Rasso Iceberg Hotel Sapporo

rasso iceberg hotel entrance

rasso iceberg hotel reception

rasso iceberg hotel lift lobby

rasso iceberg hotel rooms

rasso iceberg hotel room interior

rasso iceberg hotel bed

Rasso Iceberg Hotel. I have to gush a little – this hotel rocks my heat-tech socks. Don’t let the campy sounding name put you off this little gem. It’s clean, great value for money, and fantastically located.

The level of service we experienced in our 3 nights here went way beyond our expectations. We only paid 5,500 Yen a night for the both of us, so it’s 3-star territory, but it definitely didn’t feel like it. Like the saying goes, it’s the little things that matter, and the folks at Rasso Iceberg seem to have that philosophy down pat.

We arrived early in the morning to leave our luggage at the front desk and explore the city, and when we returned later in the evening to check in, our bags had already been delivered to our room – magic! Our tired legs really appreciated it.

Cold weather, warm service

But the surprises didn’t stop there – with our keys we also got two complimentary tickets for drinks at the hotel cafe and a 500 Yen gift card to celebrate the new year. Wow was the word we used here, I believe.

Then, when we got to our room, we found a cheerful handwritten note on our desk welcoming us to the hotel. Talk about delighting your customers – is it the Hokkaido water? Everyone here seems extra nice and friendly.

Besides the fantastic service, the hotel is also super convenient. We felt like everything was within a few minutes walk away, from great food to shopping malls and train stations. Here are some of the things you can find around the hotel:

 

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  • Treasure Soup Curry

    treasure soup curryHokkaido is famous for soup curry, and this place serves the best we’ve ever tasted (and we’ve tried a quite a few – I’m drooling just thinking about their yummy, yummy curry!) Read more about it here.

  • Daiso 100 Yen store

    Who doesn’t know Daiso? This branch is a big one, all 5 floors of it.

  • Tanukikoji Shopping Street

    What time is it? It’s sh-sh-shopping time!

 

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  • Nijo Fish Market

    nijo fish market sapporoHokkaido’s equivalent of Tsukiji offers lots of fresh, delicious seafood at reasonable prices. This is the only time where getting crabs is a good thing. Seriously, the crabs. They’re delicious.

  • Sapporo clock tower

    The oldest building in Sapporo, built in 1878, is very photogenic and worth a visit if you’re into history, photography or architecture.

  • Odori Park

    This beautiful park stretches 1.5 km across the main area of Sapporo, and is home to the Sapporo Snow Festival.

  • G-Dining

    Where to go when you can’t decide where to eat – lots of great places to wine and dine, all in one chic building. We tried Volta, and it was really good.

  • Don Quiote

    Japan’s most famous discount store, great for souvenir shopping.

 

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  • Ramen Yokocho

    ramen yokocho sapporoGoing to Sapporo and not eating the ramen is like going to a steak shop and having a salad. Get your ramen fix at this narrow street bursting with ramen shops of different specialities.

If you’re on a budget and want a great hotel in a great location, we highly recommend Rasso Iceberg hotel!

 

Hotel sign and front desk images: booking.com

 

WOW

“The shower amenities are high quality – they use Pola, a premium Japanese skincare brand. The hotel also has free wired internet (ask for a LAN cable at the front desk) and a well equipped kids playroom on the 3rd Floor.”


INFO

Address
Minami 2 Nishi 1, Hokkaido, Sapporo 060-0062

Get there
Odori Station (Namboku, Tozai and Toho subway lines), take exit 35

Phone
011 290 3000

Budget
From 3,500 Yen

Website
www.rasso.co.jp/iceberg

Map

  • Tan Siu-Mae

    Thanks for the sharing this , Kurt. Am thinking of summer in Hokkaido.Any recommendations for itinerary then? Say 5 nights – just stay in Sapporo & do day trips out or stay in another town as well? Hoping to see some pretty flowers.

    • Hi Mae! I’ve only ever been there in the middle of winter, but I hear Hokkaido in summer is really nice. I’d suggest a night or two in Otaru, and the rest in Sapporo.

      It’s all about the food there, and most of the good stuff is in the city. Remember to try the Treasure soup curry! Some cool places to visit in Sapporo would be the fish market, Kirin beer factory and Shiroi Koibito biscuit factory. They’re really fun, educational and easy on the budget too. There might also be some local events worth checking out.

      Let me know if you need anything else!

      • Tan Siu-Mae

        Thanks for the tips Kurt.

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