Imabari Kokusai Hotel
The Best Hotel in Ehime
The Imabari Kokusai Hotel is celebrating its 10th Anniversay this year (2006) and deserves the accolade as the best hotel in Shikoku (Ehime Prefecture). Built like a tall French chateau by the Shoei (Imabari Shipbuilding) Group, it dominates Imabari ansd is the focal point for the area for business events, weddings and family gatherings. Not cheap - Yen18,000 a night at least - it has a beautiful inside and outside onsen (hot spring) on the third floor and superb tatami rooms in an annexe for weddings and special occasions. Several excellent restaurants -sushi, teppan-yaki, Chinese - and a two dramatic bars, one on the top (23rd floor) and one in the basement looking at a lighted waterfall - complete the facilities.
Unique Quality: Onsen, huge swimming pool, beautiful tatami rooms, fantastic views of the Kurushima Strait from many of the rooms
Directions: The extreme scale of the views in all directions, the breathtaking engineering of the vast bridges, the constantly changing light from the sea, the terrifying currents that keep even experienced masters on the bridge...
Fantastic Imabari Kokusai Hotel (*****)
This hotel is nothing short of spectacular. The rooms are everything you would expect from a luxury five-star hotel. The view across the Seto Inland Sea at night from the upper floors is amazing. This hotel has all the facilities you would expect in a five-star luxury hotel
Unique Quality: The views of the sea and the bridge are incredible.
Directions: 10min. walk from JR(Japan Rail) Imabari station.
10min. by car from Imabari Port.
90min. by car from Matsuyama International Airport.
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