Onomichi U2 Hotel

Onomichi | First Class

A converted maritime warehouse right on the Seto Inland Sea in southwestern Honshu, the Onomichi U2 Hotel Cycle is where cycling meets cool, minimal design.

As its name suggests, this stylish, design hotel is geared up completely for cyclists and sits at the start of the Shimanami Kaido cycle route. You can pedal up to the check-in desk and keep your bike in your room, storing it on a wall rack like a work of art. Road bikes are available to hire, and there is space to repair your own bike in the public areas with tools available to rent.

You don’t have to be dressed head to toe in Lycra to enjoy this hotel, though. It’s a vision of pared-back contemporary design, with stylish rooms at one end, a bike shop at the other, and a handful of innovative dining outlets in its open-plan heart. Its design, atmosphere and beautiful waterfront location are hugely appealing.

Guest rooms are as cool as the communal spaces, with wooden ceilings, sections of exposed brick and a palette of grey and oatmeal continuing the minimal, industrial feel. Bathrooms run the width of most guest rooms, which blocks some light from the windows, but gives the rooms a mellow feel that aids relaxation after a day in the saddle.

Eating has a sense of fun here. There’s a café right next to the Onomichi Channel, with a ‘cycle-thru’ counter, so you can pedal up to the window, grab a bite and pedal off again. The hotel has its own bakery, and breakfasts feature lots of fresh goodies straight out of the oven. Homemade pizzas are served at lunch on weekdays, while dinner is all about fresh local seafood and grilled dishes cooked over charcoal. In the middle of the hotel’s restaurant there’s a casual bar overlooking the Onomichi Channel, where you can enjoy a drink along with snacks and starters from the restaurant menu.

We Say

A cool, contemporary cycle-themed hotel in a waterside warehouse conversion.


5-11 Nishi-Gosho-cho, Onomichi

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  • Your Accommodation
    • 28 rooms
    • First class room amenities
  • Eating & Drinking
    • The Restaurant
    • Kog Bar
    • Yard Cafe
    • Butti Bakery
  • Leisure & Relaxation
    • Bicycle shop
    • Bicycle rental & repair

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