This is my first time to Japan. And we stay in this hotel only for one night.
Got off from Ogotoonsen station. Placed a call to hotel and a hotel minibus will come pick you up.
Check-in is straightforward. Please use generic English to communicate with hotel staff.
The hotel room is very clean. The overall experience is very pleasant. Even though most of the rooms allow smoking, we didn't smell any smoke in ours. Great job, cleaners!
Onsen is well equipped and I enjoyed the use during mid-night, when there were only one other person using it. Onsen open 24 hours per day, very convenient. And they have a separate room with orange juice, and popsicles, to chill you... :)
I did not reserve dinner with the hotel (it sounded expensive at the time of booking) so we went to the restaurant in the neighborhood. Can't comment too much here :) After breakfast, hotel staff already came into the room to set up the tatami mats for us. Very neat.
Breakfast is Japanese style BBQ breakfast buffet, great experience for us.
Checkout is straightforward as well and they will drop you off at the train station. I finally met one staff that speak better English and he said he came to Canada 40 years ago...:)
Hope this help
Amazing experience at a modern onsen with traditional touches near Kyoto
Brandon Hon 17/07/2017 21:12
The hot springs are great! Nice view of the bay. Very easy to get to from Kyoto via subway/train, with a free bus shuttle service from Ogoto Onsen Station to the resort. The staff and service is extremely good. Mr. Toshi Kondo helped me coordinate the bus pick up and check in over email and was extremely helpful in planning the trip.
I booked the Manyo room with tatami mat floor, futon bedding, and open air private hot spring. This I think is their biggest room, and we also got the deluxe Kaiseki dinner, which was amazingly delicious. For this room type, you can have the dinner service done in your room, which was a huge plus as it added to the experience. For other room types, you must go to the on site restaurant on the ground floor for dinner.
Breakfast was also very good and filling, but definitely favors Japanese tastes, though there are some standard western style items like scrambled eggs, bacon and toast.
Would recommend to friends visiting Kyoto and would stay again myself.
Vivian Lon 05/07/2017 15:56
We stayed at western room with open-air bath. Extremely spacious with 50m sq. All rooms with lake view. Staff are helpful and friendly. The meals (breakfast and dinner) served are great. The hot bath is relaxing.
Good but Pricey
Tim Fon 11/06/2017 16:40
The onsen facilities are definitely the star of this hotel. We had a room with our own private, cedarwood onsen bath on the balcony of our room. Sitting in the hot bath, under the stars of an evening is an experience that will live long in the memory. The hotel itself is good if a little odd. There are two restaurants of which neither was functioning during our stay. Apparently you need to book dinner in advance, at which point they arrange for the restaurant to be open. In any case there are a few restaurants nearby that offer a range of dining options from Kaiseki to family. The hotel has a bar but again the experience was slightly odd. Both nights that we went to the bar it was totally deserted, save for members of staff who were scurrying back and forth from the (totally packed out) karaoke rooms. Overall the hotel is very clean and all the staff are polite. For the (comparatively expensive) price that you pay however I would expect the service to be a bit more polished and the facilities to be on point.
Pretty good little hotel next to Lake Biwa
Jowel Bon 06/06/2017 08:40
Great hotel on the edge of Lake Biwa. The room we stayed in had a great lakeside view and was excellent in terms of amenities. It had a private onsen and was really romantic being in an onsen with an excellent view of the lake. Staff was really friendly and helpful and accommodated any request we had. Had complementary shuttle service and made our stay really nice.