We, that is my two sons and I, travelled alongside my wife who was attending a conference in Nagoya. Nagoya is not a pretty city. It is clean, well run, efficient has a good subway system and some good shopping, but thanks to the efforts of the USAF in WWII, it was completely levelled and hence it has little by way of historical sights left to see.
All that said, it is a friendly city, and the service in the hotel was excellent, especially one of the concierges who when my son developed an ear infect accompanied us to a nearby clinic, did the appropriate and accurate translation, and within 30 mins we were in and out with anti biotics, and all at a price which needed no Travel Insurance claim.
My main gripe with the hotel, and the Japanese have to reconcile some way of dealing with people from countries where tatoos are entirely acceptable. I went to the swimming pool and bath complex one evening to chill out and was told to wear a support bandage which the centre receptionist gave to me as she said Japanese found tatoos offensive. I took the bandage in, wore it when an elderly Japanese man gentleman came in and then took it off again. When leaving the changing room, I left the support bandage in the wet linen basket and when asked if I had it by the same girl I said I'd left it in the changing rooms as I found it offensive. I understand teh connotations that tatoos have for some Japanese, and if this was a ryokan, I'd have taken my own form of tatoo cover, but I do not expect this sort of nonsense at the Hilton, and nor do I expect the interaction to be carried out so clumsily, some form of diplomatic language would have left the situation with no sourness.
However, the helpfulness of the rest of the staff apart from one of the dining room staff who made my 6 year old son go back up 15 storeys to change his footwear for breakfast was also very shabby. Without these two incidents this would be a 4-5 start review
- 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