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:
Hokkaido 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.
Who doesn’t know Daiso? This branch is a big one, all 5 floors of it.
What time is it? It’s sh-sh-shopping time!
Hokkaido’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.
The oldest building in Sapporo, built in 1878, is very photogenic and worth a visit if you’re into history, photography or architecture.
This beautiful park stretches 1.5 km across the main area of Sapporo, and is home to the Sapporo Snow Festival.
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.
Japan’s most famous discount store, great for souvenir shopping.
Going 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
“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.”
Minami 2 Nishi 1, Hokkaido, Sapporo 060-0062
Odori Station (Namboku, Tozai and Toho subway lines), take exit 35
011 290 3000
From 3,500 Yen