Our family of 2 adults & 2 children stayed in Kimamaya during the recent March school holidays.
We stayed in the loft room, much to the kids delight. We requested for a child safety gate at the top of the stairs and this was fixed up by the time we we were back from dinner.
The room is quite small with limited storage space which meant the room looked messy most of the time with all our jackets & clothes thrown over the sofa.
Bathroom was also small and there was no bathtub.
Housekeeping rather patchy, they didn't make the loft's bed for 2 days until I informed the reception. The 1st day I thought it was an oversight but the 2nd day? On another day, there was a scrubbing sponge left in the shower and yet another day, there was no bathroom mat.
On one the nights there was a party at the Barn and unfortunately our room was right next to the Barn & we could hear every conversation word for word! It went on till quite late and after a long day on the slopes we were all exhausted but were kept awake by the noise. We could also hear TV, conversations going on in the next room. Needless to say we didn't sleep well which was a pity as the bed was comfortable.
Despite this, the hotel staff were friendly, we had good food recommendations, we got a local mobile phone, the onsen was nice & convenient & the breakfast was nice, not a big spread but more than sufficient. The staff even made teddy bear designs on my daughter's hot chocolate & she looked forward to that every morning.
The bus stop to Hanazono was right outside the hotel and we took the bus there every morning to drop the kids off at ski school. NISS runs a very efficient ski school at Hanazono. The kids are there from 10 to 3.30, with their lunch taken care off so the parents can have peace of mind snowboarding down strawberry fields or trekking up to the peak for some of the best powder!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Even as the snowflakes start to fall, adding powder to the slopes outside, Kimamaya Boutique Hotel remains toasty-warm; a cocoon upon the mountainside. Kimamaya is the Japanese word for ‘be yourself’ and here, you can do just that. Jazz music floats through the homely Living Lounge as your bare feet press against the timber flooring, and all that’s left to worry about is which wine you’ll sip as you laze by the fireplace. The vintages served here come from a vineyard owned by the family of Nicolas Gontard, who renovated this nine-room retreat to help guests get closer to the beauty of Niseko, one of Japan’s most popular ski resorts. But Kimamaya Boutique Hotel’s mountain location isn’t only appealing in winter. In the summer and fall, pristine trails and mountain biking tracks snake through the surrounding pine forests. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Hotels.com, Booking.com, Agoda, TripOnline SA, Rakuten, Traveltool, S.L.U., Priceline, Odigeo, Evoline ltd and HotelQuickly so you can book your Kimamaya reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Kimamaya Japan/Hokkaido - Kutchan-Cho