This is an excellent business hotel and also great for vacationing families of up to 2 adults and 2 children below 17.
If arriving at New Chitose Airport, head down to the basement level, get tickets for the express and you are set. If you are not arriving with an entire horde, you can go with an "unreserved" ticket which will give you access to ANY train car except "Reserved" train cars. The staff at the JR Information and Ticket Office speak excellent English, which means just that much less anxiety for travelers with little or no Japanese, and a very pleasant start to your visit to Hokkaido!
The stop that you want for central Hokkaido and access to the Keio Plaza Hotel Sapporo is NOT the Shin-Sapporo station, but the Sapporo station. Look for the South Gate or South Exit. Exit the South Gate and you will find yourself in the grand piazza shared by JR Tower and Daimaru. The road right in front of you across the piazza is Kita-Dojo Teine Dori (北五條手稲通). Exiting the South Gate and turning right, walking along Kita-Dojo Teine Dori, crossing exactly 3 intersections, you arrive at the Keio Plaza Hotel Sapporo.
It is a few blocks from the central garden, the famous "clock tower" and the radio tower. All easily accessible by foot from the Keio Plaza Hotel Sapporo. This is useful for your first day in Sapporo whether you are on business or leisure and a good way to get your bearings and get your blood flowing at the end of a very long flight or even series of flights. You'll also easily check on "seen sights of Sapporo" on your list of things to do. Don't forget to visit ESTA which is a huge shopping mall right next to JR Sapporo station. You won't miss it, it is one of the malls fronting the grand piazza in front of JR Sapporo station. Level 10 houses a faux alleyway of ramen stalls. Do drop by for a visit. My personal recommendation is Ajisai ramen, their house specialty, the curry ramen runs out fast and there's only a limited quantity available daily. This is a nice hearty, thick, curry based bowl of spicy goodness. Perfect for a wintry day in Sapporo.
The bell staff at the hotel deserve the most praise. A particular O-san (王) was fluent in English, Japanese and Mandarin. This was most impressive, and kudos should go to the Keio Plaza Hotel Sapporo for employing such capable members of staff! Every member of the bell staff is knowledgeable, self-starting, capable and an outstanding ambassador for the Keio Plaza Hotel Sapporo.
Toyota Rentals has an office in the basement of the hotel if you need a rental. The rental office closes at 2000hrs.
The hotel restaurant serves an outstanding buffet breakfast spread, which covers the usual gamut of Japanese, Chinese and Western breakfast options. Be sure to try the cappuccino!
The rooms are clean and neatly appointed and quiet. The air-conditioning could be a little weak if you require arctic conditions for a good night's rest. The beds and pillows provide an acceptable sleep quality. The sheets are clean and crisp. An ironing board and iron are available on request; not being available en suite. There are no in-room safes. Shower quality is acceptable with comfortable water pressure and good quality bath products. The shower-bathroom combo is reasonably-sized by Japanese standards. We had a room that had 2 shower-bathroom combos in the room which was a huge plus. A small refrigerator is available in each room.
There is free wifi throughout the hotel.
Overall, this is a very good hotel. Competent and helpful staff and the location are prime reasons for recommending this hotel. Amenities are good and well-maintained.
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- Also Known As:
- Keio Plaza Sapporo
- Sapporo Keio Plaza Hotel