It's hard to say what part of a stay at the Hotel Benesse House is the most memorable: the gorgeous views of the Seto Inland Sea, special access to artwork at the Benesse Museum, or the Tadao Ando architecture and the luxurious yet minimalist décor of the hotel rooms. There are four buildings with guestrooms, each with a different theme and location: Park, Beach, Museum (in the Benesse House Museum), and Oval, which is an artwork in itself, farther up the hill and accessed by walkways or a monorail. Stunning views–of both nature and art–abound. There are several restaurants on the property as well, including a Japanese restaurant, a French restaurant, and a café. Staff are friendly and capable but deliberately keep their distance—a change from the ever-attentive service in other upscale Japanese hotels. Meal plans are available and breakfast is fine.
Hotel Award Winner | 2013
3418 Naoshima-cho, Naoshima, 761-3110, Japan