Me and my travel buddy spent a day in Beppu and, being a big fan of the Khaosan Tokyo hostel chain, I decided to book a twin room for that night.
The hostel is walking distance from JR Beppu station but snugly tucked within an array of maze-like alleyways so I recommend obtaining an access map when seeking it out. The two of us managed fine using Google maps, and you know you're at the right place when you see a large red vertical sign protruding out from the row of buildings proudly proclaiming 'Khaosan Beppu'. There is a footbath outside the entrance, a very lovely touch.
Checking in was a smooth process: the lovely lady at the reception counter spoke impeccable English as she processed the administration and briefed us about the place. We also obtained a simple map of the town that highlighted recommended eateries and bathhouses.
Our twin room was the smallest on the 2nd floor, a simple affair with a bunk bed and a small desk. There was sufficient room to dump our luggage and move around. WiFi throughout the building was reliable and internet connection was fast. The beds and sheets were clean and comfy.
The common room on the first floor had a welcome atmosphere but smelled faintly of cigarette smoke, which was to be expected since it was the only place you could smoke in the building. It did not bother us too much since we did not really use that room. There was a humble collection of manga and books in there as well. In the reception hall computer terminals with Internet access and a public phone were available, and plenty of maps and guides on how to get around in Beppu. You could brew tea and coffee in the kitchen for free, and there are plenty of amenities and cutlery for cooking, everything you'd expect to find in a kitchen.
Also, what set this hostel apart from all its Khaosan Tokyo counterparts is the fact that it has an onsen bath. The bathtub was a tiled pool of clear hot water, no-frills but no less a luxury. You don't have to worry about sporting tattoos if you wish to bathe here since they have no such restriction.
Without a doubt, I would stay here again if I ever found myself in Beppu. It was a warm, pleasant experience from start to finish, and its quiet location and many comforts gave me a very restful sleep that night.
(The receptionist girl was very pretty, I wish I had at least gotten her name.)
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