I stayed in the ARK hotel for three nights whilst attending a conference. It was well-priced and I was pleasantly surprised by the location, the amenities at the hotel (in particular the bathhouse and breakfast) and the cleanliness of the rooms.
Short walk from station. Hotel was fine. Economy room was small as expected but well appointed. Be prepared for a hard bed, but hey, no real biggie. A supermarket is nearby as are a heap of restaurants around the block. The front desk will provide you with a map of restaurants etc. We tried the closest Okonomayaki restaurant closest to the hotel. Yum and a lot of fun as well.
The new Hiroden is an old-school business hotel. It has great access to transport and seems to be set up for conferences and the like. My room didn't seem to have AC (though that was not a problem) and the facilities were a bit dated but it was clean and very comfortable. The room was large and the bed was comfortable. I used the main train station quite a bit so being just a block away was very convenient. The neighborhood lacks variety in dining options but walking ten blocks south will get you to the center of town and a lot of food and entertainment. There are lots of local transport options available but I found the stroll quite pleasant. The best thing about the New Hiroden was the staff, which were fast, friendly, and accommodating.
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