Rooms are reasonable but VERY Japanese in style...to be fair, the hotel is not really widely marketed to foreigners. You need to watch out: there is only a sink and toilet in the room...no bath or shower so you need to bathe in the public spa bath (nude bathing only). The spas is great!
The hotel is pleasant enough but not particularly well located. If you don't have your own vehicle you'll need to take a bus to the slopes, which can be a bit restrictive in terms of timing. There are also 'public' buses a 5-minute walk away. The room was nothing to write home about: 2 single beds plus the usual dining area that can convert to bed area with the ad hoc bedding provided in the enormous cupboard. Hanging space is somewhat limited for a skiing destination and it would be good to have more hanging rails or hooks in the room.
Staff were very helpful but with little or no english spoken we were very glad to have our Japanese friends with us! Breakfast was definitely average with a slightly wider selection for Japanese taste buds than Western...but at least there was either sausage or bacon and scrambled egg each morning. If we were to go to Happo-One again, we'd probably not stay here, if only because the room did not have its own shower/bath. It was also rather pricey and we imagine that there are better deals to be had closer to the slopes.
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- Hakuba is a mountain resort area where the vivid and beautiful nature spreads out in every direction. Laforet Club Hotel Hakuba Happo is a resort hotel that is in harmony with the natural landscape, where you can enjoy a range of different activities throughout the year. The fantastic Western cuisine prepared by the chef, and superb hospitality help to produce the perfect resort atmosphere during your stay. ... more less
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