My first impression of the hotel was not overwhelmingly positive, But I would probably come back for the snowboarding.
The "New" Prince hotel is about 20 or so years old and the decor does reflect it. But it is well kept.
I was surprised to find that despite booking through Australian company skimax, staff overall had very limited English. Although there is a western guy on staff if you can catch him.
The hotel is quite isolated. They offer a shuttle bus service to town for 300 yen per person each way. I found it inconvenient at night as there are half as many to return in the evening. It was easier to catch a taxi for 2000yen back.
However as dinner starts from about 3700 yen at the hotel it's still worth a trip. The hotel will make you a reservation and give you a list of nearby restaurants. The other option is filling up on a buffet lunch and holding out until 9 to get the bar snacks which included risotto. The bar also has a 2 hr all you can drink package for 2000 yen including cocktails.
Snow school stuff
The snow sport school at the hotel though is fantastic. We had 2 group lessons through our package. Although these were actually private for more than 1 person. If you do not speak a good level of Japanese I recommend requesting Hiro. A couple people told us of issues with teachers with language barriers but we had no trouble with Hiro. We found him to be a very good teacher who accommodated for our different levels.
We did have issues with finding out when our lessons were. We were not told and had to wait for the snow school to open the next day to find out.
The equipment hire guys were not helpful at all. We had to ask several times for assistance, they set up both boards wrong and ignored our requests for assistance with how to put boots on. (It was our first time.)
Overall I think I would return as it was great having snow activities at hotel and I had a good experience with the school. I'd prepare a bit better for meals and trips into town but that's quite minor ans for a longer trip away would not be a problem.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Furano is a spectacular all-season resort surrounded by the magnificent nature of Hokkaido.New Furano Prince Hotel is an outstanding new travel destination for outdoor sports activities and base of sightseeing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Prince Hotel Furano
- Furano Prince Hotel