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Hotel Wellies

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14/05/2017 15/05/2017
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Mountain View, California
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at Hotel Wellies in early April. The level of personal service offered by the owner Chris was outstanding and he and his wife went out of their way to make us feel welcome. On arrival we were offered a cup of tea by the fire (it was a cold evening) and the following morning because it was raining...

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

Thank you so much for staying and your thoughtful review. Best regards, Chris

Karuizawa-machi, Japan
INNKEEPER’S FAVOURITE REVIEW
Reviewed 3 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

Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed for a night at Wellies on a cold and rainy day in April, after seeing a music concert in Karuizawa. It was my first visit to Karuizawa, where cold weather and rain must be a negative element over there. However, our experience was great because of Wellies! I usually prefer to stay at traditional style accommodation in Japan,...

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

Oh My God, thank you for your long, thoughtful and kind review. We really appreciate it and are so happy that we managed to turn a rainy day into a decent experience. Regards, Chris

hong kong
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am so glad to choose Wellies Hotel as we stayed at Karuizawa. Previously when I was in Karuizawa, I stayed at Prince Hotel-- usually I trust hotel chains to avoid certain risk... However, staying at Wellies let me know Karuizawa better! Unforgettable experience in B&B. Very warm welcome by Chris! we enjoyed the afternoon welcome tea and wine, chatted...

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

Thanks for staying and the great review. Glad you enjoyed our small hotel and Karuizawa. Regards, Chris

Reviewed 5 March 2017 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 7 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 28 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 24 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 24 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

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  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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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: €150 - €352 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Wellies 3*
Number of rooms: 8
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“second floor corner room (the largest one)”
brettjol, 3 Apr 2017 | Read review
“I was treated to a peek in several of the rooms and they are all very different and very unique!”
759alane, 28 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Ask to see the wallpaper! Each room is unique and fabulous!”
angelar0ssetti, 24 Oct 2016 | Read review
“I recommend delux double room for couples.”
onoda1973, 3 Sep 2016 | Read review
“All rooms have fabulous, surprising decor elements. You will never see wallpaper like this anywhere in Japan!”
Asiabytes, 11 May 2016 | Read review
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