Loved it! There's a convenient free bus service to the hotel (Contact the hotel in advance to make reservations from Odawara) Upon arrival we were greeted by friendly staff who held our bags for us as we were quite early. The hotel exterior does show age, but the interior is clean and very well presented.
We headed out via the rear entrance where there's access to a pirate ship that takes you across Lake Ashi to Hakone. (Buy Hakone Free pass at Odawara which gives you unlimited access to transport like the pirate ship, cable cars, buses etc for two days or more) The weather was forecast as cloudy with rain, but to our surprise it was warm and sunny so we were able to see Fuji throughout the day!
After visiting various areas (such as the amazing Open Air Museum with Picasso exhibit) we returned to the hotel and were promptly shown to our room. The hotel staff actually came up to the room with us and explained things like how to use the air con etc. The room was huge. We'd booked a superior twin room as it was the only one available on expedia and was relatively inexpensive and it was big (not just by Japanese standards either) The ceilings were really high and we had huge windows with a beautiful view of lake Ashi.
Outside of the hotel there isn't really much to do, but they do have a couple of very nice restaurants inside and a private bath area that you can hire for 45 minutes which was a very relaxing end to our day!
Highly recommend this hotel!
Set upon a shore overlooking the sparkling waters of the Lake Ashi - the Hakone Hotel shines like the most precious stone in …More
Very clean, well located hotel near the lake, with great onsen and very nice staff.
The decoration (room, dining room) is a bit old fashioned. Dinner was excellent. Breakfast was disappointing for the price.
Traveller from NYC
This hotel is located on the shore of Lake Ashinoko in the resort town of Hakone, famous for its views of Mt. Fuji and …More
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