Four of us (two couples) spent 10 nights at the Penke Panke Lodge mid feb 2013 after spending 4 nights at Seventh Heaven (another great lodge in Hakuba) and had an absolutely amazing time!!!
After seeing all the reviews on tripadvisor and the great location of the place we thought it would be a cool place to stay, but once we got there we realised that Penke well exceeded any expectations we had!!!!!
The first thing we noticed is how close the lodge is from the sakka lift in happoone! Happone is Hakuba's biggest resort and is an amazing place for powder and tree runs, we had alot of fun boarding there. Turns out the lodge is only 200m from the sakka lift which barely makes for a 2 minute walk. In fact when its quiet enough and you are out the front of the lodge during the day you can hear the sound that the sakka lift emits telling you to hop on to the chair lift! Sakka lift also has a bus stop in which you can catch a bus to almost anywhere in hakuba and the many ski resorts. There is also a convient store across the road which offeres food, drinks and also gifts to take back to loved ones.
The Penke Panke Lodge itself is such a cool and relaxing place and is great value for money for those looking for a snow holiday in hakuba. Its has two great drying rooms a communal kitchen dinning and living room where most relax and socialise when not on the mountain! The lodge has such a great feeling to it that we instantly felt at home and quickly made friends with all that stayed there and the staff.
The owner Justin and the staff there were all so helpful and alot of fun to be around and realy made our trip!!!!! from anything we needed organised or for ANY place we need to be driven to Justin and the staff bent over backwards to make it happen, while at the same time being super relaxed. Justin and the staff are so nice and when they aren't working socialise with all the guest at the lodge, the bar and even on the mountain! really made for a fun trip! Justin and the staff also do some trips to Cortina when the conditions are good which saves you getting a bus or paying for a taxi, and means you can get to Cortina nice and early for first tracks!
The lodge has a cool look inside and out as Justin has done a good job to make it a nice place to be! The Penke Bar was also a winner in our books as we spent most nights there for drinks and dinner. The food at the Penke bar was awesome, with a great menu and the chiefs exceeding our expectations every time!!
Every morning breakfast is at the bar and offeres tasty hot and cold food. The fun atmosphere at the bar, the themed nights and the live music makes you never want to go to bed! I highly recommend visiting the Penke Bar atleast once even if you're not staying at the Penke Panke lodge!!! But when we wanted a chilled night we just relaxed in the lodge's living room with staff and other guests and still made for great nights!
Although when you want to eat somewhere else the street that Penke Panke is on has many fantastic restaurants to offer. We also had fun setting up and small backyard jib set to play around on from a pervious set up that was in the backyard. The lodge also has clothe washing and drying facilities so you dont have to pack so heavy.
We had a room which had its own toilet, depending on your budget there are rooms with no bathroom, this means using the communal bathrooms which to my surprise is are very nice and extremely clean and have a large hot tub which is kinda cool. Dont worry there are separate male and female bathrooms.
Dave in the rental shop downstairs helped us out with anything we needed even though we brought our own gear, he even gave us snow condition tips and where the best place to snowboard was depending on the condition. There is wifi throughout the lodge and bar, and even a nice gas fireplace outside between the lodge and bar! the living room also offeres heaps of great movie to watch on a big flat screen tv when you feel like relaxing.
Overall Penke Panke really help us to have an amazing trip! i will definitely be back next year and recommend this place to all singles, friends, couples, families or whoever! so thank you to the Penke Panke lodge, the bar and Justin and the staff!!!
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