Hilton Hotel Niseko is located at the foot of An’nupuri Mountain and offers an all-inclusive package of services and amenities as only a global chain can do.
Guests are able to board a gondola lift directly adjacent to the base of the hotel which makes this a true ski-in ski-out option for downhill skiers. X-country skiing is offered on the Hilton Golf Course with smaller tracks as well as free range for the more adventurous skier. Rental services include ski equipment for both downhill and X-country as well as a limited selection of accessories.
All of the hotel’s luxurious rooms have exceptional mountain views on clear days. Standard features within the guest rooms include an ensuite, LCD TV, bath slippers and Yukata (Japanese cotton kimono). Nine new Deluxe Panorama rooms were unveiled in 2014. Spanning 38-square meters to accommodate up to 4 persons, every new Deluxe Panorama room offers large panoramic windows that showcase the raw natural beauty of Niseko Annupri Mountain throughout all seasons.
The hotel contains one of Japan’s legendary onsen hot springs, with the baths giving full views of Mt Yotei. Ranked by online reviews as one of the best onsens (hot springs) in Niseko it allows unhindered access to beautiful views of Hokkaido’s vast natural treasures. The indoor bathing area with its modern and spacious interior enhances the ambience for relaxation although in peak hours one may have to jockey for positioning within the bath due to the large volume of guests. Free access to the fitness centre and gym are also provided for those looking for additional activity.
Included with every room is access to a full buffet breakfast each morning. Lunches and dinners can be arranged in one of 5 restaurants located on site or more casually at the cafe or bar and lounge. Options include Sushi, Teppanyaki, Kaiseki, Steak & Seafood or Western fare. The variety of choices is unparalleled in Niseko. Late night guest have onsite choices of a Ezo Pub, Melt Bar & Grill or The Flame Bar featuring open fireplace to warm up around after a day of skiing. Alternatively a free shuttle into Hirafu day and night so you can experience the full range of restaurants, bars and shops in Hirafu.
On the downside privacy and intimacy are often found wanting in a hotel with 499 guest rooms. Frankly it can be like living in a shopping mall at times. Meals are uninspiring and lack the creativity and precision found in similarly priced ryokans and inns. Always the weakness of chains, the standardization of ordering to maximize profit means the best local sourcing of produce is overlooked in favour of better deals from larger suppliers. Similarly, while staff are certainly professional there is a distinct lack of warmth and passion found in smaller inns.
A new development that strengthens the case for a stay a Hilton Hotel is a project currently under construction called “THE VILLAGE” . Modelled after a traditional Japanese Village merchant street and featuring traditional Japanese machiya architecture with its unique sliding screens, wooden lattice façades and lantern-lit walkways. Contemporary dining concepts, art & culture museums as well as souvenir and luxury shopping are planned for the ski-in village. Effectively fusing the Hilton Hotel, Green Leaf Hotel and ski-hill into a clustered dynamic entity THE VILLAGE is sure to become one of the focal points of Niseko.
Couples and travellers looking for a unique and intimate ski vacation will be better served in a Ryokan such as Konbu Onsen Tsuruga Moku-no-sho. Otherwise the Niseko Hilton Hotel makes sense for families, large groups and conservative first-time visitors to Niseko looking for an all-in-one package.
Higashiyama Onsen, Nisko-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido 048-1592 0081 (0) 136 44 1111
HILTON HOTEL NISEKO