Lalaca is a fantastic cosy place, really loved their warm hospitality. They took time to explain how everything worked in the hotel. Unlike a bigger setup, in a small ryokan there was a lot of attention to details & guests needs. English is limited, just email to them - Kazu will help you, there are a few others who also speak English and everybody is always smiley and would go the extra mile to help you settle in.
Lalaca is in Gora - that is the middle of Hakone which is best, all the different modes of transportation are located at Gora station. You will be surprised at the cost difference - saved quite a bit between a hotel just at Gora station entrance, and a 10 mins slow stroll to Lalaca Hotel. Have a good look at their logo (the flower) to help navigate to their place. ... there is a slope on the way up to the hotel :o P but it is all worth it when you get there. When unsure don’t hesitate to ask anybody, Hakone residents are always so friendly & helpful. Hakone is not an easy place for big luggage in general, we left our luggage in Tokyo hotel and went with an overnight hand carry bag.
The walls are great you get a restful night, in the morning only after you open the curtains & sliding window you can hear birds singing outside. View is lovely with the trees and mountains in the distance.
The room was extremely spacious compared to the city hotels and the mattresses were so comfortable! Everything is new and sparkly clean. You must try the tea which you can make in your room, the tea offered was of high quality, take a whiff of the tea leaves when you open the box you will know what I mean :o ) I also bought a box of thin sesame waffers from lalaca to bring home for family because they are so light & tasty.
In your request you could ask for a toilet in your room. If you like shower facilities in your room please also ask (modern shower ... pretty state of the art creation).
Outdoor Hot Spring is available for 30 mins per room for own booking. We were lucky the previous couple left 15 mins prior their finish time. You love this treat, really relaxing dip after dinner. There was also a few massage chairs for guests use (free).
We didn't opt to have dinner in the room, just come out to the dinning area. The placement is good so you see other diners but there is still privacy. I notice there were different food menu for other tables - maybe that was their 2nd night. A staff will make time to explain each dish and how to eat the food (certain food/s could be a first time experience for foreigners, especially so if you are not Japanese) so that you have a great ryokan meal experience, dinner is like 20+ different dishes in small portions so that you get something of everything. Vegetarian food is available. All food is freshly prepared, you can taste the difference. This is the best meal we had during our 1 week Japan holiday. Drinks from menu to enjoy with your dinner is also available – we had a lovely prune sweet sour soda & local Japanese beer. Next morning’s breakfast was also lovely – a 10+ dish spread (to be honest I lost count) with a small portion of everything. Rice is always presented in a lovely lanquered covered bowl at the side so rice is always warm and you can take the amount you like. Warm rice is always comforting. For foreigners not used to such a sumptuous spread there is always toasted bread. Anyway you will need the energy to enjoy Hakone till lunch time. I like the presentation & portion of all the foods, it shows the care & pride given by the chef to offer the best. It is like a feast for the eyes, then the nose & finally you savour the food ….
I would recommend this place for a 1st time experience in a ryokan and to enjoy Hakone, this is a happy town away from the busy hectic urban life. It is a great place for family excursions (elderly as well as the young) & romantic place for honeymooners too :o )
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- Lalaca Hotel Hakone-Machi