My wife and I stayed 3 nights with our 3 year old son. We read the reviews and looked at the location carefully before choosing, as obviously the hotel is out of way. We had a great stay and would come back again without hesitation. Here's our take on the hotel and particularly the location:
1. If you are on a budget and don't want to take taxis you'll spend a lot of time walking and sitting on buses or trams to get to the major sights from here. For us it was worth spending a couple thousand yen for a taxi a few times so we could make the most of our time here in Hiroshima, particularly when returning the hotel as there's only one city bus that goes to the hotel, and it's a 20 minute walk from the nearest tram stop. Our usual routine to go into the city was to walk TO the tram stop (20 minutes), then take a taxi back at the end of our day (usually ¥2000 - 2500).
2. If you have a JR pass and are set on using it for the ferry to Miyajima you'd be better off staying closer to the JR station, as from this hotel it will take you over an hour to get to the JR ferry launch, from where you may have an additional wait to get a boat. There is a boat to Miyajima that leaves right from the hotel and takes less than 30 minutes each way, but you can't use the JR pass (it costs ¥1800 one way or ¥3200 return. Again, for us it made sense to just take the boat from the hotel and made it a very stress free day trip to the island.
3. The restaurants in the hotel are high quality, with the accompanying higher prices. If the hotel is busy you'll need reservations to guarantee a table. There are very few other options (basically none unless you eat convenience store food every day), so again if this is an issue maybe look elsewhere.
4. The hotel itself has a fantastic setting, and getting a room with an ocean view is a must. Our room had a huge window looking straight out over the water. Our standard room wasn't huge by any means, and the bathroom was a little like one on a cruise ship, but for sleeping and sitting and watching the boats and enjoying the view it was just fine. Beds are firm and comfortable. Lounge and restaurants on the upper floors have incredible views and very good (a little expensive) offerings. Hotel staff try very hard and are always willing to help.
Hope this helps others decide if this hotel is right for you, I can definitely see how some people don't like it due to the factors I mentioned above.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located beside Motoujina Park, the Hiroshima Prince Hotel looks out toward the picturesque islands that dot the Seto Inland Sea. With magnificent views of the Hiroshima Port and Miyajima Island, the dramatic prism structure towers 23 floors. Below, the hotel's private pier is a great starting point to enjoy leisure activities along the marina or to take a cruise to the nearby islands.Featuring a variety of restaurants and extensive conference facilities, the Hiroshima Prince is a popular venue for international conventions and exhibitions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Hiroshima Prince Hotel