This hotel is very comfortable and convenient with an ideal location. Itʻs a five minute walk from the Otaruchikko train station that can take you in to Otaru or back towards Sapporo. Depending on the train you take itʻs around a half hour ride into the city but personally I enjoyed Otaru much more. If you want to take a stroll along the harbor Otaru is around a 15 minute walk from the hotel. The hotel also sits with Wing Bay Otaru Mall which is super convenient when you need something you can probably find it in that five-story mall. I really enjoyed my stay!
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.
Booked a last minute stay at this hotel and was not disappointed. A bit out of my budget as I'm backpacking but there were no budget accommodations available and it was worth it. Within walking distance to main tourist areas and transportation. Very clean hotel, friendly staff and very comfortable beds. I would recommend staying here.
Value for money. Room is rather small, especially the toilet. But if you are looking for a hotel in Otaru with low cost, then this is a hotel for you. All the necessary amenities are there and the complimentary bottle of milk upon check in is nice.
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.
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