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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived at Hotel WELLIES at 9+pm, after a long drive and messy day... Chris and Noriko gave us a very warm welcome with delicious salad, pasta and nice wine for our late dinner, everything was beyond our expectation! Our dinner was served at the Bar by Chris and he spent some time to talk with us. The hotel is...

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Chris P, Owner at Hotel Wellies, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the kind review. Glad the late dinner at short notice was OK. Please stay longer next time and take me for a long walk! Best regards, Freddie (and Noriko and Chris)

香港, 中國
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We stayed Hotel Wellies for 3 nights. This is a boutique hotel, no luxury decoration but friendly host, super tasty breakfast and spacious room. The team are so warmhearted and kind, they always offer pickup and drop off. With fluent English, Chris and Noriko are very good tour adviser. Highly recommend if anyone prefer a homey atmosphere. Very touching that...

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Chris P, Owner at Hotel Wellies, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, glad you liked the tomatoes. Sorry we were not quite good enough to get 5 stars. Regards, Chris & Noriko

Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

This is my first trip to Karuizawa, so I chose this special Wellies Hotel, owners are a couple Chris and Noriko. When I got there it was already late, Noriko special to cook a bowl of noodle soup to me, very traditional delicious. Every item here is very fine after a lot of thought on layout. The breakfast is also...

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Chris P, Owner at Hotel Wellies, responded to this review

Dear Karen, glad you liked the noodles, not on our regular menu! Thanks for the kind review. Regards, Chris & Noriko

Reviewed 29 November 2016

My daughter and I recentley stayed at Hotel Wellies. I don't usually write reviews but our experience was so wonderful I had to share it. The warm welcome of the hosts alerted me to the fact that this was going to be a personal experience; that we would not be faceless nameless guests to Chris and Noriko. The roaring fire...

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Chris P, Owner at Hotel Wellies, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind and extensive review. Glad you enjoyed your stay with your daughter. We hope to see you again. Indeed, please book for dinner next time. Best regards, Chris & Noriko

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 25 November 2016

This is a lovely place to stay when in Karuizawa. Everyone made me feel welcome from the moment I arrived, the people here are stellar. Chris is such a great host, very knowledgeable and has good humour. His wife Noriko is lovely, kind and caring. The rooms are all different, but beautifully decorated and very comfortable. As is usual in...

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Chris P, Owner at Hotel Wellies, responded to this review

Glad you had a good time in Karuizawa. Thank you for taking the time to write a nice review. Best regards, Chris & Noriko

New York City, New York
Reviewed 25 October 2016

My husband and I spent a wonderful weekend here in early October. The ambiance was wonderful--from the minute we approached the inn and saw the carefully stacked wood for the winter, we knew we were in for a stay at a great, homey place. Chris Price and his lovely wife pay careful attention to every detail: the bowler hat chandelier...

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Chris P, Owner at Hotel Wellies, responded to this review

I remember you guys! You have been to far more countries than me, it was great spending time with you. Thanks for coming. Thanks for the review. Tell your friends about this weird British hotel in the middle of Japan. Best regards, Chris & Noriko

Niigata, Japan
Reviewed 11 October 2016

My wife and I were looking for something that was different from the standard resort hotel experience that is typical of the Karuizawa area. Hotel Wellies was that and more. Chris and Noriko greeted us with a such a carefree and natural friendliness that we forgot that we were in a hotel, and forgot that we were in Japan. Suddenly,...

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Chris P, Owner at Hotel Wellies, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind review, glad you had a good time in Karuizawa. Chris & Noriko

Tokyo, Japan
Reviewed 3 September 2016

休日をゆったりと過ごしたい方に向いているかと思います。中軽井沢から徒歩でもすぐ着きますので、車ではなく電車で行かれる方でも便利です。混雑状況にもよるでしょうが、オーナーのクリスさんに頼めば車で観光地まで連れていっていただけます。近くの別荘地を散歩するのも楽しいです。良い思いでをありがとうございました。 Thanks for good memory at Karuizawa.I think it is one of best places to enjoy taking it easy on holidays.It is easy to arrive there on foot from Naka Karuizawa station.He may bring you to requested place if he is free.You can find good place to walk easily.

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Chris P, Owner at Hotel Wellies, responded to this review

Thank you for staying and the nice review. I am glad you found our location quite convenient - under 10 minutes walk to Naka-Karuizawa station (we are also happy to pick up from this station - for free) and 20 minutes walk to Hoshino area - or a few minutes by car if you would like a lift. Thanks!

Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

Our family of 4 stayed at Hotel Wellies for 2 nights in August. The hotel is located in a nice quiet neighborhood, and the rooms are very comfortable. The homecooked meals were absolutely delicious. The owners speak both English and Japanese, making this an amazingly unique getaway to England, in the middle of Japan. While the hotel and grounds are...

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Chris P, Owner at Hotel Wellies, responded to this review

Glad the birthday went well - any excuse to play the TopGun theme song over the Bose loud speakers! Hope to see you again - remember to bring that special coin next time to avoid buying a round of drinks for everyone! Chris & Noriko

Karuizawa-machi, Japan
Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

Karuizawa is not the kind of place you'd expect to find a British B&B but in a Japan you can always expect the unexpected. Wellies even does the full beans and black pudding breakfast. The owner is widely travelled, cheerful and hands-on. More Ripping Yarns than Basil Fawlty. He's a fund of local knowledge. His wife is Japanese and is...

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Chris P, Owner at Hotel Wellies, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review, note that in the interests of corporate efficiency, I am now combining the roles of Basil and his sidekick Manuel. Regards, Chris

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
WELLIES is a unique small hotel only one hour from Tokyo in the fashionable mountain resort of Karuizawa. Chris, the British owner and his Japanese wife offer gastro-pub style cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. Most of our rooms have now been upgraded with new bathrooms, cool functional designs and funky British wallpaper. Spend time on the terrace or garden enjoying the natural surroundings, or have a drink at the bar with friends old and new. We are only 10 minutes drive from the JR Karuizawa (Shinkansen) , Outlet shopping, Prince ski resort and Kyu-Karuizawa old town. We are less than 5-minutes from Hoshino area (Harunire Terrace, Tombo No Yu hot spring, Stone Church, Seizon Art Museum and Blestoncourt wedding hotel). We are only 3 minutes drive from Naka-Karuizawa station. We can usually pick up or drop off from JR or Naka-Karuizawa except peak times. When we have time we also provide a shuttle service around town. A homemade Full English breakfast is included in the rate. Eat with us or we can give advice on local restaurants and also the inside track on things to do and see in the area. We are located down a quiet and typical leafy Karuizawa lane about 7 minutes walk from Naka-Karuizawa station. We are happy to accommodate special dietary requirements including vegetarian, vegan and Muslim. The whole hotel is NO SMOKING inside. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hotel Wellies

Address: 2350-160 Nagakura, Kitasaku-gun, Karuizawa-machi 389-0111, Nagano Prefecture
Region: Japan > Chubu > Nagano Prefecture > Kitasaku-gun > Karuizawa-machi
Price Range: RM700 - RM1,554 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Wellies 3*
Number of rooms: 8
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“I was treated to a peek in several of the rooms and they are all very different and very unique!”
 of 5 bubbles 759alane, 28 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Ask to see the wallpaper! Each room is unique and fabulous!”
 of 5 bubbles angelar0ssetti, 24 Oct 2016 | Read review
“I recommend delux double room for couples.”
 of 5 bubbles onoda1973, 3 Sep 2016 | Read review
“All rooms have fabulous, surprising decor elements. You will never see wallpaper like this anywhere in Japan!”
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“We had room 207, which was large and had a separate area with a couch. The bathroom was small with a big step into it, but adequate.”
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