The Dormy Inn chain of upscale business hotels offer reliably good service across Japan, and Dormy Inn Kanazawa is no exception to this rule. Guest rooms are reasonably priced, facilities are excellent, the staff are impeccably polite and professional, and as an added bonus the hotel has a natural hot spring spa.
Dormy Inn Kanazawa is conveniently located close to Kanazawa Station and also to the main bus terminal. From there you can hop on a sightseeing bus and be at any of Kanazawa’s major tourist locations in just 20 minutes. The area around the hotel is also very convenient for shopping and dining.
The Dormy Inn has single rooms, double rooms, twin rooms, queen rooms, deluxe queen rooms, and Japanese style rooms.
Japanese style rooms have tatami matted floors and futons instead of beds, but there is also a Japanese/Western style room which has both a tatami floor and beds! Rooms are compact, but clean and comfortable and have everything you might need for a short term stay. All rooms have air conditioning, a humidifier and air purifier, a TV with satellite channels, a refrigerator, free Wi-Fi, a hair dryer, nightwear and slippers, a tea kettle with a tea set, and a full set of complimentary toiletries.
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Dormy Inn Kanazawa
Breakfast is available from 6:30 – 10:00 (last orders are at 9:30). This is a buffet style breakfast with a great variety of both Western style and Japanese dishes. As a special service, between 21:00 and 23:00 in the evening, if you are feeling peckish, you can get a free bowl of ramen noodles here too. Breakfast costs 1200 yen for adults and 700 yen for children of elementary school age (6-12). If your children are under 6 years of age they can eat for free.
Spa & Sauna
The big advantage of staying at the Dormy Inn is it has a natural hot spring spa. This rooftop spa has both indoor and outdoor pools separated by gender. The best way to relax and unwind after a busy day exploring Kanazawa’s many tourist sites is in a large bath full of natural mineral waters. The water is pumped from a source deep underground and is said to be good for easing aches and pains in your joints and muscles. If you wish, you can also bathe outdoors in the rotemburo style rooftop baths which offer great views over the city. Inside there is also a sauna with a TV, so you have something to watch while you sweat away tensions, and toxins and let yourself unwind.
The spa and sauna are completely free to use for hotel guests and can be found on the 14th floor. The spa is open from 15:00 pm till 10:00 am the following day. The sauna is closed between 1:00 am and 5:00 am. There is also a massage room on the same floor which is open from 17:00 – 25:00 (last entry at 24.30). A 30 minute full body massage costs 3,000 yen and a 20 minute foot massage costs 2,000 yen.
Other Services & Facilities
You can find a laundry corner on the 14th floor with free automatic washing machines and coin operated dryers. The dryers cost 100 yen for 20 minutes use. There are drinks vending machines on the 4th, 9th and 14th floors. On the 1st floor there is a computer corner that is free to use and very handy if you need to look up some tourist information or travel schedules. This hotel has a 24 hour front desk if you need any help from staff or wish to make enquiries about the area. The hotel also has its own parking area for those traveling by car.
Dormy Inn Kanazawa is a 4 minute walk from the east exit of Kanazawa Station.
Article and original photos by Michael Lambe. All rights reserved.