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Solaria Nishitetsu hotel Kagoshima
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

Covers all the bases. The rooms were a little small so we upgraded to a larger room. The view of the island and volcano was breathtaking. The location was perfect, across from the train station and on all the bus and tram lines. The staff were friendly and helpful and the hotel rooms were spotless. They had everything you could need. A very good experience.

Room Tip: Go for the larger rooms.
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 April 2014

The hotel has a super- convenient location, is new, has great features, and is reasonably priced. A great place to stay.
The rooms are a bit larger than the usual Japanese business hotel and well- laid out and efficient. I had a corner double (Room 1403) for single use. There was a room safe, BIG TV for the room size, mini- fridge, coffee/tea maker, work desk with multimode LED worklamp, note paper, small coffee table, small sofa, small settee, bedside table with a great reading light,, a real closet with real hangers, suit brush, long shoehorn and slippers. The bathroom had a designer sink, good selection of amenities (comb, razor, etc.), a “washlet” toilet with heated seat + autoflush and a shower / tub room closed off from the sink / toilet by a glass wall + door. The shower area and tub are side by side. The tub is not long but is very deep, which I prefer. In addition to the picture window overlooking the Kagoshimachuo JR station and AMU shopping arcade (good shopping, BTW) there are also windows over the bed and in the shower room, giving lots of light everywhere.
So, the only thing that this hotel lacks vs. the ones 2x and 3x the price is another four square meters of space and a tiny swig of mothwash.. Not a bad tradeoff in my book. It seems the hotel also has some much larger rooms as well. The reception lobby is on the seventh floor, guest rooms lucky 8 and higher, so there is no “bad” view.
Given the high standard of fittings and the modest price, this hotel fits many occasions, including on- a- budget business travel and “budget +” holiday outings. Yes, you can do cheaper – but you will give up a lot.
The breakfast buffet was excellent. There was a good selection – much better than most business hotels – and there was a pastry oven in the breakfast room. They were baking constantly, putting out fresh- baked pastries which were of course snapped up quickly because they were fantastic.
The location is across from the main train station, which is now served by Shinkansen (to Hakata in 80 min) and of course connected to every possible local transport option. There is a totally covered and mostly underground (and very wide and well- lit) passage to the hotel from the station if the weather is not cooperating. The Kagoshima airport is a bit of a hike, but if you are flying, the hotel is also top- convenient: it is in the same building as the airport express bus terminus. Literally twenty-five steps from the hotel elevator at the ground floor lobby.. The walk to the restaurant / nightlife / entertainment district is a very easy and pleasant 15 minutes. If you don’t care to stroll, there is an old- fashioned tram much like the ones in Nagasaki. If you are too tired to make it there, there is a very busy (usually = good) Teppanyaki restaurant in the basement, and another half- dozen offering the usual Ton Katsu, Sushi and so on. A 24-hour Lawson is also accessible from the ground-floor lobby to cure your midnight snack urges.

Room Tip: The rooms on the east side are larger and offer a view of the volcano
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

1) Airport bus stops at the hotel.
2) Convenience store is in front of hotel.
3) It's opposite JR line. There is underground tunnel to JR and big shopping(eating ) plaza
4) There are 4-5 good restaurants at basement floor.
5) Breakfast buffet is good including melon!!
6) Reasonable price

Room Tip: Ask for the volcano view. A little more expensive.
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

Small rooms but everything is bright and sparkling especially as our room faced the brightly-lit ferris wheel. It was on the ladies' floor which had an ice dispenser and a laundromat (payment for use). We received two packets of bath salts (hibiscus and passionfruit) for a luxurious soak! The buffet breakfast was also very good, with fragrant coffee, vegetable juice and a variety of fruits including strawberries among the other offerings both Western and Japanese.
A terrific location very close to the JR station via the underpass which brings one directly to the hotel without crossing any roads! Staff is pleasant, friendly and accommodating, no problem leaving bags there before and after check-in if you should use your JR pas to the max exploring the region which includes the Chiran Peace Museum (Kamikaze Museum).

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

Having been to Japan many times, this Hotel is probably one of our best Japanese hotels to date. After spending two nights in the Huis Ten Bosch area, we made use of our All Kyushu JR Pass to travel here. Arrived around noon and saw hotel at the East exit of the JR Kagoshima-chuo station. Just look left and walk left to the huge prominent shelter, covering the underpass. Down the escalator to the underpass and walk straight on till the end, then turn right and walk into the Basement 1 of the Hotel with 6-7 restaurants.

From Basement 1, took a lift to the Hotel's obby on the 7th floor. But check in time was 3pm. and so we left our luggages behind and went to have a nice lunch and lots of shopping at the JR Kagoshima-Chuo station. Went back to Hotel at 2pm and gained entry to our Superior twin room (booked a twin room on Booking.com and paid extra 1,000 yen to the Hotel for the upgrade) - wise move! Though the Superior room was only a little larger than our booked Twin room, and probably at 25-26 sqm, you somehow do not feel cramp as there is intelligent interior design everywhere you turn, with lots of storage spaces and mirrors for putting on make-up!

Though our twin beds were spacious enough, it is a little hard but fine for 3 nights of good sleep. Surprisingly, they even provide bolsters, the first we had come across in Japanese hotels, superb! The room was very quiet and offered partial views of the Sakarajima volcano. We even had the luck of seeing it spill ashes and smoke soon after checking into the room, lucky us! The room's wow factor had to be in its bathroom - 2 separated spacious wet and dry areas - huge tub, shower area and wash basin with lots of counter space!

The included breakfasts on the Lobby level was also substantial, with lots of choice and good quality, too. If you can manage a window seat, then you will be in for great views of the JR station and its Ferris Wheel - very nice! In our room, there were two bottles of free mineral water daily - nice gesture! On our room floor, there are also ice machine, drink machine and finger food machine - all great and very convenient!

Here are some small negatives - the huge TV in the room has many channels but only one is in English, ie the BBC channel, but sometimes the programmes are dubbed in Japanese, what a let down ... To get free Wifi, you must also bring your own router or rent it from the Reception. Two lifts to get up or down to street level, a little bit of a chore. Lastly, although staff were all in their 20's and 30's, very friendly and helpful, their English was somewhat rather limited. Fortunately, our simple Japanese was enough to get by.

The location of the Hotel, just cannot get better than this! Two huge supermarkets, one at the opposite JR Kagoshima-Chuo station and one on the Hotel's right hand side when facing the JR station (its called Dalei or something? Things are definitely cheaper here). Located in the same Hotel building, right behind it, is also a Bus Terminal, serving nearby cities including Fukuoka (price seemed to be close to the train's price, so must as well take trains for greater comfort!). Right behind the Hotel is also a small daily morning market, selling cheap and fresh foods and fruits. Plus, two smaller, old fashioned and cheaper mini-marts, too.

Transportation wise, recommend to buy the 2 day Welcome Cute Pass at only 1,500 yen - both convenient and great value! The pass will include City View buses (depart from the opposite JR station's East number 4 bus stop. starts at 8.50am), ferry to and bus tours on Sakurajima island, free tram rides (also right opposite the Hotel, take red Line 2 to the older Tenmonkan shopping area, 4 stops only in 7-8 minutes).

Overall, during this 8 nights, 3 hotels stay on this recent trip, the Hotel Solaria is the cheapest and yet, most high quality and comfortable hotel that we have stayed in. Now who dares to say that you must pay through your noses in order to enjoy a quality and comfortable stay? Almost brand new, classy, elegant, reasonably priced and yet located at the greatest location - what more could you ask? Stayed 3 nights and felt like we were in heaven, 4 nights would have been more appropriate ... Domo arigato, Hotel Solaria Kagoshima, well done!

Room Tip: Pay a little extra for a Superior Twin room, you surely won't regret your choice!
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 October 2013

The rooms are well appointed with great smelling toiletries, safes, comfortable beds and pillows. But they are small by European standards and tiny by American standards so be prepared for that. Also, many people in Kagoshima do not speak English so don't expect it.

The hotel staff is very friendly (but again has limited English). The breakfast buffet is vast and delicious and the view from the restaurant is of the train station, mall, and ferris wheel. The view from our hotel room was of the volcano, city, and hillside (just gorgeous).

This hotel is centrally located and a great place to stay in Kagoshima. I'd stay here again.

Room Tip: If you are a female traveling alone, one floor is designated for women only. But room 1035 has great...
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

Enjoyed a few nights during a recent trip to Kagoshima this past June. Hotel easy access from the train station. Upon exiting the passenger area when arriving on the Shinkansen take a right towards the exit where the trolley trains run, upon descending the escalator then you will notice that the Solaria hotel is across the street. The Solaria hotel is also connected via underground pedway & you can enter the building from the basement. To do this, upon descending the escalator from the train station take a left and follow the covered pathway until you come to some escalators to your right going underground. Take this escalator down then walk straight. If you understand your bearings of where you are, your actually walking under the streets that you would normally have to walk across from above ground to get to the Solaria. Once you get to the end of the underground pedway take a right then keep on following the pedway until you come upon some glass sliding doors to enter the basement of the building. You will pass some restaurants that are in the basement then go straight to the elevator to go to the lobby on the seventh floor. I found this method of getting to the Solaria way easier then crossing the three crosswalks above ground to get to the hotel, especially when it was raining out.

Besides the fact the rooms were incredibly small, they were very comfortable. I was booked with a double room/high floor with Sakurajima view. The room has everything you would need for a short stay with mini-fridge, bathroom amenities, coffee/tea/kettle, coin laundry on 10th & 12th(ladies only) floor. Did not have breakfast at the Solaria & opted to go to Amu Plaza which is adjacent to the train station across the street. In the basement of Amu Plaza there is a good sized food court including a grocery store where I opted to purchase the majority of my meals/snacks/drinks.

Overall the Solaria is a great value with the rate that I booked being less than $100 per/night with close access to the train station, eating options & shopping. I will definitely stay here again.

FYI - For foreigners, Kagoshima has a 1 or 2 day pass that gives unlimited access to the trolley trains, buses & ferry to Sakurajima called the 'Welcome Cute' pass, you are able to purchase this at the Tourist counter @ Kagoshima-Chuo station for 1000 Yen (1 day). Great value considering if you plan to check out Sakurajima, the ferry would be covered with this pass as well as the tourist bus that takes you on a tour of Sakurajima island. Bring you passport when purchasing.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled solo
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Address: 11 Chuou-cho, Kagoshima 890-0053, Kagoshima Prefecture
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Region: Japan > Kyushu-Okinawa > Kagoshima Prefecture > Kagoshima
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 80 Hotels / Ryokan in Kagoshima
Price Range: £54 - £128 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Solaria Nishitetsu hotel Kagoshima 3.5*
Number of rooms: 232
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The location is opposite to the Kagoshima-Chuo Station whichi is starting station of JR Shinkansen trains. And also center of the kagoshima-city that easy to access the city bus,tram,JR local train and the bus bound for kagoshima airport whichi is departing every 30 minutes at glound floor of this hotel. The guest room is avilable viewing sakurajima maountain depend on the weather. ... more   less 
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