The best thing about this hotel is its convenient location, just 5 minutes walk away from the JR Hakata Station. Be careful if asking directions though, there is a similarly-named Sunlife Hotel almost next door, which could cause confusion - only the latter was marked on the free tourist map.
Standard double bedrooms are small, with virtually no storage space (just a very narrow wardrobe cupboard, which also contains a trouser press and suitcase stand, plus two drawers, one of which contains a rather strange hotplate device for heating water for tea, and one of which contains a hairdryer.
However, they are well-equipped, with a TV, alarm clock, good supply of toiletries and an ethernet cable for broadband as well as the cupboard-clogging items mentioned above.
Breakfast is served in the 2nd floor (that's first floor, if you are English) restaurant, and is Japanese-style. It's not a buffet, you must specify either the fish or egg option when you check in. The fish version includes a nice piece of salmon, the egg version is two small omelettes and a piece of processed ham, with tomato ketchup. I recommend the fish. The accompanying dishes (pickles, rice, miso soup, tofu etc.) are the same for both options. Green tea, coffee and fruit juice are also available.
In the ground floor reception area is a coffee machine (one of the sort where you insert a pod containing the coffee of your choice) and a gift shop area where you can buy biscuits in Shinkansen train-shaped packaging, if that sort of thing attracts you.
It's a good choice if you are travelling without large quantities of luggage and welcome the convenience of a location close to the station. The station is large and modern, with a department store and food courts where you can get reasonably-priced and tasty meals.
We enjoyed our inexpensive stay at this Japanese western style hotel located a block from Hakata station and also nearby Hakata bus terminal. It seems to be one of the better located hotels as plenty of restaurants are located on this side of the station. The other side of the station which had plenty of hotels as well seemed less lively and seemed to have fewer restaurants to choose from. It looked more business centered on the other side.
Unique Quality: It has NON-SMOKING rooms. The room was small (as is normal for many Japanese hotels) but, the price was very reasonable. For many Japanese hotels one must pay for 2 people separately (I know it's strange). This one cost us one price
only (8,000 yen). We stayed there on 2 separate nights.
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