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Serviceable if uninspiring business hotel in Naha
OROX NAHA in Okinawa probably comes under the category of “business hotel”, in Japan at least. This is a no-frills but perfectly serviceable lower mid-range hotel in Naha. As the crow flies, staying at Orox Naha means you’re not far from the airport which is three or four kilometers away. This is Naha though and few of the roads around here go straight, so the distance is exacerbated. Still, if the traffic isn’t too bad it’s easy enough to access this hotel from Naha Airport (although this traveller arrived at around 7 pm so the traffic out of the airport was bad). Orox Naha sits in a fairly featureless area of Naha but the Onoyama Koen station for the monorail is only about 300 m away and itself just three stops from the hustle and bustle of Makishi and Kokusai Dori, or it’s about a 10-min drive. If you are travelling in Okinawa by car (as many travellers are) you’ll find the parking at Orox to be very tight - an awkward reverse job onto / out of quite a busy street. Nervous drivers or car parkers should think seriously about their ability to park here. In a nondescript area then, Orox Naha stands out in its faded pink facade. In fact pink is an odd choice of color for a hotel which inside is very bare and, well, bland. Not that this is such a bad thing; you don’t come here expecting much more than a clean, simple room and a bit of breakfast. And the rooms are clean and simple - very simple. They’ve got all the required bits though - flat-screen TV, slippers, bath towels, kettle, bathroom amenities, and all of the other basics you’d expect from a serviceable hotel of this grade, even a tablet in each room (though we never switched it on so couldn’t tell what its purpose was) - squashed into to a small space, at least in the case of room we stayed in (a twin). Where rooms might lack space, the lobby of Orox Naha doesn’t, not that anyone seemed to be using it. The sofas were empty of bums and the little cafe in the corner didn’t seem to be doing much of a trade. (There are some shelves filled with tourist leaflets and maps next to reception.) Still, the restaurant hall on the 7th floor where breakfast is served is bright enough and has some nice views over Naha below. Bizarrely though, it’s decorated with cut-out pictures and lettering, the kind that an elementary school teacher has to make after the students have gone home. As for the buffet breakfast, not much to shout about - wieners, scrambled eggs, bread and jam, cornflakes, yoghurt, coffee, tea, and the usual horrors of the Japanese breakfast. If you’ve got breakfast included in your stay plan, you’ll be given a breakfast “ticket” upon check in. As for check in, the reception staff at Orox Hotel (all middle aged gents when I stayed) were really nice and friendly and got through the process smoothly. Rooms are opened / locked by regular key. The corridors leading to those rooms are a little gloomy (despite appearances on the website). There seemed to be plenty of guests in when we stayed (mostly Chinese) but the sleep was sound and we couldn’t hear any others moving about from our room. Apparently Orox Naha has a women’s rest area (whatever that is) and a “Japanese style break room” neither of which we spotted during our stay. We did see the laundry room though. The smoking area is out front and there’s one next to the restaurant hall. There are a couple of restaurants in the immediate vicinity of Orox Naha as well as a supermarket. This isn’t really a place to soak in the atmosphere of Naha though (nor is it a place to feel uncomfortable) so get yourselves on the monorail to more exciting parts. You’re looking at around 8,000 yen per person for a double / twin room at this Naha hotel. A little overpriced if you ask me but if you can get past that, you’ll have a perfectly fine stay here.