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Spa Hotel Alpina Hidatakayama
Ranked #8 of 173 Hotels / Ryokan in Takayama
Camarillo, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 264 helpful votes
“Nice hotel with rooftop spa”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2011

Spa Alpina is a nice hotel. It is sort of a deluxe business hotel with a good rooftop onsen. The rooms are very nice and spacious compared to other Japanese business hotels. Takayama is a small town, and very walkable. The staff was not willing to switch us to a double bed room even though there was one available. So make sure you book a room with one or two beds, depending on what you need. The hotel is a little pricey for what you get. I would shop around, but this is a good option.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2011

Spotlessly clean, beautiful cozy beds. Free internet!! Great breakfast.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2010

I pre-booked directly with the hotel 2 x twin rooms for 2 adults and 2 kids for 1 night. Rooms are fairly large by Japanese standards. Basic modern fitout throughout the hotel. Cleanest onsen we've come across in our travels. Onsen is on top floor overlooking the town. The front office reception staff are welcoming and professional with good English language ability. Spa Alpina seemed to appeal to foreigners. A bit highly priced so moderate value for what it is. Lacked character and seemed out of place in a small town. Spa Alpina would be awesome in a big city! I do recommend Spa Alpina but only for short stays...perhaps also try more traditional lodgings for a broader experience of Takayama.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled on business
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Frodsham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2010

Having stayed at several 4 and 5 star hotels throughout Japan that were mostly about two thirds of the price of the Spa Alpina, albeit without breakfast, to say that I was disappointed with this hotel would put it mildly.The breakfast was served in a room like a hostel with tightly packed formica tables, there was little room to move in the bedroom, with virtually no storage space and the bathroom was miniscule, hardly room to turn round. It was clearly cheaply constructed with no frills, again much like higher class hostels, and to charge much higher prices than excellent high class hotels, such as the Brighton in Kyoto, was a disgrace. Would definitely advise looking elsewhere

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2010

I must admit that we had higher expectations for the Spa Alpina than was delivered.

Yes, the hotel is very new - yes it is well located - yes - the staff were friendly, yes - the onsen was very good. However for the price that was demanded for a smaller than average room that enjoyed a basic modular fitout I would have expected more.

The 3pm checkin (during our stay) was rigidly enforced - we tried to check in at 2.25pm. The breakfast was frankly a disappointment - it was the weakest breakfast we experienced in 25 days in Japan.

When I look back at the accommodation for those 25 days I would rate the Spa Alpina as the one that provided the least value for money experience. We paid over US$ 200 for the room (Oct 2010). Based on our stay a 25-30% price reduction would be justified to get price/value back to balance.

Would I recommend it - not really unless the price is very good. I have a inkling that you could do better.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2010

This hotel has only plus points..
Receptionists are super efficient. Rooms are fantastic (my single room was super sized..), clean and modern Bathroom as usual small (but if you are in Japan do expect this) - Breakfast was delicious and not very expensive and the onsen at the last floor was fantastic.. Incomparable experience after one day of walk.. location is perfect to go anywhere (point of interest and restaurants..
Nothing negative.. Bravi!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2010

I stayed one night in the hotel. Rooms are neat and tidy. The renovation are good and modern. The spa are good, relaxing after a day's activities.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
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Property: Spa Hotel Alpina Hidatakayama
Address: 5-41 Nadamachi, Takayama 506-0021, Gifu Prefecture
Location: Japan > Chubu > Gifu Prefecture > Takayama > Takayama Station , Hidatakayama Onsen
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#2 Family Hotel in Takayama
#4 Romantic Hotel in Takayama
#6 Best Value Hotel in Takayama
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Spa Hotel Alpina Hidatakayama 3.5*
Number of rooms: 119
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