Sapporo is increasingly becoming a popular destination for Japanese and international tourists and as a result, there are more and more budget accommodation options opening up across the city. The Stay Sapporo is considered Hokkaido’s largest guest house and is fairly new as it only opened in mid-2015 in a building that was converted from office buildings.
There is a wide variety of rooms available to suit all budgets and group sizes. For the solo traveler, you can stay in one of the dorm rooms which sleep 7 or 8 people depending on whether you stay in the loft style dorm or the standard dorm. Female only dorm rooms are also available.
Private rooms range in size from double rooms for couples to large private rooms which are more like a private dorm room that sleeps 3-6 people. We slept in the double room and it is a very small room just big enough for the bed with a small space for luggage behind the door but it was still comfortable and warm (if a little too warm) and a great option for a couple on a budget.
The Stay Sapporo has everything you could need at a guest house. Showers and toilets are available on every floor and with each floor only having around 4 rooms it means you never really have to wait to use them.
Their are two common areas, one on the main reception level and then another on the top floor. Both areas have a basic kitchen and seating area so everyone who’s staying has plenty of space to chill out. A private bathtub is also available on the top floor for a small extra charge in the evenings if you want a more traditional Japanese bathing experience. Also free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hostel so you can stay connected.
One of the best things about this guest house is its location which is just a 10-minute walk from Susukino, Sapporo’s entertainment district, so you have a great variety of restaurants and bars very handy to the guesthouse. The closest subway station is Susukino station which is just two stops from the JR Station and if you catch the shuttle bus from the New Chitose Airport then you can get off in Susukino as well.
If you have suitcases and you don’t like walking around with them or if it’s winter and the streets are covered with snow, it might be easier to get a taxi from your transport drop off point. Most of Sapporo’s main city centre sights are also within walking distance of the guest house including Odori Park which is home to many of Sapporo’s amazing festivals including the Sapporo Snow Festival.
The Stay Sapporo is one of the nicest guest houses I have stayed in around the world and should be considered by any traveler who wants a budget stay without compromising. If you would like more information visit their website below.