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183-20 Yamada, Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun 044-0081 Hokkaido
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#17 of 123 Specialty lodging in Kutchan-cho
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The name says it all - Gondola Chalets is the closest you will get to the Hirafu Gondola, providing the winter sports enthusiast with unsurpassed access to the world-famous powder fields of Niseko. These stylish chalets are the envy of the village, offering a fresh, modern layout, and unrivalled accessibility to the mountain. Gondola Chalets is a great choice for families and large groups.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Ski school
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Ski In / Ski Out
BBQ facilities
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Modern
Languages Spoken
English, Japanese
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Penrapee R wrote a review Feb 2020
Bangkok, Thailand198 contributions72 helpful votes
I'm sure there is no other place more comfortable and convenient to stay in Niseko than Gondola Chalet. We were a group of 8 people, comprising 4 adults and 4 children, visiting Niseko during Christmas break to ski. The four-bedroom apartment was really spacious and well-equipped with everything we needed to make our stay comfortable e.g. dishwasher, washing & drying machine and storage room. The location is also perfect, only 5 minutes from Grand Hifaru ski lift & ski school, 2 minutes from ski rental shop and 10 minutes from convenient stores and restaurants. The heating system in the apartment is excellent and there's always hot water which is key during winter season. All in all, it was a very nice stay and we would highly recommend Gondola Chalet to everyone.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Room Tip: We stayed in Apartment No. 12. It was quiet with beautiful mountain view.
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Darren wrote a review Dec 2018
Brisbane, Australia565 contributions161 helpful votes
We spent a week at this premise with 6 people sharing a 4 bedroom apartment. The apartment (No 4) opens to a staircase and drying room on the ground floor. The first floor has 3 good size bedrooms, two bathrooms and a laundry. The second floor then houses the master bedroom with ensuite and a large kitchen and lounge area. This property is circa ten years old however we found it very comfortable place to stay. The apartment is within very easy walking distance of nearly everything. The heating was very effective, lots of hot water for the showers, and a quiet area to rest. The kitchen had a generous amount of crockery and cooking appliances. We really enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend the property.
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Date of stay: December 2018
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Response from Alix F, Manager at Gondola Chalets
Responded 12 Jan 2019
Dear wedarren, Thank you very much for taking the time to write this kind review. Indeed the property is holding up very well given the age and as such it may be regarded as one of the best value/price ratio, especially for accommodation so close to the slopes! We are looking forward to have you as guests again in Gondola Chalets.
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River wrote a review Mar 2018
Singapore, Singapore34 contributions44 helpful votes
The accommodation was very adequate and pretty charming. The location was great for the mornings, a short walk to the gondola station. It's not near town, making it quiet, but the main town can be reached within a 15-minute walk. Very good value for money
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Date of stay: December 2017
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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greenflubber wrote a review Feb 2018
Hong Kong, China131 contributions198 helpful votes
I stayed at the Gondola Chalets over 9 days, and it was a great and comfortable stay. The location is king here - it literally is a 5 mins' walk uphill in your ski boots to the Hirafu Gondola. You really can't beat that! The chalet is very spacious and has very large communal areas. The chalet I stayed in has 4 bedrooms, so there are 2 living rooms joined by a large dining room / kitchen. The bedrooms are smaller than the rooms I usually have in Niseko but that's ok as you will have enough space to put your stuff and clothes. The dry room on the ground floor has enough room to put all your gear, and I love the ample amount of hooks to put our coats, hats and gloves. I love that the kitchen has a large oven as well as a small grill which heats up quickly. Put a few fish in there for 1 minute and it's ready! I do wish that there is a better coffee machine like a Nespresso, but it's not a dealbreaker. The only bad point I would note here is that the design of Gondola Chalet isn't great for the snow. A large amount of snow is collected on the roofs (it wouldn't be Niseko otherwise) and over time it hardens and packs down to hard ice. Because of the design of the roofs the hard snow will slide off randomly. As a precautionary measure they have roped off the dangerous areas, but due to the houses' design there are some areas where you still have to walk under a few ledges which are precariously close to the ice and snow hanging off the roof. I would be very cautious while walking around Gondola Chalet. The other issue is noise. Because the chalets are built in a row and are "joined" together by a balcony that runs continuously on the second floor, if anyone else stomps heavily on the balcony, everyone in the houses can hear it. There was one night when the noise went on into the wee hours of the morning, at 2am! I was very miffed, to say the least. So do bear in mind the above two points. That's the reason why this place doesn't have 5 stars. Do also note that Gondola Chalet doesn't come cheap. In summary I like this place and will be back!
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Date of stay: February 2018
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Alix F, Manager at Gondola Chalets
Responded 4 Mar 2018
Dear greenflubber, Thank you very much for the kind review. Thank you for bringing our attention to the roof design - we are already aware of those issues and as you mention have to close off some areas due to snow hazard. As long as guests stay away from the roped areas the shedding snow shouldn't be an issue. Regarding the noise, we have a night manager available to try to push some unruly guests to respect the sleep quality of others. I am really sorry that you weren't explained this properly during check-in - if you come back please don't hesitate to call the night manager in case of any issue after 10PM. Thanks again for staying with us!
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KathiRiddle wrote a review Feb 2018
Orlando, Florida4 contributions11 helpful votes
Yes, the location is great with a short walk up the hill to the gondola and another smaller lift. But the units are sparse and quite plain. The floors in the kitchen and in the bathrooms are rubber. The showers are in the bathtub in a separate nook and look like they are made for a hospital. The beds are hard and the sheets and towels are rough. The kitchen is well appointed with many appliances, but the dishwasher is so small, you have to wash dishes many times. The Chalets provide no shuttle service, so expect long, cold walks to the grocery store, restaurants, and ski rental. Wifi is inconsistent and unstable. Nice to have the small washer / dryer. Housekeeping every few days. Good place for a large group staying on a budget if you are willing to sacrifice amenities and other conveniences.
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Alix F, Manager at Gondola Chalets
Responded 25 Feb 2018
Dear KathiRiddle, Thank you for staying with us and for taking the time of writing this review. We will communicate your detailed feedback to the owners of the property and push them to change the items you mention: floors in the kitchen, softer beds.... Regarding the shuttle, I am afraid that we would have to increase drastically the nighty prices in order to provide this service. So far we estimated that most of our guests appreciated the reasonable pricing for a place so close to the lifts, and were happy to book a taxi on the day when it is too cold to walk to the center of the village. Please don't hesitate to call the Front Desk so that they can assist you with taxi bookings or anything else. Thank you again for your review and we will try our best to convince the owners of the place to proceed with refurbishment before next winter.
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pat w wrote a review May 2017
Gladstone, Australia16 contributions10 helpful votes
Perfect place to stay in hirafu. Close to the gondola, short walk to the Main Street, beautiful apartment with an awesome view and everything you need and even a ski hire shop at reception. "Harro" at harro's snow sports was fantastic, he looked out for us all week and made our stay very enjoyable.
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Date of stay: March 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
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thill58 wrote a review Mar 2017
Bunbury, Australia89 contributions30 helpful votes
Stayed at Gondola Chalets in Niseko with friends for a week . Had a four bedroom chalet with three bathrooms, it was ideal in a great spot overlooking the ski fields. The chalet was well appointed and pretty room by Japan standards. At the hotel next door you could get good coffee and also walk to many restaurants ... Recommended
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Date of stay: March 2017
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Response from Alix F, Manager at Gondola Chalets
Responded 15 Mar 2017
Dear thill58, Thank you very much for your kind review. We are looking forward to have you again as guests in Gondola Chalets!
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Lana R wrote a review Feb 2017
Melbourne, Australia44 contributions40 helpful votes
Absolutely loved this place. We got a room to accommodate 8 of us and it was so spacious and homely! The team at reception were super helpful, got great ski and board hire, local food recommendations, and most of all, so so close to the hirafu gondola. Would definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: February 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Alix F, Manager at Gondola Chalets
Responded 16 Feb 2017
Thank you very much for your kind words. We are looking forward to have you as guest again in Gondola Chalets!
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yak15 wrote a review Jan 2017
Hamilton, New Zealand15 contributions4 helpful votes
Fantastically appointed 4 bedroom apartment We stayed here with 6 adults and had ample space with great facilities for self catering. Close to all amenities- supermarkets, gondola to ski fields, restaurants, cafe. Manager and his family were so obliging with everything, helping with bags to apartments, ringing ski company when no-one picked us up for back county skiing, nothing was a problem.
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Date of stay: January 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Alix F, Front Office Manager at Gondola Chalets
Responded 13 Jan 2017
Dear yak15, Thank you very much for this kind review. We are looking forward to have you as a guest again this season or the next one!
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TeamAJ7 wrote a review May 2016
Perth, Australia55 contributions27 helpful votes
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Have booked this place again for 2017, it is just so good. Can't fault it. The only thing it doesn't have is it's own onsen. Was nice having your own drying room. David Harrow from Harro's Sports gave us such great service. Including lending us an electrical adaptor and 4 socket power board. Outstanding. "I'll be back".
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Date of stay: January 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
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PRICE RANGE
US$552 - US$733 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
JapanHokkaidoAbuta-gunKutchan-choNiseko Onsen
NUMBER OF ROOMS
15
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gondola Chalets
Which popular attractions are close to Gondola Chalets?
Nearby attractions include Niseko Tokyu Grand HIRAFU (0.4 km), Boot Solutions Niseko (0.4 km), and Anime Bar Suzuran Niseko (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Gondola Chalets?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, airport transportation, and shuttle bus service.
What food & drink options are available at Gondola Chalets?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Gondola Chalets?
Conveniently located restaurants include Kamimura Restaurant, Asahikawa Ramen Tozanken, and Ryunabe Niseko.
Does Gondola Chalets have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Gondola Chalets offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Gondola Chalets have airport transportation?
Yes, Gondola Chalets offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Gondola Chalets?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Japanese.