Let's face it: this place may be a "Japanese hotel" but it's is also worn and furnished in style popular some 30 years ago topped with some kitsch decorations. I chose this place as other places where car parking was possible were sold out near the Nara Park. I do not think it worth the double/triple price they ask compared to other hotels in Nara.
My 4/5 for the location
Next to the pagoda marking the place where the Nara Park starts and close to the walking street leading through Nara, the location is quite good. It's 1,5 kilometres to Todai-ji temple and the deers wander also around the hotel specifically in early mornings. Walking street is just 4 minutes from the hotel. If you are taking the train you could look for a place closer to the railway station (Nara Station).
2/5 for the room
With four floors most of the rooms look not towards the pond but to a narrow side street. Already when entering the lobby gives away what to expect: worn out and outdated furniture and some kitsch decorations.
The room was big and immaculately cleaned apart the dirty sofa. The rattan laundry baskets were falling apart and wardrobe and other storage furniture looked vary worn and outdated indeed. Bathroom was possibly the worst experience: plastic cubicle where one hardly fit in not to mention trying to get out as the door opened inside - you'd need to climb in to the bathtub to open the door for getting out. Generally, the yellowish beige colours in the room reminded of 1970s - and not in positive retro meaning.
Beds were on raised tatami base: ordinary spring mattresses (no lumpy futons).
2/5 for breakfast
Japanese fair - if you like tofu and miso soup with some fermented stuff then the breakfast they serve may be perfect. Nicely laid out but not my cup of tea.
2/5 for the public bath
A square indoor bath tub with buckets for washing up - typical and nothing special for a Japanese style hotel. Small Japanese inner-yard garden on the way to the baths.
You might as well stay close to the railway station in one of the newer hotels. The place is not bad but there's really nothing special to it either. Nearly the only plus is location.
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