Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Webase Hostel Kamakura, Kanagawa review

After a comfortable 7 hour flight and a one night stay at First Cabin Haneda airport (a comfortable capsule-concept hotel which I blogged about before), I was ready to head down to Kamakura. I had booked my group near Yuigahama beach at a rather new hostel, WeBase Hostel. Upon arriving it was clear that the better term should be postel.
source: tripadvisor
Kamakura was a popular seaside destination for international AND local tourists with Enoshima Island within easy access. Yuigahama on the other hand was blissfully void of people and WeBase was the ideal base for us to start our adventures in Kamakura.

The entrance greeted us like a resort with wide open glass windows for ample natural lighting that looks out into its little garden. The guest lounge, kitchen, showers, bathrooms, onsen and laundry room were all on the lower floor of the hostel while a restaurant and cafe shares the ground level with the hostel lobby and some of the private rooms.

Because we were early and our room was not ready, the staff allowed us to store our luggage with them while we went off to explore Kamakura. The usual check-in time was at 3pm (as were most places in Japan) and we were back by 4pm to move in to our lovely dormitory style six bed-bunk. Spacious, the pod bed allowed us privacy and even has its own bathroom stall. We however had to used the shared showers on the lower floor.

Booked via Booking.com, I will admit, it was on the pricey side for a hostel but it was the most relaxing, most chilled out hostel I've ever stayed at in Japan. I felt like I was in a beach resort with the beach being a five minutes walk away.

The restaurant, Brasserie Gent offers a free breakfast of cereals, bread, milk, potato salad and coffee for hostel guests from 7am to 9am. This was more than most hostels I've stayed at hence why I deemed it a postel. The staffs were friendly, the interior and exterior designs modern and comfortable.

They had several vending machines for food and drinks that were reasonable at Y100 for drinks. The nearest Family Mart was a 10-15 minutes walk away past the Yuigahama station. Food options were limited in the area but just ask the staff and they would be more than happy to provide you with recommendations.

WeBase Kamakura Hostel was a five minutes walk from Yuigahama station, two stops away from the main Kamakura station or a 20 minutes walk away. I wouldn't recommend walk though if you have luggage in tow as the pavement can be quite hard on the wheels. Take the train unless there is a crazy long queue due to the weekend/holiday crowd.

For more information or reservations, head on to http://we-base.jp/kamakura/en/

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