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“A lovely place besides the Sea”
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Iruka Hotel
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Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“A lovely place besides the Sea”
Reviewed June 15, 2012

I had a two nights stay in Iruka Hotel in June. It was a simple but cozy stay in the peaceful Utoro town.

Location: located just right at the entrance of Utoro. Easy to find since the building is bright yellow. However, the drive to the car park is challenging since you need to go down a steep slope. It is located besides the sea, thus you will be able to get nice view of the sea from the rooms and the restaurant.

Room: Japanese style and decorated in white and blue. You can find dolphin declaration everywhere - tatami, wall paper etc. the room is very spacious and has a nice bathroom. If you wish to open the window, there is a net to prevent insects from flying in. Internet access is available in the room.

Facilities: a nice rock onsen is available, but I did not use it since I would need to walk from the hotel out to the open (too cold) then to the onsen. It should have a nice view of the sea though. Vending machines and coin laundry are available. Breakfast and dinner can be included with the room rate (it would be better to include both meals since there are very few dining places available in the quiet town). The meals are really tasty and very value for money.

Overall, I would recommend this hotel given the nice sea view from the room and the reasonable price plan.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Singapore
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Reviewed September 25, 2011

We just came back from a 5-night stay at Iruka. It is cosy, friendly and serves fantastic meals. The rooms oversee the sea and every morning you can see sunrise and wake up to the the smell of sea.
We have had enough of crabs by our 2nd night and asked not to be served crabs. They happily obliged and everything they served was ultra fresh and yummy ! Enjoyed the onsen too !
Strongly recommend this place !

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed July 17, 2010

Iruka is iconic in Utoro, since they had a big blue dolphin painted on its yellow exterior walls. The hotel is located just by the water edge so we were very near the ocean.
We were greeted very warmly by lady boss and was surprised by the level of hospitality. Think she gave us the biggest room (by counting the no of windows from outside) and we loved the clean and spacious jap style room. The room has WIFI internet connection which was good for us to kill time at night.
Surprisingly, this small accommodation have their very own rock onsen. However I had a lot of trouble trying to control the water pressure and temperature during bath time. You could choose to have bath in the room as all rooms have attached bath and toilet.
Entrance to the hotel is tricky. If you were to enter just by the hotel, you have to go through a very steep and sharp bend. Instead, from the main road, we need to turn in about a block away and drive along the waterfront to reach the hotel. It is difficult to identify the right turn from the main road since it all looks the same so we had a few U-turns.
However in all, it was a good experience and would recommend it.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
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Property: Iruka Hotel
Address: 5 Utoronishi, Shari-gun, Shari-cho 099-4354, Hokkaido
Location: Japan > Hokkaido > Shari-gun > Shari-cho
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 19 Hotels / Ryokan in Shari-cho
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Iruka Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 14
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