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“Spoiled by the buffet”
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Buena Vista Hotel
Ranked #11 of 185 Hotels / Ryokan in Matsumoto
Level 6 Contributor
109 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Spoiled by the buffet”
Reviewed 19 April 2009

The hotel is probably the biggest in the centre of town with good facilities, nice bar area and a range of restaurants. The ordinary rooms are showing their age but there are superior rooms that have been upgraded. The staff were very helpful and friendly. What spoiled our stay was a decision to take the buffet meal (the other restaurants were pretty empty). However, by 8pm the food looked rather tired and was lukewarm. For Y2500, it was not a good deal. We also misunderstood the drinks deal and were charged an additional Y1500 for a beer. It appears that covered unlimited drinks. Matsumoto is a lovely town and the castle well worth visiting. This hotel is fairly central, but others are closer to the station. I would try one of them next time.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank RoamingJock
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Santa Barbara, CA
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195 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 284 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2008

We were in Matsumoto on business and our client had made a reservation at the Hotel Buena Vista for us. The hotel is close to the train station. You could walk to the train station, but it may be a bit far when you have luggage to take with you. We took a taxi that cost about $4. The hotel is an average hotel. It was clean and the room had all your basic items. The room included breakfast which was pretty good. There is a bar and restaurant at the hotel, which we did not go to due to the lack of people in the those places. We adventure outside the hotel for dinner. We went to Fuku-fuku-ya restaurant which is right across from the train station. The staff didn't speak English, but they did have a picture menu that it was easy to order . The food was fantastic and very inexpensive. The hotel is close enough to walk to the Matsumoto castle, which we did and on the castle grounds happened to a have soba noodle festival going on. We enjoyed various styles of soba noodles. When we go to Matsumoto for business we usually stay at this hotel and we will again.

  • Liked — Close to the train station and castle
  • Disliked — Average decor
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled on business
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1 Thank SBCATraveler
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
47 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2006

The hotel met our requests for a quiet room on a high floor with a view. The hotel was professionally run with bell boys to help with the luggage.

The room was clean, tidy, quiet and large.

The ground floor buffet had good western food but many dishes were not replinished and closed at 9.30pm. However this was mainly because most diners ate early.

The hotel is conveniently located near shops but the bus and rail stations were about 10 minutes walk.

Taking a bus trip to Takayama is recommended but a full day is required for this trip.

The tourist information office at the rail station is very helpful.

  • Liked — Large clean and quiet. Free internet access
  • Tips/Secrets — Take your own english tea and coffee if desired.
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled on business
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2 Thank Nicola L
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2006

Gorgeous hotel! The lobby is beautiful and modern. We stayed in one of the recently rennovated rooms which was nicely appointed with a comfy bed, full length mirror, flatscreen plasma tv and sitting chair. The room was spacious, comfortable and clean. Nothing but nice things to say about this hotel. Would stay again for sure.

Stayed March 2006
Thank Xaby1
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San Jose, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2004

I was part of a group attending a conference in Matsumoto the week of October 8-13, 2004. The Buena Vista is in a good location (quiet), nice views, close to restaurants, shopping, Matsumoto Castle, and a small grocery. They have set up two computers in the lobby that provide free internet service 24 hours a day -- unusual in any hotel -- and there was never a wait to use them. One of the reasons the hotel was chosen was because it is friendly to disabled persons who use assistance dogs. In fact, the owner hosted a huge charity dinner at his hotel to raise funds for assistance dog organizations. Get a room with two beds, though. The single bed rooms are tiny.

5 Thank LisaSG
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Property: Buena Vista Hotel
Address: 1-2-1 Honjo, Matsumoto 390-0814, Nagano Prefecture
Region: Japan > Chubu > Nagano Prefecture > Matsumoto > Matsumoto Station
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
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#17 Best Value Hotel in Matsumoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Buena Vista Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 200
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