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Niseko Northern Resort An'nupuri
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China
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78 reviews
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“Ski resort for skiing”
Reviewed March 4, 2013

We stayed here for a week of skiing in February. The resort is very conveniently located for skiing, pick up your gear and then slide out to the lift.
Check in smooth and simple, took almost no time and the questions we had were quickly answered. The room was bigger than normal for Japan but still not so big. Clean though and we slept well - that is always easy after skiing though.
Breakfast, pretty good, hot and cold food, oven fresh pastry as well. The coffee was a bit weak for me, but not a major issue...
Dining, not so many options, tried the restaurant one night and it was okay but not spectacular at all.
The hotel also has onsen - hot spring - it is really a great way to soften the muscles after the day, try it! There are also coin washers and driers.
Location for dining etc is not very good, there is a convenience store in the hotel and a restaurant and a bar, but very few other good options within walking distance. Often we needed to take the bus and it takes a lot of time to go e.g. to Hirafu.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

This is our third year skiing in Niseko and because we usually end up skiing An'nupuri we decided to stay there this year and chose the Niseko Northern Resort Hotel. It was great. Ski-in ski-out, fabulous food in the An'Non Japanese restaurant, an in-house shop that sells beer and sake cheaper than their own bar, wonderful breakfasts of Japanese and Western food, good sized rooms and "soft" bed by Japanese standards, a heated bathroom mirror, an inside and outside onsen, helpful staff with limited but adequate English. We actually felt we were in Japan rather than Mt Hotham.
The only negative (and it's a big negative) is the lack of WiFi in the room and the weak WiFi signal in the lobby.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, CA
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Reviewed January 20, 2013 via mobile

After reading the reviews on TA, we chose NNRA for our 3 night stay in the Niseko resort area. We were not disappointed. Definitely the local feel we had hoped for - a few recent reviews mention fluent English being spoken, but we didn't really experience that, although there was one staff member who spoke very good English.

Some pros: ski-in/ski-out is fantastic, really makes it easy to enjoy a day on the slopes. Free ski lockers and on-site rentals. Nice convenience store with reasonable pricing on food/drink and even some limited ski gear in case you are missing anything. 10 min walk to the now-famous (almost unfortunately) soba spot made famous by Anthony Bourdain. Nice onsen - this was our first and only onsen experience so nothing to compare it to, but was very "local". The Japanese restaurant on-site we found to be very good and in fact ate dinner there every night with no repeat dishes. Decent lobby bar with light food also. Ability to charge essentially anything to your room also made things very easy.

Some things to be aware of: this side of the mountain seems to be the smallest - the gondola will take you near the top of the mountain and I think allow you to ski over to the other resort areas (Hirafu, etc). The only day we skied, the gondola was not operating due to heavy snow and some wind, so we were limited to the runs at An'nupuri. For our basic/intermediate ski level, it was fine, but for more advanced skiers, maybe one of the other resort areas is more suitable. It was hard to get a read as to whether one side of the mountain vs. others receives more wind/snow conditions in general.

Also, no Wifi in the rooms, although they do have it in in lobby and lobby bar area. We had a room on the 2nd floor facing the road, and the snow removal equipment wakes you up fairly early (6am). Would definitely try to add a first floor room on the road-facing side as it will probably sound like the removal equipment is in your room!

All in all

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

The staff were fluent in English and eager to help. They obliged with the confirmation of reservations in 3 restaurants. The ski in and out was great. The onsen was a bit small and the outdoor section had no view. The room facing the road was noisy while they cleared the snow from 630am. Breakfast was really good. Freshly baked breads and good selection of Japanese food.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

We stayed as a family over the Christmas period. Having stayed at the Hilton the last time, I'd say it was comparable with some pros and some cons.
Firstly the check in was smooth and staff courteous and efficient. However I was told that my booking from Expedia which stated buffet breakfast was incuded was incorrect. After a few calls to Expedia which culminated in Expedia calling the hotel manager, Expedia admitted a content error and asked me to pay first for the breakfast and submit the bills to them for reimbursement. That's the second time this has happened to me in a month. We were in Nikko San Francisco a month ago and there was also a discrepancy between what was stated on Expedia (breakfast included) when I booked and what the hotel told me. Fortunately it was solved but just a word of warning for all booking via third party providers.
The property is three storeys high with rooms on each floor. We got one facing the mountains and one facing away. You can't rally see the ski slopes from the mountain facing one as it was a bit away and there were trees in the way. In this respect, the panaromic view rooms of the Hilton afforded better views of the ski slope (if this is important to you). The even numbered rooms face the mountain. The odd numbered ones face away and ours had soe view of the carpark - you could actually see the bulldozers working early morning (I know some reviewers may complain about noise at 7am but I found it fascinating to see them work). The rooms were perhaps slightly smaller than at the hiltons. They have two grades of room and the higher grade on the 1st and 3rd floor is slightly bigger. As it was a full house, we didn'' really have a choice. We had the smaller twin rooms. It was OK to accomodate three in the room (1 adult and 2 kids) as the single beds were the slightly larger ones (120cm I'd guess) so I could sleep on one with my 5 year old fairly comofortably. As with the Hilton, rooms are immaculate and look 'newish' but bathrooms tiny (but again immaculate and super clean). Had a fridge in the room but for water they said tap water was safe to drink so we didn't stock up the fridge. The beds are hard as rock (good those who like hard beds but not so comfy for me. You can;t control the temperature which was at times too hot (central setting).
One advantage over the hilton is that you can do your laundry here - they have a laundry room with 3 washers and dryers (100 yen per wash or dry). This is great if you're travelling as a family.
The food was excellent. Breakfast and dinner buffet have a good spread. Lunch buffet is cheaper but spread is limited. Nevertheless at 1900yen per adult and just over half that for children under 12 it was good value. Children under 5 eat free. I slightly prefer the buffet spread at Hilton's Melt for dinner but the Northern Resort's was also good. The Japanese restaurant has good value choices (in my opinion), with mains from about 700yen upwards.
The skiing was good. Equipment rental was a breeze in the hotel ski rental shop and you actually get lockers rather than the ski valet service at the Hilton (actually more convenient at busy periods). Each room gets a huge locker which is easy to use (you choose a 4 number code to punch in). You ski down to the lifts about 50 metres down and ski back to the hotel - so it is ski-in ski-out. My son reported that the green trails were better that over at Hilton and with a few good reds and blacks. The chairlift takes you up a lot higher than the Hilton one and for a beginner skier like me, the long distance made it less enticing for practicing. Some parts were hairy for me and I accidentally went onto a red slope which was one the steepest ones there. Fortunately I crashed not far onto the course but had to trek up to get to the green course again. The beginner's area was better than the Hilton as the magic carpet was longer and had wide slopes. I was always terrified of the Hilton's narrow slope ending and being unable to stop and hitting someone. The negative is you have to walk a bit to the beginner's area and kid's snow play area. They had tubes and sleds for rent which was fun for my 5 year old but walking back the 50metres or so to the hotel (some you could use the road and other parts you have to walk up the slope) was a tad laborious and inconvenient. The Hilton's play area is up a flight of steps and easier for kids.
It's further from Hirafu town than the Hilton but the Niseko United shuttles will bring you to Hirafu. A jumbo taxi for 5 of us to Hirafu set us back about 5500yen - so be prepared to pay for taxis. We took a normal taxi from Hilton the next day and it cost about 3000yen. I booked to rent a car but cancelled (thank God after seeing the roads and conditions - if you're not experienced driving in snow, I'd suggest not driving).
So all-in-all I'd say it was about on par with the Hilton. My eldest son of 14 said he'd suggest 2 weeks in each for the next holiday (he's always optimistic about having long holidays).

Room Tip: Ask for even number room to face mountain which are quieter.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Burleigh Heads, Australia
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

I've stayed at this hotel a number of times spread over a dozen years - with lots of visits to other hotels across the Niseko area sprinkled in between. If skiing through the day & relaxing into the evening is your thing then the Northern Resort should definitely be high on your list.

Like many hotels in Niseko, the Northern Resort has been around for a while, most of those years as a part of the JAL group. An truly extensive renovation by the new owners has seen this hotel reborn as a stylish and incredibly well positioned hotel for travelers who rate the rooms, service and 'ski-ability' above crowds of yahoos & all-hours bars.

What you get over at the An'nupuri side of the Niseko Resort is great snow, generally less wind, and almost no-one tracking out those precious powder lines. That means if you're in Niseko to ski more than to drink, An'nupuri is a great choice - and the Northern Resort is definitely the best hotel on this side of the hill. Solid all round, and with great food and service.

This place is great if you're looking to escape the madding crowds so it goes without saying that if partying is your thing then the Northern probably isn't for you - you'd be much better served staying in Hirafu about 20+ minutes away. And this is the biggest 'potential' drawback with this whole side of the mountain - it is a fair way from the main nightlife area of Hirafu. That said, the area's best sushi is closeby at Hanayoshi up in Niseko town; then there's the mind blowing goodness of Rakuichi (home of the best Soba noodles you'll ever eat; as well as the very good inhouse restaurants. And great 'Onsen' hotsprings nearby (couples / families should head over to the Onsen at the Niseko Grand Hotel, home to one of the few remaining mixed baths!)

Special Tip: the town of Niseko puts on a free taxi service through winter!
Amazingly under-utilized, but if you stay at the Northern Resort there's a free taxi service (in big 11 seater Maxi-Taxi style 4WD Hiaces) that will whisk your entire group straight to places like Rakuichi Soba or Hanayoshi Sushi for free! This has been running for a couple of years now and should continue in winter 2012/13.

All in all, a great place to ski & relax - but only for travelers not needing to get tanked with the throngs over in Hirafu.

Room Tip: In a ski town, slope-side views are always nice.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Washington DC
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Reviewed May 27, 2012

We spent a week here in Feb 2012 (this is one of the only Niseko hotels that offers great deals for travelers staying for a week or more). Overall, the hotel was great.

The Good: It offers a wonderful breakfast buffet and the true ski-in, ski-out capability is awesome. The main lobby lounge offers free wi-fi and a wonderful fire to cozy up with a drink and have a great chat with friends. The Japanese spa is the best part of the experience.

Not-so-Good: Rooms are a bit out-dated, but you won't spend much time there. Also, the location very far from the main city of Hirafu, so if you want to experience different restaurants and night-life plan on spending a good hour on the bus each way. (although it is possible to ski to Hirafu and just take the bus back).

Overall, it's a great hotel but I think I'll stay in Hirafu next time.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Niseko Northern Resort An'nupuri
Address: 480-1 Niseko, Abuta-gun, Niseko-cho 048-1511, Hokkaido
Location: Japan > Hokkaido > Abuta-gun > Niseko-cho > Niseko Onsen
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Ski-In / Ski-Out Wheelchair access
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Hotel Class:5 star — Niseko Northern Resort An'nupuri 5*
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