Dubbed today as the world’s ‘peace capital’, Hiroshima is much more than a city defined by the atomic bombings of 1945. What was once an uninhabitable stretch of radioactive land has now become a vibrant tourist destination with offerings for all tribes of travellers. Contrary to what may be expected, the Japanese city has a wide-ranging hospitality scene and offers Zen-like boutiques to trendy, sleek, and shiny highrises. Here are my favorite cool and unique hotels in Hiroshima, Japan…
Our Top 3 Best Cool and Unusual Hotels
The Knot Hiroshima
Enjoying a prime location in the heart of Hiroshima, The Knot Hiroshima is all about comfort, luxury, and style. With traces of Hiroshima’s rich past in its interior, I found the hotel quite enlightening. The laid-back hotel is set along Peace Boulevard less than a mile from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.
There’s so much to enjoy onsite, from a rooftop bar with an impressive selection of cocktails to a polished restaurant with a homey ambiance. In contrast to the vibrant communal spaces, the guest room floors have a peaceful atmosphere.
The moment I stepped into my room, typography art fashioned in multiple languages caught my attention. Posh rooms feature indirect lighting that evokes a sense of tranquillity.
Instagrammable spaces for a youthful appeal
Rich history reflected in interiors
Rooftop bar and cozy restaurant options
Some rooms might feel compact
Potential noise due to the central location
Candeo Hotels Hiroshima Hatchobori
Situated on a lively street filled with shops and restaurants, Candeo Hotels Hiroshima Hatchobori caters to unfussy travelers. If you desire a casual lodging experience without larger-than-life amenities, you won’t find a place better than this.
No-frills rooms offer all basic amenities, including mini-fridges, kettles, and flat-screen TVs. Select rooms come with work desks, sofas, soaking tubs, and floor-to-ceiling windows.
The relaxed hotel puts you within walking distance of both the Atomic Bomb Dome and the Hiroshima Castle.
Within walking distance of the Atomic Bomb Dome
Casual unfussy atmosphere
Spa and wellness facilities
Limited room luxuries
Street noise possible
Fitness facilities may be limited
Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima
Set in a high-rise building looking over Hiroshima Bay and Seto Inland Sea National Park, Grand Prince Hotel combines coastal charm with modern luxury to offer an incredible holiday experience.
Genteel rooms at this 4-star hotel include flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, coffee makers, and complimentary Wi-Fi. The white interior seamlessly blends with the azure sky visible from the broad windows inside the rooms.
The hotel’s diverse culinary offerings include four international and seafood restaurants, a snug cafe, a bar offering picturesque bay views, and an informal restaurant.
Insta-worthy Seto Inland Sea panoramas
Diverse international and seafood dining
Spacious rooms with upscale amenities
Coastal charm with high-rise luxury
Limited parking availability
Not in central Hiroshima
Some areas might get crowded
Nest Hotel Hiroshima Ekimae
Located within a mile of the Hiroshima train station, Nest Hotel Hiroshima Ekimae is a gateway to connect with the Japanese land and locals. It puts you close to some of Hiroshima’s most popular attractions, including the Atomic Bomb Dome which is a World Heritage Site.
And if you are an epicure like me, you should definitely stay here because there are many interesting dining options in the area.
Each guest room offers a welcoming atmosphere and premium amenities, including world-class Simmons beds and feather pillows, bunk beds, and smart TVs.
Guests can enjoy complimentary coffee and a hand-picked selection of natural yeast bread at the onsite cafe.
Ideal for Millennials and Gen Zs
An abundance of interesting dining choices
Premium amenities and trendy design
Proximity to atomic bomb dome
Limited breakfast selection
Rooms might feel compact
Nearby streets may get noisy
Super Hotel Hiroshima Yagenbori Dori
Yet another great accommodation option for minimalists, Super Hotel features functional spaces with streamlined furnishings. The simple interior of the rooms imparts them a homely character that many crave after a long day of exploration and adventure.
Kettles, projectors, work desks, bunk beds, flat-panel TVs, and mini-fridges are offered in all rooms. The casual hot spring hotel also offers some onsite amenities, including a coin-operated laundry station, parking, a lounge, and a bathhouse with natural spring water.
Lounge and bathhouse with spring water
Streamlined Minimalist Design
Homely Rustic Ambiance
Diverse Onsite Facilities
Limited Room Variety
Few upscale features
The minimalist design may not appeal to all
KIRO Hiroshima by THE SHARE HOTELS
Nestled amid eateries and shops, KIRO Hiroshima by THE SHARE HOTELS offers the best of Japanese hospitality with comfortable lodging, a chic bar, and a communal kitchen.
The modern hotel sits within a mile of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park with Hiroshima Castle accessible within a 2-minute walk.
Sleek rooms offer a broad array of amenities, including mini-fridges, flat-screen TVs, and sleeping lofts. The private dorm rooms with bunk beds can sleep up to six people. If you are an avid reader like me, you’ll find the reading lights extremely helpful.
Bright and modern ambiance
Chic bar communal kitchen
Close to Peace Memorial Park and Hiroshima Castle
Reading lights for avid readers
Compact rooms with sleeping lofts
Shared dorm rooms may limit privacy
Surrounded by shops and restaurants, WeBase Hiroshima is a modern hotel with mixed-gender dorms offering a wide range of amenities including bunk beds with lockers, reading lights, and privacy screens.
Private rooms are also fitted with en-suite bathrooms, mini-fridges, and flat-screen TVs. Standard units can accommodate up to two people, while private rooms have a capacity for four.
WeBase Hiroshima also has a spacious dining room, guest laundry facilities, and a communal kitchen.
Hip City Hub with a creative atmosphere
Spacious dining and communal kitchen
Dorms and private rooms
A budget-friendly option
Communal facilities may get busy
Shared spaces and bathrooms
Potential noise due to the communal environment
FAV HOTEL Hiroshima Heiwa Odori
Perched a mile from Atomic Bomb Dome, a World Heritage Site, FAV HOTEL Hiroshima Heiwa Odori offers homestyle accommodation with top-quality amenities,
Spacious yet cozy rooms are thoughtfully designed to exude a warm ambiance. Work desks, flat-panel TVs, private bathrooms, and mini-fridges are some of the many amenities I enjoyed here.
The complimentary breakfast includes a minestrone, a wrap sandwich, and a drink.
Charming European-style ambiance
Prime location near Atomic Bomb Dome
Top-quality in-room amenities
Complimentary diverse breakfast
Distance from some attractions
Less upscale amenities
Room size may be compact
Nest Hotel Hiroshima Hatchobori
If you don’t mind downtown hustle and bustle, Nest Hotel Hiroshima Hatchobori may be an ideal base for you. It stands on a buzzing thoroughfare with easy access to tons of great restaurants and shops.
Most of the features at this branch of Nest Hotel Hiroshima are similar to that in Ekimae. However, I found this hotel had a more homier feel to it. The streamlined rooms are equipped with coffee makers, safety deposit boxes, flat-panel TVs, and mini-fridges.
What I loved the most about this place was that I could enjoy breakfast in bed for free. They also offer complimentary bread and coffee in the lobby lounge.
Stylish rustic-chic design
Convenient city-centre location
Free in-room breakfast
A home-like atmosphere
Lobby Lounge may get crowded
Some room amenities may be limited
FAV HOTEL HIROSHIMA STADIUM
With a fantastic location, minimalist accommodation, and thoughtful service, FAV HOTEL HIROSHIMA STADIUM is arguably one of the best hotels in the city.
Guest rooms are fitted with en-suite bathrooms, smart TVs, private kitchens, seating areas, and complimentary Wi-Fi. I absolutely loved the floor bedding and tatami floors.
The intimate hotel is located within a mile of the Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum with Hiroshima Castle reachable within a 2-minute drive.
Chic stylish and minimalist design
Prime location close to cultural landmarks
Minimalistic yet luxurious stay
On-site dining may be limited
Limited room service
Hotel Intergate Hiroshima
If you are visiting Hiroshima for its vibrancy, Hotel Intergate is a perfect pick for you. The polished hotel sits in a buzzy commercial area with entertainment options galore. You’ll also be within walking distance of the recreated Hiroshima Castle.
Tastefully designed rooms come equipped with flat-panel TVs, mini-fridges, coffee makers, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Upgraded units, on the other hand, have sitting areas, floor-to-ceiling windows, and/or futons.
The hotel also features a library, a sun terrace, a communal bathhouse, and coin-operated laundry facilities.
Tastefully designed with a traditional touch
Special amenities for disabled guests
Embraces local heritage and culture
Communal bathhouse and other diverse amenities
Some rooms may lack a scenic outlook
Self-service laundry might inconvenience
OUCHI HOTEL Hijiyama
This modest apartment is located close to Hiroshima City Manga Library, about a mile from the Hiroshima Museum of Arts. It has two well-appointed bedrooms, an airy living room with a home theater, a fully functional kitchen, two bathrooms, and a balcony.
With a double bed in each room and a sofa bed in the living room, the apartment can sleep up to five adults.
Even if you don’t cook, you can grab all your meals from amazing restaurants just a few steps away.
Spacious Living Room with Home Theater
Proximity to nearby dining
Nestles near cultural attractions
Cute snug and well-equipped accommodation
Limited Sleeping Space
Not suitable for large groups
Nearby busy restaurants may get noisy
All Hotels in Hiroshima Ranked
In this table, we have ranked the top 12 cool and unique hotels in Hiroshima.
|Hotel Name||Location||Price Range (per night)||Fitness Facilities||Distance to Attractions (km)||Nearby Restaurants|
|The Knot Hiroshima||Naka-ku Otemachi||$53-$87||No||0.3||6|
|Candeo Hotels Hiroshima Hatchobori||Naka-ku Hatchobori 14-1||$139-$292||Yes||0.8||12|
|Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima||Minami-ku Motoujina-machi 23-1||$135-$636||Yes||4.7||9|
|Nest Hotel Hiroshima Ekimae||Minami-ku Kojinmachi 3-11||$53-268||No||1.8||8|
|Super Hotel Hiroshima Yagenboridori||Tanakamachi 2-28||$61-$81||No||1||13|
|KIRO Hiroshima by THE SHARE HOTELS||Naka-ku Mikawacho 3-21||$151-$258||No||0.8||23|
|WeBase Hiroshima||Naka-ku Naka-machi 4-16||$30-$77||No||0.6||10|
|FAV HOTEL Hiroshima Heiwa Odori||730-0024 Hiroshima||$226-$322||No||1.3||5|
|Nest Hotel Hiroshima Hatchobori||Naka-ku Nobori-cho 13-12||$51-$102||No||1||12|
|FAV HOTEL HIROSHIMA STADIUM||Minami Ward||$171-$267||No||2.1||6|
|Hotel Intergate Hiroshima||Naka-ku Teppo-cho 5-chome 16||$78-$159||No||0.8||22|
|OUCHI HOTEL Hijiyama||Minami-ku Matsukawacho 5-3||$151-$171||No||1.8||19|
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