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.
The corridors & lobby had a lingering smell of fuel (maybe used for the heaters) but rooms did not smell of this thankfully. Rooms were basic but comfortable. Bathroom is tight but expected in Japan. Close distance to station, canal & other facilities.
Its located a few train stops or around a 30 min drive away from Sapporo via the highway but its in its own world. The resort facilities are modern, great service all round Onsen was of excellent quality and all meals (which are included in the price) are a great sample of traditional Japanese meals. Recommended as a great breather when travelling to Hokkaio and Sapporo in particular.
Traveller from Sydney, Australia
Located in the famous hot spring town of Otaru. With a river running behind the hotel and delightful views of the hills in …More
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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