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Double Black Hotel

4977-1 WadanoHokujo, Hakuba, Japan
From USD $120
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Scout loves

  • The friendly ski lodge atmosphere, with a welcoming communal lounge & bar area.
  • Good coffee – the illy coffee sign outside is enough to make even the most discerning coffee drinker salivate.
  • Great food at the restaurant.
  • Staff are extremely friendly and helpful.

Scout tips

  • Book early! This hotel is popular and gets booked out quickly.
  • Double Black is located in a nice, quiet area in Lower Wadano, but still within walking distance of the Happo-one and Lower Wadano village areas.
  • There are scheduled ski shuttles in the morning and afternoon and the staff will make other runs (to restaurants and etc) on request.

SCOUT REVIEW

Double Black is a boutique-style hotel in Hakuba that has got it right on so many levels.

With only 24 rooms the size is perfect – small enough so that the service feels personal and you can get to know the other guests, yet large enough so it doesn’t feel like a bed and breakfast (not that we have anything against them). Scout loves the ski-lodge feel (helped by its log cabin exterior) and we also really enjoyed spending time in the communal lounge and bar area. Adding to the appeal is the daily Happy Hour (5-6pm) which keeps the place busy and happening. This is where skiers congregate, get to know each other and swap stories from the day.

And while Double Black caters perfectly to Western tastes, we love that it doesn’t try to pretend it’s not in Japan. Guests are required to take off their shoes off at the entrance and slip into some comfy slippers provided by the hotel. Although the rooms have Western mattresses, they are still decorated in a Japanese style with tatami mats and rice paper partitions.

Each room has its own en-suite, complete with a shower. The Diamond Suites have a little more space with an extra little living area. Double Black also has a separate men’s and women’s onsen which can be hired out for private use by families or couples.

The standard rooms are on the small size, but between skiing, the lounge and the onsen you’re unlikely to spend much time in your bedroom, apart from when you’re sleeping of course.

Who should stay here

Double Black is perfect for older-than-young but younger-than-old (we refuse to call it middle-aged) groups of friends, couples or singles. It isn’t rowdy, instead it has a buzzing, casual, social atmosphere. Double Black is also a good hotel for families.

Available: This selection is currently available for this price. Once you submit an inquiry our agents will confirm your booking via email and send you an invoice for a deposit. You will need to pay a 25% deposit within 7 days (unless otherwise specified) to secure the booking.

On Request: Our agents need to confirm availability of this room. Once you submit a request we will endeavour to get back to you by the next business day to confirm availability (some properties may take longer). If prices are listed they are the exact prices for your dates, room selection and room occupancy. Where prices are not listed we will confirm the price when we confirm availability. In either instance, you are not committed to your selection until after we confirm availability and price. Once you agree to that confirmation, you will be sent an invoice and will need to pay a 25% deposit within 7 days (unless otherwise specified) to secure the booking. If your requested room is not available, we will present alternative options.

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