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Hooting Owl Lodge
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118 reviews
70 hotel reviews
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“Magic Place to stay”
Reviewed October 28, 2013

Great place to stay, hosts are very friendly and will do anything to make your stay memorable and comfortable, not to mention the delicious breakfast every morning. This place is handy to the slopes (a short bus trip) and is close to a couple of real nice restaurants/pubs.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

Last season was my first in japan so i was a little worrked what to expect. But the crew at hooting owl made me feel like i had known them for years. As soon as i walked in the door they couldnt do enough to help me out and get my lift passes and gear sorted to hit the slopes that night for a night session. Had the time of my life and have already booked to go back this coming season.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Sydney
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

Miranda and her staff provided nothing but excellent service.

The Lodge is clean, comfortable, and there was a great atmosphere. You feel at home.

The showers are hot, the beds are comfortable, the staff are awesome, and they have breakfast daily. I couldn't ask for anything more.

Miranda gives you a lot of good advice about the town and the mountain.

I am heading back this year and I wouldn't miss an opportunity to go back to the Hooting Owl!

I would recommend the Hooting Owl to any one.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Osaka, Japan
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

I stayed with Miranda and her wonderful staff on two occasions. The first with a partner at the beginning of season and the second solo at the end of season. Both stays were excellent. The staff are all friendly and helpful;always ready to answer any questions you have. They can tell you the best places to eat in town and give you up to date information about the state of the mountain. If you so desire you can book a lesson with the qualified instructors working at the lodge. The rooms were comfortable and the whole vibe so friendly and relaxed. If you decide that you want to go out and hit the town - it should not be hard to find someone to go with you. If you choose to stay at 'home' you can do so. You can stay and chill out and watch movies. The rooms were clean and perfectly comfortable to make your own home away from home.

Miranda is a lot of fun and you are guarantee to meet many great people if you go and stay at Hooting Owl. I loved being there and would love to have stayed the whole season!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

I travelled solo, and arrived early evening, but on arrival was greeted with " First shots on the house and a bunch of others are waiting so we can take you out for dinner" Great start- way better than a hotel. Miranda is a fun host and the place has a great vibe. Found people at the lodge to ski & drink with. All amenities are clean , plenty of hot water, plus great cooked breakfast by Miranda each morning. An onso is only minutes walk up road. Snowed everyday and the Pow was wonderful

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Sydney
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

Miranda went out of her way to make my stay as comfortable as possible. Being about 30 years older than the average lodger meant that I didn't partake in the late night sessions very often. BUT it is possible for someone over 50 to jump out of the lounge room (2'nd floor) and face plant in the snow with only a few grazes...

Breakfast was terrific and Miranda is a trained chef. You get back what you put in when staying at a place like this when you have to interact with others.
Clean , helpful and well worth consideration . Being away from the main drag could be a bit of a pain, but the bus system is good and cheap.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

we've been in the lodge for almost one week
excellent location
nice rooms and public spaces
clean bathrooms with plenty of hot water
Miranda is really very helpulf and nice
Kenji, a very good japanese mountain guide will make the difference!!!!and speaks excellent English!!!!
comfortable beds and tasty breakfasts
best snow ever!!!!!!!
Sandra, Daniel and Camila....rider family from Argentina

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Hooting Owl Lodge
Address: 39-1 Aza Higashiyama, Abuta-gun, Niseko-cho 048-1511, Hokkaido
Location: Japan > Hokkaido > Abuta-gun > Niseko-cho
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 31 Specialty lodging in Niseko-cho
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hooting Owl Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hooting Owl Lodge Niseko accomodation Japan offers outstanding service and facilities in budget Niseko Accommodation.The lodge is Located only a short walk from the closest ski lift, and with a bus stop 50 meters from the front door gives you easy access to all of the Niseko United ski area. The lodge is a Western style lodge which has a large comfortable lounge area and guest kitchen. Live in manager to help you out with any of your holiday needs and offer a personalized service so you get the most out of your ski holiday. A delicious western breakfast is served every morning off your stay to fuel you for your day on the mountain.The lodge has 6 rooms in total 4 twin rooms and 2 quad rooms all with comfortable western style beds. The lodge has 3 large western bathrooms which are shared between the 6 rooms. The Hooting Owl Lodge is a great place to stay if you are serious about your skiing and boarding and want all the comforts of home.The lodge is located in Niseko Village right in the middle of the Niseko United Ski area giving you fast access to all of the mountain. Niseko Village has some of the steepest fall lines in all of the Niseko United ski area and there is virtually no line up for lifts! We have easy access to some of the great side country and backcountry and on a good day you can ski right back to the lodge. ... more   less 
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