Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel

Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel

Completely refurbished and reopened in 2015, the Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel has a lot going for it, but as a base for sightseeing in Kanazawa, its unbeatable location is what sets it apart. Kenrokuen Gardens, the city’s premier attraction, is under 10 minutes away on foot, it’s just 5 minutes to the Samurai Quarter and there are plenty of shops, high end boutiques and restaurants in the immediate area.

The Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel’s standard rooms are – in common with many similar hotels in Japan – fairly small at 22sqm, but the Deluxe rooms (32.4sqm) and above are all spacious and well appointed. The Luxury Floors (13-16) offer views across the city to Mt Hakusan and the Japan Alps in the distance, while from some of the lower floors, rooms look out over the tiled rooftops of the Samurai Quarter. All the rooms have free high speed internet, clean and modern furnishings and the usual facilities. In keeping with Kanazawa’s status as the home of gold leaf in Japan, there are many touches around the hotel using gold leaf, not least in their unexpectedly sumptuous elevators!

Although there’s a wealth of dining options within steps of the hotel, if you want to eat in, there’s a choice of Western Casual or Japanese. The Western restaurant (on the 2nd floor, near Reception) is also where breakfast is served and this is buffet style and offers both Western and Japanese dishes. The Japanese restaurant is on the 3rd floor and has a tempura counter as well as normal seating.

Kanazawa Tokyu has a pretty much unbeatable location for sightseeing, close to many of Kanazawa's main attractions. It's an excellent 4* choice in Kanazawa and I also really liked the extensive breakfast buffet each morning. I'd definitely recommend this hotel for visitors to this lovely city.

Reviewed by Robin