I arrived at Hotel Francs from Handa Airport. There is a shuttle from the airport that stops at the hotel, but arriving at the bus stop at 8:10 PM, I had just missed the last shuttle. There was a shuttle running to the nearby train station though. I boarded that bus with some trepidation, but staff indicated the Hotel was within walking distance. The bus arrived and the driver indicated this was my stop. I collected my luggage, looked around, and saw the Hotel Green Tower, which is next to Hotel Francs. It was about a ten minute walk, and the Hotel Francs was hiding just behind the Hotel Green Tower.
Check-in was fast and efficient. Various staff greeted me, as they did each time I entered the lobby. I was shown to my comfort double, a small room, though not the smallest I saw in Japan, and fine for one person. My view was just of the Hotel Green Tower, so nothing special. The decor was classic, neutral colors and everything seems well made and in good condition. The room included a small fridge, a dispenser for shampoo, soap and conditioner, wifi internet access, and a very narrow desk. I discovered that I did not have an adapter for a three prong plug, so I borrowed one from the front desk. Later, I bought a cheap adapter at one of the nearby convenience stores.
Being late, I checked out the vending machine for something to drink, and there are various options for Yen 150 or so. The Yen 1,000 all-you can drink special in the bar was tempting, but I didn't take advantage of it. I took advantage of the washline in the room to hang some hand-laundered clothes. I could have used an iron and ironing board, though. I didn't bother with the small TV, though it seemed some English channels were available, as well as some paid movies. My room was dark and quiet, and the bed comfortable enough for a good night's sleep.
I had opted for the included breakfast in the dining room on a higher floor. It has a good view of the bay. There were generous options, including Japanese porridge and baked fish, cold cereal, yogurt decent pastries, runny scrambled eggs and fat plain omelet slices, Canadian-style bacon, several kinds of juice and good coffee. Not great, but not bad. The offerings were exactly the same each day I was there.
The hotel is just a short walk from the international convention center, though a block is uncovered. There are many restaurants and convenience stores in the malls and train station near by, and there is an Outlet mall as well. The beach is a fifteen minute walk away through an unkempt and overgrown garden area. Nothing too special about that.
I made some trips into Tokyo, and it is actually quite convenient, costing about Yen 550 one way. Express trains are a few minutes faster than the local. It should work fine if you want to head into the city for a day while attending a conference, or if a spouse comes along and wants to go into the city every day.
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- Also Known As:
- Francs Hotel Chiba