The hotel is perfectly situated for exploring the vast and famous Kumamoto castle. It's also located in the city center with shops and restaurants.
The hotel itself is modern and sports spacious rooms even by western standards. Many rooms if not all have views of the castle lit up at night. The design interior is slightly influenced by "castle" motif. There is an enlarged sketch by Akiro Kurosawa in the lobby of a scene in one of his movies where Kumamoto Castle was used as the model. It's quite spectacular to look at, and the hotel did a great job displaying this magnificent piece of Kuosawa-san's imagination. Not to be missed if you are a fan of his movies.
The top floor has a small, but fancy french restaurant 6 tables?) with a small, posh bar. The ground floor has a typical Japanese large bar "El Dorado" with couches and tables. The wine/liquor list in the bar was top notch.
The spacious rooms have all the amenities expected. There is no wireless internet, but each room has a LAN cable connection. Ask for a cable from the desk if needed.
The breakfast was top notch - choice of western or Japanese. Portions are generous.
I did not attempt to communicate in English, so I cannot comment on their skills here. I imagine like most hotels deep inside Japan away from Tokyo/Osaka/Kyoto regions, you can get by if you are well traveled with a pleasant polite smile, some patience, and a few Japanese words.
If staying here more than a day, in addition to the castle, be sure and make a strip to Mount Aso - one of the largest active volcano caldera's on the planet. We rented a car and drove up there - it's about 10 by 15 miles wide and at least one vent with steam coming out. It's an experience.
The hotel was prompt at delivering everything we asked for to the room. No waiting.
For our expectations, this hotel hit everything high and would not hesitate to stay here again.
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- Also Known As:
- Castle Hotel Kumamoto