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Biwako Hotel

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Taipei, Taiwan
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26 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes it costs a bunch, but well I surrendered because of the great view from the room! It got free ride from the train station Otsu and hotel, which is nice for travelers. The other love my heart is the free hotspring for residents. Can't love it more!

Thank Wendy C
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17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stayed at the hotel for 2 nights. The room was clean and refurbished with a nice lake view. The hotel has a great italian restaurant with an english menu and a very friendly italian chef. There is an outdoor pool but it charges an entrance fee. Free parking

Thank Johan H
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3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I stayed in luxury aqua floor. The newly furnished room and the panoramic lake view are fantastic! I even watched sunset there for 2 consecutive morning. Highly recommend to stay in aqua room with complementary welcome drink and one Italian breakfast. Staff is so nice there and try their best to provide good service to you. Hot spring is good... More 

Thank Sze Wan W
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23 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

Unbelievable that this price can get 5-star room. Room is so big, big toilet, big Jacuzzi, big sofa, great amenities. Free parking lot. Free breakfast. In-room vending machine, slot machine and adults movies for free. Next trip, I certainly book hotel fine again.

Thank Wichuta R
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

Nice with beautiful lake hotel.If you love nature and quiet place,you will love Biwako Hotel.Ozen is good. Staff have service mind and cheerful. Italian restaurant here is very good.Italian chef care about your allergy and what you like or don't like.

Thank Manvipa I
Indianapolis, Indiana
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12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

We stayed at this hotel to see the spring Cherry Blossoms and it was the perfect hotel - centrally located and complimentary transport to the train station. It was also walking distance to some of the most beautiful temple and parks. We stayed in one of the renovated rooms (Agua) with access to the executive lounge and we really enjoyed... More 

Thank StephieD997
琵琶湖ホテルBL, front clerk YAMAMOTO at Biwako Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you very much for staying with us. Because we serve a shuttle bus to the nearest station,the access to kyoto is convenient. We glad that you enjoy sightseeing and staying. We offer hospitality with all the staff feeling to be satisfied on the next time,In addition please drop in our hotel. We are looking forward to being able to... More 

too far inland
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25 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016 via mobile

We chose to stay in Otsu to be nearer to where out daughter was staying. Biwako Hotel is a beautiful place to stay. We had a gorgeous view of the lake and mountains each morning. There is a shuttle that runs to the train station every 15 minutes to make it convenient to do our exploring throughout the area. The... More 

Thank fiddleduck
琵琶湖ホテルBL, front clerk YAMAMOTO at Biwako Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for stay in BIWAKO HOTEL. How was your stay at our hotel. We get words of the praise for the staff and we are very honored. Our hotel remodeling guest room and the restaurant from last year to offer a comfortable stay. We offer hospitality with all the staff feeling to be satisfied on the next time,in addition... More 

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28 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016 via mobile

I recommend a recently renovated floor, "Aqua". We booked a twin room online but for a strange reason, it turned out that a king room booked. All the twin rooms were out, only twin we could have was located in standard floors. No point staying in other floor than Aqua, so we compromised the king. The receptionist was very very... More 

Thank mecchi
琵琶湖ホテルBL, Front Desk at Biwako Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to leave your comment following your recent stay with us at Biwako Hotel. First I apologize to you. I’m so sorry to know that you couldn’t stay at a twin-Aqua-room because of our mistake. I wish you come back to stay with us again and give us another opportunity in the near future. Anyway I... More 

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33 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2016

The room is big and comfortable. Cleaniness is good.This hotel is very near to lake biwa. After or before breakfast, one can cross over the road to the lake to take some good photographs. During winter period, do remember to wear more clothing when taking pictures near the lake because it can be quite cold when the wind blow.

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琵琶湖ホテルBL, Staying department at Biwako Hotel, responded to this review
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

We didn't want to stay in touristy and busy Kyoto, so chose this one instead. Just a short train ride to Kyoto, it feels a world away. Quiet neighbourhood, short walk from the station, views of the lake Biwako and a small but adequate onsen on the top floor - try getting there earlier, later in the evening it seems... More 

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  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Smoking rooms available
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
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Additional Information about Biwako Hotel

Address: 2-40 Hamamachi, Otsu 520-0041, Shiga Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Shiga Prefecture > Otsu
Price Range: $176 - $480 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Biwako Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 171
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