Good: Friendly staff
Drawback: No elevator from street level to lobby (2nd level)
Room stayed: Single (western style)
Hotel located a bit far from JR station, but still within walking distance. The building is not obvious, but still easy to find based on the map.
Lobby is located on the 2nd floor. No elevator access from the streel level to lobby. So I had to carry the luggage and climb up the stairs. Quite inconvenient. Didn't really smelly anything at the lobby during my stay as what described by traveller silvermoss28. Maybe they had improved on it
Only one front desk staff is working for each shift. They don' speak English but can understand some simple English. They are very friendly. They help me to fill up my water bottle instead of asking me to drink tap water.
I was asked to make payment during check-in (this is not the only hotel that requests payment during check-in though). The staff did ask if I want to get the receipt after payment or during check-out. I chose to get it right after payment. The staff started to tell me something in Japanese. Spent some time to guess what she intended to tell me because I don't understand Japanese. Finally understood that I need to sign and write the amount paid on the receipit copy for hotel if I want to get my receipt 1st.
The room is okay except that the wooden wardrobe is quite lousy. No safe provided in the room, and you are requested to drop your key at the front desk when you are out of the hotel. So I suggest you to bring all valuable stuff with you although I think it is quite safe.
Didn't smell anything in the room as well, maybe because my room is at higher floor (7th). I was informed that Wi-Fi is available at the lobby only. However free Wi-Fi spot can be detected in my room.
As summary, this hotel is still acceptable if you just need a place to sleep and if the room rate is low (I didn't book the room through their website. The amount I paid were 2750yen for normal rate and 3200 yen for weekend rate, without meal). Definitely I will not recommend if the room rate you get is what they stated on their website because you can get better hotel with the same pricing.