Such an enjoyable stay for our first trip to Hakuba! We arrived at 2am, and everything was organized from our ski tickets to visitor brochures. The twin room we stayed in was clean and a lot bigger than what I was expecting for Japan, this worked out well considering we were traveling with boards and large bags.
I can't say enough good things about the staff, they were so lovely and helpful with everything from restaurant bookings to organizing luggage delivery and a joy to chat with. It was honestly lovely to come back from the mountains and see smiling faces.
One of our favourite things were the discounted onsen tickets, only 200yen from the hotel reception and the onsen is only a 3 minute walk away.
As for location, lots of good restaurants within a 5 minute walk - I love Sarugaku across the road, literally a 30 second walk. Shakespeare Hotel is also a main stop on the red line for the free shuttle so it's really easy to get around, plus right outside the hotel is a stop for the free resort shuttles so we had no problem going to a different mountain everyday. Just stand at the stop and get on the bus to whatever resort you fancy. It really was that easy.
This is not a luxury hotel but its clean, hassle free and is near to shuttle stops, shops, restaurants and an onsen. I can't recommend it enough, and will definitely be staying here on my next trip back to Hakuba.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the beautiful alps of Hakuba, Shakespeare Hotel does not just take his namesake but is modeled directly after his own house in Europe. Each room is named after a body of Shakespeare's work. The hotel boasts not only a recently renovated main building, but also a 3 story Annex building, a yoga studio unlike any other you will find in Hakuba, A Restaurant and a newly constructed Bar. You can also find a massage shop, a shooting range, and several various bars and restaurants all directly attached to the hotel. Come and see why everyone says our "staff is amazing!". 50% of our staff our bilingual and 50% of our staff are Hakuba locals, making us just the right people to help you have the most enjoyable time possible in Hakuba. We have staff that can speak Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese Sign language; so we are equipped to handle any concerns our customers may have. ... more less
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