I have passed my 50th post on Japan, but still has not written anything about my favourite business hotel chain. My #1 is Super Hotel, business hotel chain. Many branches have mini-onsens and are located near the train stations. Double bed rooms starts at JPY5,500! They have special rates for 30 days+ stays. (all love from me)
In my experience, each time it’s password lock for the door. The room size and the bathroom were the same. The bath towels were always bleached white. Besides the sexy Japanese toilet seats, another amazing thing was that they had 3-6 types of pillows to choose from (no. of choice varies from branch to branch). The pillow choices could get exotic. I think one of them was filled with beans?
No weird carpet smell ever. Plus buffet breakfast! AND bottomless vending machine drinks!!!! What else could a backpacker like me ask for?
Bonus? They give out FREE face masks to guests (girls only)!!!! And there are a bunch of other toiletries to choose from. Some branches have FREE bicycle rental. Oooo~~ and often when you check in/out, they offer local sweets :9
I had stayed in more than 10 different Super Hotel in Japan. All of them were consistent in cleanliness, breakfast quality and product offering (i.e. different pillows and the freebie toiletries). I am confident to recommend them.
I do not stay at Super Hotel when I travel solo. Most dormitories charges anything between JPY1,500-3,500 a night for a bed. Although Super Hotel is fab value for money (from JPY5,500), it is not worth it for me when I travel solo.
Photos are from various Super Hotels. Click individual photo to verify which branch the photo belongs to. Well, actually, all of them look the same anyways. Consistency is their second name. lol
Where do I normally book?
Most of the time I use Rakuten – http://travel.rakuten.com/ At Rakuten they have a point system where the points can be used as money 😀
Otherwise, the official super hotel site – http://www.superhoteljapan.com/en/
For Japanese accommodation, I virtually never use any non-Japanese website.
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Camera: Samsung galaxy S3, Samung galaxy S5, Sony Z3+, Canon 5D mark 3
NB: Pillow shelf photo was not taken by me. Mine was too dim. The pillow photo is from super hotel’s official website.