps one exception being the hotel spa since there are elevations in there. The breakfast restaurant was a bit chaotic. Instead of just sitting where you would like, you would be appointed a table. So if you wanted to sit near others, this was quite impossible and staff were not very forthcoming with this. The breakfast was not to my liking. Neither the Japanese, nor the English breakfast. It just wasn't done right. It tasted off and the bacon looked like it was plastic. I couldn't recommend the breakfast even if i wanted to. Then there is the hotel Spa. Definitely one of the lesser ones i've visited. Half the bubble-baths and jacuzzi's were defective. They were also quite small and only decently usable for people of Japanese average height. Furthermore there was a Mist-Sauna, which was not a mist-sauna at all, but more like a sauna with sprinklers inside. What made it even worse, was that the water being sprinkled, was also scented/aromatised. When it got in your eyes it was very unpleasant. Because of this i believe it no wonder the spa was deserted both times i visited it. As for the rooms, even there were issues. Our group had like 6 rooms and only 1 (mine) contained a freely usable massage chair. Which caused for a bit of jealousy inside our party. I obviously enjoyed the perks of said chair to the fullest. But if you offer it to 1 room, you should offer it to all or add a different price to them. Don't make it random who gets the massage chair rooms. Its unfair and not nice to those who don't get them.
Best Western is an ok hotel. Breakfast was average, room was tight/small (twin room), bathroom was ok (I'm 6'4” so most showers in Japan are tricky, and moreso when over a bath!). Dinner in the hotel was good (the beef - although it doesn't look like the picture - was delicious!). Akiko (I think that was her name) was excellent in the restaurant, however the following night the service was atrocious!!! We ordered and then waited 1.5 hours and then they forgot one of the orders. Hotel was near to amenities and shopping. Provided hypo-allergenic pillows and duvet when needed. Staff were polite and helpful.
It located near the bus station and traun station. You can walk around and reach the hot spots by walking eithin 10 minutes. The facilities were excellent. My parents appreciated all the facilities and environment.
Probably classic Best Western style (emphasis on Western) with Japanese touch. Huge room, great location - 1-2 minute walk from train/bus station, 4 minutes walk to old area/bridge. And whole hotel was non smoking! Staff: Awesome staff every interaction - reception/restaurant/housekeeping. And the little extra in the bowl of origami cranes and ninja stars they make and leave at reception (I asked if reception staff made them and they said yes). Onward baggage: I asked re this on arrival, and they sorted then, for when I left (saved faffing around). I love the Japanese baggage forwarding services! Breakfast: Included in my rate. I only did the main buffet (I messed up my booking to Japanese one). Good range (eggs still not HOT) of both western and eastern food. Mist Sauna: My first experience of this. They have spa/ladies/mens hours. I didn't use the jacuzzi - but LOVED the mist sauna. This would be really popular in winter. PJ: All the Japanese hotels have PJs to use - I thought this hotel had the best! Maybe it was just the whole feel of Takayama (which I loved) - but I could have stayed here happily for many more nights (and if I return to Japan I will be returning here). Many thanks for a great stay.
The service at this hotel is friendly and efficient. The staff have a little English but communication was never a problem. They have a ‘hole in the wall' car park/stacker which was a novelty for us but worked like a charm. We chose a twin room and it was spacious and well appointed. The breakfast had plenty of Western and Japanese choices and was perfectly adequate. It is about 10 minutes walk to the historic town area and 15 minutes to the large shrine. Both of these features are a must see in Takayama.
Out of the 5 accommodations I stayed at during my trip, BW Takayama was the best one based on its location, cleanliness and services. I booked 2 nights here since most of the hotels in the area were fully booked. Pros: - Location: 3-min walk to the bus/train station and easy walk to the old Takayama road and morning market. Also near to the famous dining places. Takayama is a small town so I guess most places are easily walkable. - Beds are big for Japanese standard. Standard Japanese toilet though. - Japanese semi-buffet breakfast was good - Free-to-use sauna was delightful to use every night Cons: - Price point could be lower - No self-service laundry services Would love to stay here again if I come back to the town but I will look for for a more affordable option first.
Great spot in town, walkable to all the sake breweries, morning markets and other sights. It was a short overnighter for us so we didn't get to use much of the facilities, which I understand, weren't that many anyway. There being no self-service laundry facilities is a minus, hence the four stars instead of five. Friendly staff. Parking is via one of those automatic stacking devices, so budget an extra 10 minutes during drop off and retrieval.
5-min walk from JR station to the hotel. A nice and peaceful Japanese small town. Walkable distance to the old street of Takayama and it is enough for you to spend for an afternoon. It's an extra to have a massage chair in the room and the spa and steam. We did enjoy the stay and the breakfast was okay too.
Hotel 5 mins from the station, easy to find and in a great location. Hotel staff are really helpful and friendly. Rooms are small, clean and have everything you need. Lucky us we had a massage chair and view across the roof tops and could see the hills. All main shops and attractions aren't too far away and it's a lovely place to walk around. This place feels more like traditional Japan. Come out the hotel and go left and left again and part way up on your right is a Chinese restaurant, great food, lovely service and very friendly hosts. Hotel has a good choice for breakfast and also serve a good evening meal. Loved our stay here.
we stayed here in a western style room...not really wanting to stay in an "American" chain hotel but so very pleasantly surprised. The smiles, the efficiency and positive attitude. Great location near the station and old charming center of Takayama
Top notch hotel. Very clean, well located and convenient parking on site. Highly recommended and will stay here again. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable, and nothing was too much trouble.
This hotel may be near the train station but it is a very long walk to see the historic areas in the old city such as the temple area. The staff was friendly. The rooms dated and in need of renovation. This hotel is used by large tour groups so breakfast was a scrummage and sometimes you had to wait in the lobby for a table. The breakfast was very Japanese and set up in a confusing way. The lobby is very unwelcoming with no place to sit for drinks but one couch and two chairs. There are stools around a large round table. The bar which is comprised of four stools in the reception area was only in operation one night. You are required to remove your shoes when entering the hotel. There is a need for more than two elevators with waits to go up and down. There were two washing machines and one working dryer on the 13th floor with a good view. If you have a choice I would stay elsewhere.
Trip31431144140, Receptionist at Best Western Hotel Takayama, responded to this review
Sir/Madam, This is Best Western Hotel Takayama Thank you for your effort sending us feedback but I think you are referring to other hotel First our property is in the center of the city near to all tourist spots & restaurant and our lobby is carpeted there is no need to take off your shoes to go upstairs For laundry we ask for outside service for we don't have washing machines and Dryer and lastly Best Western Hotel Takayama has only seven floor You can check information on our website. Thank you and Have a nice day
You won't find a better location. This was 200 m away from the station and bus station. The room was on the small side but enough for two adults. Very clean. Beds are firm but comfortable. The front staff are excellent and answer all questions. We choose the Japanese breakfast and found it to be excellent. All in all great choice
This hotel is 2-mins walk from Takayama train station as well as Takayama bus station (which is adjacent to the train station). Hence, it's an excellent location for those who need to get in and out of Takayama for nearby attractions. The hotel is also a short walk (about 10-mins) from Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market which is highly recommended. The hotel offered us the option of having Japanese breakfast instead of the western buffet option. The Japanese breakfast is highly recommended though the western buffet is not bad too. Service quality in those 2 restaurants, over breakfast, was excellent. I think (may be wrong), this property is independently operated under the name of Best Western. With Japanese hospitality, the service quality is much, much better than Best Western properties one may be used to in Europe.
Location very convinient. All the people are extremely friendly. Guest rooms are well equipped. Spa is great. Breafast was superb. Overall great value for money. Would recommend this hotel to all friends.
Takayama is a beautiful place in the Gifu prefecture of Japan and the Best Western Hotel Takayama is a great base to explore the region from. The BW is literally about 2.5 blocks from the Takayama station, an easy 5 minute walk once you get your bearings. The staff is very attentive with great English skills. The room is very comfortable and much larger than your standard Japanese room. The room also includes Japanese pajamas, a Japanese massage chair, and a local cell phone that you can use during your stay in Takayama for free calls, free internet, and free info on local sites. If you are like me, you have frequent Google questions while you are traveling and it's nice to be able to use a free local cell phone and save your minutes and data on your own personal phone! The BW also has a nice Japanese and Western breakfast spread in the morning which I tried one day on an a la carte basis. I'm not a big breakfast person, so I normally do not include it in my room rate and just take the charge when I need it. If I remember right, it was only about $11 USD to add the breakfast for one day and the buffet spread was more than enough to justify the charge. There is also a Family Mart convenience store one block away directly across the street from the Takayama train station, maybe a 4 minute walk. Plus there are plenty of local Japanese restaurants within an easy 5 to 15 minute walk. The BW is located right in the heart of the Takayama tourist area with the classic older Japanese style streets and sights right there within walking distance. In my case, I also needed to visit Hida, Toyama, and Nagoya, and it was very easy to get to these places by either train or bus from the Takayama station. Highly recommend the Best Western Hotel Takayama!
Great location and good base, rooms are sizeable compared to other Japanese accommodations. Friendly staff, good choice for breakfast daily. Popular with my other travellers in the group. Beds were comfortable, pillows were not!
A well positioned hotel with excellent customer service and plentiful breakfast catering for all tastes. The twin rooms are of a decent size and guests get free use of a smart phone to use when out and about.
There are times when you just need a western breakfast and this hotel is walking distance from the station and everything you could want to see, eat in Takayama. It may be a bit more western than most but everything works.
Hotel location is very near to the train and bus station. Very convenient from Nagoya Station to Takayama Nohi Bus Center (BC). Easy access to Shirakawago via bus, walking distance to old town and many restaurants around.
The room is clean and spacious. Excellent location near to station. Comfy Bed. near the morning market and best restaurant for hida beef is only 2 block away. The front desk very friendly and helpful. Thanks to the lady "sorry i forgot the name" but she is philipino. She is the one recommend us the restaurant. The hotel breakfast restaurant is superb..It has a big window facing the street. And when we have our breakfast we can see the snow slowly falling down from the sky.. Very amazing enjoying our breakfast and enjoy the view .. Surely will stay in this hotel if i visit Takayama again..
The room is clean and front desk is helpful. The location is great, near to the train and bus station and near to the morning market. The room is spacious for 2 adults and 2 kids, my family had a comfortable stay.
Excellent location about 2 minutes walk from Takayama Station east gate. Comfy beds and well-appointed rooms. Bathroom ok, but shower water pressure lacking a bit of power but still usable. No check in until 3pm. Lots of good restaurants around the hotel which are easy to reach on foot. I can't comment on the hotel restaurant as we didn't eat there. However, would definitely stay here again for the value and location - a solid choice in Takayama.
The average Japanese hotel is known for being compact, though it has everything you need inside the room. Best Western is slightly bigger than average and it comes with a back massage chair and Nespresso coffee machine! It is only a short walk from the takayama Jr station, so I would highly recommend this hotel for its location and rooms. The service, as with the Japanese standard, is always impeccable.
The positives : The hotel facilities were new and classy. Very close to the Takayama station. The family room had 2 beds plus a foldable one. The bathtub was huge. The car lift was right next to the hotel and made unloading the luggage easy. The lobby was also right on the first floor with an access door leading right to the car lift. Breakfast was included in the first floor restaurant Bijoux. The buffet spread was good and it was not crowded at all. Guests had access to the spa in the hotel. It had a small hot tub area, shower area and sauna. More like a modern take the onsen. With dressing and vanity spaces. The price we paid included breakfast - so it was overall quite worth it. The negatives : The foldable extra bed was very thin padding. I could feel the springs pressing against my back easily so it was hardly comfortable.
We stayed 2 nights at this hotel, which is about 3-4 minutes walk from the JR train station and bus terminal. This is very convenient if you are using Takayama as a base to visit Shirakawago or other cities. The old town is also within a 15-20 minutes walk. Room wise, this hotel provided us the biggest room throughout our stay in Japan. The room was nice and spacious, and the bed was comfortable. There is also a spa, with a Jacuzzi and a mist sauna, which was an added bonus. We would not hesitate to stay here again when we next visit Takayama!
We stayed here for 2 nights having walked in off the street. We were able to get a room for 2 nights at a very high price (we arrived at about 5 pm on a Friday night) and I think the hotel is overpriced for what it is. Parking was an extra Y1000. The beds were extremely comfortable and immaculately clean. Breakfast was very nice and the staff were extremely helpful. Good location close to Takayama Station. Plenty of restaurants nearby and it was very quiet at night.
We have just returned from a 3 week tour of Japan, and come to the conclusion that some of the western hotel brands don't offer especially good value for money, when compared to the Japanese brands. This one was no exception. The room was clean, if small, and the bed was comfortable, the place was slightly tired looking, but the staff were friendly and professional. However, it was quite significantly overpriced, I felt, and was in a lot of demand from tour groups. Breakfast was good, but not exceptional, and there was nothing inherently wrong with the place, but I would probably look elsewhere, were I to return to Takayama. One strong positive is the location, within a very easy three or four minute walk of Takayama station.
This hotel is close to Takayama station yet on a quiet street. It was easy to walk from it to view the town and find restaurants. The room was a good size for Japan and it was very clean. Staff were helpful and friendly and the breakfast was good with a choice of Japanese or a Western style. Highly recommend.
Spacious & super clean room & every corner of the hotel! Nice breakfast, we had a good time! Helpful & happy staffs! Perfect location, so near to Takayama station yet on a peaceful quiet street! Highly recommended!
Very friendly English speaking staff at reception. The hotel is new so decor very good . We had a great buffet breakfast....again very friendly staff. The other plus is it is only a five minute walk from the station.
This hotel is ideally situated for exploring the lovely town of Takayama on foot as well as further afield, the bus and adjacent train station being only a few minutes walk away. Staff at the hotel were always helpful and friendly. The room was well-equipped but space was a little limited on one side of the very comfortable bed. Breakfast was less interesting than at other hotels we had visited on the trip but was perfectly adequate for our requirements.
Overall, good quality hotel with excellent service and location. I booked a single room which is just nice for 1 person. Japanese breakfast is very good. I also stayed in Country Hotel during my stay in Takayama. Best Western is definitely a nicer hotel with more comfortable room, but as the rate is also higher compared to Country Hotel, I felt that Country Hotel provides better value for money.
We stopped in to the Best Western Hotel Takayama for one night. The staff were exceptional and accommodated all our needs. The room was relatively spacious and very modern, but best of all, the beds were soft and the pillows weren't full of rice. This made for a great nights sleep. The free spa at this hotel was also sensational, with the sauna being a real treat. Highly recommended.
“Excellent location. Very close to the central train and bus station and not far from the Old City, the market and the colorful shops. Comfortable and large room. Nice, courteous staff, lent umbrellas when it rained”
I really enjoyed staying here. The serve from all staff especially in the dining area was fantastic. I had dinner at the restaurant 1 night and they over charged me and the next morning they went out of their way to find me and give me my change.
This is a very basic hotel, but as such it gives you good value for your money. We stayed there on night. Room was basic but clean. Staff was helpful and had good English. Breakfast was a nice surprise. All in all, if you come to Takayama and all ryokans are fully booked then this is a reasonable option.
Wonderful hotel around the corner from the train station and one or two streets away from the main attractions. Staff are very friendly and all speak English. Show the handy at the bar downstairs for a free drink! Room amenities were all just fine: nice shower, nice beds etc. The breakfast was amazing, offering many western options and all dishes were labelled in English, so I knew what it. That proved VERY handy!
I would like to give this hotel 3 1/2 points, but don't have that choice. The location could not be better. Minutes from the train/bus station and not far from the old town. The old town gets really busy with tour groups in the day, so after exploring that, it was good to get back to this quieter area. I found the staff behind the reception less friendly then most in Japan. A bit aloof I suppose. The room was ok, but the bed was against the wall, there was a strange smell in the room and the airconditioner was central, so could not be adjusted. Luckily the window opened, which was needed because of the smell and the warm room.
This hotel is located near both the train station and the historic area. Safe and pleasant location. The hotel is American quality, clean, adequate rooms, and has very nice staff. The main attraction is the historic area and it is about 10 short blocks. The train is 2 blocks. You can get off the train and pull your luggage the short distance; no cab needed.
My husband and I recently stayed here for 2 nights and felt it was very good value for money. Here are the highlights: 1. Breakfast: The Best Western's breakfast buffet had an enormous selection of Western and Asian style offerings that were very good. It was 1400/pp. 2. Wifi- Free and decently fast. 3. Room: Our room was small but well laid out. It came with an empty fridge and a window that opened a little which was nice in order to air the room out. Our room was stuffy since there was only AC when the room key was placed in the wall holder. 4. Bathroom: It was very clean and came with a toilet with heated seat and a very deep tub which was perfect for soaking. The bathroom had no ventilation though and got very stuffy. 5. Staff: The staff were very polite and helpful. Most spoke a decent amount of English. The Filipino lady that worked in the Breakfast Room was super outgoing and friendly. She spoke excellent English and was eager to be helpful. 6. No Room Safe: We were disappointed with the lack of a safe. 7. Hotel: The hotel seemed to have inexplicably deserted areas. For example, the "Happy Hands" reflexology place on the 2nd floor of the hotel was an empty room. I guess it closed and no one remebered to take the sign off the wall. All in all, we were very please with our stay here.
I'm used to the budget style Best Western hotels in the United Stated but I have not spent a night in one in perhaps 15 years. I was a little surprised to see this Best Western just around the corner from Takayama Station. It's modern, clean and offers a nice breakfast. It takes 2-3 minutes to get there from the train station and the historic city center is 10 minutes away. And there are not many tourists around the hotel as it is located on a quiet side street. There are plenty of eateries around the corner. Rooms are nice and modern as well. Bathrooms are basic as in a regular Best Western in the USA. But the rest is absolutely fine and I enjoyed my stay here. Staff was pleasant and breakfast is decent.
Good hotel one block away from the train station. Very convenient as the entire town is walkable. Comfortable nice size rooms, friendly staff. Lawson convenience store one block away, restaurants a short walk away.
The staff were doing their utmost with what management provided for them to work with. Our room had a bathroom floor that was unlevel and you could tell when you first step into it. Even though there was ample room for a person to walk to the side of the bed on either side, the bed upon return later in the day was always pushed against the wall, necessitating a crawl over your partner to access the bathroom. The room was clean and well taken care of by the staff.
The hotel was near Takayama train/ bus station within around 5-minute walking distance and indeed offered a convenient and comfortable short stay for visitors at a relatively inexpensive price. My standard guestroom was small but clean and well-equipped with necessary amenities, especially prepared for me a handy phone for free use of nationwide calls and data use during my stay here. There was also a spa at the hotel but unfortunately I didn't have enough time to enjoy it. Everything here was fine basically, and it was a good choice for those who need a short stay in town.
We stayed two nights in a twin room. Parking was efficiently organized in the parking tower. The staff at the reception were friendly and spoke English well. The room was standard for this hotel category and the breakfast too. The Onsen had a mist room, which was a nice extra. A free cell phone with internet, maps and data was at our disposal. We had one meal in the restaurant and the quality of the food and the price were satisfactory.
We stayed here en route from Tsumago to Kanazawa. It was more of a business hotel and the least interesting of all our accommodation in Japan, but it was very close to the railway station, on the edge of the main part of the town and only 10-15 minutes walking to most places of interest. The rooms were clean, spacious and well equipped, the staff were friendly and helpful, the Happy Hour in the bar was good value. We ate here on one night because it was pouring with rain. The food was OK, pork, rice and salad. Nothing really interesting or exciting, but perfectly adequate. Breakfast was also adequate, although there was a tour group which made it very busy. We didn't use the spa. Nothng wrong with it, just not special.
Conveniently located. It just takes Few minutes walk from train station. Clean and spacious room with good service. There are sauna and jacuzzi service provided. Hotel guest can choose either western or Japanese breakfast. We chose Japanese breakfast which is delicious with semi private booth. Very good arrangement. Highly recommend this hotel as the price is reasonable with good location and service.
We had a really nice stay at this hotel. Situated close to the old town and a we really got value for money. The breakfast buffet was super and the car parking the same. Staff friendly and helpful. Would recommend this place to anyone.
Good service. Lovely breakfast. Clean and modern rooms (The Nespresso Maschine was a nice feature - every room has one.) Parking possibilities (1 day for 1000yen). Good location in the heart of the city. Price is really good for and fair.
Very pleased with our choice. Rooms are larger than most Japanese hotels. Uber clean!! Comfortable beds. Refrigerator in room. Half a block to convenience store. Currency exchange across the street. One block from train and bus stations which is great if it is raining since there are no cabs.
I ever since such a huge room size of business hotel in Japan ! good price but with excellent service, good quality of bed lining. Decoration are new and clean, European style ! will recommend my friends to book this hotel for sure !
Well recommended hotel ,location was a lane behind JR station / bus nohi terminal. Walking distance to tourist attraction. Love the convenience n surrounding, quiet nice street outside hotel.Food eatery nearby. Corner rooms layout size was good n comfortable for 3 adults with extra bedding. The hotel free spa ,was good.... especially felt relaxed after a long walked in Shirakawago . Front desk n staff was efficient n welcoming. Storage was a plus ,with no question asked especially heading towards Hirayu onsen. For those heading Takayama, worth to try out this hotel,no regrets.
The Takayama Best Western Hotel was really great for me as I was travelling japan by train and the Hotel is only 5 minutes walking distance from the train station. The room was large compared to some hotel rooms and the bathroom excellent. There was no in house bar but they still had a Happy Hour in the restaurant and the staff were lovely. So helpful and could converse in English which made things easy for me to forward my large suitcase on to my next destination. The location was walking distance to the Old town and so easy to find everything on the map given to me at reception. I have already mentioned this hotel to my friends.
The rooms of this hotel are quite big for Japanese hotels, but the bathrooms, the lobby and the building from outside are looking a bit old and grey. The service was very friendly and the rooms were clean. Overall it is too expensive for what it offers, in our opinion.
Very nice modern hotel in the centre of Takayama nice rooms comfy beds nice size bathroom, all staff very polite and helpful, had a nice bar area and you could order some food not a great choice but enough i had the spag bol it was a bit orange in colour but tasted ok, Philippine lady in the bar was a great host had us laughing all evening recommend this hotel
3.5 stars. About what you'd expect from a Best Western. If you're coming for just a few nights, as most tourists probably are, it's a good option. If you're staying longer, you might prefer somewhere nicer or with more charm. Location: It is extremely close to the train/bus station. Like a 2 minute walk with bags. For me, this was a positive. Everywhere we went within Takayama was within a 10 minute walk, so location is pretty much a nonissue for most of the hotels I'm guessing. But being able to quickly and easily walk from the train station was great. Room: A solid sized room. The biggest negative to the main part of the room was that there weren't many places to plug in devices, especially since a few of the spaces for plugs were already being used by Best Western devices. Wifi worked ok, but wasn't amazing. There was a nice nespresso type machine in the room, plus a small fridge, so that was great. The bathroom looked dated, but was an ok size. Because they specifically tell you not to shower with the door open due to smoke alarms, it was hard for one person to get ready in the bathroom while the other was in the shower. Breakfast: We tried the breakfast one day. It was ok — a fairly large buffet of western and Japanese items — but the taste/quality was somewhat of disappointment, particularly for the price. I would've rather had fewer options, but better quality.
A very nice,comfortable and clean hotel.Staff are friendly and helpful.It is very well situated for the train station and there are plenty of places to eat if you want to wander around.Rooms are comfortable at all levels.
Like all the others on our trip very good room facilities and food . Again ALL staff excellent and very helpful. Very good location for local sites and no problem getting out and about. Local festival when we were there so quite busy
We stayed at this hotel for 2 nights as part of our Japan tour. For us it was the best hotel we stayed in for our trip (4 hotels in total). The rooms were a good size not the small ones we had in Tokyo or Kanazawa. However speaking to another couple, they said it was the worst hotel of their tour but they were not saying it was bad but putting it into perspective. The rooms were a good size, with a coffee pod machine. We had a twin room and the beds were large and quite firm but not the hardest beds we had on our trip. No safe but there was a small fridge. The spa which included mist-sauna and individual jacuzzis was free, separate men's and women's. I used it both days and enjoyed it, just the job after a day of touring. Breakfast was ok with sufficient choice for us. Location was pretty good, a quieter road not far from one of the main streets. Overall enjoyed our stay here, thankyou
We travelled to Takayama from Matsumoto and it snowed! However we were warm and comfortable in our lovely hotel. Comfortable rooms and friendly and helpful staff it was my birthday and the staff were gracious in their celebrations for me. Takayama known as Little Kyoto is filled with fabulous attractions from the open air flower and fruit market and imposing government house. We opted for the Japanese experience in our tour and were transferred to an inn of happiness where we bathed in hot springs dressed in Japanese clothes slept on futons and ate a Japanese banquet and breakfast. I highly recommend you opt for this opportunity to experience Japanese life and culture it was brilliant. A birthday I will never forget
We loved the location of this hotel, we literally stepped off the platform from the station and there was our hotel. Takayama is a beautiful town with quaint streets that we loved exploring. We would definitely recommend visiting takayama and staying at the best western as we did our research in terms of value for money and booked this hotel at a great price so we were very surprised with the excellent location and the staff were very friendly and accommodating.
I stayed two nights and paid 23,000 yen midweek through booking.com for 2 nights including breakfast for sole occupancy of a twin room. Location very close to station is very handy for arrival, departure and day trips. Staff spoke good English and we're helpful eg with restaurant recommendations, luggage forwarding. Twin room was large with two wide singles next to each other.Comfortable bed and pillow.Coffee machine with capsules. Free "handy" smartphone with free calls to Australia.Very useful for me to sort out a problem with my personal phone. TV includes one English channel. Quite good breakfast with fresh fruit (pineapple, kiwifruit, orange, grapefruit and apple). Kept a small bag overnight for me while I went to Okuhida. Takayama deserves at least 2 full days.
We were told that we would have a double room at this hotel and when we came to check in were told that there were no double rooms available in the whole hotel. We insisted that they investigate this and eventually they managed to find us a double room! The way in which we were treated by the first person we spoke to on the desk was very unprofessional. The breakfast was fine with both western and Japanese options. It gets quite crowded as this hotel is used by a lot of tour groups.
We stayed here for our two nights in Takayama. Very convenient to railway station ( 5 minutes ) and about 15 minutes from old town. Hotel rooms comfortable. Jacuzzi available although we did not use. Hotel staff friendly and will recommend restaurants and book them. Breakfast a mixture of Japanese and Western buffet. Plenty to eat.
Stayed here on an organised tour for one night. Rooms and bathroom were of a good size and had all facilities required. Food was basically bar meals but very good quality - many side dishes and drinks all costing 500 yen and main courses being very reasonable. The staff were outstanding both at dinner and breakfast and worked so hard. Centrally situated. Bag pipe cafe not far from Red Bridge excellent for snacks
Not a bad hotel at all. Rooms are very comfortable and beds are just right. Not a bad location, Close to bus station and not far from old down town. The staff were great and the hotel's restaurant was pretty good. I would recommend.
Overall, very comfortable accomodation in well appointed rooms. Staff are generally friendly and helpful. Excellent wifi. Breakfast options includes western style options with lots of fresh fruit. The hotel is very close to the bus and train station as well as the main walking street to the famous “old town” area.
I'm still staying at this hotel while writing this review. Amazing and friendly front office and check-in was a breeze! The deluxe twin room was well appropriated and clean. Room is bigger than your usual Japanese room. From the last review, the reviewer said that the room is "tired" but I don't find it so. Very convenient location which is 5 minutes walk to the train station. Lots of eateries around and took us just ten minutes to reach the old town. If you are driving, there's electronic parking within the hotel compound. On level 2, there's a spa that doubles up like an onsen.
We travelled to Takayama to do a cycling tour . The hotel is very convenient to the station but rooms were tired and breakfast/dining area terrible. Unfortunately we ate here for dinner one night. There was very little choice and the meals were average at best. Breakfast was included and luckily we arrived early (before the advertised opening time) Half an hour later it was packed with people standing waiting for tables. Breakfast choice was limited. We loved the area and location of hotel but I am sure there must be better places to stay. The worst place we stayed during our 3 weeks in Japan.
A really great hotel for the price which exceeded expectations. Just a 2 minute walk from the train station and bus links. The main part of the town is only 10 minutes or so away, with some great restaurants even closer. Our room was very clean and modern, felt like it had been recently renovated. Staff were very polite and helpful. Good selection of food available for breakfast, with both Japanese and western options. Free fast wifi throughout the hotel. A nice quiet location with comfortable beds for a good nights sleep.
Stayed here amid the snow and subsequent ice. Such a well located hotel. Five minute walk from train station. Comfortable room with great onsen. Adequate western breakfast, reasonable English spoken. Very helpful staff.
It is a stone throw away from JR station. It is also close to Nouhibus station and Family Mart. BW is a good starting point for all trips from Takayama. The rooms are smaller, but clean and comfortable. There is a spa that's free for guests.
We were here for 4 days so took the Junior Suite for a little extra room. It is all one room and about twice the size of an ordinary room. It is comfortable and well laid out. The hotel is close to the railway and bus station but a little further to the heart of the tourist action on the other side of the river but that was still only a 15 minute walk away. The staff were pleasant and helpful with good english. You can get a choice of breakfast - Japanese style or Western. Both were fine. Recommended.
Location is perfect, just 2 minutes walk from train station. Lots of eatery/restaurants nearby. Got several mini mart around also. Room is very small, no view at all. Front desk staffs don't speak much English, a bit difficult to communicate.
The size of the room is quite spacious for Japan. I had plenty of room for 2 people, except for the washroom. The washroom felt cramped except for the bathtub. Something to note is the water pressure of the shower was not good. The higher the floor, the less water pressure there is. (I was on the top floor.) The staff were friendly and majority of them spoke English. A few had minimal English, but every tried to communicate and help you as best they could. The restaurants required reservations unless you had the breakfast package. I didn't realize this on the day I was checking out, but the staff allowed me to pay and eat breakfast in the Bijoux Cafe. The breakfast buffet was good enough to get you by. I really enjoyed the mackerel and Hida beef croquette. The check in and check out process went smoothly. The location of Best Western Takayama was only minutes away from Old Town and Takayama Station.
Great location, close to the train station, stuff was very nice, kind and helpful. Big room very well equiped, very comportable, clean, nespresso machine, coffee and tea Good breakfast, western and japanese. We didn't have time to use the spa , We had a lovely enjoyable vacation.
The Best Western is located only a few minutes walk from the train station and close to the old town. An easy walk to all the major attractions. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the hotel is clean and comfortable. Our room was spacious, tastefully decorated and had a view over the town. We would stay here again.Breakfast is included.
great position just 500 mts from the train station . small hotel with great friendly staff. rooms are large by Japan standards . very clean , breakfast is western style basic but ok. perfect hotel to stay for a couple of nights in this lovely little town .
Very well located near all sorts of eating places, shops and the station, in a very unassuming side street, there is nothing obvious to criticise in this modern western-style hotel. Rooms were adequate in size, the bed very comfortable and everything worked. The breakfast had all they options we'd ever need or want.
Great location about 2 mins from station. Take the east exit, walk straight across the road, up a block then left...you can't miss it! Nice hotel, clean and certainly big enough for our family of 3! Breakfast was ok, it filled us up for the morning, I think something you have to remember is you are in an Asian country so don't expect fried eggs on toast with bacon, beans etc... Staff were very friendly and helpful. My husband had a spa later in the evening (even with the dreaded ink on his arm), no one was around so he didn't get kicked out. He also had a foot massage which he enjoyed. Overall a really nice hotel in a great location, would definitely stay here again!
Another one night stop on a rail journey. Room a little bigger than others but were clean and tidy and you could open the window. Good breakfast. $5.00 beer and wine pre dinner drinks were on offer to us that night.
Basically this is a good hotel, centrally located, good size bedroom, bathroom on the small to cannot swing a cat size, but certainly adequate for a couple of nights. Where this hotel misses the boat is on two small things that could be easily fixed, I assume their management do not read Trip Advisor reviews! 1. The pillow is small and very hard, so my advice if you are staying is ask for an additional soft pillow when checking in. 2. The dining room for breakfast is a pleasant environment however, we were first through the door at 7.0am and all the food that should be hot, chips, bacon, eggs etc was cold! Not a good look. They need heaters under them. Tip I learnt from a fellow traveler- you do not need your room access card to turn on the lights, any type of card will do the trick!
On walking distance from the railroad station and village centre. Nice clean hotel, with friendly staff. Only one night the alarm of the building went "on", and there was an announcement, but only in Japanese...........We went downstairs, fortunateliy it was a false alarm. So the announcement for the alarm, needs improvement for the international tourists
The positives: well located just 2 minutes from the station and 5 minutes from the Old Town. Plenty of restaurants nearby. The service is pleasant. The negatives: on arrival at 2.20pm, we were advised we would not get access till 2.30pm (the room was not being prepared at the time). Strange. I have them my credit card as per standard and they proceeded to charge me in advance. We cannot recall this happening at ANY accommodation before. Strange. The breakfast is awful. We arrived at 7am when the dining room opened as we had an early rail to catch. Cold eggs (poached or scrambled), poor choice of fruit juices, cold bacon,etc. At ¥15 per head, even Best Western can do better. Due to a late lunch, we tried their Happy Hour offering. The wine (red and white) - very ordinary. Fried chicken - horrible. Avoid this. Their Japanese restaurant was closed.
I'd rate this 7/10 if I could. Plus points are good beds, nice included in price spa with mistsauna and jacuzzi baths, friendly English speaking staff and excellent location easy walk from train station and bus terminal and not too far from old town by foot either. Minuses, included buffet breakfast not much more on offer than a good Toyoko Inn and often been hanging around much longer! Inadequate toaster! Odd hours for own cafe i.e.Shut Sunday evening. No porter, and whilst the beds were good the twin standard room has large beds that aren't far enough away from the walls to walk straight alongside. I have better bedside access in a Toyoko Inn! Also standard rooms have no safe and although there is a wardrobe for hanging, no drawers for other stuff...might as well have been in a Toyoko Inn except for nicer beds by far and the spa. I'd stay again but like this time would want a good deal!
First of all - the star of the show - Cecile from the restaurant. She is amazing! Full of energy and charisma which translates to a magnificent dining experience. We were feeling exhausted at dinner after a day of sightseeing but left full of energy thanks to Cecile. Secondly the staff at front reception were so helpful in assisting us after our travel agent booked us for the month earlier meaning we were left with no hotel for first night of our three night stay as BW was fully reserved. Staff were quick to assist in looking for alternate accommodation for us and even called to make a reservation to ensure we didn't miss out. Location: fantastic - you can basically see the hotel when you hop off the bus/train Room: large by Japanese standards and definitely adequate space for a short stay Overall would definitely go back and recommend for others! Steph and Michael - Australia
Clean small but adequate rooms. We wanted to be close to train station and this is about a block away . People friendly and very helpful. A lovely village with shops and places to eat! Had a great time strolling about. Make reservations at Sushi Dining nob the absolute best food we have ever tasted! Tuna sushi salmon fried oysters outstanding !! Small place so call ahead! They were so gracious !
As Best Westerns go, this is pretty good. Great location near the train and bus station and about a 10 minute walk into the old town. Carpet in room had a few marks and the sloping bathroom was strange at first. Only stayed one night and it was quite adequate. Unusual that it did not have an in room safe.
Stayed 2 nights. Room an OK size. It took a bit of getting used to sloping bathroom floor which did give impression of being on a ship. By the end if our trip we had got used to these peculiarities. The one noticeable issue was the smell in the corridor outside as we would go to tge lift. It didnt get into our room but was there every time we would go to the lift. My wife thought it was like cannabis
Very good location, close to to the train station and to the main places to see in Takayama like the old city, morning markets and the historical government building (Takayama Jinya). Also many restaurants and coffee options in the neighborhood. The rooms are clean and comfortable and the staff is helpful
This hotel is really close to the Takayama Station - a 5 minute walk - and so if you are using the train, it's really convenient. The rooms and facilities are good and the staff is excellent. The only negative thing I can say about the hotel is the Enya soundtrack that is the only thing that ever plays in the lobby and breakfast room gets on one's nerves after 20 minutes! Highly recommended hotel, friendly staff.
The best thing about this hotel is when you walk out of the western entrance of the train station look slightly to your left and up a fraction and viola there is the sign. Maybe a four minute walk to the place. The only thing that bugged me about Japan is the three P.M check in time and they never seem to relax that even if the room is ready. There is no in room safe and that is a bit of a nuisance having to run to the office to store any valuables. The huge toilets in the place were a bit of a nuisance as you have to turn sideways to get past the thing. Plenty of power points for a change. The buffet breakfast was a bit ordinary to say the least. The best thing is that everything is within easy walking range.
the hotel is located very close to the train station and restaurants. I would suggest ordering the western breakfast as it is a buffet with a lot more variety than the Japanese breakfast which was a simple set meal, quite mediocre. front office staff was very helpful and courteous.
I could not book a room with the others in my group so decided to try the Best Western as an option (they had a room, and it wasn't a silly price). Room size (I chose) was larger than I expected and comfortable (I see other reviews complaining about the room size, but for Japan, pretty good). Check-in/check-out was efficient and friendly. I would stay here again - maybe not the quality I need for my business (housing tour guests), but in a pinch it would be adequate. As an additional note, on the seventh floor during an earthquake the building shakes a lot, even enough to open the wardrobe, but no damage - comforting. (there was a strong earthquake during my stay)
The hotel is only 2 minutes to Takayama train station and shrikawa go buses. You can reach traditional shopping street within 15 minutes by walking. It is a basic hotel and enough for only sleeping. We finished Takayama in half day.
We have stayed 2 nights in a deluxe twin (7th floor). The plus: 5 minutes from the train and bus station. Ideal when you take the bus every day to go sightseeing. Friendly staff at the reception who helped us for the bus schedule, the taxi and the restaurants booking. Recently renovated room with all the necessary equipment. The minus: very small room (23 sq meters) with tiny bathroom. No charm, just practical. Breakfast made us think we were in a communist country with limited and basic choice. Everything was tasteless and looked cheap.
This is a rather standard "Best Westin" in the tourist city of Takayama. The hotel is located rather near the JR station and many dining places. The room is generally tidy and standard. It is a bit small for our family of three. Given the relative high room price, the provision in the room is rather basic and a bit disappointing. Staff of this hotel can speak fluent English and are nice and attentive. A reasonable accommodation option to visit Takayama and Shirakawa-go if you can get a discounted or good deal in room rate.
Stayed here for 2 nights in 2 rooms as part of a Japan tour. The building is modern, light and up to date. Our deluxe double rooms were large and very clean. Like other Japanese hotels there wasn't a lot of clothes storage space. Plenty of toiletries in the good sized bathrooms. Breakfast was ok if nothing special if you wish for a western style breakfast; not a huge variety of fresh fruit and the warm food was limited, but decent bread and croissants. The hotel is 2 mins walk from the station and then a 7-8 minute stroll from the historic district of Takayama. Overall a good 3* standard in my view. Staff were very friendly and were able to help with transferring on luggage. Pre-arrival communication before we arrived was pretty poor; we struggled to book direct with the hotel and ended up booking via expedia. DIrect communication with them was via a web form (which they rarely answered) rather than via an email address, so I did arrive with a little trepidation (especially as the photos on the website itself dont do it justice) but needn't have worried- the hotel is very pleasant.
We liked this hotel mostly because the rooms were comfortable,spacious and is within close proximity to most places you would like to see in Takayama and food places. The staff were efficient and helpful.
It was a real pleasure to visit Best Western in Takayama! unexpected European style hotel in the old countryside. All amenities not to forget modernized version of onset with rain room (great to visit after hard day of sightseeing :)). They also offer massage on site, and pricing is very reasonable. I am not a big fan of Best Western in the U.S., but in Japan if was surprisingly nice and relaxing. location is in walking distance from everything.
The best thing was the 5 minutes walk from the train station. Unfriendly service* and old rooms, not a good deal, but it's cheap... We had to fight to have our luggage kept in a separate room and not in the lobby... Terrible breakfast buffet but I must say, the waitress from the Philippines, 25 years in Takayama, was extremely friendly, witty and did a good job. We only stayed 2 nights and had no time to use the internet, but it was at the edge of not working. *Usually in Japan, the service is extremely polite and friendly. This was not the case.
Located just one block from the train and bus station. Smooth walk if you're rolling your luggage. Breakfast had both Japanese and Western options. Great big pillows--unexpected in Japan. TV options not great, but did have CNN as only English-language channel. Free internet service required a daily registration, which was a 30-second inconvenience. Check-in staff was quite friendly. Just a very good solid choice for anyone staying one or several nights. No surprises!
Free, but slow internet, need to keep re-trying to get on. Laundry in hotel, but like most Japanese hotels there is no ironing board . Trouser press in room. Modern large, comfortable room; has accessible outlets for chargers, flat screen t.v. (only English station is CNN), our room had to extra wide singles pushed together into a king bed. There are reading lights for each person, also with outlets. There is the usual Japanese tea service and instant coffee, small fridge. There is a desk and chair, and 2 arm chairs, small fridge, The room has a combo shower/soaker tub with soap and shampoo. There is a large closet in room. Like many Japanese hotels the room key is a card that must be put in a slot by the door, that controls the electricity. So you can't charge electronics when leaving the room. For a couple, one person could leave a key in the slot to continue charging. Key cards are also needed to access the elevators. The front desk staff speaks English. There is a bar with a Happy Hour. Breakfast is a buffet that has a wide selection of food, including an array of Japanese foods, and American foods. The room amenities include pajamas, sandals, tooth brushes, razors, small sponges (in lieu of face cloths), brush, shower cap. There are vending machines available off the lobby. The hotel is close to the remodeled railroad station. This is a very nice hotel, and located within walking distance to the city's attractions. It is a short walk to the ATM at a Seven-Eleven Bank kiosk. Japan is a cash society(few stores take credit cards) , so you may need to make frequent stops at ATMs that take American credit/debit cards.
Excellent location, 1 min walk from JR and bus station, good place for transit. We went to Kamikochi from there. All the scenic are within walking distance. We paid extra to get a bigger room, breakfast is below average.
We stayed at the hotel for 2 nights. Standard room, not large, basic furniture and equipment.medium level . Clean, good service. Excellent location near Takayama Station. 2 minutes walk.Overall a good solution for a night to two, without expectations to a high level of room.OK.
One block from the station and within easy walk of markets, shops and restaurants. Staff were friendly and happy to answer my questions. If all you want is a clean room and comfortable beds (I stayed in a twin with 2 double beds) this ticks all the boxes. Personally I recommend you take the rate without breakfast. Had a very good massage for a very reasonable price.
It's location just across the station and close to the bus stand and other restaurants is its strong point ... large rooms too . Friendly and helpful staff who guided us on how to do Shirakawago and Hida ....
We really enjoyed our stay at this hotel. The location is ideal. It's just a few minutes walk from the station and bus station, and because Takayama is so compact most of the main sights are a short walk in the other direction. There are restaurants, cafés and bars nearby. All the staff we encountered were friendly and attentive, and checking in and out were fast. Our room was compact but well designed, so there was room for our cases plus space to relax. The wifi was fast, and we enjoyed the spa (remember to take the towel from your room!) The included breakfast was a great spread. You can choose to book a traditional Japanese breakfast, which we found fun and tasty. Note that, unlike many similar hotels in Japan, this hotel does not have a coin laundry.
The hotel is located 2 minutes away from Takayama train station and is the perfect spot if you plan to visit the city for two days. The rooms are spacious and modern. The bed is comfortable, but the bathroom is rather small and fully made of plastic materials, with shower curtain. The breakfast is average. Overall good hotel but quite expensive given the bathroom and quality of the breakfast. However good location if you travel by train!
Great location, so close to train and bus stations.Large room - twin share with comfortable beds. Friendly and helpful staff at the reception ( thank you for my chook). We had a breakfast included in the price and had a choice for western or Japanese. We opted for the Japanese one and it was a treat. Beautifully presented and very tasty. (see the photo)
We had a fine experience here for our two nights in Takayama, contrary to some of the reviews I read. The room is a normal size for a Japanese hotel room, and we had no complaints. The only English TV channel is CNN in case you're interested, but who needs it when the spring sumo tournament is going on?! We could see the snow-capped peaks from our room. The front desk staff is very friendly and helpful. We didn't use the restaurant, which was packed with Westerners, or go to happy hour (5-7 pm for ¥500 drinks and snacks, which is not a great deal) as the room seemed spare and cheerless. We did have massages at "Happy Hands" on the second floor (cash only), which were excellent if you like Japanese-style massage. The foot massage was wonderful after a long day of walking and hiking. The prices are very low compared to where we live.
This hotel has a great location, right downtown and 3 minute walk to the train station. We had a nice size room which was very clean and comfortable with two queen size beds. Had CNN on the TV and very fast wifi. Excellent shower. There is a restaurant right off the lobby. Breakfast is included in the rate. You can walk to several of the sights in town. Staff was friendly and helpful.
This hotel is what you would expect of a Best Western. Clean and reasonable standard. Well located close to the railway station and about 10-15 minutes walk to the old town. Plenty of restaurants close by. The hotel has been recently refurbished. We had a double standard room. The side of the bed was pushed against the wall, but there was enough room to push it across a little to allow access on both sides. However, every day the cleaner pushed it back again. You'd think they would have got the message. Who wants to be clambering over the other person to go to the loo in the middle of the night. The bathroom was small with a low ceiling, making it quite claustrophobic. However, at less than $240 Australian dollars for room and a buffet breakfast for two, it's good value. I thought breakfast was fine with a choice of both hot and cold dishes. There was also an option of a Japanese breakfast where you were served in a private dining room. Interesting experience to try!
This hotel is only one block from the railway station and even closer to the main street as well as a coin laundry and an auto teller if you need cash. The rooms are not large but contain all you need for a comfortable stay in this historic town. Most staff speak English and are very friendly and helpful. Breakfast is a bit of a letdown in an otherwise very good hotel being quite limited in the choices you have.
Near the station with easy walking access to sites. Room reasonable size. No safe. Staff friendly. Breakfast mediocre, no tablecloths, little service, and expensive! Would be nice to have a laundromat on premises.
This hotel is new and location is quite good. Room space is acceptable and clean but not much of a view. There is a staff at the restaurant who can speak good english. There are many small eatery shop around and most of the shops close at 8:00pm.
Typical Best Western hotel. Good location for walking into town. Rooms are comfortable and clean. Breakfast adequate. Free wifi in rooms. One lady in the restaurant spoke excellent english and all staff were friendly and helpful.
Located very close to train station, so convenient if you arrive by train. But the area is not really nice. You need to walk 10 minutes to arrive to the charming old town. Typical Best Western, very basic motel-style hotel. Rooms are renovated so ok, but relatively small, in particular the bathroom is very small. No safe in the room. But they provide amenities like pajamas and slippers. Free WIFI. The room is ok for a short stay of 1-2 nights. Breakfast is not really good, you get coupons like in a dormitory and when you arrive at 07:00 (time of opening) the room is already fully packed like in a subway station, the room is just too small for the hotel size. The quality of products is not good, they do not provide spoon for coffee, there is a buffet but you even have to collect your silver ware on your own. Worse than in a canteen. Staff are friendly and their language skills ok. Overall ok for a short stay, but considering the rate I paid (over USD 200) I find it too expensive for what you get. But unfortunately there are not many alternatives in town...
The hotel is a 2 minute walk from the station.The ammenities are good,Very easy to get to attractions from hotel.Staff are vet friendly and rooms are comfortablle.Breakfast is of a satisfactory standard
Best Western was located near the train station, it is a good hotel with most everything you need. Staff are super friendly and helpful. The room was standard, nothing to get excited about. I would stay here again as it served the purpose of being close to transport, close to all the shops and food, and it was nice enough
Visited with hubby as part of a Titan" Essence of Japan" tour. Clean and comfortable but rooms a bit small so glad we only stayed 1 night. Had to queue for breakfast, but staff sorted out overflow seating for us. Staff friendly and helpful. Check in and out good. Hotel in a good location and we really enjoyed Takayama.
This wasn't our first or even 5th choice for lodging in Takayama, but in the end it worked just fine. Location was excellent - 2 blocks from train and bus stations, 3 blocks to Starbucks and a supermarket, and dozens of restaurants within a couple block radius. Room was clean and had all the necessary conveniences, including free Wi-Fi. It was small (as are all Japanese hotel rooms) and we had a devil of a time controlling the heat/cooling. Didn't try the restaurant - looked a bit cavernous and unused, but the front desk did recommend several really good restaurants in the area that we tried and were very happy with. Ideally one should stay in a local inn when in Takayama, but the Best Western is certainly an option if you want modern, clean, and convenient.
This hotel is clean and perfectly adequate -about 3 stars - staff are friendly and it is close to the station. The small roads around the hotel have a multitude of restaurants from larger busy ones to the family owned "home cooked" meals. About 5-10mins walk to the main shopping street. A great place to visit.
We stayed here for two night and I have no complaints to make at all The service was great and the rooms were very spacious, well equipped and very clean The room service even folded my t shirt which I had left out I must admit the pillow had me thinking at one stage but I'll leave that as a surprise (nothing bad) :-)
Good average hotel in a great location close to the train station. Included breakfast which was fine with a mix of Japanese and western foods. Rooms were a decent size with adequate storage. We would be happy to stay there again.
Handy to the station is the only thing that this hotel has to recommend it. It was basic and clean, but quite forgettable in every other way. Our dinner in the Japanese restaurant was very expensive for what was on offer.
Stayed for 2 nights April 2016, they gotta big room, helpfull front desk, and the best part is the location of this hotel is so near with the train station. And lot of stall around that area. They had a free sauna and jacuzzi as well.
this hotel is located at a very good spot, less than 5mins walk to Nohi Bus Center! Easy access to everywhere, a few souvenir shops nearby and lots of local restaurants. Personally feel that the front-desk service is average cause i feel abit unconcerned when we were waiting to check-in at the lobby but actually our room is already ready but no one inform us, anyway overall service is fine! Room is clean & comfy, but there's stain (abit sticky) in toilet floor, cleaner is unable to remove it. Overall experience is still good!
Very nice hotel just around the corner from the station. Hotel is being refurbished, therefore the room was all nice and new, good bed. Although I had a double room it was very small. Large breakfast buffet.
Stayed two nights at this hotel while visiting lovely Takayama. Walking distance from the train station and to the tourist sites this hotel has a great location. Accommodations are fine and the breakfast was OK . Pillows where a bit hard for us and for Foreigners who speak no Japanese - the in room TV is worthless. No complaints about cleanliness.
We left the hotel today after 3 nights and whilst there are renovations underway our stay was not majorily disrupted. The lift was a bit messy and there is currently no bar and only one cafe, where you take breakfast. Did not suffer from paint smells or mouldy bathrooms as others have mentioned. This a fairly budget option hotel in Takamaya and you get what you pay for. I, therefore, thought it was a reasonable deal for the cost. It certainly isnt a hotel that will wow you but it is functional with clean and fairly good size rooms. It is in need of updating so should be improved once renovations complete, i think in December. One of the main benefits is that it is only a few mins walk from the station but it is still pretty quiet. No onsen on site, unfortunately, but there is a sauna and a number of large individual jacuzzi baths, all spotlessly clean. There is also a massage service which is ok if you like pressure point massage - I got a fair deal at 5500y for 70 mins. Breakfast was included in our room rate. It was a bit basic and not overly high quality but it was a hot and cold buffet and some of the options changed daily. The main thing i didn't like about this hotel was that we found it is used mainly by european tour groups, so didn't feel very Japanese. As a consequence a reasonable level of english is spoken by most of the staff. Overall i feel this hotel offers good value for money.
As previously mentioned in other reviews, this hotel is undergoing renovations and there is a horrible smell of paint everywhere but, even ignoring the ongoing works, this hotel is appalling. The rooms are so small that you have to pile the furniture in a corner to get any space for suitcases or, indeed, anything else. The bathroom is also tiny. The room was very hot when we arrived and the "air conditioning" had no thermostat and was only blowing hot air. When I went to reception, I was told to open a window which was rather difficult to do as there was scaffolding outside with workmen on! However, a fan was produced which gave some relief. The breakfast was something else - I have never endured a worse more chaotic breakfast buffet anywhere - the choice was extremely limited and the service was abysmal. I have given this one more star than it merits purely because of the location, which is good. There must be better hotels in Takayama than this one. Avoid at all costs!
we stayed at the Best Western Hotel Takayama recently and loved it. There is some painting happening but did not bother us at all. we were on the top floor - big room nice outlook and non smoking. breakfast was included and the breakfast was very nice - cornflakes and fruit and bread! there is a steam room and spa and the staff were charming. this is the best place to stay in Takayama!
The hotel is in the middle of a renovation. We might have gotten one of the older rooms. But the size was OK. Either the smell eventually went away or we got used to it, but it was not noticeable later in the day. The breakfast buffet was great with plenty of choices between Western and Japanese items. The hotel is located on a small street one block north of the train station. The closest cross street is the one with the green bridge for you to get into the historic section. We only stayed one night. Didn't have much interaction with the staff.
The hotel is clean and comfortable, but there is no air-conditioning. There is a dial in the room labelled "air-conditioning" but that just controls a heater. I asked at the front desk, they confirmed that it was a heater and if I wanted cold air, then I should open the window. Otherwise the hotel features everything you'd expect from a Best Western hotel and fast, free Wi-Fi. Also, some of the rooms have interesting features, such as this glass walled bathroom!
The Best Western was not a bad hotel it was just not exceptional. Good value for money. Our room was functional clean and pretty bland. Location was great an easy walk from the Railway Station and to the historic precinct. Happy hour was not so happy with many of the drinks being excluded. Breakfast pretty basic. There is an Onsen on site with separate facilities for men and women - looked good but we didn't have the opportunity to utilize it. Would recommend the Best Western for a one night stay only due to general lack of atmosphere. Great little Izekaya in the same street - it looks like a tiny bar but has a larger restaurant hidden out the back.
This hotel has just been refurbished. Rooms are nice, bright and clean. Bed is slightly on the hard side but still ok. The amenities are good. They provide a good quality kettle and even an ice bucket. Overall, a pleasant stay. Slightly expensive though.
Great hotel for the money. Close to the railway station and bus depot. Also within walking distance of notable tourist spots. Friendly staff who were helpful giving directions. Breakfast good with Japanese and western type food. Our double/double was huge and comfortable. We could have done with two more pillows as such a wide expanse! Amenities were replenished daily and were on the generous side. We enjoyed our stay here.
We stayed in a recently renovated room and yes in true Best Western style it's the job of Cowboys. The room is large by Japanese standards but the bathroom still old and moldy. From September until the end of December the hotel is covered in scaffolding, starting at 08:00 until 18:00 Monday to Friday there are men standing directly outside the room windows scrapping the exterior walls. If you turn on the air conditioning expect to smell paint. Front desk staff are very unfriendly and don't speak hardly any English (especially when you call to complain, there's a silence over the phone). Overall one of the worst hotels we stayed in Japan during our honeymoon. Overpriced, bad room and bad service. I'd recommend to stay elsewhere!
Very clean, warm friendly staff, very close to the train station and a yummy Indian restaurant (I know, I know - why go to Takayama and eat Indian food but it's great If you're trying to find halal and / vegetarian options). Free breakfast and free wifi. Rooms are very comfortable.
Easy to get to from the railway station. Currently under exterior renovations, however this did not have a detrimental effect upon our stay. Staff are curtious and efficient. The rooms were spacious, clean and well accommodated. Very much enjoyed our two night stay.
I stayed at the Takayama Best Western in August 2016 with my husband and toddler. The hotel is centrally located and is walking distance to many restaurants as well as the morning markets, Old Town and shopping areas. Our hotel room was very clean and felt fresh although it was quite small, especially with a cot in there. We found we needed to leave the pram outside. There is also not a lot of storage space, although there is a closet. The breakfast was extremely good, although admittedly we only had the Japanese-style breakfast. There were Western-style breakfast options available, but we didn't try those. The Japanese breakfast was fantastic and we enjoyed it immensely. The cost was reasonable and the hotel manager was willing to match the nightly rate available on booking.com. There was some later confusion about whether we negotiated a price to include or exclude the cot, and we ended up paying extra, but it was still really good value. There is a built-in control system in each room (lights, alarm, etc) and the alarm clock is extremely bright at night (equivalent to a night light). Normally we would cover or unplug such a bright alarm clock, but it is wired in and flush with the wall. So you can't cover it easily. We ended up trying to hold a blanket in place with some books just to cover the light. Maybe there's a way of switching it off but we couldn't figure it out. The staff was very friendly and spoke English quite well. I would definitely recommend this hotel to a friend because it is a good value and well-located option.
Basic simple tourist hotel. Clean room but nothing special. Bad wifi in our room, we could not connect at all. Connection in the lobby is good. Breakfast was average, only until 9.30h meaning you could enter until 9h. Bar is not so attractive on lobby level. There is a massage on second floor called happy hands with deep pressure massage, which was good (5000 for 60 mins).
Stayed for 2 nights. Hotel is a short stroll from the JR station and bus terminal and less than 10 minutes walk from the Takayama old town. Rooms are decent sized and beds are comfortable. Will recommend this hotel to anyone heading to Takayama.
This was a jewel that we we booked on the fly from Myoko Kogan, very close to the train station, walking distance and so is most places in town. Great and very helpful staff, comfortable and clean......great breakfast. Will re-visit without hesitation. Lots to see and do in Takayama.
I booked this hotel a number of months ahead and paid 18,000 yen for a double bed with breakfast. Overall it was expensive! Location wise was fine if you want to be close to Takayama Station (the hotel is only a couple of minutes walk away) although Takayama is quite small and easy to walk around. The room was quite dated and small with the bed virtually up against a wall. There was no room for a bedside table but space was available to put your luggage. There was no in room safe, newspaper or water provided. The bathroom felt old and was really tiny. The bed was quite firm which I liked but the pillows were horrible and hard to sleep on. I found the staff on reception to be quite unfriendly which was unusual for Japan. On arrival I was bizarrely asked what time I'd be leaving the hotel the following day. Very strange when there's a card in the room for cleaning service and I wasn't checking out the next day. Breakfast was pretty average. The TV had one English speaking channel which was CNN. Wi-Fi was free and the speed was good. I'd only consider staying here again if I got better room rate.
The hotel is very near the bus and train station. It's on a small street behind the Country Hotel Takayama (which has a Family Mart). Within walking distance to the Jinya-mae market and the larger Miyagawa morning market.
When a lost my fotocamera the hotel was very very helpfull and eventually I got my camera back!!! They contacted the store where I lost it and then they send it to my next hotel!!! I' m very very happy!
A well-located, clean hotel with excellent service and better than average buffet breakfast. A little dated with small rooms. Bathrooms are fine. Beds are comfortable. A quick walk to everything -- shopping, saki factories, morning market......Enjoyed our stay and would stay again.
I was in Japan for almost two weeks, visiting Tokyo, Nikko, Kanazawa, Takayama, and Kyoto. I would have to stay the Best Western in Takayama was the best hotel I stayed at. It was a lot more spacious than the ones in Tokyo and Kyoto. The breakfast buffet was a lot better than the one I had in Tokyo. I especially liked the reliable wifi connection (the one I had in Kyoto was terrible!), the excellent location, and friendly and helpful staff. I would come back if I'm ever in Takayama again.
This hotel is in a great location in the middle of town, very clean as usual in Japan, not luxurious but good enough for couple of nights. The rooms are spacious in comparison to Japanese style hotels, and it was very quiet. The parking in the building is one of those tower parkings, so our car was too wide, so they recommended a parking lot that was a block away, the fee in the hotel parking was 1,000 yen and this other one was 1,200 yen for 24hours, the Front Desk young lady gave us a coupon for 400 yen discount.
Clean, comfortable, if modest, accommodation. Our room was not large, but more than adequate for us given that we were only staying two nights and were travelling with limited luggage (we had forwarded our main suitcase directly to Hiroshima from Tokyo). Although we were travelling lightly, one thing we would have liked to see in our room was one or two drawers for clothing so we did not have to live out of our luggage. As others have said, the hotel itself is well located in relation to the JR station and is an easy walk from the town's main attractions. The buffet breakfast was varied and made for an easy start to the day. Interestingly, Takayama boasts over 830 food outlets. The trick is finding ones that are open - particularly early in the day or after about 8pm. Takayama keeps very different hours to the ever-bustling Tokyo!
This lovely hotel is just 5 mins walk across the Takayama station and easily accessible to the old town and nearby eateries (though most seem to open in the evening). Bedroom was bigger that I expected and hotel thoughtfully provided a number of hangers and a spray freshener. Breakfast selection was good with a few choices of bread. There was a spa on 3/F but was it under maintenance during my stay.
This hotel is well located for walking around Takayama. The hotel facilities are less than city hotels, the service slightly different but if you want to walk around this heritage city put up with it. The view from this room was not scenic ! This hotel was booked as part of SAGA holiday
A comfortable hotel, 3 double beds and still room to move. 2 min. to station and right in town. Good buffet. breakfast. Staff helpful. A really nice town to visit. Plenty of sightseeing around town and country side.
Very nice hotel located very close to the JR & bus station. Only a few blocks away from the city center in a nice neighbourhood with restaurants and cafe's. Personnel is very friendly and speaks good English. Rooms are spacious and comfortable. Bathroom with bath tub. The hotel really surprised us in a very positive way and is really a perfect place to stay in Takayama
Takayama was a place we needed to stay for just one overnight. Thank goodness for that. We couldn't have suffered another night at this hotel! The rooms were among the smallest we experienced in Japan. Takayama is a small town that seemed to close down by 8 pm. The only thing for us to do outside the hotel in the evening was to wander over to the local Family Mart convenience store and browse through the shelves for nibbles and cold drinks. But the worst of all was the unpleasant restaurant/bar staff who refused to make us coffee or a salad at 8.50 pm on our return from the dark empty streets of the town. They were anxious to knock off by 9 pm and only under noisy protest did they provide us with coffee and hovered over us like expectant vultures eagerly waiting to scoop up our almost empty cups. It's also a hotel that, despite the name 'Best Western' does not provide Western TV channels in the rooms. A major disappointment, This was by far and away the worst hotel we experienced of the six we experienced in Japan.
a very good choice for ataying in takayama. 3 minutes walk from the train station, average 15 minutes walk to major town attractions and good reataurants. service was good. in hotel restaurant was overpriced for dinner but had good morning boufet.
It was a last minute decision to stay here as we had altitude sickness while visiting the Alpine Route, so we decided to cut short our stay at Murodo and checked in at Best Western Takayama. Turns out it was the best decision we have ever made! The room was surprisingly big and the beds were very comfortable, the hotel looks very well maintained, clean and new. It was just a few minutes walk from Takayama station and convenience shops. The staff were very helpful and alerted us that there will be a spring festival procession the following day at the old town and specified where to catch all the action on a map they provided. I personally feel this is a under-rated hotel and if you're into a property with a good location and comfortable clean rooms, look no further.
Good hotel and excellent location. Spacy rooms and every morning nice Breakfast. Very accurate service. Everything stricly ordered; for breakfast you need to be present before 9 a.m. .and the staff wants to know when you intend to leave your room each morning!
This hotel is situated in a very quiet street approximately 5 mins from the train station. The room was spacious and there were adequate facilities for a 'Boutique Hotel'. We enjoyed the breakfasts, good range of western food. We did not dine in the hotel as prices were quite expensive. There is plenty of cheaper local restaurants to enjoy.
This hotel is located very close to Takayama Central Station and easily accessible by 10 min walk. Beautiful and spacious room, fair breakfast buffet. We had a very comfortable stay in this hotel and great little town. I would highly recommend this hotel to who ever has a plan to visit Takayama.
I asked for a quiet room and got a room at the far end of the hallway. It was very quiet, but I wouldn't say absolutely soundproof. The room was spacious for what I paid (less than $100). It was clean. Location is good, relative to the station, and there are several restaurants nearby. Didn't get the chance to try their restaurant or other amenities but it looked decent. Wish it had coin laundry facilities inside the hotel, but there is one a few minutes walk away.
Three-Five minutes walk from Takayama station to hotel. It's very convenience. The room very big and clean. There's mineral water in bathroom. There's bicycle for rent ,when you would like to ride a bicycle around the town but i'm not sure how much is it. There's spa in hotel. It's free but you can service in 5pm.
Close to the train station. Rooms were nice and comfortable. We paid around 125 euros for our stay and felt it was value for the money. Good location and accessible and therefore popular with tourist groups. Several came with the same train as we took from Nagoya.
The room space is large in Japan. It is western style hotel. It is near the bus station, in 2 minutes walking distance. A lots of attractions are in walking distance. This hotel is definitely my choice when I come to Takayama next time.
Ideally located for rail travellers, only a short stroll from the JR station and close to traditional shopping streets. The staff are helpful, efficient and eager to please, and the room we had was excellent! Immaculate, comfortable and warm, which was really essential as it snowed while we were there. The buffet breakfast was good, with a reasonable range of choices. While it is possible to walk to the Hida Folk Village, there is an excellent local bus service at the station and we would recommend visiting in the evening during winter to see the illuminated lake. We only had a short time in Takayama, but would have stayed for longer if we had known how great it is to visit. We would certainly consider going back - and staying at Best Western anytime.
Soft comfy bed; fairly large room. Heating works exceptionally well so that's a plus in winter. 5 min walk from JR station. Only complaint (but no biggie) is that brekkie's pretty bland. No on-site self-service laundry but that's easily sorted as there's one very close to the post office .... Commercial sized washers/dryers and 15kg loads cost JPY1,200. Would stay again.
Stayed overnight with my wife on our way to Shirakawago the following day. Very close to Takayama station 5min walk Good buffet breakfast Clean, modern rooms that looked recently renovated Helpful reception Excellent SPA with hot tubs Would stay here again if passing by
This is a comfy hotel that is very close to Train station/bus station. It is a 15-20 minutes walk away from main attraction. I love to walk around the hotel, to the temple, to good restaurants, to lovely shops, and a museum. I love that it is new hotel too. Two things I don't love about this hotel is that there is no onsen and the price is a bit high (7,900 baht/night).
We loved our stay here. The rooms were spacious and staff were helpful. They have a spa free for guests and massage area, which was reasonably priced. Breakfast was a decent spread of local dishes and we had a special serve of New Years dishes as we stayed over the new year period. The hotel is about a 2-5 minute walk from the station and a walkable distance from the main shops and markets. One of our favourite hotels during our 14 day stay in Japan.
A pleasant hotel near to the train station and Nouhi bus centre, just a couple of minutes walk. Convenient to stay as a base to visit Shirakawago by Nouhi bus. Hotel is also near to the morning markets and the old town. And near to eating places serving one of the best hida beef teppanyaki and sukiyaki. However, staff is rather mechanical and not flexible when we requested for checking out half an hour later than their check out time. The staff immediately said no and flash out their charging policy which is at 5% of the room rate per night, and started punching the calculator straightaway to show us the price.
This conveniently located hotel makes an immediate poor impression. As you enter, you are confronted with a scene of general sloppiness, with a buffet table spilling out into the rather untidy lobby. This first impression carries through to the rest of the experience. It is not that the hotel is really bad, just that it lacks any sort of polish, let alone any sort of flair or character. And, just to settle the evidently controversial breakfast issue, the Western-style offerings were a bit limited, but by no means awful. Though the selection seemed to vary a bit day to day. The most egregious thing about the breakfast for me, though, was that the soft boiled eggs were literally cold! So, if you stay at this hotel - and you could do better - only have breakfast there if they throw it in as part of a deal. Certainly don't pay extra for it!
Very close to the station yet in a quiet side street the location is terrific and the price is reasonable for a top tourist town. The rooms are larger than normal and the beds are Japanese hard but comfortable enough. The level 2 spa and mist sauna complex is free (sex segregated) and a bonus but it has a small capacity. Staff were great with good English and always obliging. Where this hotel loses points is in noise transmission between rooms. They advertise soundproofed rooms and perhaps they are if they're referring to voices travelling through the walls, but the thumping of feet above you and in the hallway is loud and constant as is the banging of closing doors. Once everyone returns after dinner it's just a constant cacophony of banging and thumping and quite unpleasant. We stayed in room 406. Maybe it's better elsewhere? Also, the internet is good until dinner time and when under peak load becomes very unreliable. So a good hotel in most respects but some serious deficiencies. I dont regret staying here...just depends what's important to you.
We found this hotel very pleasant and convenient. It is very close to the railway station and there is an international ATM facility just across the road on the left as you walk out the front door. The rooms and corridors are larger than normally experienced in Japan, so we thought that it had a very comfortable and spacious feel. Rooms are well appointed. Service was quite accommodating. Breakfast was pleasant with an adequate, if not particularly wonderful, mix of Japanese and Western food.
The Best Western is located a block (walking distance) from the Takayama train station. The hotel lobby is well laid out and the staff are friendly and accommodating. The room itself is a little bigger than what you normally have in other Japanaese hotels. The hotel also provides complimentary traditional Japanese pyjamas, razors, lotions and other basic. Amenities view from the hotel window is limited, however most things in Takayama are a walking distance from the hotel from door. Hotel offeres a free wifi service. Sleep quality was great (the only downside is that there were only 2 pillows on the bed - but no big deal), the bed was comfortable and clean. Overall condition of the hotel was well maintained and would recommend this hotel as excellent value for money spent. (About $92aud for one night/ two people).
Staying one night for the price of approx 48 EUR with buffet breakfast included. Honestly, what do you expect for this price? Ritz or Hilton? Please... I don't understand the reviews with so much contras. The room itself was clean with comfortable bed and good looking bathroom area (built shower). Breakfast was plenty and tasted good. Staff was friendly and helpful. I definitely recommend this one, just be reasonable with your expectations.
Located just a block from the train station, close walking distance to things. Helpful staff, efficient , fair English , rooms good size , clean, smoke free, quiet, good Wifi, no English on cable TV, free fine mist sauna / spa , small breakfast area- always got a seat , average breakfast , average hotel. Would stay again
This hotel is very well situated, beds are very comfortable (we stayed in room 416) but unfortunately it's all downhill from there. The breakfast is clearly aimed at the Japanese, other offerings were cornflakes and not very fresh bread. We stayed for two nights and were not even able to get a drink on the second night let alone dinner. The restaurant had been booked for a wedding! We asked for two cups of coffee to be delivered to our room during the evening and someone arrived with two sachets of instant coffee!
Stayed in this Hotel as a part of Group Tour recently. Better to Forget the unforgettable experience. Though buffet breakfast is offered, Bread can be found only for first few people. Not much spread and the same stuff. Double Bedroom is very small (Room no.302) and hardly any space to move around. Definitely Takayama is not in Tokyo or Nagoya !!! While other hotels provide good space, why not in Best Western. The Air conditioning is Horrible .You can't set temperature. It has got low, mid or high setting. Since outside temp is cold, kept in low and slept, only to get soaked in sweat (rather cooked) in the middle of the night. So you got switch off and on the Air Con entire night right through the stay.. Showers don't have temp setting. You got a separate hot and cold water controls to mix, that leaves you every time with either hot or cold sprinkle.. Also water gets wasted during the process. I never saw such a hard water in Japan so far.. I don't know why.. Soap or shampoo never gets foam. Only during last couple of days the water was OK. Think twice before you choose this hotel.
Great location. When you leave the station, look up al little and you will already see the Best Western logo. Very short walk. Family Mart and 7-11 Bank ATM (Cirrus) en route. Old town within walking distance. JR Station and busstation can be reached without any suitcase obstacles by walking within 5 minutes. Rather unimpressive, dark, high, bit smelly lobby/restaurant. In bad need of renovation. Large tour groups. Bad quality breakfast. And we just do not like hotels where all the do's and don's are printed on A4 paper and put up everywhere. Reception speaks rather good English, but they are just not able to cater to the needs of individual western guests. There is a German guy, not having any experience in hospitality, but willing to help. The bossy GM could give the staff a little more freedom to act. Our small room was basic, but ok. Only after October 1st, the airco is turned of and the heating is turned on. It was 25 degrees Celsius outside. The room was like an oven. Although our German friend tried to open up the window, he did not succeed. The small opening was not enough to get the heat down at night. We slept with the door open. Next day we were offered a junior suite. Nice spacious room. Beautiful bathroom (make your own honsen). Fresh (only the fatty smell of neighboring restaurants can penetrate the room easy). Writing desk, lounge couche. This room was worth the price we payed, but would have cost double the deluxe room if you had to book it. There is only one word for this hotel: overpriced.
We were there for the Autumn festival and so the town was very busy. The hotel was comfortable and friendly. The location is good for the easy walk into the centre and with many choices of eating places nearby.
We had a modern room with fridge,tea making urn but no safe. The air con was set to heating only,so the room was very stuffy even though we switched the heating off. Pyjamas and slippers were provided. The shower was very good and we enjoyed a pleasant dinner of Australian steak,chips and salad with a nice glass of red wine The staff in the dining room tried very hard to please us but the dining room itself was characterless. However,breakfast was a shambles as we had to set our own table - when we managed to get one as the dining room wasn't big enough to cater for two large coach parties at the same time! -. The breakfast selection was poor with tinned fruit,basic cereal,ham and processed cheese.
This hotel was the most expensive of our month's trip to Japan and definitely not worth the extra $100 a night.The room was tiny and dingy -- clean but worn-looking, especially the bathroom. It was also extremely hot as there was no individual heating/cooling in the room. The desk clerk told us to open the window, which opened approximately two inches. As there was no cross-ventilation it took all night to cool off, then the cleaning crew closed it again so we had to start all over the second night. The front desk staff was pleasant and helpful. Contrary to some of the other reviews we found the breakfast more than adequate. The location near the station and bus station was convenient. All in all adequate but nothing more. We did look into some other rooms that were being cleaned and some were larger. This is a hotel favored by tour groups and if we had better mobility we would have opted for one of the ryokans in the city.
A really lovely large hotel with new, modern rooms. 2 minute walk from the train and bus station. An excellent place as a base to explore takyama village and take day trips to the surrounding areas. A great price compared to other accom in the area.
After booking our hotel in Tokyo direct, we used a London travel agent to reserve our hotels on our 14 day tour of cities outside Tokyo. Takayama proved a problem, as our visit coincided with the Autumn festival which places a heavy demand on the limited accommodation available. We assumed that the rather high price of £245 reflected the high demand, but we're surprised to find that we had a magnificent suite. Two very large twin beds, a big desk with twin lamps, settee, fridge, large TV and a separate alcove for clothes storage and bench for luggage. The spacious bathroom with lavatory at one end basin in the centre and a separate bathing area with a huge bath plus a double shower contravened the rule that all Japanese bathrooms are miniscule! Despite its size (approx 12metres X 4 to 5 metres) , the logistics were not quite right. The TV and telephone were at the far end of the room from the beds, so it was not possible to watch TV from the bed, nor was it convenient for the telephone wake-up call which could not be heard 12 metres away. Breakfast was excellent, with a huge range of both Japanese and western fare, including shrimp, calamari, bacon, sausages,and scrambled egg; two cereals, very good coffee and a choice of orange or tomato juice. An unfortunate selection as I prefer Apple or grapefruit, but you can't have everything. Reception staff were very polite and helpful, taking care of our luggage when we arrived well before check in. The cases were all in our room when we returned to the hotel. A very good hotel!
Very near the JR station.. The rooms are so so. The service is wonderful and the breakfast was first class. Their recommendation about local restaurants were excellent. They accommodated our requests for getting a quiet room and hypoallegenic bedding.
Stayed here for two nights. Location: very near to train station, and within walking distance to all attractions. The bus station is right in front of the train station. Food: there are so many restaurants at Takayama. Most of them served hida beef and soba noodles. Sightseeing: Takayama is a small town so all attractions are within walking distance. Room: very comfortable bed but the pillow is a bit hard. This could be a tradition at Takayama whereby the locals here prefer harder pillow with rice inside???? But we find it hard to sleep on. We booked this hotel last minute and thus the rate was not cheap.hotel staff are friendly, they even let us leave our luggage there for a night when we left for a night trip to Shirakawa-go which is a great deal to us.
Convenient location and clean rooms are selling points for this hotel. Breakfast is adequate but nothing to sing about. Service is minimal. During our stay the ceiling aircon in our room dripped water onto the carpet! When being told the next morning front desk receptionist apologised profusely.
We stayed one night at this hotel and it was very convenient. Close to te station and the center, clean, comfortable and quiet. The rooms are not very large. We booked a double room and a twin room and both were ok.
Hotel is quite new. 1 mintute walk to JR and bus station and 10 minutes walk to the morning market/ old street. Not cheap maybe because I booked it quite late. No free bottle water. There is a hot bath which is ion at night only and that is not a real natural hot spring bath
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