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“Nice (pricey) hotel. Shame about the lifeguards”
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White Beach Hotel
Ranked #16 of 76 Hotels / Ryokan in Shimoda
Reviewed 7 August 2012

The hotel is nicely positioned, very close to the beach (although saying a room has a 'sea view' is stretching it a bit). Kevin is very friendly and easy going and there is a great atmosphere around the bar. He is a good source of local knowledge and also an expert cocktail maker, with a great selection of drinks on offer to complement the very good restaurant. The food is delicious.

One reservation is that it is slightly expensive. Whilst the pizzas were very good (fantastically cooked in a proper wood fired oven) they were relatively pricey and the bedrooms pretty bare for the amount you pay. They also kept getting breakfast orders wrong (however the breakfasts themselves were delicious and had a good range of options). The bathrooms are miniscule. That said they were clean.

The major let-down for this place is unfortunately nothing to do with the hotel at all, but rather to do with the beach it is situated on. Initially it looks stunning. However you quickly find out you are not allowed to do anything without being chastised by a fleet of militant lifeguards.

They reserve an area in the shallows of around 20 metres square where you are allowed to paddle (up to around knee depth). Whilst we were there around 150 people were in this area, complete with body boarders (as they were also not permitted outside of this area). Appparently that is safer than keeping the toddlers and body boarders separate. Any deeper than knee depth is deemed too dangerous. You cannot use any of the rest of the coastline even to paddle in and heaven forbid you attempt to sit on the rocks, try to take a picture of the surf hitting the shore whilst ankle deep in water or even merely stand in the shallows. You will soon find yourself being hunted down and told to get out of the water. Swimming of any kind is forbidden. There is a sheltered area at the end of the beach which was mill-pond like but apparently that was also 'much danger' and posed such a danger to a group of late twenties friends that they were told to get out. Children were not even allowed to look for crabs amongst the rocks. It really is ridiculous. The lifeguards stop chasing you at 5 pm for an unknown reason (presumably the danger ends at 5 pm, although the size of the waves remain the same obviously), and you can dive into the surf as if you were at any other beach in the word outside of Japan.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 July 2012

We had a great weekend in Shimoda, despite less than perfect weather. The website warned the rooms had partial sea views and the bathrooms were small (neither an understatement), but we enjoyed are stay - friendly service, the location and the food.
Most of the other guests were also families and while the restaurant does not offer a special menu options for children, the staff and kitchen were very accommodating. The rooms are basic, but clean and comfortable. The Japanese staff were also gave us good advice on options how we could spend the rainy days in Shimoda.

Room Tip: The ocean view isn't really special and also overlooks the restaurant's patio, which means i...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 July 2012

The location is perfect the staff are friendly the service is 2nd to none and the hotel is spotless. the food is great and the best pizza iv ever eaten. totaly recomend this place. very close to beech and would be an amazing place to take your family. ill be going back soon.

Room Tip: the sea facing rooms are good not too noisy and the sound of the sea is very calming. i was in 202
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 29 June 2012

Kevin and Team do a wonderful job making guest feel like home. Fire oven pizza, and great dinner menu.

Room Tip: Get a room facing the ocean, the sounds of the waves is very relaxing.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 January 2012

We stayed at the White Beach Hotel in August 2011. Our group (3 couples in late 20's) found this to be the perfect Japan beach getaway location.
The rooms are very large & air-con worked perfectly. Whilst basic they were modern & comfortable. As mentioned the bathrooms are tiny however this didn't affect our stay.
We found the staff to be very helpful, yes at times perhaps a little slow however that is more than made up for by the personal feel. The hotel arranged for our group to have a massage therapist visit & use a free room without a hassle. There was also no issue made when we needed to split our combined restaurant/drinks bills which was much appreciated.
The restaurant was great - we sampled breakfast, lunch & dinner there and all were good especially the pizzas & western style breakfast. The back deck area with big outdoor settings was the perfect place for an afternoon nap, an hour in the sun with a book & evening drinks before & after dinner with a game of cards.
The beach is literally across the road - White Palace provides huge beach towels & beach toys (we left some behind for future guests!). The beach is ok - but beware of not being able to swim out past your knees without flippers or a surfboard or risk being ushered back in by the lifeguards. Understandable as there were reports of drownings in the area while we were there, but not ideal for Aussies used to beach swimming - we got around it by waiting for the lifeguards to clock off then the swimmers in our group headed out for a proper dip.
All in all the White Beach hotel is a fantastic place to stay for a beach getaway with comfortable rooms, helpful staff, the best restaurant & ideal beach access.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 September 2011

Great people, great food, great music. Lovely atmosphere and amazing ambiance. Feel like beeing on holidays even for a week end !

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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jwfaller, Public Relations Manager at White Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2011

That is exactly what we want - our guests to feel like they have left the stress of everyday life behind, if even for a few days and to leave rejuvenated and relaxed. Thank you for staying with us and come again.

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Reviewed 17 August 2011

I made a reservation at White Beach Hotel after reading a review in the Tokyo Weekender Magazine. Not only have I finally found a beach that I like, I've found a beach hotel where I can truly feel relaxed.... comfortable rooms, terrace, great restaurant, and great service. The staff were anticipating my needs before I was even aware of them myself! I will definitely be back.

Stayed: August 2011, travelled solo
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jwfaller, Public Relations Manager at White Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2011

We are glad you found your way to White Beach Hotel! We strive to provide a relaxing comfortable environment just steps from one of the best beaches in Japan and it is good to see that this is what you experienced. Come back soon; we are waiting for you!

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Address: 1902 Kisami, Shimoda 415-0028, Shizuoka Prefecture
Region: Japan > Chubu > Shizuoka Prefecture > Shimoda > Shimoda Onsen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Airport Transportation
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Ranked #16 of 76 Hotels / Ryokan in Shimoda
Number of rooms: 19
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