We chose to stay here rather than the more well-known onsen hotel just a minutes walk away, as we thought we could walk to the famous onsen anyway but this hotel looked less old and tired. Don't be fooled. It is indeed an old hotel and there were only a handful of people staying here at the same time, which gave it a very empty and rather eerie feeling.
The highlights were the meal, which was super fancy (although in hindsight I should have opted for the 'slightly less quantity' version as there was simply too much food), and the onsen bath.
This hotel having its own sea-facing outdoor onsen (though raised up, not actuallu seaside) was another reason we chose to stay here and this did not disappoint. The indoor bath area was simple but airy, with a high roof, and the outside bath was small and rustic, but offered a beautiful view over the ocean. Would become very crowded if more people were staying, although since we were there in Golden Week, I can't really see that being a problem.
Service was friendly and attentive, but nothing special.
The room was Japanese style, and fairly small, with a working toilet and a bath/shower that could not be used. It did have a small sun room area looking over the ocean which was lovely, although we were told not to open the windows, even though it was hot and stuffy in the room. (We did anyway!)
Overall, I thought the money we paid to stay here was not worth it, although with all 3 Sakurajima hotels located right next to each other and about the same price, there is not much choice if you want to stay on the island.
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