Great place to stay in Nara. As it's in the Deer park, it's not close to the centre of town but it is close to all the attractions. We hired electric bikes which helped allot getting back up the hill when we went into the town to grab some food.
Although the staff are not fluent in English they were so kind and supportive. The location is great, just close to 4 UNESCO World Heritages sites. 300 meters away from the dear park and less than 2km from the Todadji temple. The Japanese bath is great and quiet. I will comeback for sure. The restaurant in front of the hotel is great.
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.
"Modest Room on Second Floor of Private Residence"
Located at a hard-to-find address in a modest neighborhood of Nara, this private residence offers one traditional Japanese room (not the several implied by its Web site, which shows pictures of the same room from different angles and alternate furnishings) at the top of narrow stairs, with a balcony used for storing cleaning and laundry supplies overlooking a parking lot. Clean toilet and bath located in adjoining hall, shared with another even more modest room. Bring your own sandals, arrange your own futons and maybe horse your bags up the stairs. The owner (only "staff" we encountered) tries mightily, providing tea, dinner and breakfast. No other facilities and no alcohol available aside from homemade sake unless the owner is asked to go shopping. This is not a hotel but a room on the second floor of a private residence, a B&B in European or American terms.
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