Great fun with family near the surrounding. Quiet n peaceful. Very quiet town unlike Sapporo. Shops closed early n u need to catch early dinner. Information center in Otaru which I had specific encountered a English speaking japanese staff in late 50s or 60s whom very helpful n great n advise us where to go .................hotel breakfast very simple n rigid. Closed right on time n asked for 2nd refill was turned down. Heavy luggage an issue as u need to carry up by a few steps. FNB in the hotel is very quiet
It is one of the most expensive hotels that I stay when visiting Hokkaido because it is the snow festival period. I've paid $105/night when travelling alone. The hotel is not close to Otaru JR station but it is in the perfect location beside Otaru canal. If you are visiting Otaru for their snow light festival, it is perfect. Make sure to book early and ask for a room with canal sight. It comes with a Japanese breakfast buffet with I considered with some Chinese touches. And don't forget to visit the old building because there are old & new building for Sonia hotel.
Fantastic hotel for an independent traveller. Right across from the train station and easy walking distance to everything in town. Lovely onsen facilities, free fast wi-fi in the rooms, free laundry facilities and a complimentary bowl of ramen each night. My only qualm is the bed being a touch firm with only one small pillow.
"Conveniently close to trains, buses and the canal."
We booked 2 different rooms; one a twin and the other a double room. The double room is much smaller than the twin room. Our stay were comfortable, the rooms were clean and nice. For those who enjoy room service, it stops at 8pm.
Otaru is located in the western part of Hokkaido, facing Ishikari Bay. Known as the town of hills, Otaru was developed to serve as a port for Hokkaido. Stone and brick warehouses along the canal, used for storage in days when barges crowded the waters, have been converted into glasswork shops, cafes, restaurants, and shops. After sunset, the oil lamps on the area's cobbled streets are lit.
Payments accepted on expedia.co.uk include American Express, Diner's Club International, Maestro, MasterCard, Visa, Visa Electron and PayPal.
Flight-inclusive holiday packages and Flight-Plus arrangements created on Expedia.co.uk are financially protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (under Expedia, Inc.'s ATOL number 5788). But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then your booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our general terms and conditions for further details on ATOL or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate.
For the sale of travel insurance Expedia Inc. is an Appointed Representative of Mondial Assistance (UK) Limited trading as Allianz Global Assistance which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Mondial Assistance (UK) Limited's FCA registration number is 311909. FCA authorisation can be checked at the Financial Services register at www.fsa.gov.uk/register/
Expedia, Inc., is not responsible for content on external Web sites.