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9.0
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Exceptional location - Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
Parking
FREE
Popular landmarks
Kōfuku-ji 370 m
Naramachi 420 m
Nara National Museum 520 m
Yoshikien 660 m
Isuien Garden 730 m
Nara Park 1.04 km
Tōdai-ji 1.16 km
Kasuga Grand Shrine 1.27 km
Nigatsu-do Temple 1.35 km
Mount Wakakusa 2.22 km
Nearby landmarks
Nara Visitor Center & Inn 200 m
Meisho Daijoin Garden 250 m
Shiga Naoya Former House 270 m
Sarusawa Pond 300 m
Gangoji Temple 310 m
Gangō-ji 310 m
Tamura Seihoen 330 m
Imanishike Shoin 330 m
Sarusawa Tourist Information Office 330 m
Kōfuku-Ji Buddhist Temple 350 m
Nara Hotel

"We stayed in 3 X Delux rooms, and really loved the small lounge area in each room, as well as the lovely views out the windows."

Adele - August 1, 2019

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Nara Hotel

1096 Takabatakecho, Nara, Nara, Japan, 630-8301 - See map
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Exceptional reputation
Recommended by 97% of guests
Exceptional cleanliness
9.0 rating for cleanliness
Exceptional service
9.0 rating for service
Excellent comfort
8.8 room quality and comfort

This hotel is classic luxury at its best- think of the glamorous era with guests including Audret Hepburn, Albert Einstein, Richard Nixon, etc.

Mohammad | December 25, 2019

The bar, overlooking a pond, is exceptional, and you can almost see Einstein at the piano in the Tea Room, where he once played.

Ann | November 24, 2019

I enjoyed my stay!

Mohammad | December 25, 2019

  • 790 meters to public transportation

  • Located in heart of Nara

  • Currency exchange

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Air conditioning

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Nara every 14 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money8.2
Distance to city center15 km
Location rating9.0
Nearest airportOsaka International Airport (ITM)
Distance to airport37.9 km

Rooms available at Nara Hotel

8.8
Excellent
Room comfort & quality
Crown Suite - New Building
Crown Suite - New Building
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  • Room size: 65 m²/700 ft²
  • Nature view
  • 2 double beds
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Standard Twin New Building
Standard Twin New Building
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  • Room size: 33 m²/355 ft²
  • Nature view
  • 2 single beds
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Royal Suite - New Wing
Royal Suite - New Wing
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  • Room size: 127 m²/1367 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 2 single beds
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Standard Twin Room
Standard Twin Room
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  • Room size: 27 m²/291 ft²
  • Park view
  • 2 single beds
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Hollywood Twin - New Building
Hollywood Twin - New Building
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  • Room size: 33 m²/355 ft²
  • Nature view
  • 2 single beds
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Standard Twin (Non-smoking)
Standard Twin (Non-smoking)
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  • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
  • Park view
  • 2 single beds
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Standard Hollywood Twin Room - New Wing - No Smoking
Standard Hollywood Twin Room - New Wing - No Smoking
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  • Room size: 33 m²/355 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 2 single beds
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Standard Hollywood Twin Room - New Wing - Smoking
Standard Hollywood Twin Room - New Wing - Smoking
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  • Room size: 33 m²/355 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 2 single beds
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Royal Suite Room
Royal Suite Room
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  • Room size: 127 m²/1367 ft²
  • Nature view
  • 2 single beds
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Standard Twin - City View
Standard Twin - City View
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  • Room size: 21 m²/226 ft²
  • City view
  • 2 single beds
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Frequently asked questions

Does Nara Hotel have wi-fi?

Wi-fi is available at Nara Hotel. View more amenities here.

Can I park a car at Nara Hotel?

If you choose to drive to Nara Hotel, parking is available. View more facilities here.

Is there an airport shuttle for Nara Hotel?

Nara Hotel does not offer a ride service to or from the airport. View more amenities here.

Does Nara Hotel have a 24 hour front desk?

For your convenience, the Nara Hotel reception is available 24/7. View more amenities here.

Can I get a massage at Nara Hotel?

Massage services are available at Nara Hotel. View more in-house services here.

Does Nara Hotel have free in-room wi-fi?

Wi-fi is offered for free in all rooms at Nara Hotel. View more amenities here.

Does Nara Hotel offer relaxation amenities, like a spa, sauna or steam room?

Facilities for relaxation are available at Nara Hotel. View more amenities here.

Is there room service at Nara Hotel?

Nara Hotel has room service. View more in-house services here.

Is there currency exchange service at Nara Hotel?

There is a currency exchange right on the premises at Nara Hotel. View more amenities here.

What time is check-in and check-out at Nara Hotel?

Check-in is from 03:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hotel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

How do I get to Nara Hotel?

A stay at Nara Hotel also comes with easy access to the neighborhoods around the hotel through the convenient shuttle service offered at the hotel. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Nara Hotel has a car park right on site for maximum convenience. Parking is free for guests.

What is the smoking policy at Nara Hotel?

Nara Hotel does permit smoking in some areas and is not 100% smoke-free.

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What people love about Nara Hotel

  • 9.6
    Exceptional
    Cleanliness

    "At 110 years old, it's full of history and character, and is immaculately clean."

    Adele

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    August 1, 2019

  • 9.6
    Exceptional

    "We saw the deers around the hotel on the first night, and that was so amazing."

    YuJu

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    December 11, 2019

  • 10.0
    Exceptional

    "I loved my little balcony where I can listen to birds chirping every morning."

    Khartini

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    December 16, 2019

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Room size
40 sqm.
Room comfort score
8.8/10
Review score - United States
8.7/10
Cleanliness score
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Overall rating:
8.8
Excellent
1,171 reviews
Cleanliness
9.0
Facilities
8.3
Location
9.0
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A historic building located near tourist attraction, room se...
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More about Nara Hotel

More about Nara Hotel

Built in 1909, this famous hotel resides on top of a hill and offers a panoramic view of the city’s historical culture. The Nara Hotel is surrounded by attractions including the Great Buddha Hall of Todai-ji Temple and the Pagoda of Kofuku-ji Temple. Featuring a Momoyama Period style of architecture, photographs of imperial family members still adorn the walls. With a variety of accommodation choices, guests can reside in the old section of the hotel with its wide corridors, high ceilings, antique light fixtures, and old-fashioned interior, or the new edition which opened in 1984 and offers large modern rooms with data ports and verandas overlooking the old town. To continue with your reservation at Nara Hotel, please enter your arrival and departure date into our secure online form.

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Most talked about facilities

Food & Dining
8 mentions
Breakfast
7 mentions
Housekeeping
5 mentions
Internet
2 mentions

What they offer

10.0
Exceptional
Staff 

"This hotel is classical wonderful hotel in Japan And Staff h..."

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October 6, 2019

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Food and dining

Breakfast options

American

Restaurants on site

メインダイニングルーム 三笠
Cuisine:French
日本料理 花菊
Cuisine:Japanese

What's nearby

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Overall rating
8.8
Excellent
From 1171 reviews
9.1Service
9.0Cleanliness
9.0Location
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Rating via Agoda8.7
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Cleanliness9.0
Facilities8.3
Location9.0
Room comfort and quality8.8
Service9.0
Value for money8.2
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9.2
Exceptional
SANGEUN from South Korea
Solo traveler
Standard Twin Room
Stayed 1 night in September 2018

Niceee”

The room has high ceiling as if victorian houses. Staff are very nice and polite. Old but everything tidy up perfectly. If you don't have a car or have heavy luggage it maybe quite hard to get here. But I can guarantee that you will find satisfied with the room in the old building.

Reviewed September 25, 2018
10.0
Exceptional
ajay from United Kingdom
Solo traveler
Standard Twin New Building
Stayed 1 night in April 2019

A Grand Hotel in a beautiful historic city”

Nara Hotel is everything you would expect from one of the old heritage hotels on the oldest capital of Japan. This year, it celebrates its 110 year and it’s looking every bit as good as it did when it first opened! Think teal and mahogany fittings in a period style hotel with grand tea rooms and silver service restaurants. It’s situated just off the Nara parks which have all the sights within walking distance. The shuttle bus service to the two stations is a nice touch. The hotel shop sells its merchandise and they do have beautiful stuff. Book a room on the old building to get the best experience.

Reviewed April 03, 2019
10.0
Exceptional
Chia from Taiwan
Group
Standard Twin Room with Park View - Main Wing - Non-Smoking (25.5sqm)
Stayed 1 night in November 2018

excellent hotel”

I stayed in Nara Hotel once a year, never feel disappointed. One time, I tried to borrow the luggage weight after checking out. When I came back from lunch to take my luggage, all the bags were weighted with a small hand-written tag on it. Very thoughtful! The food, staffs, views and the hotel itself are perfect! Definitely will stay here next time.

Reviewed March 05, 2019
9.6
Exceptional
Ming from Canada
Couple
Hollywood Twin - New Building
Stayed 2 nights in April 2018

Friendly Staff”

If you are looking for a high quality services, this is the right place for you. The architecture is also another selling point! Old fancy looks from the outside and nice interior designs as well. I, personally was out most of the time but next time if I visit Nara I will definitely use it again to enjoy my stay.

Reviewed May 02, 2018
9.6
Exceptional
Alejandro from Spain
Solo traveler
Standard Twin (Non-smoking)
Stayed 3 nights in May 2017

An old dame, an experience for those who love antique hotels”

This Grande Dame of Nara is an old wooden building full of elegance and history. The hotel has access to an amazing garden which belonged centuries ago to a temple. Rooms have very tall roofs and have old furniture. The hotel has wonderful ball rooms to enjoy a drink and interesting paintings on the walls, some from famous Japanese artists such as Uemura Shoen. Service is very professional with the classic touch suitable for this hotel.

Reviewed June 09, 2017
9.2
Exceptional
Li from United Kingdom
Couple
Standard Twin - City View
Stayed 1 night in May 2016

Classic hotel with over 100 years history”

Staying at the hotel itself is very special. It is a historical building but very well maintained. The hotel has many famous guests in the past including the Japanese Royal families. There is a short cut down the stair via the car park to get to the town

Reviewed May 30, 2016
10.0
Exceptional
Winnie from Hong Kong
Couple
Japanese Style - B
Stayed 1 night in May 2015

Very good hotel”

Good location, pretty environment, friendly staff

The hotel is slightly old itself but the rooms are very traditional Japanese style and I love it. The food was great! You can walk 15 mins or so to feed the deer, a very nice hotel! Staff are friendly and their English skills are good as well.

Reviewed July 28, 2015
9.7
Exceptional
Melissa from Singapore
Family with teens
Japanese Style - B
Stayed 1 night in June 2015

Great historic hotel”

Lovely staff, great location, nice rooms

Stayed in a traditional Japanese room in the main building - bathroom tub might need a change to look cleaner and fresher... Other than that it was a perfect room and perfect shower, great bathroom supplies!!! Lovely service from the staff. We will definitely stay again! Everything in walking distance!

Reviewed June 29, 2015
8.0
Excellent
Kam from Hong Kong
Solo traveler
Stayed 1 night in July 2013

Cultural and historical City”

Clean, good service and top package

It's not cheap compared with other hotels in the city. It's not near JR nor Kintetsu Station. But it's very near the sight-seeing spots. The service is excellent. Everything is clean and tidy. The room is relatively big in Japan. The hotel is indeed historical and properly the most high-class on in Nara. Therefore, I think Agoda had really offered me a relatively cheap price. It's highly recommended for tourists with enough funds.

Reviewed August 04, 2013
9.6
Exceptional
May from United States
Solo traveler
Hollywood Twin - New Building
Stayed 1 night in November 2018

Wonderful experience at Nara Hotel. Highly recommend ”

I had one night stay and has a extremely delightful experience. The hotel has an elegant, classic style, a wonderful mix of easy and west. It well located for visiting Nara park, Todai-Ji, Kofuku-Ji, Kasaga-Trisha shrine, Isuien garden and Yushitien Gatden. But the real treasure is it’s staff: they are an army of magicians willing to go out of their way to help you! I forgot my camera charge at home, the lady in front desk alled all the electronics stores in order to find a replacement for me, once Located she placed it on hold, write me a note it and called a taxi to take me there. My glasses came apart during dinner, the waitress lady magically found a tool and fix the tiny screw such a disaster was avoided! The lady helping with my luggage did much more for me with bus, train and tour information. I’ve stayed in 5 stars hotels, this one standout as they made me feel like a royal, and that’s what a 5 star hotel is all about!

Reviewed December 02, 2018
10.0
Exceptional
Florian from France
Couple
Hollywood Twin - New Building
Stayed 1 night in April 2018

Exceptional”

You will actually feel like Japanese royalty when staying there. The location is perfect, the staff is extremely friendly. The stay in this hotel was definitely one of the highlights of our Japan trip.

Reviewed October 25, 2018
6.8
Good
Tina from Malaysia
Couple
Standard Twin New Building
Stayed 1 night in March 2019

CLASSIC HOTEL”

CLASSIC HOTEL

Reviewed April 07, 2019
9.6
Exceptional
Zhang from China
Couple
Stayed 1 night in October 2018

so nice!”

so good!

Reviewed October 05, 2018
8.0
Excellent
Axel from Germany
Family with young children
Standard Double Garden View
Stayed 2 nights in August 2018

Oldschool Grand Hotel with a great history”

The Nara Hotel is e real Grand Hotel of the good old times. For example: you get no keycard for your room, you get a key! It's more than 100 yaers old and in former times Hollywood stars Royals stayed here. So most of the guests today are also wealthy and love the atmosphere there. Just look for a good prize and you can also for 1-2 nights be a part of Japanese establishment.

Reviewed September 04, 2018
9.6
Exceptional
Michael from United Kingdom
Couple
Standard Double Garden View
Stayed 2 nights in July 2018

Special experience.”

From the second you arrive all the staff make your feel special. Yes it’s a special place with all the history and the building and rooms , we stayed in the old section, the high ceilings in the rooms and corridors certainly tell you a story as you walk them. Both restaurants serve beautiful food, and the staff certainly ensure you enjoy your experience. The bar area provides an exquisite experience should you take the time to enjoy a cocktail , or two. Again the staff were superb. We will definitely return to hotel Nara should we visit Japan again in the near future. Well done to all the staff we had the good fortune of meeting, and also to the many other staff behind the scenes, especially chef!s, our dinners on every evening were superb, one could dream of the experience of enjoying the French onion soup that both my wife and l enjoyed.

Reviewed July 05, 2018
10.0
Exceptional
Georgina from Canada
Couple
Standard Twin - City View
Stayed 1 night in April 2018

Most comfortable beds!”

Beautiful hotel. Great location within walking distance of major attractions The beds were sooo comfortable and the linens and pillows so nice to the touch. Staff was exceptionally helpful. Only disappointment was not being able to sample their delicious food;restaurants in hotel we’re just too expensive. I think breakfast is at least afternoon tea should have been complimentary.

Reviewed April 09, 2018
8.4
Excellent
Veronica from United States
Family with young children
Hollywood Twin - New Building
Stayed 1 night in July 2017

Excellent”

The hotel is very charming. We did not have breakfast included and to order off the a' la carte menu was not welcomed. We stayed in the newer wing and there was a smell of mildew in the hallway but not in the room. The room was gigantic and while a bit dated, still very comfortable. We had a Hollywood twin with nature view. We loved the opportunity to rent bikes from the hotel to explore the park and surrounding area. The gift shop offered some nice gifts to bring home. It was a beautiful trip to Nara and a special place. I would definitely recommend a stay here.

Reviewed July 19, 2017
9.6
Exceptional
Karen from United States
Couple
Stayed 1 night in April 2017

Beautiful hotel with a gracious staff. ”

The traditional Japanese restaurant was excellent and the meal was presented and served very artistically. The Nara Deer Park, cherry trees, and multiple temples were in walking distance. We spent the day in a wonderful outdoor environment.

Reviewed April 16, 2017
9.6
Exceptional
MING from China
Family with young children
Stayed 1 night in November 2016

Everything prefect”

This is a very good place for stay in Nara. The place near by most of sight seeing places. You can rent a bike from hotel. The japanese style room is good for those want to try Tatami. Somehow the price for each night is quite expensive. Staffs are helpful and very kind.

Reviewed November 30, 2016
8.0
Excellent
Petr from Czech Republic
Family with young children
Standard Twin (Non-smoking)
Stayed 1 night in April 2016

Amazing property with super helpful reception staff”

restaurant is a differnt story though: stuffy waiters with poor English, favoring japanese guests, presenting every miso soup as if it was a miracle, stretching a simple breakfast to a one hour ordeal...

Reviewed April 15, 2016
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