I had a couple of days free before business and used Fukuoka for a base to do some exploring. I chose this hotel because I remembered that if you took the elevator out of the subway from the airport, you were at the entrance to the hotel (Exit 6). It's 3 stops from the airport or 1 stop from Hakata Station, and is located across from the Hakata temples, such as Shofuku-ji, one of the oldest Zen temples in Japan, and just a few blocks from "Canal City," a downtown shopping district and Nakasu, if you want to waste lots of money drinking and singing. On a more immediate scale, there is a Lawson just around the corner and a Family Mart across the road to pick up drinks and food to stock your mini-refrigerator in the room.
As stated in other reviews, the rooms are small but clean, and the bathrooms are something comparable to one found in an RV. All the toilets now have washlets. One thing missing that I like in other chain business hotels in Japan is the heated mirror. No matter what season, it seems the mirrors always get steamed up. The heated mirrors re-evaporate the condensed water.
The AC/Heat pump has instructions in both English and Japanese, if you don't recognize the characters for "reibou" (冷房). The hotel information on the narrow countertop/desktop/TV stand is mostly bilingual. All the rooms have Wi-Fi that's password protected. I found the password taped to the top of the refrigerator. There is also a LAN cable.
Breakfast is included in your room rate and is served from 7-9:30. This is the only Toyoko Inn that I've stayed at where it wasn't "onigiri" (rice balls) every day. I went down the second day and was confused because there wasn't the tray with 3 differently sprinkled flavors to choose from.
If I'm catching an early flight, I stay at the TI Eki-minami, which has a free shuttle to the airport. Being so close to the subway entrance, I sometimes stay at the Gion also as it's only 3 stops away from the airport. Either way, I get points for staying and for every 10 nights you stay at a Toyoko Inn, you get 1 free night. You just have to join on your first night's stay. The club also gets you discounts from regular price and allows you to reserve up to 6 months in advance instead of 3. Just staying a couple of Sundays will pay for your lifetime club fee. I joined in 2001 and have only gotten discounts since.
If you don't plan on staying in a hotel except to sleep and relax a little, the Japanese business hotel is an economical option. There are other chains and I've used them, but the Toyoko Inn always has a presence around the main train stations throughout Japan. If you're using trains and want to be located near a station, TI's are a good option. They've also all been pretty much the same, clean and friendly, from Kushiro to Naha.
To save even more money, the "twin" price (2 single beds) is cheaper than 2 singles. The beds are separated by the bathroom between for a little extra privacy. Only in the TI Hakodate Asaichi did I find the beds next to each other. The hotels may have both types so if you want to be separated you might have to request that type of room. The rooms at the Gion are a little cheaper than those at the TI Ekimae but the Ekimae rooms have a better view.
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