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Richmond Hotel Sapporo Ekimae: Review

Accommodation Review of Richmond Hotel Sapporo Ekimae

Double Room (Non-Smoking): sapporo-ekimae.richmondhotel.jp; booked via booking.com
Price: ¥7,000 per night (~S$88)
Duration: 1 night in March 2016 (Friday night)

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Location


The hotel is located a good 10-15 min walk from JR Sapporo. It might look near on the map but it can be quite a walk, especially with big luggage. Although most of the journey is through the underground malls and station, it can be quite a hassle to meander through the crowd when travelling with many pieces of luggage.

Richmond Hotel Sapporo Ekimae - travel.joogo.sg

If you are walking from Sapporo subway exit 22/23, you will need to look out for the small hotel sign (picture above) for a shortcut. Walk into the “garage”, through the side door and into the lobby.

Tip: Exit via Subway Exit 23 instead of 22. There’s an elevator at Exit 23. Once you get to street level, turn left and keep walking straight (if you see a convenience store “Sunkus” opposite, you are in the right direction). Cross the traffic junction and you’ll reach the hotel.

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It’s a fairly standard business hotel, which made sense because it’s near to office buildings. After we checked in at the front desk, we were directed to a self-service machine for payment. This was quite interesting as it’s the first time we experienced something like that. Though it probably made sense for security and accountability purposes. You see several similar machines around the hotel to get your “prepaid” cards for different things like premium TV programmes, etc.


The Room


Nothing to shout about for the room, though it comes with the things we needed for a one night stay – clean sheets and towels, a comfortable bed and toiletries.

Richmond Hotel 4 - travel.joogo.sg

Bathroom is fairly small but still alright for a night’s stay. It’s small but not as small as the one in our Shinjuku’s airbnb!

Richmond Hotel 5 - travel.joogo.sg

We probably won’t choose the hotel again if we go back to Sapporo. It’s a bit of a walk from Sapporo station.

Richmond Hotel 3 - travel.joogo.sg


Facilities


They have some other facilities that might interest you:

  • Free Wi-Fi. You can also rent a PC at ‎¥800/night.
  • A laundromat on the 2nd and 9th floor, with 9th floor permitted for lady guests only. ¥200 for washing (detergent provided); ¥100 per 30 minutes for drying.
  • Food and drinks vending machines on various floors. Microwave and ice maker on the 8th floor.
  • Video on demand available when you purchase ¥1000 ticket from the vending machine.

Conclusion


This location is nearer to Sapporo Subway station of Tohu line than that of Namboku line. The latter is more convenient in your touristy travel. But if you’re on a tighter budget, Richmond Hotel Sapporo Ekimae is worth considering.

Otherwise you can consider Hotel Keihan which is at a much better location. We stayed there for the first leg of our journey. Will be doing a review of it soon!

Hope this review has been useful for you! :)

Are you going to stay or have stayed at Richmond Hotel Sapporo Ekimae
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