We booked a room direct from their website for about US$120. No credit card details needed, and they had our booking when we arrived. Check-in was smooth, though staff English is minimal - just enough for the usual check-in/out procedure, and okay if you don't have complicated questions. You pay the full amount when you check in, and check-out is via a machine where you just return your key card. There is a 24-hour guest lounge next to the lobby, with a few computers (free to use) and free hot drinks.
We had readied ourselves for the small rooms (we'd booked the cheapest semi-double), but even then, it was a squeeze with two backpacks. I'd say it's okay if you're small-sized and out of the room most of the day, which we were. The hotel room's clean, modern and cleverly designed, so even though it's miniscule, everything you need is there, from a table lamp, to an inbuilt bedside alarm clock. Table space is very narrow for anyone using a laptop though. The bathroom was small, but adequate for us, although it might be a struggle for someone who's larger-built. The toiletries provided were more than sufficient, and the soap/shampoo smelt fabulous!
The best thing about this hotel is its location. Its basement links directly to the JR Sapporo station through a mall. You can spend the day shopping at the neighbouring 3-4 malls and never once have to emerge out in the sun/rain. Cafe Croissant, one minute away from the hotel's basement, is great for breakfast. For 380yen, you get a delicious bacon & egg croissant, along with a coffee.
Tanuki Koji, about a 15-minute walk away is interesting for cheap souvenirs and food, while Odori Park with its brightly-coloured flowers, is about 10 minutes away on foot. You can cover these distances by walking through the seemingly endless underground shops, but we liked walking above ground, so we could see the buildings and enjoy the cool weather.
Our room faced the JR Sapporo station and had floor-to-ceiling windows (although they didn't stretch from wall-to-wall), so we had a good view of the street life downstairs. For a cheap lunch or dinner, try the vending machine place that sells rice bowls, just a few doors down from Cafe Croissant. I got a decent beef bowl for just 290 yen, perfect for a quick lunch in-between all that shopping.
Overall, it wasn't a bad stay, but next time, I would plump for Century Royal (also linked underground to the malls/JR station) if I could get a good rate there, just because their rooms are much larger!
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