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Hotel Foresta Chokai
NSW, Australia
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38 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Disappointing hotel in great location”
Reviewed 3 June 2011

The hotel is famous for its onsen, however I found the hotel shabby and unkempt. The staff were delightful and helpful but spoke no english. We communicated with sign language. The food was excellent, a good variety of western and japanese. Our bedroom was like a tired country house with old style furnishings and not particularly comfortable. The en suite bathroom was small and scruffy. The surrounding gardens looked delightful but needed maintenance. We went for a morning walk up the road and were alarmed to see signs for "beware of the bears!" Apparently there are wild black bears in the surrounding bush. I felt we should have been warned of this somehow before we headed off for our walk!

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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yuri
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2007

We stayed for 3 nights over the New Year holiday. The hotel is located next to an easy ski slope and this is what initially attracted us.

However, I thoroughly reccommend this hotel for anyone who just wants to relax in a modern western hotel with marvellous Japanese hospitality.

The hotel is on the lower slopes of a pyramid-shaped mountain and the huge bedroom window looks right out on the mountain, a thrilling view first thing in the morning.

Two other excellent features of the hotel are the traditional Japanese hot spa bath and the restaurant.

The bath is enormous and you can even go outside and take in the mountain from a hot bath too!

The restaurant is set in a floodlit forest.

Unfortunately, few of the staff speak English, but, to be honest, we never really needed to say much as the service was exceptional.

The other downside is getting there as it is very isolated, which is ultimately also its appeal too!

  • Liked — everything
  • Disliked — lack of roadsigns
  • Stayed January 2007, travelled on business
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Property: Hotel Foresta Chokai
Address: 8-45 Okuyamamae, Chokai-machi Sarukura, Yurihonjo 015-0512, Akita Prefecture
Region: Japan > Tohoku > Akita Prefecture > Yurihonjo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels / Ryokan in Yurihonjo
Price range (per night): $120 - $315
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Foresta Chokai 3*
Number of rooms: 65
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