Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Richmond Hotel Sapporo Odori (Hokkaido)

If I were to recommend a place to stay in Sapporo, I will definitely recommend Richmond Hotel Sapporo Odori in a heartbeat. It is value for money and is near everything- Susukino Station (5 minute walk), Susukino entertainment district (5 minute walk), JR Sapporo Station (15 minute walk), Odori Park (10 minute walk).

There is another Richmond Hotel nearer to the JR Sapporo Station which is more expensive. If proximity to the JR Sapporo Station is not that big of a deal, you should definitely consider this one. 

It is easier to find this place if you walk through the Tanuki Koji shopping arcade. 

An extremely efficient way of checking in- you get your card, scan it at the machine, insert your credit card/cash, and the room card becomes valid. The receptionists are also conversant in English. 

The receptionist also handed us a packet containing the following- face mask, sponge, rubber band etc. This is the first time I'm actually receiving such a package. A small thought goes a long way indeed. 

The room is very small- but by Japanese standards, it seemed pretty okay. The bathroom was also bigger than the bathrooms I have seen in other places in Japan. 

Another plus is that besides the free wifi access (which actually works in the room), the hotel also provides free internet access at the lobby.

For one night, we paid 7000 JPY (approximately SGD$90) for the room. While it may not be situated right smack next to the JR Sapporo Station, I think it's still of good value- book early! 

Tip: There's a shop right opposite the hotel which sells souvenirs of Hokkaido- it is duty free if you buy 10501 JPY and above worth of souvenirs- which is actually a pretty good deal for last minute shoppers. Plus they will help you pack it into boxes if you intend to check them in.  

〒060-0062 北海道札幌市中央区南2条西4丁目4-1


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