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Hotel Kawaroku
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sydney
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10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great value lovely pillows”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2012

We stayed in jp room which was huge and there were two extra mats in the cupboard so used them for extra comfort. Loved the pillows supplied as every other tatami style hotel room had only the rice husk ones which we find too hard. Great idea you can choose extra or alternative pillows from lobby area - fantastic!

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank SydneyFink
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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New York
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2010

Centrally located in the Kawaramachi area, this hotel was selected for us by a friend who lives in Takamatsu. He noted that this used to be one of the top hotels in town, but it clearly needs some renovations to its furnishings for it to regain its stature.

The rooms are Japanese style (tatami mat floor, futon mat, etc.), with a spacious main sleeping area. The shower & vanity areas were ample in size, but the shower was a monolithic 5' x 5' room that was reminiscent of a bath on a ship...

The lobby and public spaces are fairly bland and institutional, but clean. The staff does not have a strong command of the English language, so be prepared if Japanese is not your forte.

The property also has an on-site onsen (spa), although we did not use it and thus cannot comment on its condition.

The stay ran us ~US$100 per nt. (total) for a weekend stay.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank ColonelSalt
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Lewes, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2009

We stayed here for 2 separate nights, on our first and last nights on Shikoku island. We booked directly with the hotel by email. However, a warning here - very few staff read English although most reception staff seemed to speak enough for hotel related needs. If you email the hotel ([--]) put 'Junko Morinishi' as the title of your email, and leave your dates and other details for the body of the email. She is the reception staff member with the best English, pretty fluent. If you don't put her name in the title, your email will be deleted.

The hotel does not seem to be a member of any chain, and consequently is a slightly unusual, one-off with a few odd and perhaps fun quirks. Ask for a Japanese room when you book. These are the same price as the standard, Western rooms but at least twice the size. You will get a good size suite to yourself with a tatami area (just like a conventional ryokan room) with futons, low table with cushions, tokonoma, etc. There is a separate sitting area with chairs and table and fridge, separated by shoji screens. Off the main lobby is the vanity/wash basin area and bath/japanese showering space and toilet, both in separate rooms. The only thing the room doesn't have is any view - which is why the drapes are kept shut!

Any lady checking in is handed a small bag of nice bathroom goodies, including lovely bath salts, cotton pads, q-tips, etc. You can also chose additional and special pillows (with cases) from a rack just off the lobby - although with the futons are the traditional double sided pillows (one side foam, one side rice husks).

We shipped a bag to the hotel from a previous hotel, to arrive ahead of us. It was placed in our room, ready for us to check in. They also were happy to store it between our 2 stays. The reception staff also helped us fill out the Japanese form to forward the bag to the next destination.

Other nice or unusual features of this hotel: It comprises 3 tower blocks, only seemingly connected at the 2 lowest levels. One of these towers seems to be completely non-smoking - a first. Also the lobby level is completely non-smoking, so smokers have to use a glass enclosure to smoke. The hotel buffet breakfast is a bargain at Y640 per person. There are Japanese and Western choices, make your own Sanuki udon and a cooked to order egg counter for fresh omlettes. There is a massage service available during the afternoon and evening, with a discount card in the room - just what you need after climbing to the top of Kompira san or strolling the whole of Ritsurin koen. There are 2 public, indoor onsen baths which are quite nicely appointed in the usual style. There are clean laundry facilities, but the dryers are quite slow. In the lobby are several coin operated vending machines. As well as the usual drinks selection, hot and cold, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, there are 2 food machines. One dispenses onigiri and pot noodle type of snacks. The other - which we didn't use, so cannot comment on the quality - dispenses curious, Japanese hot fast food meals, seemingly such choices as fish and chips, other battered items with rice and dishes we could not even hazard a guess at despite clear photos!

The hotel's location is very convenient for shopping and restaurants as it's just off the main pedestrian shopping areas of Takamatsu, and just by the start of the restaurant quarter on Lion-dori. However, it is a good 15 minutes' walk from Takamatsu ferry port and JR station, and the main terminus for the private rail line from Kotohira.

Having spent 5 days touring around the island of Shikoku, we felt that Takamatsu was by far the nicest city on the island, with the best selection of fashion shops, restaurants and cafes, even though larger Matsuyama has more choice. The biggest attraction in Takamatsu and one of the highlights of the whole of Shikoku - not to be missed, allow at least an hour - are the Ritsurin-koen gardens, 15 minutes walk south from the hotel.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank SussexWorldtraveller
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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118 reviews
77 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2008

I agree with the previous reviewer that this is a very good hotel in an excellent part of town. We stayed in the Japanese style room which is large, has a soaking tub, hair dryer, good air conditioner, etc. The hotel has a very nice spa and massage area. The price is extremely reasonable for what you get.

  • Liked — size of room and location of hotel
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed May 2008
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank hanalei2014
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
385 reviews
271 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 394 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2006

This is a recently renovated hotel in Takamatsu, a lovely city on Shikoku island, Japan. We stayed in a Japanese style room (futons and tatami mats). The bedroom was huge, there was a seperate little sitting room with table and chairs, there was a large bathroom (for japan), plus fridge and sink in the room's lobby area. Although this was a hotel you felt you were staying in a ryokan once you entered your room. There were good facilities too; two excellent ofuros (communal bathrooms) ; free internet access and two washing machines. The hotel was situated opposite a large department store and just off the covered streets full of restaurants and bars. The hotel was very foreigner friendly. Excellent for around £57 sterling for two people.
Takamatsu is well worth a visit for its wonderful garden and the Shikoku Mura open air museum at nearby Yashima

  • Liked — The size of the room and location
  • Disliked — Nothing negative to say
  • Tips/Secrets — takamatsu has few foreign visitors but is a very pleasant city
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 Thank NLR
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Property: Hotel Kawaroku
Address: 1-2 Hyakkemmachi, Takamatsu 760-0041, Kagawa Prefecture
Region: Japan > Shikoku > Kagawa Prefecture > Takamatsu
Amenities:
Spa
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Takamatsu
#4 Business Hotel in Takamatsu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 291
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