Best Western Rembrandt Hotel Kagoshima (Japan)

Best Western Rembrandt Hotel Kagoshima was one of the hotel that SA Tours arranged for us during our packaged tour. Situated in the business district, Best Western Rembrandt Hotel Kagoshima is within (2 - 5 km) the vicinity of local attractions such as Kagoshima City Library, Kagoshima Citizens' Culture Hall, Kagoshima Botanical Garden and Museum of the Meiji Restoration. The hotel also has 2 onsens which are mixed, in order to bath the attire would be your normal swimming suit.

The room that we got was somewhat dated (in decor),  it was clean and comfortable, and seemed to have undergone some sort of update in recent years (probably within the last 10-15 years?).

Best Western Rembrandt Hotel Kagoshima (Japan)
View of the room and its color scheme
Best Western Rembrandt Hotel Kagoshima (Japan)
The view of the room in its (slightly outdated) warm modern hues
Best Western Rembrandt Hotel Kagoshima (Japan)
The fridge, luggage stand and cups...
Best Western Rembrandt Hotel Kagoshima (Japan)
The beds were comfortable and firm enough.
Best Western Rembrandt Hotel Kagoshima (Japan)
Laundry bag, LAN cable for internet for your laptop and DVDs for rent (at an additional cost)

The bathroom, however, could have gone through an update: the cheap beige plastic fittings did not match the warm, modern decor of the room.

Best Western Rembrandt Hotel Kagoshima (Japan)
The lighting was dim and the color scheme not really very inviting
Best Western Rembrandt Hotel Kagoshima (Japan)
The amenities and odd shade of plastic beige
Best Western Rembrandt Hotel Kagoshima (Japan)
The soap, shampoo and hair conditioner

The lighting also could have been brighter, it was more dim than I would have liked so putting on makeup was a bit of a challenge, let along trying to read a book at night.

The amenities were sufficient and well thought out:
  • In-room slippers were of good quality and quite comfortable too.
  • Towels and hangers were ample.
  • Bathroom amenities included toothbrushes, razors, cotton buds etc...

Best Western Rembrandt Hotel Kagoshima (Japan)
Our room key and breakfast coupons

Despite the unsatisfactory lighting and mismatched (cheap looking) bathroom, the room was comfortable and amenities were replenished promptly. The beds were comfortable and the view was simply stunning. We had a balcony with a view of the sea (port) / ocean and Sakurajima Volcano!

Best Western Rembrandt Hotel Kagoshima (Japan)
You can sit by the window or on the balcony to watch the ferries and other boats and the (active) volcano
Best Western Rembrandt Hotel Kagoshima (Japan)
The balcony
Best Western Rembrandt Hotel Kagoshima (Japan)
The view in the evening
Best Western Rembrandt Hotel Kagoshima (Japan)
And the view in the morning

Conclusion: Considering the rating for this hotel (which is supposed to be 4 stars), it is luxury alright, but dated. It would have been better if it were updated to keep up with the times to enhance the experience. It was good for the 1 night we stayed, but if given the option I would definitely stay somewhere else. Still if you are willing to forgo the decor and ambiance, if the price is right than this might be what you are looking for because of its onsens and stunning ocean / volcano views.

Do note that Best Western Rembrandt Hotel Kagoshima is around 15 minutes away from the Kagoshima-Chuo railway station via taxi (costs around 2,000) and not walking distance to the center of town (you'd have to take a taxi).


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