Stayed here for a night before hiking the trails around the mountain. The lodge itself is gorgeous, and our room - the 'Japanese Room', presumably because it sounds better that the 'Not enough head-height-to-put-a-bed-in-room', had mattrasses on the floor and was clean and surprisingly comfy.
BUT. The entire lodge is made of sturdy wood. This meant that every sound, from knocking mud off your boots on the back steps to chopping veg in the kitchen, vibrates through the entire structure! We didn't sleep a wink, and at 5am some ambitious group got up to prepare for their trek up the mountain, and the noise of them stomping past the room and getting breakfast was deafening. In the end we got up at 7am, and went for the breakfast I was looking forward to - eggs! Except, the staff had cooked all the eggs at 5am when the first group got up, and ours were just sitting there cold on the counter. Despite 'breakfast' officially starting at 7:30! So it was cold fried eggs and cold toast for breakfast. We asked for some water to take with us, and was told the earlier group had emptied the water filter's dispensor, and "It is very slow to refill." So, no drinking water available with breakfast either! Or to take hiking... this pretty much made up our minds, and my wife and I neer came back to this place. Which is a shame, as it is very picturesque - but may have saved us breaking a leg on the crazy 1km hike there from the road, which is cleverly concreted in the steepest sections, and therefore somewhat akin to trying to ice-skate uphill with a back-pack on...
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