Love the Prince East
Written by Marilyn a Skier from Lorne, VIC Australia
The location is excellent, ski in/ ski out to the gondola which is in arguably the best, least crowded ski area in Shiga. The hotel itself is a very comfortable . The rooms are large, separate toilet and bathroom with its own deep onsen bath and shower. There are two king singles pushed together, a sitting area with coffee table, two armchairs and sofa bed. The room is dominated by the picture window with the great view of the mountain. The room has all the amenities needed; hairdryer, fridge, kettle, Japanese tea set, slippers, robe, TV..
Loved walking into the foyer and putting skis and boots in our own ski locker. boots were lovely and warm each morning. Wi fi only available in the foyer which became a meeting place each night with people drinking beer from the vending machine. Small convenience shop had a range of snack food including noodle boxes.
Ski hire was as good here as anywhere. you can swap skis without charge at all Prince hotels. Breakfast was a buffet with lots of choice both western and Japanese. We dinner vouchers, the food was good, though limited choice. You could select from the a la carte menu, no dearer than Australia or have the expensive hoot.
You could catch the bus into Itchinose and eat in the limited number of restaurants there (ethnic Beer House was great) or go to the West .
There was a shuttle between East and West. It was an easy walk along the road into Itchinose from the West less than a K.
Staff were helpful and all spoke at least a little English.