We stayed for three nights in a room with a private bath. The view overlooked a wide patch of forest where the leaves were changing color, so the feeling was very private. The bath did take some time to warm up so we had to turn it on about 20 minutes prior to using it. I also used the common bath and that had both an indoor and outdoor bath area. These were clean but did have an older feel. Still, overlooking the autumn leaves was a great way to end a day of hiking. The room was larger than we expected and well-appointed. We noticed that internet connection, wi-fi, was limited to the lobby areas, though this was not a major inconvenience. Also the hallways seemed a little scuffed up and in need of a refresher. Because we stayed three nights, the meals grew more and more lavish with each night. The final night we were not prepared when the lobster was still moving about on the plate even after being sliced up as sashimi. The wait staff could see that I was having some problems with this and they were able to deftly maneuver the remainder into a soup for us. The hotel sits on the quieter side of the lake and is a walk away from waterfalls, a lake trail, and the wood-path marshlands, so it's ideal for walkers. Also we were picked up and dropped off at the Nikko train station, which was a great service as a bus ride could run up to 2000 yen, one way, per person, I believe. We have heard that there are staff who speak English, but since we knew enough to get by, everyone seemed happy enough to chat away in Japanese. My guess is that English is a stretch for most staff, but they are all friendly so language shouldn't be a problem.
The private bath we used took some time to warm up so perhaps it might not be worth the extra cost w...
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