Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Grand Park Otaru Hotel

Grand Park Otaru Hotel is the nicest hotel I stayed so far in my this Hokkaido trip. Its located on Ishikari Bay, just 35 kilometers away from Sapporo, in Japans Hokkaido prefecture.
Grand Park Otaru blocked by all our buses

The 18-story hotel is strategically located in the picturesque sea-trading port of Otaru, renowned for its quaint old streets, Victorian-style buildings and canals, and glass-blowing cottage industries.
Grand Park Otaru Hotel strategically located in picturesque sea-trading port of Otaru
This hotel sits atop the huge WingBay shopping complex, giving easy access to outlet stores, movie theaters, and even a Ferris wheel. Inside is a reliable, familiar chain hotel with an English-speaking staff. Western-style rooms in gold, blue, and brown have large twin or double beds, and most overlook the waterfront and not the unattractive railway in the rear. It's 2 km (1 mile) from the historic district, but a trolley stop is just outside. It's a five-minute walk from JR Otaru Chikko Station, one stop from JR Otaru Station. The restaurant is a favorite with local foodies.

Grand Park Otaru’s accommodations consist of 296 guestrooms and suites that represent the perfect intimate getaway. Types of rooms in here:
  • Mountain view superior room
  • Ocean view superior room
  • Mountain view deluxe room
  • Ocean view deluxe room
  • Japanese-style room
  • Japanese-style suite
  • Bay suite
  • Executive suite
  • Presidential suite
I get to stay in ocean view superior room, so this is the view I get in the morning:
Superb view of the ocean with boats...wish I can try go out the sea in one of this boat!
Another shot of the ocean view:
Ocean View during winter
More photos of how the room looks like:

From the lift area, I managed to captured this marvelous mountain view:
I guess if you have mountain view room, you get this view?
Then 10 minutes later at the same spot in the lift area, heavy storm comes...and the view turn into this:
Blurry photo in just matter of minutes

Where to dine for breakfast in this hotel? You can go to Terrace Brasserie
Terrace Brasserie’s majestic floor-to-ceiling glass windows bathe the interiors with natural light. Strategically arranged tables provide a dreamy seat to admire the relaxing views of Ishikari Bay and the Otaru Marina. Perched on Level 2, this casual seaside restaurant whets your appetite with irresistible Italian and Asian buffet spreads for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Enjoy items such as pastas, pizzas, seafood, seasonal vegetable salads, desserts and a fine selection of Hokkaido sake and other beverages. 
Buffet Breakfast at Terrace Brasserie
Huge Grilled Salmon and Veggie with Miso for bfast
You can dine in here daily from 11.00am to 8.30pm as it opens daily from:

Breakfast: 7.00am to 10.00am;
Lunch: 11.30am to 2.00pm; and
Dinner: 5.30pm to 8.00pm.

How to get here?
  • From Sapporo:
    By train: 25 minutes on the JR Hakodate Line Express and 43 minutes on the local train
    By car: Approximately 30 minutes on the Sapporo-Otaru Expressway by the Otaru interchange exit
  • Approximately 65 minutes from Shin Chitose Airport on the Airport Express for Otaru on the JR Hakodate Line
  • From Otaru Station:
    6 minutes on the JR Hakodate Line
    Approximately 7 minutes by taxi
  • By Bus:
    Approximately 55 minutes from Sapporo Station
    Approximately 15 minutes from Otaru Station
  • From Otaru Chikko Station:
    Approximately 5 minutes’ walk from the station
    A guide map from the station to Grand Park Otaru is available at the station information counter of Otaru Chikko Station.
  • Free Shuttle Bus Service: Otaru Sepia Liner
    Period: 6 December 2013 to 31 March 2014 (Blackout days: 2-6 February) Grand Park Otaru 8:20am ⇒ Kiroro 9:25am
    Kiroro 4:30pm ⇒ Grand Park Otaru 5:40pm
Estimate Price: JPY 7,446/night inclusive breakfast (~RM233+)
11-3 Chikko, Otaru, Hokkaido Japan 047-0008
Tel: (81) 134 21 3111
Fax: (81) 134 21 3322

For the full itinerary of my Hokkaido trip, checkout here.

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