I have stayed in Daiichi Takimotokan six years ago and this time I choose Mahobora.
Price -- Yen wise, I paid less for Mahoroba than I paid for Daiichi six years ago. But Mahoroba does not charge for hotel bus to and from Sapporo while Daiichi charges 500 Yen per trip.
Food -- Mahobora offers 3 kinds of crab leg: King, Snow and Hairy. The King Crab legs, though frozen, are fresher than those from Alaska. Daiichi offered less varieties.
Onsen -- Daiichi has an open onsen that faces the Hell Valley while Mahoroba does not. But Daiichi just has one waterfall-like onsen which can massage your back while Mahoroba has six.
Arrival time -- Mahoroba's bus arrives at the hotel at 3 pm while Daiichi arrives at 4 pm. I can use that extra hour to hike the Hell Valley (By 4 pm it is almost dark in winter in Noboribetsu).
So I prefer Mahoroba over Daiichi. The best bargain is book thru the JAPANESE webpage (English/Chinese webpage offers slightly higher rate) of the hotel. The rate can be as low as 7,850 Yen pp.More
- Free parking