In beautiful Hakuba, Gakuto Villas is a gem! Spotless, modern two story villa. All the amenities of home in really cool facilities. Totally hi-tech: wifi included, floor ambient heaters (although we didn't need them in August), bathrooms were tricked out! Downstairs was like a Japanese bath with shower and soaking tube in a room separated by toilet with a sliding (Waterproof) door. Upstairs bath was equally cool. Modern toilets, of course.
Hakuba is so charming and the more we explored, the more we liked it. Though our host Kayo warned us that many restaurants were closed, we found some good eating. Wondering why it's not a more popular summer destination it's so beautiful.
Although we only stayed overnight, the hotel staff was helpful and the In House restaurant was excellent for dining. It is located 5min walk from the Negano train station. The in house restaurant has excellent dining and the presentation was fabulous looking and great tasting with both Western and Japanese dishes. Our daughter was not feeling well to go down for dinner. The restaurant staff prepared a great looking take away dish for my daughter that was in par with those provided in the restaurant itself.
The rooms themselves were pretty standard as expected. The room could use more AC outlets available to charge all the gadgets in prep for the next day traveling.
We certainly recommend this hotel.
Great location, staff service was 100%. Loveliest people run the hotel, I was so grateful to have stayed at this hotel and met the lovely staff, we were served coffee and a treat on our departure morning. Great onsen bathing area on the top floor also. Loved it!
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