September 17, 2007
Petite Hotel Suzuran is a small scaled family run hotel with a guest capacity of 65. It is conveniently located next to a ski slope in the heart of the Kitanomine ski area of Furano. Due to its proximity, this hotel makes for a good base for ski enthusiasts during winter. There are also several restaurants serving western and Japanese cuisine within walking distance for those who chose not to have their meals at the hotel.We chose to stay at the Japanese styled tatami room that could easily accommodate four persons. We were charged ¥8400 per person per night inclusive of taxes and two meals. Toilet and bathroom facilities are shared. There are vending machines by the stair landing offering basic toiletries and beverages or guests can purchase them at the reception counter. We had no communication problems at all since the manager Mr Ikeno speaks perfect English. Browsing their pictorial board at the lobby, this hotel seemed popular among foreigners.This hotel is also popular among locals for its stone bath. The bathroom, located on the first floor opposite the reception is open to public from 4pm onwards. The stone bath is said to contain similar properties as that of natural mineral hot spring water and is recommended for those with arthritis, sore muscles, and aches. Nevertheless, it makes for a relaxing soak after a hard day's sightseeing. To enjoy the bath in privacy, reservations are required and for a limited period between 10pm-11pm and 6am-7am (shower only). Bathroom is unisex. Dinners served featured typical Japanese home fare using seasonal ingredients. Breakfast is a mix of Western and Japanese dishes. They were able to accommodate our request to serve non-beef meals for one of our travel companion. All meals are served in a common dining room located on the first floor. Other services provided include laundry (¥400 per load, before 8pm) and free Internet access (available from 4pm-8pm) at the lobby/reception area. We enjoyed our stay there, the food was great and the hotel was quiet.Getting there:
The hotel provides complimentary transfer services to and from the JR Furano station at 8am and 9am, and after 4pm. For transfer service in the afternoon, guests are required to contact the hotel for reservations. If you are arriving by the Lavender-go bus, alight at the Naturwald Hotel bus-stop. The hotel is less than 3 minutes walk from there. Go here for online reservations and enquiries.
From journal Kita no sora- Hokkaido in Summer