While looking around for last minute accommodation, I stumbled upon the Snowbird Pension. It had some of the highest rated reviews for any reasonably priced accommodation I had seen. Across trip advisor, booking.com and others, no one had one bad word to say about this place; surely it couldn't be that good right? It was.
I honestly don't have any complaints about Snowbird, from the rooms, to the location, to the food, everything was pretty much perfect. The hosts, Vaughan and Mayumi (and little Shuma) did everything to make me feel as comfortable as possible. I was particularly spoilt as I was the only visitor there at the end of my trip, going as far as taking me on a day trip to the Cortina ski resort at the other end of Hakuba valley. Nothing you ask is too much trouble for them, need a lift to the ski hire place, shops, or home from somewhere? Never a problem. They will truly make you feel like part of the family. I began to feel guilty by the end of my stay by how well I was being treated.
The rooms were spacious, especially given the price, and by Japanese standards. Plenty of room to spread out if you need to. Not much in each room but that was hardly a problem. Each room has its own adjustable heater which you can adjust to your liking. As others have said the bathrooms are small but they have everything you need.
The location was perfect in terms of proximity to everything you need, and remoteness to keep everything cosy and quiet. There is a bus stop just 50-100m up the road (1-2min walk) to take you to the main plaza (Escal plaza) at the ski fields. These run regularly, and even if you miss your bus, the plaza is only a pleasant (even in snowboard boots) 10 minute walk away anyway. Local restaurants are a little bit further away but the town is small enough so everything is within a 10-20min walk.
Finally, the food. Vaughan is an amazing chef with every meal I ate seeming to improve on the last. I had to make a vow to myself to eat out once or twice as every day the menu looked too good to pass up. While it’s not the cheapest option to eat in, it is still very reasonably priced compared to the rest of the town, and the food is always top notch.
The Snowbird Pension is easily the best accommodation I've stayed in aboard, boasting sizable rooms, exceptional service, amazing food, excellent facilities and a great location. You seriously can't get much better than this.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Snowbird Pension is a small 7 room B&B that offers a personalized service. All of the 7 rooms are ensuited for your comfort with a choice of western rooms or traditional Japanese rooms. Snowbird is situated in a quiet area of Goryu village with easy access to the ski fields and local bars and resturants. For breakfast a Full continental breakfast is provided, also enjoy a fresh cooked breakfast(optional) ( dinners are optional ). ... more less
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