My daughter and I stayed in the modern wing so I'm not sure it's the 'ryokan' referred to by earlier reviewers. There was a choice of onsen in the annex which I assume is the traditional wing and in order to use that, we had to go down a long flight of stairs and go up again to reach that part of the hotel. It saved us having to go out of the hotel building and crossing the road, but the stairs may be hard on the knees of seniors! The other facility offered, the Olympic-size swimming pool, was grand, and heated on top of it, but located a few minutes away so we had to use the shuttle bus. The staff is very obliging though, and willing to pick up after the swim, and the receptionist at the Poolhouse called for us.
There is another part of the whole complex where you can buy DHC products, and at a 10 per cent discount, which was good; once again, you have to wait for the shuttle or call them in order to get back to the hotel.
If you don't want the kaiseki which is at the restaurant downstairs, you need to go the older annex where there is a satisfactory restaurant for meals, reasonably-priced from 1050 yen for a tempura set, for example. As it's in the same area as the onsen, you need to take off your slippers and put them in a numbered box which works using an intriguing wooden block, most interesting!
All in all, we had a jolly good time especially as the breakfast buffet was lavish, with both Japanese and Western options. Minor gripes include the lack of body moisturiser in the bathroom both at the onsen and the bedroom, and the uncertainty of the pick up from the railway station. We arrived at 3.45 in the afternoon when there was supposed to be a shuttle bus to take us to the hotel, but there was no sign of the bus until much later.
That said, the bedroom was large and overlooked the sea.
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