I went on a last minute impromptu trip from Korea to Kagoshima and this was the only available hotel during the last week of December, 2013.
The exterior is uninspiring so I didn't expect much, but I was very pleasantly surprised. We had a 4th floor room facing the river with two twin beds. Room was a good size for Japan. The bed was comfortable but they only give you one pillow, with no spares. The room, bathroom, and all linens are kept very clean. They provide a universal recharger (capable of recharging an ipod, android and windows phones), a nice-smeling spray for clothes, two hair dryers, and a yukata for bed, which is thoughtful.
I don't speak any Japanese and the staff had limited English but were very willing to be of service. The front desk was very well stocked with detailed local maps and tourist information flyers.
The hotel is within 5 minutes' walking distance to the Kagoshima Chuo Station and the big shopping mall (Amu Plaza), 10 minutes' walk from Tenmonkan (main shopping area with lots of eateries and other shops), and a 15 minute walk from the Meiji History Museum. Despite the central location, it's super quiet.
We had the mainly Japanese food breakfast buffet at Shangri-la each morning and found it very nice.
Kagoshima has fancy onsen resort hotels that do take day visitors but I opted for the Nishida Onsen, for which this hotel has discount coupons, which is run by very friendly and ancient Japanese ladies. It serves as a sort of local bathhouse, used a lot by the local people. It was super affordable, a bit run down, but charming and spic and span, with great onsen water. Ask at the front desk for the map there, and be sure to take your own toiletries (the onsen provides lockers, a towel, a coin operated hair dryer and nothing else).
I stayed three nights and was very satisfied with the quality of the hotel given its relatively low price
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the riverside, Kagoshima Tokyu REI Hotel is a 2-minute walk from Takamibashi Tram Station and a 15-minute drive from Museum Shoko Shuseikan. It offers modern accommodation with 2 restaurants and rooms with free WiFi/wired internet. Guestrooms offer both air conditioning and heating facilities. Each room is equipped with a humidifier, a Yukata robe and a trouser press. The en suite bathroom comes with a bathtub. The hotel has a coin-operated launderette, drink vending machines and a beauty shop. A photo studio and flower shop are on-site, while massage services are available upon request. Luggage storage can be found at the 24-hour front desk. Shangri-La Restaurant serves a Japanese and Western buffet. Guests can have tea and refreshments at the Phoenix Tea Lounge. Hotel Tokyu REI Kagoshima is a 15-minute drive from Senganen Garden and a 35-minute drive from Hirakawa Zoological Park. Kagoshima Airport is a 45-minute drive away, while the Ferry Terminal to Tanegashima Island and Yakushima Island is a 10-minute drive away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kagoshima Tokyu Hotel