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artcele372
Tampa, Florida

Front desk is odd, did not accommodate my vegetarian friend in any way, very sad

3.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 Apr 2023
I read great reviews about Hakone Pax Yoshino. It's an older hotel in a tourist town and appears quite nice. My room was OK, large and could use some updating. My traditional dinner and service was spectacular, hence my 3-star rating. What tainted a one-night stay is I was traveling with a vegetarian friend and not only was she shut out of a dinner she paid for, but the front desk agent said they couldn't accommodate her, there would be no refund or substitutions, because we were traveling as solos we couldn't sit together - so many "couldn'ts" that were simply not true. This tainted my stay and I went alone to dinner - plenty of room for another person - which was great. I was embarrassed that I had picked this hotel for friends to stay separately and upon arrival was told that our plan didn't include meals, which they sure did. So, at the front desk for about $300 per night, everything is "couldn't". Breakfast was just OK compared to dinner. I loved wearing the yakata and having hot spring water in the room's tub (which could use updating) was nice. In the morning, I was told to reserve a spot on a shuttle to the train station for what reason, I'm not sure. When no shuttle showed up for me, my friend and others waiting - and waiting - and waiting - we were then told that the shuttle doesn't always show up. Why the reservation for something that doesn't happen? The front desk could not request a cab, another "couldn't". Since most of us leaving had trains to catch and tours scheduled, we walked the 15 minutes or so to the station in the rain. I saw other guests I met while waiting also drenched at the station. In short, I'm not impressed though so much of Japan has impressive accommodations and kindness. Hakone Pax Yoshino falls short. For that reason, I wouldn't stay again and don't recommend it. Too bad, because the traditional dinner and restaurant serving staff are top notch. I'm sure the chef - and a dinner this good has to have a chef - would have said to serve a vegetarian rice, vegetables, desserts of which there were several as well as a large drink menu and other dishes - and the experience would have been better. Unfortunate that the front desk person we had could only say no, you don't have, we can't. Well, I think they could have. Very sad.
Date of stay: March 2023
Room Tip: Hotel is old and needs updating. Rooms are spacious, clean but worn. Front desk is chaotic,...
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 March 2023

I have never written reviews before but the experience at this hotel merits one. I had booked a room through JapanICsn here and paid a good amount. This included dinner. Upon arrival I requested vegetables and fruit. To my dismay the staff was extremely rude and refused to provide fruits or vegetables for dinner. I understand that the menu was mostly meat and fish but for $400 a night at least something could have been provided. I have had very good experience with Japanese people but the staff here was just terrible and extremely rude. Also my friend and I were traveling together but we’re not sharing a room, they refused to seat us at the sand table for dinner which I totally don’t get

Room tip: Stay away from this place
Date of stay: March 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 January 2023 via mobile

First the good: The hotel is in a great location for the Hakone park and all it has to offer, just a short walk from the station and buses. Two of us had great massages in the room. We loved staying in a traditional room with tatami floor and futons. Dressing up in the provided Kimonos, jackets and slippers for meals was a lovely and relaxing thing to do and the instructions provided in English very welcome. The restaurant staff were very professional and friendly and the presentationof the food beautiful. Great choiceof excellentfoodat breakfast.
The not so good: As foreigners we didn't feel welcome on arrival and the reception staff were cold and hasty when we dealt with them later as well. There were no karaoke facilities as advertised on the website. There was table tennis but the bats and balls were awful- such a cheap and easy thing to put right.
The bad: I caveat this by saying this is probably not true of all rooms but our bathroom was terrible- dirty, rusty plug hole, inexcusable limescale build up and the "private onsen" was a small dark brown platc bath. Maybe our lack of understanding but very disappointing. We knew it was a smoking room and that even with the promised deodorising some smell would linger but with a number of smoking floors the smell permeates the air conditioning and I doubt anywhere is smoke free. We booked half board and asked about vegetarian options foe one of our party. We were told this conly be accomodated at dinner if we all ate vegetarian which we agreed to do. We were then told it wouldn't be possible at all. We were very happy to be flexible and take limited options but the hotwere unwilling to even try and accommodate.

Room tip: Check your room type when you book. Take care vegetarians.
Date of stay: December 2022
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 September 2020 via mobile

Set in the rural Hakone town, sitting next to the beautiful stream. The hotel offer relaxation and lovely service from all the staff. Spacious onsen or if preferred can opt for a private onsen at cost.

Date of stay: October 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 August 2020 via mobile

露天風呂の貸切が3000円/時で出来、それがとても楽しくゆっくりできる温泉旅行を体現してくれました!スタッフもとても優しく、気が利いていて最高のもてなしでした。
一階にある卓球台も30分間利用しましたが無料でしたので、ぜひお風呂上がりなどにするといいと思います。
ダイニングでの夕食も盛りだくさんで、味もとても満足でした。
利用はしませんでしたが、朝は数本無料で箱根湯本駅までの無料シャトルバスがあるので、利用するといいと思います。
It was a very good deal to stay at this Ryokan( Japanese-style hotel) . With only 3000¥ in addition , you can use a room of private Onsen for 1hour, which was really satisfying, comfortable and relaxing. You should ask about it when you check in.
You can also enjoy Japanese style dinner .
The room is also comfortable and I recommend to choose Japanese style room so that you can feel how Japanese people in the past era enjoyed their Onsen trip , a kind of a vacation trip.
If you have a great amount of luggage, you should use Free Shuttle Bus bound for Hakone Yumoto Station , leaving the hotel every 30mins ( only )in the morning.

Date of stay: August 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 January 2020

We spent one night at the hotel and really enjoyed ourselves. Check-in was easy and even though we arrived early, they held our luggage for us so we could go explore the area. We stayed in a traditional room (yes we slept on the floor which was quite comfortable) which was fun experience. You are provided with kimonos to where (they have other sizes available at the front desk) which we wore to dinner and to the Onsen. We had a private room for dinner and really enjoyed having our meal prepared in front of us - fun experience. We also took advantage of the onsen. They gave clear instructions on the protocol which was nice, especially this was our first time experiencing communal bathing. It is optional, so if you aren't comfortable with the idea you have a private shower in your room.

The staff was really helpful and even helped us send our luggage to our hotel in Kyoto (a great thing to do if you are traveling by train). We would definitely recommend staying here.

Date of stay: January 2020
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2  Thank Laurie325
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