This is a great hotel to explore the sights of Nara. We stayed for 2 nights in April 2013 and were somewhat dubious having read previous reviews but it fitted the bill perfectly. The hotel is located in the old, historic district of Nara, a short taxi ride (about 10mins; Y1000 approx.) from the main JR Nara Station. The Kintetsu Railway station is nearer the hotel; probably about a 10-15mins walk. For sightseeing, the hotels location could not be better being only about a 5mins walk from the entrance to Nara Park (we could see one of the pagoda’s from our bedroom window) and there are plenty of atmospheric Japanese restaurants (and international cuisine) located in the little side streets all around the hotel. The famous Nara Hotel is also only a 5mins walk away – a good spot for some pre-dinner cocktails or sumptuous afternoon tea! To sample the local specialty, Okonomiyaki, you can’t beat ‘Parco’ restaurant right opposite the hotel.
We stayed in a double room, which was adequate in size altough the bathroom was very compact! But, everything is clean with Shisheido toiletries in the bathroom. Free WiFi was also included. The breakfast buffet offered a good range of both Japanese and Western dishes and all the hotel staff were very friendly and welcoming; happy to give sightseeing advice and dinner recommendations.
Overall, for location and price, I think the Hotel Sunroute Nara is a great choice.
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