WHAT’S IT LIKE? The ANA Hotels Hotel Grand Court has a rather plain exterior though at 30 storeys high, its stark whiteness against the blue sky paints a dramatic picture – on the days when Nagoya’s often overcast weather cooperates. The lobby is low key and occupies a single floor. Interior design of the hotel and guestrooms is easy on the eye, with much use of straight lines, simple geometric shapes and muted, natural tones. Highlights are provided by numerous pieces of art, sculpture and painting. Staff are attentive but unobtrusive.
WHERE IS IT? The Grand Court is conveniently situated adjacent to Kanayama Station’s subway and railway lines.
ROOM FACILITIES: My Deluxe Twin upper-floor room was spacious by Japanese standards, at 37 sqm. Some of the cheaper rooms, particularly the Single Rooms, aren’t big, but the clean, bright interior design makes the most of the space. The bathroom contained a dizzying variety of sachets of skincare and bathing products such as bath salts and facial cleansers, as well as the expected shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, disposable razors and so on.
The lack of complementary drinking water was a surprise, however. The hotel describes tap water as “drinkable”. It is that and no more. A hot water pot provides boiling water. The tea is oriented more towards local, rather than Western, tastes. A beer from the minibar costs ¥530 (US$4).
RESTAURANTS: Six outlets offer European and Asian cuisines.
BAR: When the sky is clear, Nagoya provides some beautiful sunsets, which can best be appreciated from the chic 30th-floor European-themed restaurant and bar.
BUSINESS FACILITIES: There’s no business centre, so you are limited to whatever equipment you have with you, plus your room’s free internet connection and fax machine (not all rooms provide the latter).
There is one small conference room seating eight, as well as banquet rooms for various configurations up to as many as 900 in the Grand Court, which gives the hotel its name.
LEISURE FACILITIES: No pool or gym but you can buy a one-day pass to nearby Gold’s Gym.
VERDICT: A beautifully decorated hotel with extremely professional and courteous staff. Note that while international travellers are well catered for, the hotel’s clientele is predominantly Japanese, and the choice of restaurants and other facilities reflects this.
PRICE: There’s an internet rate of US$227 nightly until March 31 for a Twin Room.
CONTACT: 1-1 Kanayama 1-choume, Naka-ku, Nagoya 460-0023, Japan, tel 81 52 683 4111, www.grandcourt.co.jp