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“Well-appointed hotel with large rooms & great onsen”

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Hotel Associa Takayama Resort
Ranked #7 of 174 Hotels / Ryokan in Takayama
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Tokyo, Japan
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87 reviews
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“Well-appointed hotel with large rooms & great onsen”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

I stayed for three nights with my parents. They stayed in a deluxe twin room and I stayed in another. We had a very relaxing time for the most part. It was fortunate that we stayed over three weekdays and not during the weekend, because this hotel caters to tour groups mostly. On our third day (Friday), a few large groups (mostly mainland Chinese) arrived and I have to say that the hotel became a little less peaceful overall during mealtimes and in the onsens.

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Rooms: Deluxe twin rooms were very large (about 46 sqm.) and comfortable. If you're staying alone in one of these it actually feels like staying in an apartment! Bathrooms have automatic washlets and fixtures, etc. and everything seems to have been recently renovated. Spotless!

Shuttle bus: Quite convenient for getting into the city and back, although a bit crowded at times and only departs from the hotel and the station once every hour. If you have to get going before the bus comes, you can always get a taxi from the station or ask the hotel staff to call one for you.

Onsen/hot springs: The 6th floor is called the Spa Wing. It has the spa (Spa Phyton) with very nice (and pricey!) treatments. You can get your own room with its own onsen, which my parents both tried. I opted for the communal onsen on the 5th and 7th floor. Must be the best ones I've bathed in so far in my six years in Japan. Try all the open-air baths! And make sure you try the lounge chairs on the 6th floor afterwards with a bottle of Hida milk which is sold in the vending machine on the same floor. Absolutely refreshing while looking out over the city!

Breakfast: Very good spread in a huge restaurant (Rosiere) with beautiful china and silverware. However, avoid dining between 7-8:30am as most of the tour groups are being accommodated at this time. On our first day we had to skip breakfast here altogether since there were way too many people waiting to eat. This was a problem for us since we had to catch the Nohi bus tour at 8:30 at Takayama station. The staff was very apologetic though.
The next morning we made sure to dine after 8:30 and the restaurant was mostly empty that time.

I only have one slightly negative comment, which is the lack of room service. My parents get hungry at odd hours, and are sometimes too tired to leave the hotel to eat once they've settled in their rooms after a day of exploring. You'll need to eat or get takeout before you head back to the hotel in the evening.
We tried the Japanese restaurant "Kaun" which had very good Japanese food, albeit a limited menu.
There were also no drinks in the minibar apart from water, instant coffee and tea. You can buy drinks in the shop on the ground floor, the 6th floor spa wing, or near the station (there's a Family Mart across).

TIP: Avoid bathing after dinnertime. Too many people! Some foreign visitors apparently don't understand that bathing in the onsen is supposed to be relaxing!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

This place regularly hosts 5-6 tour buses, but our view of the snow-caps from the 11th floor was spectacular--only to be superseded from the bath in the spa on the 7th floor. Takayama is a delightful town, and though the hotel is a LONG walk from the town built to represent the traditional villages of Gifu and the downtown, it's and easy place to stay, and the breakfast buffets are beautifully displayed and maintained, satisfying so many people so graciously. That is true of the staff--and the guests: truly pleasant and gracious.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 May 2014 via mobile

My husband and I stayed 2 nights as part of our independent tour of Japan. The rooms were quite spacious, clean and beds very comfy, decor little dated (my husband said it reminded him of being in a dollhouse!!!) but overall in very good condition. Although the hotel is out of town they run a regular free shuttle bus that is very reliable. We found the hotel a great base to explore Takayama and used the shuttle bus and taxi (evening) to commute into town which only took about 10mins. There was free wifi although it only worked if you were sitting in front of the window. Just a word of caution most of the restaurants close by 8pm except the Japanese style casual cafe on the same level as the Onsen. We arrived late so luckily this restaurant was open and the food was quite good. We also tried the Onsen (separate mens and womens sections) and it was very impressive especially at night with a variety of indoor and outdoor baths with views of the mountains and city lights. Would definitely recommend this hotel, great base for exploring the beautiful old town of Takayama.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

This hot spring resort hotel is located 10 minutes away from Takayama town up on a hill. The hotel provides an hourly shuttle to ferry passengers between the resort and town centre. Pickup and drop off is at the bus stop in front of the JR train terminal.

Our standard twin room at the resort was well appointed and very spacious by Japanese hotel room standards. The room has a lovely view of the town, farms, paddy fields and surrounding mountains. Housekeeping did a good job keeping both the bathroom and bedroom very clean and tidy. Our room and general decor inside the hotel had a flowery theme to it though furniture inside the room showed signs of wear and tear, and the bathroom sink had a long and thin visible crack.

That being said the Rosiere Cafe on the second floor serves a daily buffet breakfast as well as an evening buffet dinner when we were there. For breakfast food variety was good with a decent selection of Japanese and Western cuisine. Food variety, on the other hand, during dinner was ample but not very wide. Dishes were replenished fairly quickly before they were finished.

There are separate public hot spring pools (onsen) for both sexes on the 6th floor of the resort as well as private onsen for couples or family members who require more intimacy. Private onsen are chargeable per every 45 minutes of use.

Overall, we enjoyed our stay at Hotel Associa Takayama Resort and would not hesitate recommending it to other fellow travelers whenever they visit the quaint and lovely town of Takayama in the future.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 May 2014

Arriving at Takayama railway station the cafe (Scenery) to the right (as you walk out) has information about the bus connection to Associa Takayama Resort. The bus travels at least hourly between the railway station and the hotel. It leaves from the main road straight in front of the cafe. It is a 10 minute trip and leaves exactly on time.

The hotel is large with two wings of accommodation and the spa/onsen area.

The decor is dated but it is extremely clean and does not smell old or musty. The room is large and the bathroom normal sized. Pure luxury after Tokyo. The beds and pillows are comfortable. The view from the 17th floor of the alpine wing is spectacular with snow still on the far peaks.

The onsen was excellent with a number of baths in a nice area with beautiful views.

The distance from town is not an issue with regular shuttles running to the railway station which is on the edge of the main part of town.

Breakfast was included and was extensive with Asian and European food included.

The staff is helpful and efficient.

As previously mentioned there is an onsen tax of 150 yen per person per night to be paid whether you use it or not. I suggest you try it. It is not as daunting as you'd think once you've done it.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Tokyo
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

A nice and modern onsen hotel on a hill overlooking Takayama. While there is a free shuttle to the station, it is probably not really convenient to just visit Takayama, but rather to also make day/half day trips by car in the area such as to Shirakawago, Kamikochi and Oku-Hida. You can soak in the onsen after returning and then take the shuttle down the hill for dinner. We found that choices are the BBQ restaurant run by JA (the farmers' association) just next to the station and the Il Fenice italian restaurant downtown were good choices.
I would normally rate it 4/5 but as we got an excellent rate (Y 20 k for 4 people with B/F) via their website, I will give 5/5 due to the value for money. Very recommended for people who have a car and who stay a couple of days.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

The onsen here was excellent! Covering two floors in the spa wing, and with male and female baths alternating daily, I would highly recommend anyone staying here to enjoy them instead of bathing in the rather small ensuite toilet! The hotel even provides a bag for guests to carry towels, etc. to the onsen.

Frontdesk service was efficient and helpful. Even more helpful was the (free) luggage delivery service which allows guests to drop off luggage at Cafe Scenery (to the right as you exit JR Takayama) and have it delivered to the hotel room, even before checking in. I didn't even have to arrange this beforehand. Really appreciated this as the hotel is some distance away from the train station and the main tourist area around Sanmachi-suji. We could then walk around town before going up to the hotel for check-in.

The shuttle bus service was efficient, with extra buses laid up if the queue got very long. It is also very punctual, and it pays to be early for the bus as it leaves on the dot at the scheduled time! We missed the bus once by seconds, however the taxi ride isn't too expensive, ~1300 yen from JR Takayama to the hotel.

Our standard triple room was spacious, the beds were comfortable and I was very happy that there were two washbasins - very useful with 3 persons in the room! The room can get a bit stuffy though, as we could not switch on the aircon in April. Wifi connection was also rather spotty. Breakfast was good with a wide spread to choose from, and tasty, even the veggies!

All in all we had a great stay here. Despite being a large hotel, it can get booked out months in advance for the festival days; basically one needs to book very early to get any accommodation during the Takayama Festivals.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Hotel Associa Takayama Resort
Address: 1134 Echigocho, Takayama 506-0033, Gifu Prefecture
Region: Japan > Chubu > Gifu Prefecture > Takayama > Hidatakayama Onsen
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
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#1 Family Hotel in Takayama
#3 Romantic Hotel in Takayama
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Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Associa Takayama Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 290
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