Hotel in Kumamoto

Done up in the style of Kumamoto-jō, with a charcoal exterior, white plaster and dark beams, and brooding tansu-style furniture in the generously sized rooms (most combining tatami, hardwood floors and Western-style bedding). It's well located for eating and nightlife, and there are common baths on the top floor (plus in-room facilities). Staff are friendly, but there's little English signage to aid in getting around.