The Hotel East China Sea was a great internet find. We were looking for location, comfort and view at a reasonable price--admittedly a combination rarely achieved--but in this hotel we were pleasantly surprised. The hotel overlooks the tiny harbor in the town of Ishigaki, and from one of the upper level rooms we got an excellent panorama of the island's southwest coastline--not to mention several beautiful sunsets. Even the island of Taketomi was visible from our balcony.
The hotel does not appear particularly new, and perhaps that keeps the price reasonable, but they make up for it in keeping the rooms clean, simple and up-to-date. The best seats in the house were the two wicker chairs on the balcony.
Breakfasts were served buffet style in the dining room, and there was an excellent selection of primarily western food available. The staff was friendly, helpful and fairly knowledgeable about the island. They often pointed us in the right direction from helping us find the ferry to Taketomi to helping us locate a good place to purchase souvenirs.
While the views were excellent, this is no resort space. It's an urban hotel in a working area. That in my opinion was to its credit as we were within walking distance of most of what we'd come to Ishigaki to see. The ferry terminal to the famous and breathtaking islands of Taketomi and Iriomote is just steps away and downtown Ishigaki just a few steps more. The hotel is located on a major thoroughfare with bus and taxi transport readily available to the islands outlying sights.
Someday we will return to Ishigaki Island. And when we do we'll likely book the Hotel East China Sea again.
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- Hotel East China Sea Ishigaki, Asia
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