I totally enjoyed staying at this hotel and wish I could have stayed longer. As several other reviewers have noted, this is great for getting away from the hustle and bustle of Japanese cities.
I had a very large room with a view of the nearby mountains. I would have wished for a room with a view of Mt. Fuji but all those had been taken. As I said, it was a very large room and one of the little special treats of the room was that I was greeted with a very nice plate of luscious strawberries when I arrived. The room itself was very well appointed and even had a nice little outside balcony. I had a large sitting area, a very large be and a separate bathroom which was very well equipped. I ended up, though, not using the very large bath as I took all my baths in the onsen downstairs.
One of the special treats of this hotel was the luxurious lobby complete with a fireplace and with a huge picture window opening on a quiet and lovely garden. In the early evening this lobby is turned into a great "happy hour" kind of place, complete with free wine, beer, champagne and snacks. Also there is a piano player who entertained with a nice selection of popular songs, played on a very elegant Bosendorfer grand piano. This was an excellent place to meet and greet, and I believe I made several friends just sitting there.
One of the previous reviewers mentioned the wearing of the traditional yukata (provided by the hotel) in this room and indeed in all the public rooms in the hotel. To me, this is one of the special treats of any hotel, and certainly this one. The story I read in one of the reviews of the couple that ran back to their room because mostly everyone was in their "normal" clothes got a good chuckle from me, as the wearing of a yukata is one of the fun things about being in an onsen. I really enjoyed sitting in the "happy hour" room in my yukata and even enjoyed having dinner later on dressed in the traditional onsen garb.
The restaurant was one of the less wonderful things about the hotel, because I didn't think the food was anything particularly special and as some of the other reviewers mentioned, was quite overpriced. You also are pretty much left with the hotel restaurants, as it's quite a distance into the nearest little town. It's certainly not enough to change my opinion of this place, though. The day I was there it began to snow during dinner, and the waiter told me it was one of the few times it had snowed that early in the season (December 30) and was considered a "good omen."
Anyway, I totally enjoyed my stay here and will certainly return at my next opportunity.
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