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“Close to the main JR station - and (unexpectedly) right next to a historic site”

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Toyoko Inn Utsunomiya Ekimae
Reviewed 16 October 2017

Within an easy walk of JR Utsunomiya station. Note that there's another Toyoko property elsewhere in the city centre ("Toyoko Inn Tobu Utsunomiya-eki Nishi-guchi") - that one's close to Tōbu-Utsunomiya Station (run by a different railway company) and is NOT the property being reviewed here. The subject of this review is convenient specifically for the JR network, especially the Tōhoku Shinkansen line.

Typical Toyoko Inn rooms: small, clean, well-maintained. One of just a couple of Toyoko Inns I've seen so far with a separate breakfast area - unlike in most other branches (where an area contiguous with the lobby serves that purpose every morning) this one is in a separate room, with doors that are kept closed until the start of service, which means one can't stake out a table or start early with coffee. Queue early at peak breakfast time to ensure that you'll get a seat.

Interestingly, the hotel's next-door neighbour is an architectural and historic gem: the former Shinohara family residence, once owned by a merchant family whose factory (which was part of the broader compound) was right about where the Toyoko Inn itself now stands. Makes for an easy start (or end) to a day of sightseeing in the city, as it's just a few steps away.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled solo
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Thank Diego C
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Reviewed 8 April 2017

This is definitely more of a budget hotel. The rooms are clean and the service was just fine. The beds, however, are very hard and the pillow must have been filled with straw or something crunchy. It was not very comfortable to say the least. Don't expect much English from the staff. It is very convenient in terms of proximity to the train station. I would say it's certainly doable for a single traveling through town, but not for family and not a great place for couples.

Stayed: April 2017, travelled on business
Thank Brad J
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Reviewed 9 November 2016

Stayed one night and had no complaints. A standard Toyoko Inn so the
accommodations are satisfactory and the hotel is quite a few restaurants.
The hotel is a 5 minute walk from the exit from the Jr station.

  • Stayed: November 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

We recently stayed at this hotel for 3 nights and could not have been happier.
We arrived around mid day and left our bags at the hotel, having been able to check in on arrival, but as normal not having access to our room until 1500.
To access the hotel, exit the railway station, turn right and follow the road around LaLa Square building which blocks the view of the hotel from the station. It is about a three minute walk.
As it happened a couple of English speaking German trainees were working at the hotel and were most obliging. The Japanese staff were wonderful and were able to communicate in English.
The room was typical Toyoko Inn, small exceptionally well maintained and functional. For our purposes they are perfect and the tariff reasonable.
The breakfast (included in all Toyoko Inns ) was probably the best we have encountered. Variety of foods which varied every day....congratulations!
All in all we rate this hotel highly.

Stayed: October 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 June 2016

I use this hotel a lot on business. It is clean, close to the station and the internet is free and very fast. there is also a free breakfast included in the room charge!!! On the downside, 2AM drunken guests can be a PITA.

  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled on business
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Thank AlexInJapan
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Additional Information about Toyoko Inn Utsunomiya Ekimae

Address: 1-4-29 Imaizumi, Utsunomiya 321-0966, Tochigi Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kanto > Tochigi Prefecture > Utsunomiya > Utsunomiya Station
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Ranked #11 of 51 Hotels / Ryokan in Utsunomiya
Price Range: €49 - €66 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Toyoko Inn Utsunomiya Ekimae 3*
Number of rooms: 354
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