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Seikai
Ranked #2 of 138 Hotels / Ryokan in Beppu
Certificate of Excellence
Duluth, Minnesota, United States
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70 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“A great hotel!”
Reviewed 7 November 2013

I have to say that the hotel was one of the nicest hotels I have stayed at in Japan. The room was large and beautiful. A great view of the sea. The private outside bath overlooking the sea was amazing. The staff was polite. While not a cheap place to stay, you get great value for your money I think.

The food in the kaiseki restaurant and the seafood restaurant was amazing. I did 'half board' with the room. This gets you amazing dinners and a large Japanese breakfast. Not much English was spoke in the restaurant, but everyone tried hard and this did not get in the way of a nice dinner. I would recommend getting your dinner reservations set at the same time you do your hotel reservations. That gets you the restaurant and the time you want. But good luck trying to change them after they are made. I tried to do that and I got a polite, "that will be sadly impossible". I am sure they already bought the food for that evening.

The town of beppu itself is nothing to write home about. You need a cab to get around it if you are not on a tour. Very little you can just walk to, and nothing around the hotel. But if you just stay in the hotel and enjoy it and it's onsen you should be right as rain! Keep in mind they they do close the onsen during part of the afternoon, which I found a bit unfortunate if you want to hang around the hotel. There are other great onsen in the area that may be worth seeing if you enjoy them like I do.

A nice stop if you are enjoying southern Honshu, as it is a fairly short train ride to get there. Take a cab from the main train station.

Room Tip: The 'western' style rooms were just great, and still had a nice 'Japanese' feel to t...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Tokyo, Japan
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Reviewed 3 November 2013 via mobile

Onsen: The first floor rotenburo overlooking the ocean was AMAZING. The 8th floor onsen was also very nice.

Room: We stayed in Type A room and it was better than we expected. The room was so HUGE and spotless clean with two really comfortable double size beds (I think they were Simmons mattresses), 10-jo tatami area, sitting area, and a private roten with a separate shower room.

Dinner: We had dinner at Banya, but the food was just so so and the service was a bit disappointing. We wanted to order from the menu, but their menu book was written only in Japanese. Since our Japanese skill was limited, we asked our waitress if she could kindly explain the menu to us. But she just recommended a few dishes to us (without explaining the menu) in fast talking Japanese. Hmmm...Banya needs to improve their waitstaff training.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Aetarou was really delicious. We loved the seafood miso soup, rice & yaki fish. The service at Aetarou was great.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2013

I have been to 潮騒の宿 晴海 last month. I have chosen a room I in Umi building, The room was stylish, clean and tidy, it had got a terrace, which I could enjoy the sea breeze, sunrise and sunset. The dinner and breakfast there were both tasty. Really worth to visit!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2013

Open air hot spring bath (Onsen) with wonderful ocean view, absolute Japanese foods(Kaiseki) with perfect Japanese sake (Peach flavor)... although it was for my grandma's 89th birthday, it was the moment that I can be proud to be Japanese.

We only had a Kaiseki course dinner @ Japanese restaurant "Gen" and Onsen (Onsen is free if you have a meal at the restaurant), but we were absolutely delighted by their great and warm hospitality from right after we arrived to the end of our dinner.

Onsen water made our skin smooth and soft, Kaiseki foods satisfied our stomach and great hospitality we received... it was a perfect birthday present for my grandma. Definitely two thumbs up!

Next year we will be back for sure!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 29 October 2012 via mobile

Stay here for only one night with big families. The room is really spacious, luxury and super comfortable with perfect amenities. The rate included dinner & breakfast , both were superb indeed. Quality of food & service were very impressive.

Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Fukuoka, Japan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2012

wonderful full view of the ocean + outdoor onsen bath by the bathroom..
Hotel staff attentive, view was heavenly, room was unbelievably spacious, cosy and comfortable.

we stayed there a few years ago and still fantasize about the view..

location is not within walking distance of any attractions (which was actually good), but there is a very convenient bus stop right in front of the hotel

p.s. for a room like that, in a good service hotel, we would have payed double the price in Europe.

Actually stayed there Sep. 2010 (tripadvisor is not giving me the option to go past Nov 2011)

Room Tip: private bath, the top floor
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 September 2012 via mobile

excellent location for watch sunrise at here.
extremely fresh seafood you can obtain here.
satisfy services you can feel at here.
this is seikai hotel.

really appreciate for all your staff good services gave us. absolutely will introduce to my friends to be here.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Additional Information about Seikai

Property: Seikai
Address: 6-24 Shoningahamacho, Beppu 874-0023, Oita Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kyushu-Okinawa > Oita Prefecture > Beppu > Beppu Onsen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 138 Hotels / Ryokan in Beppu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Seikai 3.5*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Offering dynamic sea views from the comfort of an open-air bath on the beach as well as luxurious guest rooms All rooms are ocean view, with open-air bath and strong individuality styles, with three places to eat. Our "hot spring resort traditional hotel" will put a smile on your face 【Tourism website, as our recommendation】 If your plan in Japan is not decided yet, we strongly recommend using the “Huber. TOMODACHI GUIDE". By this Huber. TOMODACHI GUIDE, they help you organize the best plans including the places only locals know for free. If you pay, the guides can show you around these places too, so feel free to start talking to local guides through this!! Please make most of following discount code. 「tKqmpzfP」 ... more   less 
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