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Review of Ark Hotel Hiroshima Minami

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Ark Hotel Hiroshima Minami
Ranked #45 of 122 Hotels / Ryokan in Hiroshima
Ivychurch, United Kingdom
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172 reviews
63 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
“What a happy find”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2013

We stayed at the Ark Hotel Hiroshima for two nights during our month-long tour of Japan. Our stay coincided with Golden Week, the Flower Festival and a concert so Hiroshima hotels were fully booked. We were slightly sceptical when only this hotel was coming up with availability but what a great place it turned out to be.

The Ark Hotel Hiroshima is very well-situated approx five minutes’ walk from JR Hiroshima train station (south exit). There are lots of restaurants nearby.

We had a large, comfortable, quiet room at the back of the hotel in the annex building. There were tea making facilities, a fridge and hairdryer. Internet connection was free but via a cable in the bedroom. There were two computers for general use in the entrance hall.

On the 10th floor of the annex were baths which were great to relax in at the end of a busy day sightseeing. Next to the baths were laundry facilities, vending machines and massage chairs.

Our rate included breakfast which was excellent – a range of Japanese and European food and very friendly staff.

The hotel staff did not speak English but were very friendly and polite.

Travel Tips:
1. The tram goes from near the hotel (and from the station) to the Peace Memorial Park (approx 15 minutes) – 150 yen flat fare for inner city travel.
2. Miyajima Island is very easy to reach from Hiroshima. Take the JR Sanyo line from Hiroshima to Miyajima-guchi, a three minute walk to the ferry terminal, 10 minute ferry ride. Transport operated by JR so train and ferry are included in the JR train passes.
3. There’s an excellent bus service from the North Exit of the station to the airport. 3-4 buses an hour, journey takes 45 minutes, 1300 yen single, 2350 yen return.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto, Canada
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2012

The room size was OK, but the bathroom was small. This hotel is used by Japanese business travelers so the beds like sleeping on the floor. We used this hotel for our 2 day stay in the area.

We used the laundry facilities and found that the dryers were not that good

The location of this hotel is actually pretty good. Close to the JR Station and Streetcars. We bought a Street Car pass at the station which was good for the day, however only used it twice so it would have been cheaper to just pay as you ride.

The staff were friendly, held our bags until check in.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Doug K
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Halifax, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2011

We got a little lost trying to find the hotel. It wasn't as noticeable as we thought it would be by reading the reviews on here. But we found it.

The room was actually pretty large, but I think the bathroom is the worlds smallest one. The beds were hard as a rock, the pillows were kind of like a bean bag. The buffet was "ok", and you could smoke on the floor where they served you your food.

When I went to do laundry, I found the chairs were stained, even the carpet in our room seemed a little stained.

The location of this hotel is actually pretty good. Close to the JR Station/Streetcars, and the Yale Yale Mall.

The staff were friendly, held our bags until check in and spoke well English

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Ark Hotel Hiroshima Minami
Address: 1-45 Nishikojin-machi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 732-0806, Hiroshima Prefecture (Formerly アークホテル広島)
Region: Japan > Chugoku > Hiroshima Prefecture > Hiroshima > Hiroshima Station
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #45 of 122 Hotels / Ryokan in Hiroshima
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Ark Hotel Hiroshima Minami 3*
Number of rooms: 214
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