Dormy Inn Sendai Hirose-Dori

Freebies galore at this affordable Sendai hotel

By Peter Sidell    - 2 min read

As the biggest city in Tohoku and a major business centre, Sendai has an abundance of hotels for visitors to choose from, with plenty of good deals to be had. Checking my options for a summer visit one time, I found a great one: four nights, very reasonably priced, at a cosy hotel with great service, in the very heart of the city.

Disclosure: I'm a big fan of the Dormy Inn chain, and staying here has only made me more of one. My room was a little plainer than others in the chain, but a little more spacious, with a handful of hangers for my clothes, and the usual little fridge, TV and desk, complete with LAN sockets, though there's also free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

One of the main selling points of the chain for me is the sauna and onsen baths at each hotel, as I like to start and finish each day with a steam and a soak. The sauna here is pretty small - more than four men will be getting pretty cramped - but very hot, and I actually brought myself to dip in the cold bath.

One point to note is that at this branch, there's a public bathroom only for men. However, guests here are also able to use the bathroom at the nearby Dormy Inn Annex, which has facilities for both men and women, and an outdoor bath that's nice to experience in cold weather.

Guests here also get showered with little treats. There are free probiotic drinks in the morning, free ice cream from afternoon to evening, and if you come back peckish after 9:30 a cook will serve you up a bowl of ramen for gratis. Also, and uniquely to this branch, there was free evening alcohol! At the time of writing, each guest is allowed two cans from ice-buckets of beer and highballs in the lobby.

Getting there

It's immediately next to Hirose-Dori station, one stop from Sendai station on the Namboku subway line. If you prefer some exercise, it's about an eight-minute walk from the west exit of JR Sendai station.

There are single, double and twin rooms, plus a standard room with a tatami area if you want a more traditionally Japanese feeling. Prices will vary with the room type and time of year, but you won't be paying much more than JPY5000-6000 a head per night, likely less if you're traveling out of season.

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Peter Sidell

Peter Sidell @peter.sidell

I came to Japan from Manchester, England in 2003, and have travelled a lot since then, around Japan and in Asia. When I'm not working, I write satire and perform stand-up comedy in and around Tokyo. Check YouTube for a taste.

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Sherilyn Siy a week ago
You got me at the "freebies". Going to look for Dormy Inns now.
Peter Sidell Author 6 days ago
Enjoy! Even by their high standards, this particular hotel was extra generous, but they're all good stays.
Bonson Lam 2 weeks ago
This is a great find! I also like the Dormy Inn in Kyoto. They even have an outdoor bath. Great choice.
Bonson Lam 2 weeks ago
You could almost write a book on all the Dormy Inns that you have stayed at. Glad to meet a Dormy connoisseur.
Elena Lisina 2 weeks ago
Peter, does this hotel have a hot bath for guests? The one in Dormy Inn, Tokyo Dome City was great!
Elena Lisina 2 weeks ago
Good! Thanks!
Kim 2 weeks ago
All those freebies are a really nice welcoming touch!
Elizabeth S 2 weeks ago
They seem to take good care of guests. How do they do it at those low room rates?!
Lynda Hogan 2 weeks ago
I am also a fan of the Dormy Inn. The freebies, particularly the alcohol, are an amazing add on. Thanks for sharing.
Peter Sidell Author 2 weeks ago
The alcohol did surprise me! I didn't drink my two cans every night, so when I left my case still had about six cans in it.