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Hotel Wellness Asukaji
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Hotel Wellness Asukaji
Ranked #3 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Nara
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Good but restrictive”
Reviewed 21 September 2013

Hotel Wellness Asukaji is a fine hotel. Rooms are clean, location on the Nara park is fine and the personnel is friendly. It is annoying that the doors close at 23.00 h! When we asked whether we could join the dinner we were kept away from the dining room, which was filled with Japanese people because we had not made a reservation, which was obiously not necessary given the number of people in the dining room. This did not give us a good feeling on the whole.

Room Tip: This is a good hotel if you don't stay out late. No internet on the second floor.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Arnhem, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

To get to this hotel you need to take a bus from the Nara train station. To find the right bus requires some asking around especially if you can't read Japanese (you basically need the bus going to the Nara park with attractions, don't remember the exact number). Most people in Nara do not speak English but are very friendly and might spontaneously offer to help you find the right bus.
The hotel only has rooms with (one or more) single beds. In addition it will close the front door somewhere around 10pm. You should be inside at that time otherwise you can't get in anymore!!
Not all staff speaks English but some might be able to (a bit). Maps and tourist info available at the reception.
There is a public bath with free entry. There is no elevator so all luggage need to be carried up the stairs.
The rooms are clean and very large (!) for Japanese standards. Wearing shoes inside the room is not allowed, which personally I find a good thing. Slippers are provided to wear inside the room.
Breakfast hours are limited but it is GREAT quality :-) Warm, Japanese style, very tasty, interesting and complete! They will try to provide something different every day (and they tried to explain the contents to us without speaking a word as they didn't speak English and we no Japanese :-) ). The breakfast makes the hotel special :-)
From the hotel it's only a few minutes walking to the park where all the Nara sights are concentrated. Walking to the town center is about half an hour. Bus takes 10 minutes and stops in front of the hotel every few minutes.
The hotel is all concentrated on relaxation and quietness. And it works :-) Sleep quality is good!
Wifi is free but only available in the hotel-lobby.

Things to improve would be to have at least some English speaking staff, some rooms with double beds, allow late arrivals, an elevator (for heavy luggage) and provide wifi also in the rooms.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Wellness Asukaji
Address: 778-1 Takabatakecho, Nara 630-8301, Nara Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Nara Prefecture > Nara
Amenities:
Restaurant
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Ranked #3 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Nara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Wellness Asukaji 3*
Number of rooms: 22
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