Hotels in Hakone are more focused on the Japanese resort holiday traveller. It is not easy to find reasonable priced hotels that are accessible for foreigners. We liked the hotel for the reasonable price, non-smoking rooms (not easy to find in Japan), triple room (not easy to find in Japan), and location.
The location was good for a mid-loop stop. There is a bus station right outside the hotel. We used it to get from the hotel to the Sounzan Station (5 minutes by bus not included in Free Pass/20 minute walk) where you switch from the Cable Car to the Ropeway.
Yes, the public spaces are very nice and the rooms are a bit worn. The garden view makes the hotel special. Most rooms do have a view, but make sure you have a garden view.
Nearly all of the guests were Japanese. The staff spoke enough English to get by, which was fine.
The restaurants in the hotel are expensive. But we spang for the buffet breakfast, which as good. If you can, get a package that includes breakfast, which would be a better deal. For dinner, we walked about 10 minutes down the hill a found a nice and much more reasonable restaurant (but there are few options within walking distance).
To make the most of our time in Hakone, we used the baggage forwarding service to deliver our luggage from Hakone-Yumoto station to the hotel and back again the next morning. Paid 900 Yen each bag each way, which was not cheap, but worth it so that we could focus on our day.
By the way, I don't suggest trying to do the loop in one day. You can, but this area is really beautiful and you just won't get to really enjoy what the area has to offer. Get the Hakone Free Pass starting either from Shinjuku or Odawara (if you have Japan Rail Pass).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Several years ago I was in Japan for 7 days. Stayed in 3 different 6 star hotels, but Hotel Kowaki-en, Hakone National Park, impressed me so much as it was simply out of this world, with incredible service, hyper-luxurious rooms with elegant bathroom. Simply so fairytale like that anyone ever stayed there will remeber it forever. It's like Paradise. Have the correct address in Denmark, where I'll arrive in 10 days. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hakone Hotel Machi
- Hakone Onsen Hotel Machi