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Reviewed October 4, 2016

Places like the Shiraramakan hold a special place in my heart. A place that is definitely a bit twisted, that appreciates the old and funky, even when the old and funky are rather grotty and worn-out.

Shirahamakan is a mid-size hotel overlooking - but not on - the beach. Rooms are Japanese style, and some have a private onsen outdoor bath, which is quite a delight. This is in addition to the separate men's and women's baths that are available to all hotel guests, and the funky foot bath area near the back of the hotel.

Service is excellent. The meal servers are a delight, and the two guys working the front desk are a hoot. Be warned, very few of the staff have any English, though they do try. Certainly their attempts at English were far superior to my attempts at Japanese.

I can also say the food is delicious, served in the dining room or your guest room in traditional Japanese manner. Almost too much food.

So, the down side.

The hotel is worn, rather badly. There are holes in the carpet, the paint is dinged up, and the whole place has a slight feel of better days long since gone. The layout and feel of the hotel is one that was rater small and nice once, was added on to rather haphazardly during some boom time, and is now being let go.

There is free wifi, but only in lobby, which is almost unforgivable in this day and age.

The other down side is that for this, the prices are rather higher than they should be.

And yet it appeals to the weird corner of my brain. I'm actually enjoying my stay, thought I wouldn't come here again.

  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank hfulghum
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Reviewed April 23, 2016 via mobile

Even if you come just for the food it's worth it! We had Kaiseki for both nights and had really good lobster sashimi, abalone sashimi and shabu shabu beef. Everything was amazing and we were so full after each meal.

The public bath had 4 onsens! The onsen water has a little ammonia smell due to the minerals in the water. The onsen water is smooth and silky.

Service was great and most staff has been there for ages. Little English spoken but they try.

Note that this is an old hotel so don't expect things to be sparkly, but what they offer is honest service and food

Stayed: April 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank Sahsahseng
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Reviewed September 15, 2010

Shirahamakan is one of the original inns on the beautiful Shirahama beach, built long before all the large hotels. As such, it is in a very central location, separated only by a road and a grove of pine trees from the beach. From the front facing rooms glimpses of the sea are visible; I imagine when those pine trees were smaller the view was excellent.
This is a traditional inn with tatami rooms and full breakfast and dinner served in the room. I stayed in a very large room with two relatives, and we had plenty of space to accommodate our two friends for meals.
The meals are the highlight of the stay, being elaborate multi-course affairs that would cost a fortune in Tokyo. Various dishes are brought turn-by-turn for dinner, and some cooked in a large pot placed in the middle of the table. While there is no choice, meals change every day, and are delicious.
Our room had a cypress tub on the balcony, filled with hot water from the town's hot springs. A strategically located bench made it extremely pleasant to soak one's legs in the tub in the evening. The room also had its own private bathroom, not a given in this type of accommodations.
Noise from the road was moderate, as traffic was extremely light at night, and moderate during the day.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with family
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Stayed: November 2018
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Reviewed August 18, 2018 via mobile
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Stayed: August 2018, travelled with family
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