We pulled up on bicycles after an arduous ride up the hill from the coastline (650 feet above MSL) and were warmly greeted. (People arriving by train can get a free shuttle ride to the hotel.) Although we were soaked with perspiration, having biked from Mishima on the other side of the hills, we were treated like VIPs. The staff did not blink.
We got room 1013, which had a western sleeping room, a Japanese Tatami-mat room, a bathroom / sink separate from a large sink plus shower- tub room, and three balconies. It was worth the price to upgrade: spacious, well- appointed and very comfortable.
The view from the balconies was fantastic – we could see south to the Amatsuru peninsula, and north up the coastline almost to Kamakura. The hills are full of Sakura, which were in full bloom. The grounds of the hotel are nicely landscaped, including an 800m winding drive up to the hotel.
The hotel shuttle can get you down the hill and back for dinner, but there is not a lot of choice in the small town below. We opted for the buffet dinner, and it was very good – huge variety and high- quality. Likewise, the breakfast buffet was excellent.
Behind the hotel and way up the hill is a golf course (Odawarayumoto Country Club) with amazing views of the surrounding hills – best accessed by car, and by driving north to Odawara and around the other side of the hill towards Hakone. There are several courses in the area.
All in all, an excellent, relaxing place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Travel to the Hilton Odawara Resort & Spa, just 60 miles west of Tokyo, in the Hakone mountain's foothills. It's just 30 minutes by train to Tokyo's business district and 90 minutes by car to Haneda Tokyo airport. Courtesy transport runs weekdays to Odawara train station and shops, 2.5 miles away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Odawara Hotel Odawara
- Hilton Odawara Resort And Spa
- Odawara Hilton