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“Small property with great location”
Review of Hotel Sonia Otaru

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Hotel Sonia Otaru
Ranked #10 of 21 Hotels / Ryokan in Otaru
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288 reviews
84 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
“Small property with great location”
Reviewed October 17, 2012

We booked our rooms on jalan website and paid about 4000-4500 yen per pax per night for rooms with sea and canal view (without breakfast - We planned to travel out early the next morning by JR and it was easy to get breakfast at the train station Burger King and cafe). The hotel have two buildings, just adjacent to each other - Sonia and Sonia II. When we booked our rooms on jalan, we were not sure which one do we get. We ended up in Sonia II. On the whole the property has more rooms facing the canal than otherwise, so you get a good chance to be "upgraded" to canal and sea-facing rooms. The rooms are very spacious, even with two single beds and one sofa bed. The rooms are well-maintained and clean. The hotel is located about less than 10 minutes walk from the JR station only. But as we had big luggages, we took a cab which cost about 530 yen only (which is Otaru's starting fare).

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank you for staying with Hotel Sonia Otaru.
We are pleased to know that you enjoyed your stay.
We look forward to seeing you again on your next trip to Otaru.

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed June 13, 2012

Hotel Sonia is located alone the famous canel. It's about 10 mins walk from Otaru Station. If you didnt want to walk with your luggage, you can take a taxi, which cost only 700 yen.
The room is rather small but is clean and comfortable.
We will surely stay in Hotel Sonia again next year.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Thank you for staying with Hotel Sonia Otaru.
We are pleased to know that you enjoyed your stay.
We look forward to seeing you again on your next trip to Otaru.

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adelaide
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Reviewed February 14, 2012

We stayed here during the snow light festival and I recommend anybody visiting Hokkaido to definitively visit Otaru. It is a very nice charming town with fantastic seafood. Hotel Sonia is located right next to the canal which is very very picturesque but ensure that you request a canal view room when you book because the view from the other side of the building is nothing too special. The hotel is only a short stroll from fantastic restaurants and some good glass factory's and shops. The room itself was very small and had a strange step to get into the toilet but all amenities worked very well. The bed was also comfortable. The room however was very small and a little bit stuffy, and being inter if you opened the window for more than 5 minutes to let in some fresh air the room temperature dropped dramatically. However the heater worked well and was easy to use which is not a common thing in Japan. The staff at check in were friendly and the house maids were also very polite and talkative.

Room Tip: Request a canal view room and remember that twin in japan means 2 single beds
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank you for staying with Hotel Sonia Otaru.
We are pleased to know that you enjoyed your stay.
We look forward to seeing you again on your next trip to Otaru.

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Reviewed February 14, 2012

We ventured here for the Snow Lights Festival which was an enjoyable experience. However both the hotel and Agoda messed up our booking. In the end we paid double the expected price - and even that was less than they originally demanded. At least we ended up with the canal view we requested. The hotel is within walking distance of the station if you don't have heavy baggage plus close to many great restaurants.

Room Tip: Always ask for a canal view room.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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, マネージャー at Hotel Sonia Otaru, responded to this review, December 8, 2016
Thank you for staying with Hotel Sonia Otaru.
We will do our best service to satisfice for all guests.
We look forward to seeing you again on your next trip to Otaru.
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Property: Hotel Sonia Otaru
Address: 1-4-20 Ironai, Otaru 047-0031, Hokkaido
Location: Japan > Hokkaido > Otaru
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 21 Hotels / Ryokan in Otaru
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Sonia Otaru 3*
Number of rooms: 94
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A quaint hotel featuring European antiques surrounded by stone warehouses and Otaru Canal. The lobby and guest rooms are also European style, and the fantastic night view of Otaru Canal viewing from the guest room directs the moment of bliss. There is "sushi-treated beach" on 1F, you can enjoy sushi using fresh fish. We serve delicious dishes at breakfast by handmade sushi craftsmen. ... more   less 
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