Arima Grand Hotel

What kind of onsen hotel is Arima Grand Hotel?

Arima Grand Hotel wouldn’t be luxury, but very relaxing.  If this is your first visit Arima, I would recommend it.  Perhaps, if you want to enjoy hot springs in Arima, you should stay here.  There are a variety of hot springs in-house and the spring quality is one of the best in Japan.  The ambiance is serene, tranquil, and cozy.  The property would be great for family, groups, solo travelers, or couples.

Is the location easy to access?

Yes, it would be easy.  Free shuttle service is available from Arima Onsen Station, Arima Bus Terminal, or Arima Onsen Cable-car Station from 8:00-21:00.  There is a steep slope on the way to the property.  It takes 7min on foot, though.  You may want to ask the shuttle service in advance.

Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend rooms with views of the garden on the highest floor possible.  We chilled out at the room while viewing a peaceful mountain landscape.   Others wouldn’t have special views.  If you are a hot spring freak, I would recommend rooms with private hot springs.  Then if you don’t want to sleep on Japanese-style mattresses called Futon in Tatami rooms, you should stay at rooms with twin beds on tatami mats.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

WiFi reception was sometimes slow when we stayed in 2018.  I noticed that there were two PCs to use someone in the lobby.  Then all of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, yukatas, bottled water, and a Japanese tea set.  Then Arima Grand Hotel is child-friendly.  Staff provides yukatas, meals, chairs, and tableware, etc., for small children if you request.  Room service is available from 8:00-22:00.

How about In-house Facilities?

Overall, facilities tend to be a bit outdated, but the housekeeping was excellent.  Then there are wonderful communal indoor and outdoor hot springs on 9F and B2.  You can enjoy the communal outdoor hot springs while viewing dynamic landscapes.  That’s precious time.  The large communal baths on 9F are open from 5:00-10:30, 11:30-24:30.  The large communal baths on B2 are open from 7:00-23:00.  Also, there are 5 private family hot springs on 9F and B2.  You can use all of them at additional charges.  The private family ones on 9F are open from 6:00-22:45.  The others on B2 are open from 7:00-22:00.  *If you have tattoos and want to use the communal baths, use reserved private family ones instead.  Then Aqua-Terrace on B2 was amazing.  *A minimum age requirement of 13 applies.  There are 5 types of saunas, pools for floating and walking in the water, a footbath theater, and a jet bath.  Aqua-Terrace is available at JPY2,050.  Then, the garden pool is open between mid-July and late Aug.  All guests can use it for free.  Swimwear is available for rent, but availability and sizes may be limited.  You may want to bring your own.   *If you have tattoos and want to use Aqua-Terrace and the garden pool, you need to wear a “Rash Guard” which is a shirt that protects from the sun when you are playing in the water.  Then Arima Grand Hotel is a universal design.  There is a private family hot spring for wheelchair users.  Wheelchairs are available for borrowing.  If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to inform the staff in advance as they can arrange a room near the lift.  Then there are vending machines for drinks and ice cream, spa treatment shop, and souvenir shop.

How about meals?

You can choose either Chinese, Teppanyaki, Kaiseki, Sushi, or buffet-style cuisine for dinner.  Sushi Kaiseki food experience for dinner was wonderful.  All ingredients were so fresh, testy, and high-end.  The portion tends to be average.  You can choose either a dining area, a private room or meals served in a room.  *Please note that inform the staff when you book a room with meals if you have any food allergies.  They probably wouldn’t be able to prepare alternative food if you request on that day.  Alternatively, You can go out for meals as there are many local restaurants in Arima Onsen.  After dinner, don’t forget to visit the lobby lounge as you can fully relax while listening to live music.  Then the western and Japanese food buffet for breakfast was nice.  The buffet is quite extensive.  There was always more than enough food each day.  Dinner starts from 17:30-19:30.  Breakfast starts from 7:00-9:00.

My impressions

The most important I would like to highlight is the staff here is really helpful, attentive, and warm.  If you want to experience signature Japanese hospitality, you should stay here.  Overall, Arima Grand Hotel would be reasonable.  If you want to relax with various types of hot springs, this is one of the best in Arima Onsen.  At last, the property is popular.  If you want to chill out at the property in a tranquil atmosphere, you may want to avoid staying during Lunar New Year, late April to early May, weekend of Oct and Nov, and the end of the year and New Year holiday.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about the property from the below space.  Check Availability and Pricing for the property on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Arima Grand Hotel

Style Onsen Ryokan
Check-in and out times
14:30/11:00
Estimated Price 40,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact 078-904-0181 from domestic
+81 78-904-0181 from overseas
Internet Connection Free wifi in the ryokan
Facility Information Wheelchairs are available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available
Location Arima Grand Hotel’s MAP
Access Free shuttle service from  Arima Onsen Station,
Arima Bus Terminal, or Arima Onsen Cable-car Station
Address and TEL 1304-1, Arima-cho, Kita-Ku, Kobe 651-1401
Tel +81 78-904-0181
Official Homepage Arima Grand Hotel’s HP

*All information above is as of the date that I posted on my blog.

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