We booked a non smoking triple room but was given a smoking room. However, the front desk did inform us that as the hotel was full, they could not accommodate our request for a non smoking room but had sanitized and refreshed it in preparation for our check in. I was skeptical at first but was pleasantly surprised to find that the room was big with 3 queen sized beds and no smells.
The location is great, about 5 mins walk from Sapporo train station. There are 2 or 3 convenience stores in the vicinity but Lawson which is not so visible, is the nearest. To get to Lawson, you either exit from the side door near the breakfast room or get onto the main street and turn left at the traffic junction. It's actually next to the hotel but because it's located on a side street, you may not notice it.
We didn't have breakfast at the hotel as there were plenty of restaurants at the mall called Stellar Place where the train station is located. However, the breakfast room is turned into a guest lounge area after breakfast which can be a nice place to chill out at the end of a day of sightseeing. Coffee and tea are provided free-of-charge and I have seen guests bringing instant noodles bought at Lawson into the lounge for a quick lunch or dinner. The lounge has a glass front which allows you to look out to the streets as you chill.
I guess the biggest bonus for us was the free public bath in the hotel. It's on the 2nd level. Very clean and lockers are provided. You have to bring your own towels though. Yukata is provided in the room.
Shopping is very convenient too. Stellar Place has, I think, 10 levels of shopping. There is a great variety of good quality, fashionable local stuffs to buy there. Things are generally not cheap in japan although of good quality so don't expect to be able to pick up a top for like USD25. Prices are like USD50 and above for clothes and accessories can range from USD10 upwards. If you are into branded luxury, Daimaru and Tokyu which are anchor tenants at the mall stock labels such as Max Mara, DKNY, etc.
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