Hotel Hana-Koyado

What kind of onsen ryokan is Hotel Hana-Koyado?

Actually, Hotel Hana-Koyado wouldn’t be luxury but truly cozy.  If you are looking for boutique quaint ryokans in Arima Onsen, I would recommend it.  This is like a hideaway for adults.  Perhaps, if you are looking for a classic ryokan adventure, you should stay here.  On the other hand, if this is your first time staying at ryokans, I wouldn’t recommend it.  Facilities tend to be outdated.  The housekeeping was good, though.  The property would be wonderful for couples, small groups, or solo travelers, but not family with children or not romantic couples.  *A minimum age requirement of 18 applies.  Once we entered the building, we were being pulled into Old-Japan.  The property is unique, well-maintained, and charming.

Is the location easy to access?

It takes 10min on foot from Arimaonsen station, but it may not be easy to find the property if this is your first visit.  Check a map carefully in advance.  Alternatively, you can ask the staff to pick up at the station.  A free shuttle service is available.

Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend a suite room on 2F.  Others tend to be cramped.  The suite room with peaceful views is spacious, comfortable, and charming.  Then the traditional wooden building has no soundproofing system.  I sometimes heard people talking in the hallways, the sounds of slamming doors, and noisy footsteps from upstairs., etc.  If you are a light sleeper, you might want to find others.  Alternatively, you might want to book rooms on 2F.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

The property tends to be eco-friendly.  The amenities provided in each room were very limited, such as shampoo & conditioner, towels, toothbrush, yukatas, and a Japanese tea set.  Bedroom slippers were not provided.  Don’t forget to bring your own.  *As you may know, you need to take your shoes off and change in to slippers when entering houses, ryokans, and temples, etc., in Japan.  This is one of the Japanese customs.  Then minibars were not available in each room.  There are vending machines for drinks in-house.  Room service is not available, but there is a convenience store nearby.  Check Availability and Pricing for the ryokan on Booking.com or Agoda

How about In-house Facilities?

The free WiFi reception was good in our room.  Then It’s bitterly cold in the winter season in Arima Onsen and this is the wooden building.  If you need hot-water bottles called Yutanpo in Japanese in the bed at night, you can request in advance.  Then Hotel Hana-Koyado is an almost universal design.  There is no lift, though.  There is a room with moveable beds for wheelchair users on 1F.  If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to inform the staff in advance as they can arrange a room on 1F.  Then there are 2 small private family hot springs that all guests can use for free whenever they are not occupied.  Unluckily, there is no communal hot spring in-house, but you can use communal hot springs in the sister inn, Tocen Goshoboh instead.  It takes 3min on foot.  The sister inn has very unique cave hot springs.  The spring quality is simply wonderful.  Don’t forget to try them.  *Please note that the reception of Tocen Goshoboh is open until 20:00.  *If you have tattoos and want to use the communal baths, use the private family ones in Hotel Hana-Koyado instead.

How about meals?

Authentic kaiseki food for dinner and breakfast was amazing.  The portion tends to be small.  It may be challenging for the western palate.  All meals were served in a dining area.  There are counter seats in the dining area.  I would recommend the counter ones as you can watch how professional chefs create each dish.  That’s quite interesting.  *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.  Then you need to check-in by 18:00 if you have dinner in the dining area.  Alternatively, if you prefer French cuisine, I would recommend Restaurant Gosho Bessho in the sister inn, Arimasansoh Goshobessho.  You need to book a table in advance.   It takes just 10min on foot from the property.  Staff may be able to send you to the venue if you request in advance.  Alternatively, you can go out for meals as there are many local restaurants around there.

My impressions

All staff tends to be friendly but if you expect 5-star hotel service, this is not.  It would be rated at a 3-star.  Overall, Hotel Hana-Koyado has good value for money if compared to others in Arima Onsen.  I noticed that there were many return guests here.  If you want to relax in a tranquil atmosphere, you may want to avoid staying during Lunar New Year, late April to early May, weekends 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.   *You need to inform the staff of your expected arrival time in advance.  Check Availability and Pricing for the ryokan on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Hotel Hana-Koyado

Style Traditional Japanese Ryokan
Check-in and out times
15:00/12:00
Estimated Price 44,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact E-mail
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Internet Connection Free wifi in some rooms and the lobby only
Facility Information Wheelchairs are available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available
Location Hotel Hana-Koyado’s MAP
Access Free pick-up service from Arima Onsen Station
Call at 078-904-0281 when you arrived at the station.
Or just 10min walk.
Address and TEL 〒651-1401 1007, Arima-Cho Kita-Ku Kobe
Tel +81 78-904-0281
Official Homepage Hotel Hana-Koyado’s HP

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

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