The city of Hiroshima is known across the world as one of the sites where the atomic bomb was dropped at the end of World War II. Despite its tragic past, Hiroshima is now a blossoming metropolis, with a stunning castle and an affinity with baseball. It’s bordered by the Pacific in the south and mountain peaks to the north, so you can both explore the coastline and hike up peaks. The hotels of Hiroshima are some of the most unique in Japan, and these are the very best of them.
This central Hiroshima hostel is the epitome of contemporary cosiness. Its minimalist aesthetic is paired with an on-site café and library, perfect for bookworms and caffeine addicts alike. Their extensive book and magazine collection, spanning numerous languages and genres, can be read in the cosy nooks around the hostel or in their artisan café. If you are passionate about coffee, you will feel right at home, as the beans are sourced from local roasters. Dorms and private rooms are available, and toiletries are provided free of charge.
A boutique hotel that truly caters to every kind of traveller, the Share Hotels offer shared dorms and luxury doubles, as well as rooms of Japanese design with the same crisp, modern decor. The hotel also includes a shared kitchen and a lounge space for those who want to make their own meals or work alongside others. For a touch of luxury, visit the poolside bar, where the best baristas in Hiroshima will serve you freshly brewed coffee or juice.
Perfect for women travelling on a budget, this female-only hostel provides a comfortable space to sleep and socialise in central Hiroshima. Just a few minutes’ walk from the train station, Guest House Coco also offers a bag-drop service, so you can arrive early and get on with your day of sightseeing. Look out for their adorable swallow sign, which represents good luck and travel, to know you have arrived. The wooden cabin beds in the dorms come with a curtain for privacy, an overhead reading light and shared facilities including a mini kitchen, bathrooms and coin laundry facilities.
Like a home away from home, this well-located hostel is a great budget option for guests who want cosy spaces to mingle with others. The dorms aren’t crowded and provide curtains for privacy – they also offer private double rooms for those who want more space to themselves. The shared lounge is adorable with a raised platform featuring two kotatsu (Japanese under-table heaters) so you can gather together and have a drink, watch TV or read some of the comics they’ve provided. There’s also a stylish café-bar that serves homemade desserts and snacks as well as a full breakfast.
For anyone new to the capsule hotel experience, Sejour Inn Capsule is the ideal starting point. The roomy luxury capsules, which feature a widescreen TV in every pod, will win over anyone still on the fence. Capsule converts will be pleasantly surprised by the range of options available, including a standing capsule with room to move around easily and private capsule rooms, where two people can have the pod experience with extra privacy and more room for personal belongings. This is one of the few capsule hotels, or even hostels, that include an all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast in the price, making it a perfect option if you want luxury on a budget.
A full ryokan experience in the centre of Hiroshima, this is ideal for art lovers or people passionate about Japanese culture, as they offer heritage classes on site including calligraphy and tea ceremonies. You can also try on a kimono, giving you the space to take pictures in a relaxed setting. The rooms are in a traditional Japanese style with tatami flooring and snug futons, making this a wholesome, relaxing stay after a day in the city.
For panoramic views over the city of Hiroshima and the Seto Inland Sea, book the RIHGA Royal Hotel. This luxury hotel is a treat for anyone wanting to enjoy Hiroshima in absolute comfort. For foodies, this is one of the obvious choices with six all-day dining options available within the hotel, each with unique views over some of the city’s historic sights. All tastes are catered for, from the French à la carte cuisine and sushi bar, to the traditional Japanese kaiseki experience and a teppanyaki restaurant where your meals are cooked in front of you. Make sure to take some time to relax in the spa or go for a swim in one of the indoor pools.
For a luxury stay with a fine-dining experience, Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel offers guests two restaurants and a bar, each with distinct dining and drinking options. Bridges is a restaurant that prides itself on its use of local, seasonal ingredients, while Miyabi-Tei offers authentic Japanese cuisine in a traditional ryokan-inspired setting. The hotel also offers an impressive selection of spa therapy and fitness options, including a heated indoor pool for guests to enjoy.
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