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“Large japanese hotel for the more mature” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Suimeikan
Ranked #3 of 64 Hotels / Ryokan in Gero
Melbourne, Australia
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35 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Large japanese hotel for the more mature”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2014

Very large (800+ clients apparently)in an ugly building presumably designed by east european architects, initially it was not clear to me it was an actual hotel.It is vast inside and crosses 3 buildings, staff v. helpful though kept busy by an older clientele, some speak good english.The room was good, quite big,fully equipped and clean. 3 heated pools, some quite large and mostly empty, could be better if the outside windows could be cleaned more to see what are reasonable views outside. Location, is great for the station, 200m. not for town 500- 1km minimum, the town itself is in a picturesque valley the town itselfthe town itself which looks lovely unlike. on afinal note why do some hotels have 4 people at the door to thank you and send you on your way?

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 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
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2014

Was there for wedding, place is quite old fashioned but to be honest I'm probably not the target market. Its not a luxury hotel by international standards but probably the best in Gero.
Nice choice of Onsen and therefore a very relaxing stop if you are travelling through with friends or family. We had dinner in the Japanese style room and that was excellent.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Harpenden, United Kingdom
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124 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2014 via mobile

The hotel were very welcoming on arrival and an English speaker took us to our room and explained the hotel facilities. Breakfast was excellent, all the food was described in English and there was a good selection.

The highlight was the onsen at the hotel, we only had the chance to try the outside pool which was very relaxing, don't be shy and give it a go! The river and several foot pools are 10 minutes away.

It is 40 mins by train to Takayama so useful during the festival to find some where to stay near by.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
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132 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2013

Suimeikan can be considered the "big brother" of all Onsen Ryokans in Gero. It's a huge establishment that caters to individual travellers as well as to groups, and is popular with tourists. Services are very good, but note that the breakfast buffet is at fixed times. If you saunter down only after a deep sleep at 930, it's all over. Location is good as it is right at the river. If you get a river view room it is spectacular at dawn. There are several restaurants in the hotel serving different cuisines, but stick to the Japanese ones. Costs of rooms range from 7000 yen to over 20000 yen per person per night, depending on class of room. Our room was a suite and huge for three people with a balcony. There is also a swimming pool.

Room Tip: Get one facing the river looking downstream. (south)
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hong Kong, China
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1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2013

Really loved this spa resort. Gero is a very nice hot springs town and it has different flavour for summer and winter. The rooms in the "Rinsenkaken" were huge and are practically suites. Service quality could not be faulted and they even brief you on the rituals of hot springs in Japan.

Room Tip: Ask for the Rinsenkaken, which would cost you a bit but it is very much worth it.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Medford, OR
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29 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights. We had the choice of sleeping on the floor or in 2 twin beds. We chose the beds! The beds were very comfortable. I didn't mind the pillows, but my husband thought they were to firm. The air conditioner kept the room very cool. The view from the room was beautiful! Our hostess was Sally and she spoke English very well. She served us tea on arrival to our room. I believe we were the only Americans there. Breakfast had a great selection from western choices to Japanese choices. We did a private bath and my husband also did one of the Onsens. Great place would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank haybro
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Nara, Japan
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10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2013

I had high expectations for this hotel, as it is one of the more famous hotels in the area. It is an extremely big hotel and a lot of guests. Checking in was a lengthy process, due to them placing our key to one side and forgetting about us for a while, which was a bit of a disappointment and something i would not expect from such a high class hotel. The room was clean with adequate amneties, but it felt a little old. There are newer refurbished rooms in the hotel, and it is probably worth the extra money to stay in one of them. We stayed in the Japanese style room with the Japanese futons, i don`t usually sleep on futons as i have a bed, For me, the futon was a little thin, and as a result my back ached in the morning. (if you are used to sleeping on a futon, this may not be of any affect you, and i do believe they have rooms with western style beds.)

The food was great and the service was very good in the Baden Baden, we really did enjoy the meal. The onsen was equally as good, with the onsen water, my skin felt really smooth afterwards. we managed to go to all 3 of the onsens and enjoyed everyone of them. We went during dinner time and early in the morning, therefore i think we avoided the crowds.

The hotel itself is extremely big, so they need to deal with a lot of guests, the service was acceptable, but a little too impersonal. It is a good hotel, but to be honest i expected much more from a hotel with such a high reputation.

Room Tip: Look for one of the newer refurbished room, i think it would be worth the extra money.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Suimeikan
Address: 1268 Koden, Gero 509-2206, Gifu Prefecture
Region: Japan > Chubu > Gifu Prefecture > Gero > Gero Onsen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 64 Hotels / Ryokan in Gero
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Suimeikan 4*
Number of rooms: 246
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Suimeikan is a ryokan that was established 80 years ago along the Hida River, where it currently remains sitting at the heart of Gero Onsen, one of the three most famous onsen locations in Japan. Guests can experience traditional Japanese culture inside the ryokan, which features a Japanese garden, a genuine Noh stage, as well as ceramic and art works. Guests can also enjoy hot springs with skin beautifying effects in three spots, including an open-air bath with an indoor bath, a large communal scenic bath, and a large communal indoor bath with a hinoki sauna. The communal scenic bath can be used 24 hours a day. We offer a variety of guest rooms in the Seiranso, Rinsenkaku, Hisenkaku, Sansuikaku manors, each built separately and in the style of a tea-ceremony arbor. Guests can also choose from rooms with private open-air baths, as well as between Japanese-style and Japanese/Western-style rooms. In addition to the Japanese kaiseki course served in the guest room, guests can also choose from a French course, Japanese cuisine course, and a Japanese/Western/Chinese fusion kaiseki course. The hotel also features plenty of facilities for plenty of fun, such as a swimming pool, gym, beauty salon, and a bar. [Access Info] Shuttle Service Gero Station ⇔ Hotel *No prior reservation required. Shuttle will match limited express train arrivals to meet guests. **Please contact the hotel if arriving by local train. By Train From Tokyo Station and Shin Osaka Station: Take the Shinkansen Line to Nagoya Station. From there, follow the directions from Nagoya Station below. From Nagoya Station: Take the Takayama Main Line for about 90 minutes and get off at Gero Station. The hotel is conveniently located just a 3 min walk from there. ... more   less 
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