Welcome to the Nagoya Hilton, where the 1980s live on in perpetuity!
How bad is the Nagoya Hilton, the hopelessly dated establishment that bills itself as one of the best places to stay in town? It's so bad that in a way it was good.
But first, the bright side: Its dedicated staff do their best to compensate for the property's glaring flaws and the Japanese-style paper shades in the room are a nice touch.
So much for the good, now the bad.
It smells. Not of cherry blossoms or some other exotic Japanese fragrance. Rather, the lobby stinks of something reminiscent of my mom's cheap hand-cream lotion. The room we were in (room 1714) was even worse and reeked of old carpet. Wifi infuriatingly costs $17 extra, but the built-in radio by the nightstand is free. Forget about the World Wide Web, you can pick between the BBC or Voice of America!
The bathroom is poetically depressing. Its once rosy peach décor lost its vibrance years ago like the colors of an old, fading photograph. My least favorite feature in this tour-de-force of antediluvian interior design was probably the bath and shower. You need to forget about all the developments in shower technology since Ronald Reagan was president to figure out how to handle the nobs of this behemoth. It took this college-educated adult 15 minutes to get the water to come out of the shower head. Atrocious. Oh, and the toilet flush was on the fritz, too. It was fixed by the well-meaning staff, but a band aid won't do. After decades of work the toilet seat needs to be put out of its misery.
If the Nagoya Hilton were a mom-and-pop joint, I'd be much more forgiving. But expectations from an international hotel chain are different – especially when you're paying top dollar. The Nagoya Hilton must have been a beauty in the 1980s. Today, its an artifact that belongs in a museum – one that simply isn't worth $250 to visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just 5 minutes from Nagoya's main station in the heart of the business, shopping and entertainment area in Nagoya, the Hilton Nagoya is the city's only international full service hotel providing world class accommodation, banquet and restaurant facilities in the city center. The hotel is close to the world’s largest planetarium of Nagoya City Science Museum and provides a complimentary shuttle service to nearby attractions such as Nagoya Castle and Nagoya station. Guest rooms feature modern interiors, all contemporary comforts with dynamic city view including the most refreshing, restful bed, LCD TV with entertainment channels and high speed internet access. A full range of branded quality amenities, as well as comfortable bathrobes, Japanesse Yukata and slippers are offered in all guest rooms. The hotel offers 16 banquet rooms, with wireless internet access. Swim in the 49-foot indoor pool or work out in the 24/7 gym and relax in the sauna. Choose from 6 restaurants and bars at this Nagoya hotel and do business in the Executive Lounge or one of 16 banquet rooms for 10 -1200. Nagoya, Japan's one of the largest city makes a great base for exploring central Japan, beginning with the highlights of Nagoya's cultural and industrial heritage, excellent shopping and entertainment, as well as exploring the Ise Grand Shrine, the World Heritage sites of Shirakawa-go. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Nagoya Hotel Nagoya
- Nagoya Hilton