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Super Hotel Lohas JR Nara-eki
Ranked #2 of 65 Hotels / Ryokan in Nara
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

Originally, I wanted to stay at a more upscale hotel within Nara Park area. My husband chose this hotel for it's location and I am so glad he did. It was ultra convenient with JR Nara steps away. The staff all spoke English and were helpful and friendly. The bus station to get to Nara park was just downstairs. We were able to walk back to the hotel from the park, and shop along the way. We checked out early and they let us leave our luggage there while we did a mini-excursion via train to another area. Again, so easy to do because we are right there at the train station. Their onsen public bath was just wonderful to relax and get clean. Free breakfast was amazing with a nice Japanese selection and freshly baked assorted breads. In the train station, there is a supermarket that has a great selection of prepared food, beer, sake, and groceries. If you're on a budget, you could select all kinds of sushi, croquettes, tempura and goodies for an inexpensive meal. Most items ranged from 189 yen - 800 yen. It got expensive for me because I picked out so many things--everything looked yummy!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 July 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for two nights, and caught the train directly here after climbing Mt Fuji.
Needless to say, we were exhausted on arrival!!

The hotel is located literally 10 meters from the Jr Nara station. You don't need to even step out of the station to get to the hotel. Despite this, the hotel was very quiet and you couldn't hear the trains at all.

The double room is a bit small. The double bed is comfortable but one side is pressed up against the wall so one person is always climbing over the other.

The bathroom is clean however only stocks body wash and shampoo, (No conditioner) and a toothbrush per person. There is a box down by the lobby where ladies can stock up with hair treatment and shampoo sachets. (Up to 5 sachets only).

Breakfast is included and is an all you can eat buffet of bread rolls, croissants, sausage and scrambled eggs as well as traditional Japanese breakfast. Iced coffees and other drinks are available free.

There is a separate male and female onsen to use which is nice.

There is a coin operated laundromat in the hotel. ¥100 to wash in the washing machine (35 mins) and ¥100 to dry in the drier (35 minutes).

There is a family mart convenience store located right next to the hotel.

Stayed: July 2014
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LOHAS0313, 支配人 at Super Hotel Lohas JR Nara-eki, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2015

Natural hot spring Thank you for staying in super hotel LOHAS and JR Nara station.

We look forward to it, and we're expecting to mix for you again.

If I come to Japan, please come to stay overnight.

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Reviewed 23 July 2014

Couldn't find my glasses when I checked in. It turned out to be I lost it when checking out in Osaka. I was panic cuz my phone had no service that I couldn't make a call to the previous hotel. I rushed down and asked the front desk for help. It was quite impressive that the front desk was very, very friendly. She helped me to call the hotel and came to my room to tell me that my glasses was found. All I had to do was came back to the hotel and collected my glasses.
This hotel has a small onsen. It is not big but quite clean. The room was small but clean, too. Location was good: right next to JR Nara Station with mall, supermarket, convenient stores around. Their breakfast was FREE. When I came down to had breakfast, I was greeted warmly by staffs. They had a variety of breads, salad, dressings, yogurt...etc. Although it was not as good as star-class hotels, but it was all acceptable since it was free. For me, it was a good bargain for 7 thousand soothing Yen including super friendly staffs, clean room, good location, average breakfast and onsen! I will choose this hotel again.

在大阪市check out時不慎把眼鏡留在房間裡了(其實是從包包裡滾出來掉在床底下...)。在奈良check in後找不到眼鏡非常著急,加上手機沒有服務無法自己打去大阪的飯店確認,只好到櫃台請他們幫忙。出乎意料的是櫃檯小姐非常友善,在check in時就感到她的耐心(我的日文沒有很好,但是她很有耐心的慢慢說明每一個細節,還問有沒有泡過溫泉需不需要幫忙),她先請我在旁邊稍等,然後因為她同事電話講比較久,她就請我到房間稍等,等到她確認過後會到房間來通知我(房間沒有電話)。過了大概十分鐘就來了,跟我說眼鏡找到了,只要跟之前旅館的櫃檯說名字就可以了等等。真的很感謝她的幫忙!而且從頭到尾她都記得我的名字,真的感心。
這間旅館的房間不大(單人房),浴室也是最簡單的整套式衛浴,不過因為有附設小溫泉所以我沒有在房間洗澡。溫泉不大,共有兩池,約各可坐5個人的size,不過以那種車站直結的商務觀光旅館來說覺得已經很不錯了。附近很方便,mall、超市、便利商店應有盡有,不過跟近鐵比起來,JR站離奈良公園、春日大社、東大寺等景點稍遠。
這間旅館有附免費早餐,就是各式麵包、粥、沙拉之類的,種類不多但算滿意,員工早上的招呼也很有精神。對我而言,一晚7千多日元的價格,包括友善的櫃檯小姐和服務、小溫泉、乾淨的房間、免費早餐,算是很划算的,也因此這間旅館變成我此次日本行最喜歡的飯店,有點意料不到XD下次有機會再來奈良,我還是會選擇這家飯店。

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled solo
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LOHAS0313, 支配人 at Super Hotel Lohas JR Nara-eki, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2015

Natural hot spring Thank you for staying in super hotel LOHAS and JR Nara station.

We look forward to it, and we're expecting to mix for you again.

If I come to Japan, please come to stay overnight.

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Reviewed 10 July 2014

Clean, practical hotel with courteous staff but totally inflexible with their check-in and check-out times. Check-in is 3pm and check-out is 10am, hence, you are given only 19 hour stay. I have never been to a hotel with such unpractical and totally inflexible check-in check-out times. I fully understand rooms may not be available earlier but they should show a bit of flexibility and understanding, especially for overseas travellers who have been on long tiring flights. Will not recommend this hotel to overseas travellers. Better value elsewhere in Nara.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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LOHAS0313, 支配人 at Super Hotel Lohas JR Nara-eki, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2015

Natural hot spring Thank you for staying in super hotel LOHAS and JR Nara station.

We look forward to it, and we're expecting to mix for you again.

If I come to Japan, please come to stay overnight.

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Reviewed 8 July 2014

The location is very convenient for those taking the JR trains, though the main sights are nearer the Kintetsu station. I checked out at 2 and was on the train to Osaka 5 mins later.The room was small but well-designed, though you probably cannot lay your luggage flat on the floor. The bathroom again was tiny and a step up from the room's floor, so you had to be careful each time getting in and out. Breakfast was wonderful and in a room that overlooked the Nara station area. Take note that there's no access to your room from the ground floor; you have to change elevators at the 4th floor where the reception and where you will be inevitably greeted by the enthusiastic staff.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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LOHAS0313, 支配人 at Super Hotel Lohas JR Nara-eki, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2015

Natural hot spring Thank you for staying in super hotel LOHAS and JR Nara station.

We look forward to it, and we're expecting to mix for you again.

If I come to Japan, please come to stay overnight.

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Reviewed 26 May 2014

(Note: please read to the end for booking tips.)

You didn’t even have to set foot on the pavement of Nara to get to JR Super Lohas Hotel Nara. Just hang a right past the second floor ticketing windows, up a slight ramp, and into the hotel, or more properly into one of the two access points (the other is down a floor at ground level) to the hotel via an elevator which carries us to the lobby on 4. There we discover to our dismay that a very great many other tourists from all over the world have figured out that this hotel is a good choice (it’s all TripAdvisor’s fault), and all are waiting to check in. 

Lohas has a sort of industrialized system to handle the mobs: preliminary welcome and vetting by a greeter, then passed through to the multilingual check-in staff, then turned over to a sort of concierge for an obligatory orientation session which does drag on, for ten minutes at least.  We’re lectured about details ranging from the use of the no-key, password door locks to the hours when the onsen is available and for which sex, to the breakfast timings, and a great deal of other info. The housekeeping routine is explained in detail - choose which days you want the room to be cleaned (which in fact amounted to a lick and a promise at best, until we raised the issue) get instructions about leaving your towels outside the room on the days it’s not cleaned and receive a bottle of mineral water as a gift for each day of no cleaning. [Other strange “gifts” - if you return the provided toothbrush, you get a cookie; if you are a woman you may select five (count them, five) items from the amenities cart. (We stayed five nights - am I allowed only 5? Of course, the included breakfast was a boon. Arriving at the dining room early is recommended - it gets crowded quickly. Arrive before opening and there is a line waiting at the door, late and there may be no seats. Food never seemed to run out. Pastries and breads were excellent; cold dishes OK; slow cooked meat options not so good; soups from the dispenser varied in quality; drinks available from the coin machines - not great, but free during breakfast. During our five day stay the options rotated but reappeared after a day or two]

After the preliminary information, we were shepherded into the pillow and yukata room to select from a sort of bookcase wall of pillows of every imaginable sort and possibly pick up a yukata of a different size in case the standard ones provided in the room don’t fit.  At which point we rally sufficiently to assert ourselves and declare the idiocy of grabbing either pillows or yukatas now without knowing what’s been provided in the room.  And we are sent away to our room with only a slight stiffening of the pleasant demeanor of the concierge, who later proves quite friendly and useful. 

Finding in the room that he was right all along – the factory knows.  The only provided pillow is a six foot wide monster filled with rice hulls or buckwheat husks or some such (the Japanese are uncommonly fond of these rock-solid things that make scratchy noises whenever you move your head).  No doubt the factory concierge is right about quickly selecting our pillows, too, as they were going fast with the invading mob of tourists. Later we discovered that the distaff half needed a smaller yukata as well.

Back then to assess the room, our smallest on this trip.  It’s given as 300 square feet in the lit, but one has to subtract from that an unusually large bathroom and generous entrance hall.  If the actual bedroom exceeds two hundred square feet by much we’d be very surprised.  For once, however, the room is well thought out.  This hotel has stripped things down to a bare minimum.  There is no closet, only a rack on the wall with four hangers.  There is a queen sized bed stuck into a corner, a narrow desk stretching from wall to wall opposite with fridge beneath, a desk chair, and that’s it.  Because there’s so little furniture, there’s ample floor space to open a large rollaboard suitcase at the foot of the bed, another tucked in the corner at the other end of the desk, small bags laid open atop the desk, and still plenty of room to set up computer and tea boiler.  Clean and spare and workable, with a window (with a solid panel that slides shut to block light completely).

After the initial shock of check-in and the surprise at how snug this room is (we had just come from a room in Marugame that would do for a tennis court if it had a higher ceiling), we come grow fond of it.  Good thing, as it was our cubby for five nights.

Booking specifics: We wanted a twin rather than a double since the twins are much larger. All the non-smoking twins were either booked or not on offer even though we were making our reservation many months prior to our arrival. We booked the room through the hotel’s English language website. Afterwards, we found their Japanese website offered a 30 day advance booking discount for the weekday nights (this was not offered on their English website). This amounted to about a ¥3480 savings - not huge, but noticeable. Rakuten had the discount price only for one of our five nights.

Room Tip: The doubles are quite small. The twins look to be a better choice but they are hard to come by.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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LOHAS0313, 支配人 at Super Hotel Lohas JR Nara-eki, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2015

Natural hot spring Thank you for staying in super hotel LOHAS and JR Nara station.

We look forward to it, and we're expecting to mix for you again.

If I come to Japan, please come to stay overnight.

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Reviewed 17 May 2014 via mobile

I stayed one night whilst on business in the Kansai area. The hotel feels modern and clean, and the service is good and extremely consistent. The rooms are small, but have a different layout than many Japanese hotels which makes much better use of the space. Rice husk pillows were provided, and there was a choice of many other types of pillow in the reception area. The hotel has an onsen; I used it twice, on one occasion I was the only person, on another occasion it was busy and didn't feel quite large enough. Unlike some hotels, there are male/female onsens so one doesn't have to wait for a particular time slot to use it, which is great. The breakfast had a reasonable choice, but didn't seem to have enough capacity to handle the number of guests and so there were long queues/lines. Coffee was from a dispenser machine and was horrible.

The hotel is right next to the JR Nara station and a pleasant 25 minute walk to the deer park. Overall, I enjoyed staying and appreciated the onsen, but if you're a tourist you might want to consider a ryokan or minshuku.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled on business
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LOHAS0313, 支配人 at Super Hotel Lohas JR Nara-eki, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2015

Natural hot spring Thank you for staying in super hotel LOHAS and JR Nara station.

We look forward to it, and we're expecting to mix for you again.

If I come to Japan, please come to stay overnight.

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Address: 1-2 Sanjohonmachi, Nara 630-8122, Nara Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Nara Prefecture > Nara
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Ranked #2 of 65 Hotels / Ryokan in Nara
Price Range: £51 - £123 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Super Hotel Lohas JR Nara-eki 3*
Number of rooms: 234
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