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“Amazing views, good hotel, fantastic location if you are prepared to walk/taxi etc”

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Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima
Ranked #9 of 126 Hotels / Ryokan in Hiroshima
Reviewed 23 February 2014 via mobile

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.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 February 2014

Pro: I love the services they provide. They have bellhop staff to bring your luggage to your room. I wasn't sure if are to tip them or not, but I have read Japan doesn't accept tips. They personally provide wifi into your room. I read comments where you can only get wifi at the reception. Not true. I had asked during check-in if my room had wifi, and they had actually brought in a wireless router for me to use. So ask the front desk! This was free. I also like that if you stay multiple days and you request not to have your room cleaned, they give you 500 yen coupon to use in the hotel for every FULL day you stay. I love the beds! Very comfy and if someone tries to sit on your bed while you sleep, you don't feel the movement of the bed. I love their shampoo and body soap. It has olive oil that makes your skin so soft. Although the hotel did seem isolated, there is a shuttle bus to and from Hiroshima Station. Even though they had transportation to Miyajima Island that was pricey, I went to Hiroshima Station instead and took advantage of my JR Rail pass. It took longer, but since I paid for the Pass, might as well use it to the fullest.

Con: I didn't have a full view of the ocean. Instead I got a view of trees and saw very little of the ocean. Also, the sink is above the carpet. Hard to avoid dripping onto the carpet. Overall, the cons are very minor. The room was great and enjoyed staying there. Would stay there again if I had the chance.

Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
1  Thank kojaky
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Reviewed 28 January 2014 via mobile

Enjoyed this hotel for the great views, onsen and location. Ideal jumping off point for Miyajima. Street car station a bit of a walk, having a car is helpful. Nice running path from the hotel along the bay, just needed to extend a bit for a 5K out and back. Breakfast not bad, but not the best amongst hotels in Japan. The view, though is unbelievable. Would stay again!

Stayed: January 2014
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Reviewed 13 January 2014

Staff is courteous and helpful. A few of them can speak English. The view from the 23rd floor is amazing. Good restaurants are located in the hotel. A taxi from the JR Hiroshima would cost around 5,000 Yen

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled on business
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1  Thank Hero147
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

Positives: great views towards islands and sea, good breakfast, friendly, clean, extremely helpful staff (they found my money and posted it urgently to my next hotel).

Negatives: 8 km (5.5 miles) away from the train station. Couple of furnitures are slightly tired looking.

Tips: use bus 21-1 or 21-2 to the hotel for only 230 yen. Some may not go further than the port so check on the front or you will have to walk for 10 min to the hotel.
Taxi will cost you 2800 yen to the train station, one way.

Room Tip: Go to the floors 16 and above.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

This is a very beautiful hotel. The hotel offers a free shuttle that travels between the Hiroshima Station and the hotel. You can even drop off your bags at the Swallow Travel Agency (next to the Hiroshima Station) and pick them up at the hotel. I stayed at the hotel for 2 nights. I booked a twin room for single occupancy. The room was bigger than a typical Japanese hotel room and it was clean. The view was excellent. My room didn't include breakfast but I decided to pay for breakfast on the top floor of the hotel. The view was simply awesome. You can take the high speed boat at the hotel's boat dock to the Miyajima Island.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank Shaozhi
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

Hotel is approximately 40mins from Hiroshima train station by taxi, and there is almost no amenities outside the hotel surrounding, although there are a number of good restaurants in the hotel. Breakfast view from the 23rd floor is breathtaking. Bathroom is quite small but well-equipped. Main dissatisfaction is the absence of wifi in the room, and only in the lobby -- which immediately disqualified the Prince as a business hotel for me. Should you take the tram from the city, the walk from the main road to the hotel is a brisk 20min walk.

Room Tip: choose room that faces the sea/pier, the view is spectacular.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled on business
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Address: 23-1 Motoujina-machi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8543, Hiroshima Prefecture
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Region: Japan > Chugoku > Hiroshima Prefecture > Hiroshima
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Hiroshima
#4 Family Hotel in Hiroshima
#4 Luxury Hotel in Hiroshima
#11 Business Hotel in Hiroshima
Price Range: £41 - £231 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima 4*
Number of rooms: 530
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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