Although the location of this Hotel is about 15 mins walk from the Hirosaki train station, the walk to the main sights, Hirosaki park & Castle, is only 8-10 mins. So, we did not mind walking to/fro the Hotel in good weather (October). However, I strongly suspect that there is a 100 yen Loop bus that goes from the train station to the Hotel (please check while at the train station).
Upon check in, we were given our requested higher floor on the 9th floor (hope I remember correctly) and we could see Mount Iwaki from our room!!! Twin beds were big and comfy indeed, not stone hard at all! Room was good size, too. There was enough space even for an extra coffee table and two chairs, imagine, very good size in Japan.
What is most outstanding feature of this hotel has to be the breakfasts, think egg station, smoked duck or salmon sashimi, curry rice with seafood (yummy!), porridge with salmon roe, western pastries, fruits, salads, etc etc. Every morning, we would eagerly look forward to a 'feast' here ...Not forgetting, we even got a cup of freshly squeezed apple juice one morning, unforgettable indeed. SO be sure to include breakfasts with your stay here, you would certainly not regret it.
Diagonally opposite is a Nakasan Shopping mall, with mid range Outlet shopping on the 4th and 5th floor (sorry, no European brands here). You could get quality clothings at 20-50% discount, really good value! However, no Tax free for items bought at this Outlet. At the basement is the Supermarket and a small food court with only 3 stalls (the Ramen stall on your right while standing facing the stalls is doing a roaring business).
All in all, our 3 nights stay in Hotel was truly enjoyable and unforgettable. Will be checking out other Smile Hotels when we travel in other parts of Japan.