Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Furano Natulax Hotel (Hokkaido)

Our trip to Furano was very pleasant, partly because we stayed at Furano Natulax Hotel which is a stone's throw away from JR Furano. When you come out of the station, just walk diagonally to the right and you will be there in a minute or two.

This hotel has a very modern design with an emphasis on the "natural" feel- the room numbers are engraved on stones while one of the wall panels was bare concrete.

At night, the little garden is illuminated, becoming a mini wonderland.

The room is very clean and pretty spacious by Japanese standards. The sink is located outside the bathroom. 

Service is excellent. There is supposed to be free Wifi but our connection was very bad. When we called the reception, they said, "Please hold on, we will bring wifi to you." The receptionist came with the modem where there are instructions on how to connect. Although we ultimately managed to get intermittent Wifi, it's really the problem-solving attitude that really counts.

Also, one elderly man walks around (we suspect he's the owner) helping confused tourists like us. He gives useful suggestions on how to get from the hotel to another place and also where to find good food (no doubt he claims that the hotel serves the best Furano omlette curry).

We paid 14,700 JPY (approximately SGD$190) per night per room. While it might be pricey, you are probably paying for the good location and good amenities in the hotel. Besides its close proximity to the JR station, there are also buses going from the JR Furano station (Dohoku bus) to other places such as New Furano Prince Hotel which is next to the popular Ningle Terrace. Get a timetable from either the reception or from the tourist centre located right outside the station.

Furano Natulax Hotel 
(1-35Asahicho,Furano,Hokkaido 076-0026)


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