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.
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.
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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