Hostel hospitality at its finest. Friendly and accommodating staff. The hooting owl is the best bet for you and your time at niseko. Friendly atmosphere of skiers and riders all on a mission for Hokkaido powder. Rides to the hill, day trips, and apres activities all happily taken care of by staff. Their unique knowledge of the area, steered by the interests of these rad individuals, makes this the only place to stay in niseko!
This is a great hostel to stay at when riding Niskeo. The staff and other lodgers were super friendly. They provided breakfast and rides to the mountain in the morning. The beds were clean and comfortable. The living area can be lively at times, so best to bring ear plugs if you are a light sleeper.
Simply put this is the best shared accommodation/lodge I have stayed at. The staff and other guests were amazing and our time there really made our trip special. It felt like I was staying at a friend's place. You don't feel like just another guest, the staff really go above and beyond what you would expect from them. The only down side was the weak WiFi signal in some areas of the lodge, it made calling home in my room difficult. But that is the only negative I have of the place, and it was only minor inconvenience.
This proved to be a great place to stay for skiing at Niseko. It's hostel style so you need to be okay with interacting with other skiers and travelers in the common areas. I met some great people along the way so that was a plus. The folks running the day to day were excellent. Picked us up at the Hilton from our bus ride upon arrival. Drove us to the mountain each morning. Cooked breakfast in the morning very promptly. Only potential draw back is the rooms are close to the common area so folks up late may be noisy. I popped in earplugs each night and was sound asleep. Place was clean and cozy.
We had a great stay at the Hooting Owl Lodge for our Niseko ski trip in February. Katie & Jordan were absolutely wonderful; providing us with warm breakfasts, transpo to/from the Hilton Niseko, and information on any and everything we needed during our stay! The lodge itself was perfect; convenient location to bus stops (and also a ski-out/short walk from Niseko Village slopes), clean bathrooms and rooms, a nice common area and kitchen, ski gear storage, reliable WiFi, and most importantly (especially after freezing our tails off on the slopes) HOT water! Would love to stay here again next time we are back in Niseko.