Dormy Inn Premium Hakata Canal City, Fukuoka (ドーミーインPREMIUM博多・キャナルシティ)
We booked this hotel simply because my friends love Japanese onsen. Dormy Inn is a Japanese hotel group famous for having a hot spring in all their hotels. This hotel is a bit further from the Hakata JR station than Tokyu Rei Hotel but it is located right next to the Hakata Canal City (a big shopping mall).
The room rate was very reasonable. It was a little less than US$100 per night for a room when I stayed there in May 2015. It was the period after the Japanese Golden week and the room rate and demand had dropped to a reasonable level.
The room is fully equipped with the usual amenities.
The highlight of the hotel is the complimentary use of the in-house hot spring on 2/F. It is open from 15:00 till the next morning at 10:00. The password for entering the hot spring was given upon check-in.
There is an outdoor hot spring and a indoor hot spring in the hotel. I went there late at night and there was no one there.
There is an emergency seat inside the elevator in case you get stuck inside. We found this idea quite interesting and shows that Japanese service is very considerate, either that or the elevator breaks down quite often.
There is also a complimentary ramen for in-house guests from 21:30-23:00. I didn’t get the chance to try it as we didn’t make it back before 23:00. It is quite an interesting gimmick for hotel guests.
I think it is quite an interesting experience to stay in Dormy Inn hotel but the location of Dormy Inn Premium Hakata Canal City is not the most convenient choice unless you need to do some serious shopping in Canal City.
Address: 9-1 Gion-machi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka Prefecture
Address in Japanese: 福岡県福岡市博多区祇園町9-1
Features: next to Canal City shopping mall, free wifi, complimentary use of in-house hot spring, complimentary ramen, relatively spacious room, good value for money
Ranking: #10 of 180 hotels in Fukuoka from tripadvisor.com
Website: http://www.hotespa.net/hotels/hakatacanal/ (Official Japanese website)
English booking website: http://www.japanican.com/en/hotel/detail/8115AB0
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