We took the train to Beppu and exited from the seaside exit. The Station Hotel is 2 minutes walk away down the road running towards the sea. Check in was at 4 o'clock, but we were very early. We could not check-in early but the very pleasant receptionist agreed to store our bags free of charge so we could go and visit some of the hells. Luggage lockers were also available at the station.
Our room was on the top floor. It was a reasonable size for a Japanese hotel room. There was a double wardrobe by the door which also contained the fridge. You have to plug it in yourself if you intend to use it. The bed was quite small but reasonably comfortable. There were good views over the town from the windows. The room had a TV and a water heater; tea was provided. There were large bottles of liquid soap, shampoo and conditioner in the bathroom. Free toothbrushes, razors and hairbrushes were also provided. Everything in the room was very clean.
We choose this hotel because it had spas. We had no info about the spas so set out to work it out for ourselves. The ladies' spa is on the second floor. The men's spa is on the third. Fortunately for us this was clearly marked in English at the entry.
The spas were open from 4pm until midnight and from 6am (I think) until 9am. I went three times on a one night stay!!!
When you reach the spa you should take your shoes off at the door. Inside the spa changing room there were lockers for your clothes. Bring your own towel from your room. Before entering the spa water you should wash yourself thoroughly in the showers provided. Soaps, shampoos, conditioners, even make up remover were readily available. You should not wear anything in the spa. The water was very hot and excellent for easing aching muscles. On my three visits I had the whole place to myself twice which was pretty good.
Check out was at 10 and it was quick and efficient.
The hotel is well located for the train station, bus station, has excellent spa facilities and is well located for convenience stores, such as Coco which is right next door, or Familymart at the station. There were several shops, restaurants on the street leading down to the sea. From the hotel we could easily walk to Beppu Tower, the beaches and Termas Spa.
I would definitely stay here again.
We did not eat breakfast at the hotel prefering a picnic brunch down on the beach.
Unique Quality: The unique quality would of course be the spa that would be the main reason to stay in Beppu anyway.
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