"Amazing location with really friendly staff"
We had an absolutely amazing time staying here. The park is deserted at night and in the early morning, so you have the temples and shrines to yourself (they are not open at these times, but they're still very impressive from the outside). The Nigatsudo shrine was especially great at night, as the lanterns were all lit and it's up a hill, so you can see the city...it's beautiful! Most of the temples to see in Nara are in the park, so you really are right in the middle of it. There are also deer everywhere! Which is fantastic, they are very friendly, especially if you have deer crackers!
The hotel was great, it is more a hostel, but a really lovely one - it's all made out of wood so has a lovely warming, natural feel. The staff were really friendly and helpful with advice. The showers were really powerful and warm, which I was very happy about. Shared toilets and showers, but I never had to queue and all was fine, shampoo, toilet roll, towels etc all provided. The kitchen is nice and has basics you can buy (like water/noodles etc) and you can put music on in the lounge area. Wrap up if you are going in winter, as the communal areas are chilly, but the room was nice and warm.
Would recommend getting bento boxes from the station supermarket and taking them to eat, as we couldn't find a supermarket anywhere near, and the nearest restaurants were a little bit of a walk (not so far though, and park is well lit at night).