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Review of Dormy Inn Hakata Gion

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Dormy Inn Hakata Gion
Ranked #6 of 184 Hotels / Ryokan in Fukuoka
Certificate of Excellence
london
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42 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Reasonable budget hotel”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2012

I picked this hotel on the basis of the tripadvisor reviews. Since I booked, it's risen even further up the rankings. I am quite surprised by the other rankings, although I haven't stayed in many hotels in Japan so maybe I am comparing it to the wrong things. Anyway, the good:
- conveniently located, near an underground station on the airport line, also close to the station
- there is a 24-hour convenience store right off the lobby, useful for stocking up on water etc
- very nice spa, large shared bath and small 'outside' room (NB this is not actually open to the sky - would be difficult in the middle of a city - but does mean that you can get the cold outside air through the bamboo-fence style walls)

However, the room was tiny - the bed was quite small for a double and there was hardly any room around it. The layout is quite clever to fit in a sink, shower, toilet etc., but it wasn't a room you would want to spend any time in apart from getting up and going to bed. It was also pretty impersonal.

As I say though, this might be standard for budget business hotels in Japan or Nagasaki - I just don't know.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank londonista
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Izumo, Japan
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222 reviews
78 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2012

I stayed 4 over nights at "dormy inn Hakata Gion". More than 4 over nights stay, cost of bed and breakfast is 6,400 JPY per day. I stayed at 3rd floor, view is bad, room size was compact, bed was large, comfortable and clean. I recommend take a public spa rather than shower booth in room. The spa is so clean and wde, that we can relax very much. We can enjoy yummy japanese and western buffet style breakfast, especially I loved chicken and vegetable soup (Tori no mizutaki), red coloured spacy and salty fish egg (Mentaiko) and rice.

Room Tip: I recommend to have early reservation as soon as possible.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank nobuhirokodani
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Bangkok
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12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2012

I have to agree with reviewers who said it's great for families. This was the first stop on a multi-destination trip and it was a wonderful start to our holiday! I LOOOVED the onsen downstairs. I've been wanting to visit an onsen for a while, but with a toddler and infant, it's just not possible right now. So when I read the reviews that there are nice baths just downstairs IN THE HOTEL I whipped my credit card out and booked it. Okay, maybe it's not the whole experience, but I take my moments when I can and I'm happy to say I was not disappointed. I went around 5:30 and there was just one other woman there for a few minutes then I had the place to myself. There's a security code to enter the women's bath.

Everything about staying here was easy. Short taxi ride away from the train station. It's along the Green Bus line, it's minutes away from loads of restaurants (and there's Family Mart downstairs), and again, a chance to have some relaxation in the baths. I didn't have breakfast, but my husband and toddler did and it looked like a good variety of food for a reasonable price.

The room was clean and the double beds were roomy enough for us to sleep with a kid in each bed. I'd definitely stay here again if we visit Fukuoka.

Room Tip: We went with the larger (22sqm?) size to get a little bit more space.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank bkkbee
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Sidney
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40 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2012

Pros:
1. Room was small but perfect.
2. Front desk staff were helpful with inquiries.
3. Write across the street from Ramen noodle places, Yatai, shopping street, and mall.
4. Near the main center of activity.
5. Free washer (but the drier requires money - 100YEN only for 30 minutes).
6. Very good morning breakfast including sampling of local foods.
7. Clean.

Cons:

1. The free internet service is lacking. Very, very slow making it unuseable.
2. They don't feature a discount system is you are traveling through Kyushu and staying at various Dormy Inns in a series of different cities there.
3. No English toursit guides or map.
4. There is a Japanese newspaper but none in English or Chinese. No English tv stations or shows.

We traveled during Chinese New Year. It was cold but not cold enough to warrant heavy coats. Several layers of clothing are enough to peal on or off as needed.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank hossSidney
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Singapore, Singapore
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39 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2012

The hotel is near to the Gion station along the KuKo Line. It is also not too far away from Nakasu and Tenjin.

The hotel has a convenient store at the ground floor. There is also a onsen bath in the hotel with free ramen served at certain hours.

Overall, it really is a clean and value hotel that is conveniently located.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank LimKahChuan
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Los Angeles, California
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30 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2012

Stayed 3 nights and first time in Fukuoka so did'nt know where or what I was in for. One stop from JR Hakata station, the hotel is around the corner from the subway exit. Modern and tasteful interior, small rooms typical of business hotels however bathroom was typical western. Room comes with typical amenities including toiletries, fridge, hot pot, pajamas (to use when going to bath). TV only had Japanese language. A good 15 minute walk to Tenshin area or Canal City. Lots of great restaurants along the way, and a supermarket nearby. Next to the lobby is a Family Mart with all the typical convenience store products. The onsen (bath) was great, not too big, a sauna, and two hot baths (one was saltwater) the sauna has hours otherwise the bath is open 24 hours, typical Japanese style so westerners beware. Daily free ramen at 9:30 pm at restaurant on second floor. Free internet access in lobby.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Jim T
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Hong Kong, China
Level Contributor
33 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2011

Stayed in this hotel for 3 nights, one when we arrived first night in a family room accommodating 2 adults and 2 children and our last two nights where we stayed in 2 separate double-bed rooms next to each other. I fully understand why the hotel stays so high rated in Tripadvisor all the times. Being modern and with the hot spring spa available which is very rare in city area, it is very hard to find deficiency for this hotel. It is nice to relax in the hot spa after shopping each night. The staff is nice and helpful although they speak very little English but always eager to help. The spa opens from 3pm to 10 am the next day and just next to the spa every night, the hotel offers free bowl of ramen from 9.30 p.m. The hotel situated just one station from the JR Hakata station and two stations from Tenjin Station, very convenient and accessible. From airport we paid around JPY1,500 by taxi each way. The free internet by LAN in each room is excellent. Breakfast is delicious with Japanese food and some western food. As for the difference of two rooms, the kids prefer the family room because they like to sleep on the Futon bedding on the floor but with 2 separate rooms, you have two bathrooms to use. I strongly recommend this hotel to anyone - cosy, accessible, friendly, modern and make you feel like at home.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank goforholiday
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Property: Dormy Inn Hakata Gion
Address: 1-12 Reisenmachi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka 812-0039, Fukuoka Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kyushu-Okinawa > Fukuoka Prefecture > Fukuoka > Hakata Station , Nakasu Kawabata Station , Gion Station
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Fukuoka
#8 Family Hotel in Fukuoka
#9 Business Hotel in Fukuoka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Dormy Inn Hakata Gion 3*
Number of rooms: 186
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