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“A 1980s time machine”
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Hilton Nagoya
Ranked #2 of 167 Hotels / Ryokan in Nagoya
Certificate of Excellence
Brooklyn, New York
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“A 1980s time machine”
Reviewed 20 April 2014

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.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hotel R, Craig Bonnor - General Manager at Hilton Nagoya, responded to this review, 22 April 2014
Thank you for taking the time and trouble to write a review following your recent stay.
Whilst the service provided by our team seems to have met your expectations, the product has fallen well short of your expectations. For this I would like to apologize to you.

Much of the commentary centers around the physical product, so allow me to share the following:
There are 100 rooms where refurbishment has been completed, I am sorry you did not experience one of those rooms. The next phase of the accommodation rooms refurbishment is well under way with the new design now approved. Following construction tenders, two prototype rooms will be built and tested, then the rooms will be refurbished.

Yes, this is all too late for your recent stay. However if your travels bring you back to Nagoya in Q3 this year then please contact me, as we would like to allocate you one of our prototype rooms to stay in. We will be seeking all the feedback we can get!

Please be assured that your comments have been taken seriously.
We are committed to improving the hospitality experience at Hilton Nagoya.

Yours sincerely,
Craig Bonnor
General Manager
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

I stayed at this hotel for a considerable amount of time. This hotel and its staff are outstanding. From the first day, the check-in service was fast and we were shown our rooms. The restaurant was both great for breakfast and dinner. The entire staff was always more than helpful, the rooms were the standard size rooms of Hilton hotels I've visited elsewhere, i.e. much larger than the standard hotel rooms in Japan.
I would recommend this hotel to any one, and would surely visit it again.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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Hotel R, Craig Bonnor - General Manager at Hilton Nagoya, responded to this review, 14 April 2014
Greetings from Nagoya!
I was delighted to know that enjoyed your stay with us and that you were most satisfied with our team members’ services and interaction with you.
We value our customer’s opinions about us to serve you in any better way. So should there be anything else that we can do to make your stay more comfortable and enjoyable, please let us know.
Thank you and we all look forward to welcoming you back to the Hilton when your travels bring you to Nagoya.
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Kinondoni, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Reviewed 11 April 2014

Currently in Nagoya for the first time and am staying at Hilton Nagoya Hotel. Nice room and the staff are great.

The location is also great, no one can be lost. I advise others to stay in this hotel when they travel to Nagoya.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Hotel R, Hilton Nagoya at Hilton Nagoya, responded to this review, 14 April 2014
Thank you for choosing Hilton Nagoya!
It is our greatest pleasure to know that you have enjoyed your stay.
We all appreciate your kind comments about our staff and our convenient location. This will be shared amongst all the management and the staff.
Once again, thanks for the comments and we look forward to welcoming you back to Hilton Nagoya soon.
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Largo, Florida
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

This is a great hotel with exceptional service, The hotel provides a shuttle service to/from the Nagoya Station. For first timers, it was a bit difficult to find the shuttle stop. Once we got off the train, we followed the signs for the Marriott, which took us to the JR Towers. Once in front of the JR Towers, you must cross the street on the North side of the Midland Square. That is where the Hilton Shuttle picks you up. Note that there is no sign that says Hilton shuttle stops here. Once we arrived at the hotel, all the staff were very helpful, providing us lots of information with directions. We purchased the 2 day business packages which included wifi and breakfast. The buffet breakfast was exceptional with a mixture of Western and Japanese foods. On the weekends, the hotel provides a service to/from the Nagoya Castle. I highly recommend this hotel to anyone traveling to Nagoya!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hotel R, Craig Bonnor - General Manager at Hilton Nagoya, responded to this review, 14 April 2014
Thank you for your comments and let me first say I was delighted to read you would highly recommend this hotel to anyone traveling to Nagoya!
I was glad to read you found the rooms, views, and location very enjoyable.
Thanks also for mentioning how pleased you were with the service from our team, I will let them know and we hope to see you in Nagoya again soon!
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

Went to Nagoya for the first time and stayed at Hilton. It's 1 subway stop from Nagoya station or a 900-1000 yen taxi ride away. Rooms are nice and the staff are great. The concierge was very helpful in suggesting places or interest and restaurants.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Hotel R, Craig Bonnor - General Manager at Hilton Nagoya, responded to this review, 14 April 2014
Thank you for taking the time and trouble to write a review on Hilton Nagoya.
We highly appreciate your comments about our convenient location.
Also thank you for pointing out our concierge staff I will make sure that I share your kind comments with them.
Guests comments are always a great way to improve and reward our team and services.
Once again, thanks for the comments and we look forward to welcoming you back to Hilton Nagoya soon.
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Reviewed 9 April 2014 via mobile

My family was greeted as soon as we got off the parking garage elevator. She took our bags and went straight to the Executive lounge for express check in as soon as we gave her our name. We stayed at the executive floor and the room was kinda small but it was still great. The hotel is centrally located which made sight seeing very easy. There are tons of restaurants outside the hotel and a Starbucks just across the street. The gym and pool were also great. We are definitely coming back and I highly recommend this hotel.

Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Hotel R, Craig Bonnor - General Manager at Hilton Nagoya, responded to this review, 14 April 2014
Greetings from Nagoya!
Thank you for your comments and let me first say I was delighted to read you would definitely come back to Hilton Nagoya.
It was great to read your very positive comments on the service and various aspects of the product.
We certainly aim to use excellent service to differentiate our hotel from others!
Thank you and we all look forward to welcoming you back to the Hilton when your travels bring you to Nagoya.
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

After many trips over the years to Nagoya I have stayed at the Hilton Hotel many times on company business. I have been a Hilton Honors member since the 1980's. Each time I ask for a queen size bed I have received two twin beds. My Hilton Honors profile is ignored. I don't sleep in a twin bed at home and do not expect to do so while away on business. I have fallen out of the bed twice and am thankful it is only a one foot drop as the beds are so close to the floor. The beds are hard as a rock and extremely uncomfortable.

After this last two night stay I felt it is time to let others know. After a 12 hour flight one would want to find a nice comfortable bed.

To top it off Hilton is one of the last hotels to charge for Internet service. The rooms are outdated and the I left more tired than when I arrived.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Hotel R, Craig Bonnor - General Manager at Hilton Nagoya, responded to this review, 16 April 2014
Thank you for your comments about your recent stay.
We all appreciate your kind comments about our convenient location.
On the other hand, thank you for your comment regarding our bed and internet connection.
I am sorry that we were unable to provide this service free of charge in your guest room.
We value our customer’s opinions about us to serve you in any better way. So should there be anything else that we can do to make your stay more comfortable and enjoyable, please let us know.
Thank you once again, and we look forward to welcoming you again to the Hilton Nagoya in the future.

Additional note from GM:
We certainly should respect the bed preferences and on this occasion it has led to a lack of comfortable sleep.
Please let me personally review the room allocation on your next visit.
Kindly email using craig.bonnor@hilton.com when you next plan a trip to Nagoya.
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Property: Hilton Nagoya
Address: 1-3-3 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya 460-0008, Aichi Prefecture
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Region: Japan > Chubu > Aichi Prefecture > Nagoya
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Nagoya
#1 Luxury Hotel in Nagoya
#2 Family Hotel in Nagoya
#2 Business Hotel in Nagoya
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Hilton Nagoya 4.5*
Number of rooms: 450
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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