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Lake Biwa Otsu Prince Hotel
Ranked #3 of 44 Hotels / Ryokan in Otsu
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“Very Nice Hotel”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

We stayed here for two nights. The hotel is very nice--rooms are clean, there's a nice deep Japanese style tub in the rooms. Lake Biwa is right across the street, but there isn't much else directly around the hotel.

Food was good--we ate at the buffets both nights and there was a nice breakfast buffet also.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

This is a very functional hotel in a beautiful setting, on the shore of Lake Biwa. When I was there, Wi-Fi was available free. The staff were very helpful though English is not easily spoken here. The hotel is NOT in Kyoto; it is about 15 minutes north of Kyoto. It is more of a vacation and wedding hotel, as far as I can tell, but Otsu is a nice, quiet city and a nice place for my visit to nearby Shiga University. My room was very comfortable and functional but not luxurious.

Room Tip: No fitness center.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Corvallis
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Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

Every hotel in Kyoto was booked solid for the peak of the cherry blossom season and this hotel was the only one we could find. It is VERY expensive and quite ordinary. It is huge and stands alone along a lake with admittedly a great view. It's not near restaurants, temples or train stations. The rooms are spacious with individual Japanese baths in each room. I really can't figure out why anyone would pay the extraordinary price for such an ordinary hotel. Maybe it's a conference hotel where patrons pay with other people's money? Very curious indeed.

  • Stayed March 2013
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White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

Stayed here on business, so I wasn't paying for the room, but I'd be very disappointed if I had. I get the feeling that this was supposed to be the "luxury" hotel in Otsu, but they really nickel and dime you for the price you pay. Rooms did not have wireless (you had to pay an extra charge to get a modem put in your room; ridiculous!), none of the meals are included so expect to drop about US 25$/person for breakfast if you'd like to eat in the hotel. We had pool tickets included with our room (is this is not standard?), which meant we were allowed to use the pool once a day per person. However, the pool closes at 5-6pm each day (??) so I'm not sure how anyone who is planning on doing any sightseeing or business is supposed to make use of it. Looked like a nice pool though, from what I could see!

Despite all this, the rooms were very nice and all have panoramic views of Lake Biwa, which was beautiful. Bed was very comfortable and the room had nice furnishing (comfortable couch and chair). Staff were very helpful and they stowed our baggage in a secure room so we could do some sightseeing before our check in time.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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Kuala Lumpur
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

We stayed at this hotel for a night, during our business trip to Kyoto. Situated at Lake Biwa, one thing one must do when staying here is to get a room facing the lake and wake up very early in the morning and experience the sunrise....the changing colours, the different hues reflected on the clouds and the lake...it is simply awesome!

The bathroom is also the highlight of the stay, in which it has different compartment for shower and bath, complete with a big dipper and pail. Do like a Japanese does; shower first then soak yourselfin the bathtube...

The breakfast we had is the Japanese set....nice and healthy

Although, we spent only a night there, it is the closest you can get to Japanese hospitality.

Room Tip: Wake up at 4.00 am, then spend sometime walking around the lake before having your breakfast
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Honolulu
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

I stayed 5 days at the Otsu Prince. Very nice view and room. I forgot my valuables in the safe when I checked out, and they were very accommodating in getting them to me. Thanks!

ps. I'm from Hawaii, so was surprise to see they had a Hawaiian band/hula dancers at the evening poolside bar!

Room Tip: ask for a high up room (mine was 31 floor) facing the lake; but ask for one away from elevator (just...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

We are just leaving the hotel this week and thought it was great. Lake Biwa is an excellent location to relax in. Every room at the hotel has a wonderful view of the lake. The breakfast buffet is really good with lots of variety and if you want more traditional you can head to the japanese restaurant for a rice/porridge meal as well. The rooms (at least on the 10th floor) are spacious with separate toilet and shower rooms and the beds are firm. Also they will bring your luggage to and from their concierge desk in Kyoto station for free on your first or last day and there is a free shuttle from Otsu station.

Three downsides 1) there is no wi-fi available anywhere in the hotel but you can rent a modem for a daily rate of 1000 yen but there are only a limited number available so you may have to be on a waiting list for a day or two. 2) the upholstery and carpets in the hotel rooms, hallways and restaurants are pretty dingy. You don't notice it after a while but it was kind of a surprise at first given the newness of everything else. 3) They charge 1000 yen to use the pool and 1000 more to rent a chair (500 on weekdays)...so pretty much you need to spend 2000 yen to spend a nice time at the pool (which is very nice and very large but really really cold).

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Lake Biwa Otsu Prince Hotel
Address: 4-7-7 Nionohama, Otsu 520-8520, Shiga Prefecture
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Location: Japan > Kinki > Shiga Prefecture > Otsu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 44 Hotels / Ryokan in Otsu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Lake Biwa Otsu Prince Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 530
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On the shores of Lake Biwa, in the heart of the Japanese archipelago, stands the 38-story Otsu Prince Hotel, one of the largest conference venues in Japan. Each guest room offers an unparalleled view of the lake and the surrounding hills. Since it is only 10 minutes from Kyoto Station, the hotel is also an ideal base for sightseeing in Shiga and Kyoto. With its convenient location, beautiful setting and attentive service, the Otsu Prince Hotel is the perfect choice for business meetings, as well as a relaxing vacation. ... more   less 
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