The Nara Hotel was a bit of a splurge for us, but was well worth it! It is in the park that runs through the middle of Nara and easy walking distance to temples, museums, and the Nara-machi shopping district.
Our room was in the new wing and was larger than our master bedroom at home. It was quiet, lovely and luxurious. The restaurants in the hotel are overpriced, especially for the set menus, but so are most hotel restaurants we have found. We did eat a la carte in the Japanese restaurant at the hotel and it was actually almost reasonable and the food and service were great.
Our waitress spoke English well, but you cannot rely on the front desk to necessarily have someone who can speak English. They do bend over backwards to be accommodating here, but they really do need to have a concierge desk with someone who can speak other languages. There was certainly no shortage of personnel at the hotel, so it could be easily done.
All in all, this was a lovely place to stay for a couple of days in a must-see town.
"Amazing town and this hotel is right in the middle"
I loved this little town. The hotel is located in the center of an adorable local street. There are shops all down the strip. Coco's curry house is located at a nearby intersection (this is a must eat place in Japan). This town is near plenty of interesting shrines and temples, including Daibutsu (the biggest Buddha in Japan). Also there are deer that you can feed and pet in the near by park. As for the hotel, it was simple but pleasant. There was nothing to complain about. The staff understood English and were very friendly.
Very clean and tidy, small but just what you need when out and about all day. Very close to train station, shops and walking distance to most of the attractions. Free breakfast (yummy pastries and rice balls and eggs) and afternoon tea and coffee...coffee made from fresh beans and awesome!
Tam from Gold Coast, Australia
Located within a short walking distance from the station, convenient for both business and leisure. The property is in a …More
location was great as it was just beside the nara train station. Staff was very courteous and made you feel welcome. Like the public bath which comes with an outdoor bath as well! Advice, don't pay for the dinner or breakfast, you get much better value for money if you eat at the eating places at the nara station.
Don't be put off when you enter and find a lobby that needs some love and updating. The room was modern and super clean. The ofuro was also updated. They spoke a bit of English and helped us pick a fabulous place to eat. It was a wonderful stay. Close to station, Nara park and eating. Everything right at your fingers tips even with 3 children (2 four year olds) we were able to walk every where no problem. Well worth the money.
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