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“Made to feel like at home”
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Panketo Lodge
Reviewed February 13, 2013

I recently travelled for the first time solo to Hakuba and cannot put in words how much the staff at Panketo made me feel at home. From the different home cooked breakfast everyday to the nightly drop off to different onsens (which I cant reccommend enough to do as after a hard's days skiing as there is nothing better!) ...

The lodge is extremely we maintained and all rooms are warm and very comfortable...the location is awesome being only two minutes walk from the Sakka chairlift and located next door to one of the most lively bars in Hakuba, being the Penke Penke Bar...

I highly reccomend that anyone, being solo, couples or families stay a Penketo lodge as you will not find better hospitality anywhere else...

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

Panketo Lodge is a great place to sit back and relax after a big day on the mountain. It has a lovely sitting area with free WiFi and a fully functioning kitchen. The ski lift is just across the road and so is the shuttle to take you into town. The people in charge are also great to get along with and very helpful.
Recomended for anyone heading into Hakuba.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Paulvharry
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

My husband & I stayed here with our 2 1/2 year old daughter for 9 days over Xmas and it was the perfect place to stay for us. My daughter had her own bedroom so we could have a little privacy. She enjoyed it so much as she had lots of little friends to play with. It's very family friendly. You are only a few minutes walk from the Happo One lifts which is pretty handy. The Lodge itself has a great ambiance, spent most nights by the log fire in the common area having a chat and a drink. The staff were fantastic, always trying to help out wherever they can. Thanks to Ollie, Amy, Chris, Bec, Wes and Tenina for making us feel so welcome. If you go to Hakuba I would absolutely recommend staying at Panketo!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Flossy80
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

Our family of 4 spent 2 amazing weeks at Panketo from late December and we discovered that the hosts, the ambiance, the facilities and the location were just perfect for our first Japanese ski holiday. There is a long list of great facilities provided by this lodge and in addition we really enjoyed the fact that you don’t have to worry about anything as the staff will find a solution to every problem and have good local knowledge answers to all questions. Sitting around the open log fire at night after a big day in the powder really was the most sublime snow experience.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

We spent a week in mid january at Panketo lodge, best location and lodge , really friendly and relaxing with really helpful accommodating staff. Home from Home! Great place to make new friends around the fire!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Benjamin T
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

My family (of four) stayed for nine nights at Panketo in mid January and we will never forget the experience. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. They personally fitted each of us out with hire equipment (ski's, snowboards, helmets etc) and looked after our every need. The rooms were warm, cosy and the beds very comfortable. The lodge is only a five minute walk from the Happo-one ski area which caters for all levels of skiers/snowboarders. There are two onsens (hot mineral baths) at the lodge which were perfect to sooth those tired, sore old muscles at the end of the day. In the evenings it was lovely to gather with other guests around the open log fire and share stories over a glass of whatever! Breakfast, although technically continental was more than substantial with a good selection of cereals/muesli,toast-spreads, fresh fruit plus a "hot item" which may have been French toast, pancakes, sausage stew, poached eggs etc. The actual lodge is gorgeous and looks like something out of a Christmas postcard "so cozy!!" If you're after a five star luxury hotel this isn't the place for you. But if you're after warm and friendly home style accommodation it's perfect and you will be treated as if you're family. We had the time of our lives at Panketo and thoroughly recommend it. Big Thanks to Chris, Bec, Wes, Tanina, Ollie and Amy, see you again!!!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

This is a FANTASTIC lodge :) The staff are so helpful and it has a warm and friendly atmosphere. Really handy to snow fields. For us first timers, it was super convenient and affordable!
The night times around the fire place are a great bonding experience and the people we met were all really lovely and interesting.
The snow was awesome and everything was really convenient. All you have to do is ask the staff and they will look after you and your family.
Highly recommend Panketo for a short or long stay! :)

Room Tip: We had a double room, the bed was HUGE!
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Panketo Lodge

Address: 4844 Hokujo, Hakuba-mura, Kitaazumi-gun 399-9301, Nagano Prefecture
Location: Japan > Chubu > Nagano Prefecture > Kitaazumi-gun > Hakuba-mura
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 103 Specialty lodging in Hakuba-mura
Price Range: $159 - $315 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Conveniently located 150 meters from Happo One Ski Resort The spacious 4-level layout features stunning floor to ceiling cedar and oak finishing, made complete with a wood stove for extra coziness. Our high-end custom beds will help you get the perfect rest before a full day on the slopes. Comfortably hosts 6-7 guests with 3 bedrooms, one full-sized bathroom and a half bathroom on the second level ... more   less 
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