- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
I stayed here recently with a friend - we booked at the last minute and were pleasantly surprised there were rooms available.
We each had a queen bed, there was a balcony and a table and chairs, a nice large clean bathroom -- and breakfast and wifi were also included. For some reason we couldn't get the wifi to work but as we were only staying for one night here before going to the northern coast of Okinawa we didn't mind.
The free breakfast included toast and spreads, cereal, bacon, eggs, sausages etc - I think there was also Miso soup and other Japanese offerings too.
Overall it was a great stay. Just what we needed and the price was reasonable!
First of all, the name of the hotel is a little misleading. Calling something "The Beach" when in fact there is no beach seems a little like false advertising. Granted, there used to be a beach there - the 96th Infantry Division landed there on 1 April 1945 - but now it's all concrete. Still, if you had an image of a strip of sand where people can sunbathe or play volleyball, you would be disappointed. That having been said, it is near (though not ON) the water. It seems like it would be a very good location if you were planning to go scuba diving. In fact, they have their own dive shop, and run trips to the Kerama Islands. This was only one of a number of dive shops (and hotels) along the strip of land that used to be beaches. We didn't dive on this trip, so can't evaluate the dive shop, but will probably come back in the summer when the water is warmer (22° in winter, 29° in summer - big difference). The other thing not really mentioned on the website is the general noise level of the neighborhood. It's loud. This has nothing to do with the residents or other guests, but from the fact that the hotel is located at the end of the runway on Kadena Air Base. This means that from morning until evening there is a constant stream of F-15s taking off, landing, and circling. This is very cool if you like high-performance fighter aircraft - less so if you're trying to have a quiet conversation. The hotel itself was fine. The rooms were nice and very clean. The beds were comfortable. There was sufficient lighting, and the temperature was nice. There was a refrigerator in the room, as well as a hotplate so you could cook things if you wanted to. It was not incredibly convenient to the island's tourist attractions (aside from diving), but was only a 15-minute walk from a bus stop (several buses, including bus 120, which gets you to/from the airport for 820 yen) that could get you around the island without too much trouble, assuming you have a lot of time. It was only a short ride to restaurants and movie theaters. Breakfast was included in the rate. This was served at a restaurant on the 5th floor, and included scrambed eggs (cooked in oil, not butter, so not very good), something attempting to masquerade as bacon, and two small hot dogs pretending to be sausage. They also had corn flakes, miso soup, yogurt, and coffee (surprisingly, no fruit or juice). The point here is, don't be sucked in to paying the extra 2,000 yen for breakfast - it's better to just go to Family Mart or one of the many other nearby convenience stores and have a pastry and a coffee there. Lesson learned. This having been said, I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again, especially if I were scuba diving. The room was very pleasant and we really had no difficulties while there.
First of all, be clear that this is a budget hotel ("budget" by Japanese standards, of course). You will not get all the bells and whistles of an upmarket chain. Furthermore, the trip from lobby to room gives the impression of a motel rather than hotel - if it's raining you'll likely get wet on your way to breakfast in the morning.
That said, this is a good place to stay. The room was large, spotlessly clean and well-appointed. Heating and A/C were quite efficient and the shower was fantastic. The beds were fantastically comfortable as well. There is TV and safe, hairdryer and internet cable (no WiFi in rooms, though).
Breakfast is Japanese style, not really to my tastes but fairly good nonetheless. The food at dinner was not bad but a little pricey for what you got, though the cheap Asahi during happy hour made up for it.
As another reviewer has said this is very close to the Kadena Air Base and you can watch the military aircraft coming in to land. It can occasionally be noisy during the day but the flights stop between dusk and dawn and I experienced no problems with noise.
This hotel in Okinawa is a fantasically well-run property. The price per comfort-unit is well worth it. The design of the spacious room interiors is very well done with the best of appointments; all have an indigenous attention to the details of design, cleaning, and maintenance. The staff is very helpful and somewhat capable in English. There are several small eating establishments and a great little coffee house within walking distance. The main gate to Kadena AFB is nearby also. From the room's balcony, you can watch the approach of all the different breeds of USAF war eagles as they approch the Kadena runway for landing (not loud at all). At night after the flight line is shut down you can enjoy the tropical air and watch the giant Vietnamese fruit bats hunting night bugs. As for the food at the hotel, on top of the hotel is a restaraunt. They serve a fantastic Okinawan breakfast with open air seating that lets simultaneously dine and breath in the mists of the East China Sea.
This hotel is pretty descent. We stayed in a standard size room. No wireless internet, but they do have a LAN line to connect to. Bathroom is fine and a convenient balcony to dry dive gear. They have a coin laundry in the hallway and the staff is very accommodating. They also gave us a voucher for a free 30 min. massage that they provide in the hotel and a dinner voucher. Breakfast is included in the price and it is served from 7-9am. No lunch is available in the hotel but it's okay because there are plenty of restaurants around. This hotel is a 40 min. walk from the American Village and provides for a pleasant walk in the evenings along the boardwalk. The rooms have a safe, refrigerator, tv, great AC, and an extra roll out bed for extra guests. All in all, a very pleasant stay.