Hotel review: Chisun Inn Niigata Chuo Interchange
The Chisun Inn Niigata Chuo IC is part of the Chisun Hotels chain who offer simple, comfortable, well priced hotel accommodation across Japan. Tom and I stayed at this particular branch in February 2017 for one night as part of our winter road trip around northern Honshu. The hotel is on the outskirts of Niigata right next to the express way and easy to locate, and as we had the car one of it's selling points was free on-site parking.
We booked a standard double non-smoking room through Expedia and paid approximately £60/8800 yen for our Saturday night stay. The hotel certainly falls into the 'budget' hotel catagory and we likened it to the UK chain Premier Inn due to it's cheap and cheerful style and feel.
Location-wise it is a bit out of town and whilst this suited us as we had the car it might not be ideal for travellers relying on public transport as it's approximately 15 minutes in a taxi to Niigata main station.
Our check-in was completed in Japanese, which was fine for us, although we can't comment on whether the staff can speak english. There is English signage throughout the hotel though so international travellers should find it easy to make themselves at home.
Our room was a decent size, spotlessly clean, and the bed was comfortable (firm as with all Japanese beds) but being the westerner that I am I could have possibly done with an extra pillow. It was basic but well maintained and housed a desk, bathroom, tv, kettle, fridge and decent wifi.
On each floor of the hotel as well as in reception they also have an amenities area where you can pick up pjs, toothpaste, towels, shampoo etc. should you require more than is available in your room. At reception they even had tokens labelled with various items that you could exchange for the items themselves, avoiding any language barriers, e.g. phone chargers, plug adapters etc. There was also a self service restaurant on the ground floor housing lots of interesting looking food and drink vending machines as well as microwaves, kettles and rice cookers.