ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa, Kanazawa, Japan


After the relatively long, and slow, train trip from Shin-Osaka to Kanazawa, I popped out of Kanazawa station and spied the ANA Crowne Plaza about 200 metres away.

A quick efficient check-in followed and I was off to my room.

The room was very small, just big enough for the double bed and a small desk. Certainly the smallest hotel room I’ve ever been in. It was then that I noticed a small piece of paper that I was given at check-in apologizing that the hotel was full and I wouldn’t be able to have my usual room upgrade, but to make up for that disappointment I was advised that I could eat and drink the contents of the minibar throughout my stay, and it was refilled everyday! I was happy with the outcome.

The hotel and Kanazawa station are a short walk, 15 or 20 minuutes, from the main drag, but there are a multitude of bus routes terminating just outside the station to get you anywhere you wanted to go.

You can purchase a daily ticket that works on the tourist buses as well as the local buses. And if you have a JR Pass you can jump on the JR Buses. So you’ll have no problems getting anywhere you want to go.

There is a small bar on the top floor with some good views of the Kanazawa skyline, but there is a small cover charge, but if you are drinking between 5pm and 7pm you get a 30 discount, and you also get a discount on food.

The bed and pillows were comfortable, and the bathroom was cramped but functional.

A good location, heaps of transportation options, but if you want some breathing space while you are in your room then you need to spring for a more expensive room, or another hotel.

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