The area around the Shinkansen station of Shin-Yamaguchi in Yamaguchi Prefecture is well served with budget hotels, with several of the national chains having hotels there, but I chose to go with Hotel Active, who operate another couple of hotels in Hiroshima and Hakata.
The price was one reason. I paid 4,500 yen for a single room, a little bit cheaper than the rest. The room was on the small side, but no smaller than many I have stayed in, and perfectly adequate for a one night stay.
The room was equipped with all the standard amenities, en-suite bathroom, TV, fridge, kettle, high speed internet, etc. The one feature of the room that was way above standard was the chair. I spend a lot of my time in hotel rooms on the internet, and this chair was high-backed and very comfortable.
The amenities of the Hotel Active are also fairly standard, laundry room, internet computers in the lobby, etc, but one unusual feature that was particularly appealing to me was free drinks! Each floor has a drinks machine dispensing free coffee, tea, and hot chocolate, 24 hours a day, but the real gem of the hotel's services has to be the free breakfast.
Many budget hotels offer free breakfasts, sometimes very simple, and sometimes buffet style with a variety of foods, but this one was huge. 2 big tables filled with Japanese style and "western" style foods and drinks, all you can eat, and all quite tasty.
Hotel Active is located just 50 meters from the south entrance of the Shin-Yamaguchi Shinkansen Station.
Tel: 083 976 0001
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