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Biwako Hotel

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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
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London
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Room 823. It had an amazing view and was a hugh room. One of the best rooms we had throughout our travels in Japan. The happy hour we had a glass of champagne for around 995 yens each but no nuts or olives offered which was stated on the sheet in the hotel room. The bar is a bit of...

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琵琶湖ホテルBL, Front clerk YAMAMOTO at Biwako Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing BIWAKO HOTEL. Thank you for having you contribute the impression of stay. We are glad to be able to meet expectation. Thank you for having you order champagne from the room. A lot of splendid sightseeing spots are in Shiga. In addition, there are lot of speciality in Shiga, too. We suppose that you remember a...

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Having never been to Kyoto before, we were really unsure where to stay. We booked the Biwako and were a little worried just before arriving as we found out it's about half an hour drive from Kyoto. However, we had nothing to worry about because the hotel was fantastic from the moment we arrived. The staff are extremely welcoming and...

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琵琶湖ホテルBL, Front clerk YAMAMOTO at Biwako Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for having contribute the impression of the stay. Thank you for choosing BIWAKO HOTEL. Our hotel is the location that access is very convenient to kyoto. You can go round the famous places such as the world`s cultural heritage of kyoto. Did you enjoy a lot of sightseeing? Thank you for using the sushi restaurant in our hotel....

Adelaide, Australia
Reviewed 6 April 2017

The service was terrific, staff were very friendly. The room was spacious and comfortable with a view of the lake. The hotel is located a short drive from Kyoto. The amenities were excellent with a big bathroom and hair dryer and toiletries provided. The breakfast was lovely with both Japanese and Western options available. There was only a small issue...

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琵琶湖ホテルBL, Front clerk YAMAMOTO at Biwako Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for staying and an impression to our hotel. Thank you for enjoying scenery and a stay. Our hotel has a hot spring and outdoor bath. Would you have you use it? Because it is a natural hot spring, you warm from the core of the body. Our hotel is the location that access is very convenient to kyoto....

Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Biwako hotel is a very nice hotel with wonderful service. Room is big and nice plus a lake view. We enjoyed our staying a lot! A comparative small but good enough indoor and outdoor hotspring with a view of a lake and terminal. Also, they have a few variety of restaurant like teppanyaki, sushi, Japanese and western foods, even breakfast...

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琵琶湖ホテルBL, Front clerk YAMAMOTO at Biwako Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for staying at BIWAKO HOTEL. Thank you for enjoying scenery and a stay. 「The hot spring of RURI」which can overlook Lake Biwa and Mt.Hiei, the Hira mountain range is our pride. The restaurant in the hotel has French and the Italian restaurant are open, too. The barbecue is open in the summertime, too. The Japanese restaurants such as...

Kyoto, Japan
Reviewed 14 January 2017

Although the exterior might look dated, do not be fooled, fellow globetrotter, the Biwako hotel was a haven for my family on our first two nights in Japan. To start, there is a free hotel shuttle running from Otsu station every 7 minutes. It is a short walk about 500 meters down the road to find the well marked Biwako...

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琵琶湖ホテルBL, Front clerk YAMAMOTO at Biwako Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for staying at BIWAKO HOTEL. The first accommodations in Japan become our hotel for your family and are very glad. I am glad to be able to have you spend it being relaxed. Aqua rooms which had you make a reservation this time has various staying privileges. A soft drink and a time-limited drink are staying and can...

Hong Kong, China
Reviewed 5 January 2017

An excellent hotel in Otsu conveniently located. All rooms are spacy and they all have a great lake view. Always a delight to see the lake and the boat Michigan early in the morning. Staff are very helpful as well.

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琵琶湖ホテルBL, Front clerk YAMAMOTO at Biwako Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for staying at BIWAKO HOTEL. Otsu is a very wonderful area among nature. The scenery to look at from the guest room is pride of the hotels. Did you board a pleasure boat MICHIGAN. The scenery to look at from MICHIGAN is the best too. Please come if there is an opportunity. We are looking forward to that...

Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

We took a triple sharing room. Good size, clean n comfortable. Lake view was excellent. Free parking within the hotel. Eateries and convenience stores are available around the hotel vicinity - only 10 mins stroll. Highly recommended.

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琵琶湖ホテルBL, Front clerk YAMAMOTO at Biwako Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for staying at BIWAKO HOTEL. We get words of the praise and we are very honored. Our hotel has a hot spring. Because it is a natural hot spring, You warm from the core of the body. And the guest room is all rooms lake view. Thank you for enjoying scenery and a stay. Please come if there...

San Francisco, California
Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Stayed at Biwako hotel for one night. The room I stayed is spacious, modern, and clean with great lake view. We used the public bath on the 4th floor. Particularly enjoyed the outdoor tub with cold and fresh breath of air. The hotel has a restaurant and a cafe. Both of them are good but a bit pricey. A coffee...

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琵琶湖ホテルBL, Front Desk Clerk YAMAMOTO at Biwako Hotel, responded to this review

How was your stay at our hotel. I am glad to be able to have you spend it being relaxed. Our hotel is the location that access is very convenient to kyoto.You can go round the famous places such as the world`s cultural heritage of kyoto. We offer hospitality with all the staff feeling to be satisfied on the next...

Taipei, Taiwan
Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

Our group tour plan to stay here for two nights. It is designed with the theme of a cruise vessel. There is a wonderful public hot springs bath on the fourth floor. It is extremely spacious with an outdoor soaking area as well. We had a wonderful dinner buffet. Lots of exquisite items, two thumbs up for their food and...

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琵琶湖ホテルBL, Front desk clerk YAMAMOTO at Biwako Hotel, responded to this review

How was your stay at our hotel. Our hotel has a natural hot spring and outdoor bath.I am glad to be able to have you spend it being relaxed. Thank you for having you use the dinner buffet restaurant.Did you get enough to eat. We offer hospitality with all the staff feeling to be satisfied on the next time,In addition...

Taipei, Taiwan
Reviewed 10 July 2016

Yes it costs a bunch, but well I surrendered because of the great view from the room! It got free ride from the train station Otsu and hotel, which is nice for travelers. The other love my heart is the free hotspring for residents. Can't love it more!

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  • Free Parking
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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Smoking rooms available
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Address: 2-40 Hamamachi, Otsu 520-0041, Shiga Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Shiga Prefecture > Otsu
Price Range: RM532 - RM1,605 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Biwako Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 171
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“823 most rooms have a good view of the lake”
ThorpedoLondon, 4 May 2017 | Read review
“The aqua room is worth the extra yen, especially because of the free minibar”
4sunbear, 14 Jan 2017 | Read review
“All rooms have wonderful lake view.”
YuenLongJohnny, 4 Jan 2017 | Read review
“higher floor recommended!”
365WendyC, 9 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Pick aqua room, more luxurious and worth.”
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