Ibis Styles Sapporo Hotel is a 3-star accommodation located in Sapporo’s city center between Susukino and Nakajima Park. Opened in December 2014, this hotel is worth a stay with its good location (walking distance to Nakajima Koen subway), big room size (great for families) and very affordable rates that come with complimentary breakfast. Additionally, guests can reach the hotel conveniently via an 80-minute limousine bus ride from the New Chitose Airport.
AccorHotel’s brand of Ibis hotels around the world are known for their simplicity and affordable prices. Thus, I wasn’t expecting too much prior to my arrival. But after spending almost a week here, I must say that I’m VERY satisfied 👍 with my stay and I’ve made the right choice for my accommodation in Sapporo. If I were to be back in Sapporo, I’ll definitely stay at Ibis Styles Sapporo again. 😀
Truth be told, I’ve considered many many hotels (some booked and then cancelled) before I finally decided on Ibis Styles Sapporo. Some of the hotels that I’ve considered during my itinerary planning include:
- Hotel Gracery Sapporo – connected to JR Sapporo Station but small room size
- Hotel Mystays Sapporo Aspen – triple room is available with moderate price
- Keio Plaza Hotel Sapporo – family rooms fully booked
- Mercure Hotel Sapporo – family rooms fully booked (also an Accor Hotel)
I booked 6 nights at Ibis Styles Sapporo Hotel during the AccorHotel Privale Sale, and it costs JPY 62,650 (~SG$790) for a Deluxe Plus Room with 1 King Bed including breakfast for 3. On an average, it’s only SG$131/night. 😍 It’s a STEAL, isn’t it? If you’re wondering when I made my booking, it was in July 2018 and my stay was from 13 – 19 Dec 2018. Moreover, December is a peak travel season. I don’t think I can find this price elsewhere in Sapporo LOL. Ibis Styles Sapporo also has a very good review on TripAdvisor.
Before I review the hotel, I’d like to share with you about the location and surrounding areas of the hotel. I believe location is very important in planning for a DIY vacation.
Ibis Styles Sapporo is located next to Nakajima Park, in a quieter side of Sapporo, and within five mins’ walk from Nakajima Koen subway. From there, it’s very easy to get to Odori (2 stations away) and Sapporo (3 stations away) – all under 10 mins by subway. To get to Sapporo by taxi, it’s about 10 mins and costs ~JPY 1000.
Now, let’s take a look at the map above.
Ibis Styles Sapporo Hotel is in the green box. It’s two streets away from the entrance to Nakajima Koen subway (see the purple cross). The blue cross is the drop-off location of the airport limousine bus that we took. Nakajima Park is the last stop of the airport limousine bus. Both points are just 5 mins walk to the hotel – although it may look far from the map.
The two red circles are LAWSON convenience stores. So, when you reach the second LAWSON, make a right turn and you’ll see the hotel lobby. The best thing is – the second LAWSON is directly connected to the hotel lobby. Hence, you don’t need to walk out in the cold to get your midnight snacks! Do you know that it operates 24 hours?! 😃
You may have noticed that I circled Hotel Mystays Premier Sapporo Park in an orange box. This is the pick-up point for Hokkaido Resort Liner to Hoshino Resorts Tomamu. After we checked-out from the hotel, we walked along the blue line to the pick-up point and boarded the bus to Tomamu. It’s less than 10 mins walk but because the streets were all covered with snow, pulling the luggage can be challenging too. We were thankful to the hotel who offered us a trolley to move our luggage. Great service indeed! 😀
Lastly, if you wish to rent a car, you’ll be glad to know that there’s a Times Car Rental just opposite the hotel. Now, you can see that I have everything within the vicinity of the hotel. Perfect, right?
Ibis Styles Sapporo has many room types to cater for different needs. The basic level Superior Room measures 30 sqm and it’s considered large for Japanese standards. There are also bigger Family Rooms with different configurations: 2 Single and 2 Extra Beds, 2 Single and 1 Stacking Bed, or Twin Beds and 1 Stacking Bed. There are smoking and non-smoking rooms too.
We stayed in a Deluxe Plus Room with a King-Sized Bed on the 16th floor (highest floor). I was pleasantly surprised to see a humidifier – it’s truly a godsend for winter nights when the air is super dry. I have a super sensitive nose and thanks to the humidifier, I didn’t wake up in the morning with bloody nose.
I truly appreciate the spaciousness of the room. 😀 Even with several luggage lying on the floor, there are still plenty of spaces to move around. The room has a large work desk, air-conditioner with manual temperature control, shower room with bath tub, complimentary WIFI and coffee/tea making facilities. As our room was on the highest floor, the view was AMAZING especially when it was snowing.
View from our room on the highest floor (it was snowing!)
Ibis Styles Sapporo is also a well-equipped hotel that is perfect for families. Vending machines are available at certain floors. On the second floor, there’s a laundry room with coin-operated washers (auto-soap dispensing) and dryers. As there are only 3 washers and 3 dryers, the laundry room was quite busy during our stay. For long-staying guests, this is truly a HUGE plus. We managed to clear our laundries before moving to the next destination.
The hotel also has a mini gym, computer station and a restaurant named Sapporo Kitchen that is opened for breakfast only.
The buffet breakfast deserves a separate praise too! 😋 Although the variety is not huge as compared to hotels in Singapore, the food is absolutely YUMMY and the selection is adequate. Keeping in mind that this is an Ibis hotel, I honestly think that the breakfast exceeded my expectation.
Sapporo Kitchen is located on the second floor, and it runs from 6am till 10:30am. The moment we arrived, we were warmly greeted and brought to the available table. The dining hall is huge and clean, we like to sit near the full-length window so that we can watch the snow while we eat. Breakfast tastes better with a gorgeous view LOL.
There are Western and Japanese cuisines prepared every morning with some specialties on rotation. I love the shrimp soup curry with rice – only in Japan, I eat rice for breakfast because it tastes so good. Other Japanese food items that I like are grilled mackerel, crispy fried smelt fish, vegetable soup and sweet potato tempura. Western items, on the other hand, are chicken nuggets, scrambled eggs, omelette, sausages, bacon, bread and salad.
One thing that you must not missed out is their butter croissants which are highly raved in TripAdvisor. I swear I eat at least 3 to 4 every morning, hahah! This is certainly my favourite. I warmed them up lightly in the oven and slabbed on layers of butter. Oh, they are heavenly. For a moment, I forgot what calories are LOL.
IN A NUTSHELL
It is a reasonable offer with great prices and a good location to match. Just 5 mins walk to Nakajima Koen subway station, making Sapporo station a mere 10 mins ride away. The staffs are polite, helpful and fluent in English. Rooms are very spacious too – bigger than most other hotel rooms in Japan. Great for families searching for reasonable comfort while watching their budget. Absolutely value for money!
– Convenient location
– Spacious rooms suitable for families
– Very affordable room rates
– Humidifier in the room is perfect for winter stay
– Coin-operated washers and dryers are very useful too
Room Rates: From S$130 onward including breakfast (rates as July 18 including taxes)