The Hakone Hotel was convenient for us as a one night stopover whilst using the two day Odakyu Hakone pass and travelling fairly light. For that circuit the location is perfect, right on the edge of Lake Ashi, 200 metres from the pirate cruise ship berth at Hakone Machi.
The Hakone Hotel itself is a mixture. From the outside it looks like a penitentiary, but inside it has great views over the lake to Mt Fuji (on a cloudless day). The hotel seems to be trying (and failing) to be classical European rather than Japanese. It has a somewhat faded grandeur and a very expensive French restaurant (just eat out or buy some snacks from a deli). Our "moderate twin" room - AU$137 per night including taxes (through Expedia) was very large and comfortable by Japanese standards. It had two double beds and a picture window with views of the Lake. The Hotel also has a small communal spa bath fed by hot springs (very hot) which is good to experience if you don't mind getting nude with a few strangers (segregated male and female bathing times).
The Hakone Hotel would not be suitable for a long tern stay; fussy people or those requiring luxury. But as an overnighter for self sufficient travelers it is an interesting option. Our recommendation refers to Hakone pass users
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- Also Known As:
- Hakone Hotel Machi