Well it's been four weeks since we left Hakuba and already I am wanting to go back, still checking the resort cams everyday just as I did leading up to the trip.
It was our second trip and our second time at the Echo Hotel. We just can't wait to make it THREE times. Everything, and I mean everything was, on both occasions, just perfect. Right from the first contact with Tina, the first of many contacts as Tina happily makes way for my many and varied changes, tweaks, adjustments and whims, through to hopping into the departure mini-van off to catch the Shinkansen to Tokyo, it is all a well oiled machine to allow you to enjoy your trip to the maximum.
The staff at the Echo are as obliging as you could want for, making sure your room is perfect in every details, with Apple TV tuned just right, making dinner reservations, arranging any tours or luggage/gear transport. Breakfast is created to your individual liking as tips and hints on today's weather and best skiing/boarding is discussed. Rooms are modern, clean and very, very warm with views of the village, nightlife and mountains oh, and lots of snow right outside the hotel...LOTS OF SNOW. The beds are to die for, so comfortable, cosy, large and warm. The ski drying room is large enough to cater for all guests so your gear isn't tossed around. The bar, cosy enough for a quiet drink, with bar food good enough to have the occasional dinner in house and lively enough for a night out.
In a nutshell, Echo the first year, Echo the second year and most likely Echo the third year.
The village has an abundance of eateries and bars enough to go somewhere new each night, along with some shopping, groceries if you like, ski/board shops, hire and tunes. The locals are genuinely happy to have you visit their valley and town.
The slopes, well do I need to say anything? So many resorts so close, so much variety and all on one pass, with free shuttles almost at the front door of the Echo Hotel. The skiing/boarding is spectacular, virtually no lift lines and multitudes of trails and powder. Like I said about the Echo Hotel, it's the same for Hakuba.... Hakuba the first year, Hakuba the second year and YES! Hakuba the third year.
YOU HAVE JUST GOTTA GO!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This popular hotel comprises two bedroom kitchenette suites, two bedroom family suites, deluxe twin/king rooms, twin queen rooms, compact twin/queen rooms and luxury two, three, four and five bedroom condominiums. All room types come with ensuites and mountain or tree views. The top floor lounge has stunning views of the mountains including the Olympic Ski Jump and has a pool table, lounge area and large flat screen TV. There is a second lounge with cozy fireplace and a bar at street level as well as a laundrette which is open to the public. Echo Hotel is one of Hakuba's best value for money establishments with its excellent location, spotless rooms and friendly staff. Echoland, the area it sits in the heart of, is surrounded by restaurants, shops and bars. This area known as "the village" is where most of the independent restaurants are and has a large selection of international cuisine. If you are not wanting to dine in hotel restaurants then you will more than likely come into this area at night if staying in any other area. Located in the main street this hotel is only a five minute free shuttle to Happo One or 47/Goryu Resorts. The free resort shuttle stop is right opposite the hotel and walking to either of these resorts takes 10~15mins. The hotel also offers its own morning shuttle service. ... more less
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