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Niseko Alpen Hotel
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We stayed in a triple room (463) for 9 nights end of Feb (booked through ski japan). I went on a skiing holiday with my two teenage boys and I must admit the room was very small and quite cramped for the 3 of us. Beds were comfortable, but I found the pillow hard and high. Room was very clean and didn't smell of smoke. Neighbours a little noisy at times so walls must be paper thin. Our room overlooked a beginners run and was a great place to people watch. Breakfast was adequate but did not change much during our stay. Wifi in the foyer worked well. We didn't use the onsen so I can't comment on that. Enough bars and restaurants within a short walk down the hill. Was very icy and snowed every day for most of our stay so you did need to be careful walking at night in particular. The main reason I chose this hotel was location to the lifts....it is worth every cent, and regardless that the rooms cramped I would stay here again next time without hesitation.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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5  Thank swampee
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Stayed here for a week in march. Very few westerners like us which was refreshing. Onsen very nice and clean. Great spread at breakfast - many things I didn't recognise but loads of choice.
Bedrooms large and comfortable. Great view of the slopes.
Only complaint was wafts of cigarette smoke in the bedroom. Room was definitely a non smoking one but I think there must have been smoking rooms on that floor.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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6  Thank klwombat1
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ホテルニセコアルペン, 宿泊 at Niseko Alpen Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2013

Thank you very much for your feed back .
I am very pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay with us

Sorry about cigarette smell of the room , untill this winter, we do not have non smorking floor , but we have changed all hotel room to non smorking room from this June. I do hope that I can welcome you back to Hotel Niseko Alpen in the near future and thank you once again for your kind review.

Kind regards,

Hirofumi Takahashi
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Make this your snow destination! Snow conditions fabulous, powder galore. Apret ski in the wonderful Japanese Onsen to soak away your aching muscles, and then on to a wonderful in house dinner set menu of Japanese or Western food. Many other local eateries close by if you are curious or try The Ice Bar, The Igloo or many others. We will be going back again and again.

Room Tip: Take your own pillow if you do not like hard pillows.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Martina C
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ホテルニセコアルペン, 宿泊 at Niseko Alpen Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2013

Hi Martina , Thank you for your review . I am pleased you continue to enjoy your stays with us.
I will be sure to share all your comments with our staff.

Thank you again and I hope in the future you continue to chose to stay with us.

Kind regards.
Hirofumi Takahashi

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Reviewed February 24, 2013

10 day ski trip during Feb 2013 stayed in room 275, standard western twin with ensuite.
Room was bigger than expected, clean & well presented.
Sufficient shelves for storage but hanging space was limited.
Bathroom was adequate if a little on the small size with a shower in bath arrangement.
Toilet was separate.
Mirror was lacking height for the tall.
Found our beds and pillows on the firm side.
Appliances were as expected including a new flat screen TV (note… channels are in Japanese)
Free internet room access (Ethernet cable) – excellent.
Breakfast, included in our package, was self-service, day to day variety was limited, with a strong Japanese flavour but with enough western selections (just} to get you off to a hearty start.
Housekeeping was good.
Staff were friendly and helpful even if their English (or my Japanese) was not always the best.
The Ski locker, one assigned to each room, was functional and convenient but without a drying room.
Ace 2 ski lift is a few metres outside the ski locker doors which gives ready access to the entire resort.
“Holiday snacks” are available from the onsite the Convenient Shop and there is the café for the coffee drinkers
The free onsen for hotel guests became addictive after every ski day.
Washing machine, Dryer & powder is available, cost for a load was 340 yen - good value.
The Hotel is opposite the main bus / coach terminal – convenient connection to other ski areas including Rusutsu and the Airport.
As the Hotel is located at the top of the hill, there is a walk to the various restaurants & shops but the path is steep and icy with no designated walkway…… tread wearily as slips and falls are a little too common.
Enjoyed our stay in this ski in & ski out Hotel which meet our skiing requirements and more. Would stay here again. Finally, the snow / powder did not disappoint!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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4  Thank JGR_1954
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ホテルニセコアルペン, 宿泊 at Niseko Alpen Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2013

Thank you very much for your feed back.
I am very pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay with us .

Thank you once again for taking the time to review Hotel Niseko Alpen and I do hope that you will choose us again for your next visit.

Kind regards.
Hirofumi Takahashi

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Reviewed February 21, 2013

Wow, talk about a time warp... it seems they took architectral advice from the 1960's soviet era....and the breakfast....if you like corn flakes with full cream milk and sugar, with a cold fried egg you have found a home....BUT, the plus side is onsen onsite and next door to the quad lift, so great opportunity for first tracks.....

Room Tip: If you can get a view of the upper slopes or family that is pretty good
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank Tony A
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ホテルニセコアルペン, 宿泊 at Niseko Alpen Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2013

Thank you for your feedback regarding your stay with us.
We are sorry to disapoint you with break fast, I will be sure to share all your comments with our staff.

Thank you for taking the time to review us and we look forward to welcoming you back to Niseko next winter.

Kind regards.
Hirofumi Takahashi

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Reviewed January 1, 2013

The hotel is dated. Breakfast buffet selection is ok but I have seen better. We booked a triple room and its basically a twim room and they cramp another bed in there, it left very little space for opening suitcases.

My biggest problem with this hotel is housekepping. During our 5-nts stay, 4 items gone missing from our room: shaving gel, toothpaste, electric toothbrush head, our own slippers!!!! Not sure it's intentional or not, but very annoying to found something missing everyday. These are all personal items so it's not like the hotel can replace them with the same thing after complain. My advise, hide everything before you leave in the morning.

The only positive about this hotel is location!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Mrs_Buffy
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ホテルニセコアルペン, 宿泊 at Niseko Alpen Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded July 3, 2013

Dear Mrs. Buffy

Thank you for choosing Hotel Niseko Alpen for your ski holiday and taking the time to share your experience through Tripadvisor.

We truly apologise about inconvenience of house keeping . Things like this should never happen as hotel service. We will take your feedback on board , and we cirtainly inprove this as not happen again.

For triple room, sorry to let you down as not large as you expected , for 3 to 4 people we have japanese western room which is 2 single bed with futon on Tatami (Japanese style), if you put away your futon( Japanese style bedding ) , there will be a space to open suitcase.

Again, I am sorry for inconvenience , and thank you very much for taking the time to review us.
I hope in the future you chose to stay with us again.

Yours sincerely,
Hirofumi Takahashi

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Reviewed December 22, 2012

First time to Niseko and picked this hotel based on accessibility to ski school and price, given that we went as a family with 2 young children. Our experience was better than expected, largely because the hotel is really located just next to the ski school that my family signed up for lessons. Good selection of restaurants in and outside the hotel was available and within easy reach, although after dinner at restaurants outside, we had to brave the cold snow and walk uphill (tough when the kids became lazy). The Welcome Center is just across the road which makes taking the bus to Kutchan town easy. The hotel onsen and swimming pool provided guests with options to kill time when we were not skiing, and they are complimentary to hotel guests. Could have been better if these facilities are open earlier in the morning (instead of only available from 1 pm).

The hotel looks out-dated as compared to the newer properties in Niseko. But really the location cannot be beat.

Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
2  Thank Aces G
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Address: 204 Yamada, Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun 044-0081, Hokkaido
Location: Japan > Hokkaido > Abuta-gun > Kutchan-cho
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 19 Hotels / Ryokan in Kutchan-cho
Price Range: $271 - $829 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Niseko Alpen Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 130
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