Hokkaido, the northern most island of Japan would be my next stop right after visiting Tokyo. As a first timer here, a stay in Sapporo would seem mandatory. In the start of winter back in December, we choose to spend 5 days in Ibis Styles located right in the heart of Sapporo. Accor’s brand of Ibis hotels around the world are known for their affordable prices, with a no fuss, no frills take on their establishments. I wasn’t expecting too much prior to my arrival, but after spending almost a week here, I can safely say that this has surely got to be the best Ibis Styles I’ve ever stayed in. The one thing that sets Ibis Styles apart from the regular Ibis hotels, is the complimentary breakfast that’s given with all room bookings.
Checking in at the reception when we arrived was quite a breeze, coupled with the many counters and efficiency of the Japanese people we were good to go in under 5 minutes. We were asked what welcome drinks we would like during check in, not so sure if that’s given to all sorts of bookings made from third-party websites, or only bookings made directly with Accor. One sparkling water and orange juice please! We booked directly just FYI.
The room was pretty large for Japanese standards, it measured 30 square meters according to Accor’s website, and it was well stocked with so many amenities. It even came with a humidifier and air purifier machine. Good for those wintery nights where the air gets super dry. Walls are also sound proofed so that was a plus point. So far so good, the hotel even had a Lawson convenience store attached to it on the ground floor. Perfect for lazy midnight snack runs, since it operates 24 hours, the fried chicken is divine.
The hotel is located in a pretty central area, in a little quieter side of Sapporo, next to Nakajima park. There is a subway station (Nakajima Koen) just 3 minutes walking distance, which is super convenient, and you could also get to the trams that run around Sapporo city which has a stop about 10 minutes away on foot. Around the hotel you’d find many convenient stores, vending machines and also restaurants, and to get to the main shopping and sight-seeing area, you could be there in under 15 minutes by subway. The receptionist was also kind enough to draw us a map of attractions and sights he thought we shouldn’t miss for our first visit to Sapporo.
Another point I’m going to be highlighting tremendously is the breakfast buffet that came with our room. The spread was magnificent, it even topped some of the higher rated hotels/resorts around the world I’ve had the chance of visiting, keeping in mind that this is an Ibis hotel. The breakfast hall was located on the second floor, and it runs from 6am till 10:30am. The moment we entered we were greeted warmly and made our way to any available spot. The dining hall was huge, and had a full western and Japanese selection of cuisine prepared.
The breakfast hall was divided into 3 areas. The Japanese meals, western meals, and then the drink stations. I loved how all the food looked really perfect, like those wax meals you’d find on the store front of Japanese restaurants. My favourite area would be the bread station. I swear I ate about 3-5 croissants everyday, and probably 10 little tubs of butter to go with it. It was so magnificently tasty.
When I normally stay at places that come with free breakfast, I usually miss a day or two, but at this place, I made sure to set my alarm every single morning. I will not start my day without shoving in flaky croissants in my mouth.
So yes, I could not sing more praises for this awesome hotel. Ibis Styles Sapporo you have wowed me. From friendly receptionists and wonderful house keeping, to the attached 24 hours Lawson convenience store on the ground floor, subway station just 3 minutes away, large rooms that comes with a humidifier, and the croissants for breakfast. The price that you’d pay for staying here would be worth your money. You’d probably even make money if you ate 15 croissants a day. Thank you again for the lovely and hospitable stay Ibis Styles Sapporo, Accor should be proud.