Fukuoka was voted the fourteenth most livable city in the world in a 2010 poll. It is praised for being a metropolitan city with many beautiful green spaces. With more than two and a half million residents, Fukuoka is the largest metropolitan area that is located to Keihanshin's west.
Fukuoka has a great selection of inexpensive hotels. One of the best is the Hakata Marine Hotel. This is a business hotel that is located very close to the popular port area of Hakata, as well as Marine Messe, Sun Palace, the Fukuoka International Centre, old Hakata shrines and temples, and Bayside Place. A brief ride in a taxi can get travelers from the hotel to Hakata Station, the entertaining Nakasu District, and the popular Tenjin. Amenities include a swimming pool, a whirlpool, and iron refrigerators.
Another exemplary cheap hotel is the Hotel Sunline Fukuoka, which looms over the famous and gorgeous Ohiri Park. This hotel has a total of sixty-one twin rooms, sixteen single rooms, and a famous restaurant called Hanabi. Hanabi serves extremely well-made Japanese and western food for reasonable prices. The amenities at this nine-story hotel are unrivaled by other hotels in this price range. Bicycle rentals are free. LCD televisions are the standard in every room, as are high-speed Internet access and refrigerators. Complimentary slippers and bottled waters are also provided.
Fukuoka hosts a variety of excellent budget hotels. The best of these is the Mystays Inn, which is a new hotel that just opened in April of 2008. The Mystays is close to many popular attractions, including Acros Fukuoka, Canal City Fukuoka, the Nakasu 'Yatai' Village food stalls, the Yahoo! Japan Dome, the Marinemesse Fukuoka, and Marinoa City Fukuoka. The sleek guest rooms and fantastic location make this the perfect place to stay.
Another nice budget hotel is the Budget Hotel Longhin at Maloha Palace. With an abundant buffet for breakfast and a healthful four course meal for dinner, including a cheese board, this is a great hotel for food lovers. However, guests should be aware that each floor offers shared community showers. This lowers the cost of the hotel stay, but can be a culture shock for some more private westerners. People who fancy the outdoors will love this hotel. There are a variety of outdoor activities, including windsurfing, rock climbing, paragliding, and hiking. In the winter, the hotel offers stays that include skiing in the cost of the packages. Three days notice must be given to cancel reservations.
The Grand Hyatt Fukuoka is probably the best hotel in Fukuoka. In addition to the luxurious rooms and the convenient location, the hotel also offers five gigantic rooms that can accommodate over a thousand people. This is a wonderful place to hold banquets, weddings, conventions, or other large events.
Hotel Okura is a nice five star hotel that exists within the Hakata Riverain complex. The Hakata Riverain complex sits in the heart of a bustling entertainment area that offers all sorts of interesting shops, engaging museums, and delectable restaurants, among many other things. All guests need to do is to walk out of the hotel's front door, and they will have plenty to keep them entertained. Simplicity and elegance are combined in the guest rooms that the hotel offers to create an atmosphere of style and comfort. Guests can dine in seven high quality restaurants within the hotel and follow their meals with drinks in the hotel's swinging bar, the Baron Okura Bar. Amenities include, saunas, an indoor pool, a full fitness center, a relaxation room, a sun deck, and an outdoor running track.