Best Western gets up to speed in Japan

sleep December 23, 2017 12:20

By The Nation

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Best Western Hotels & Resorts continues its Asian expansion programme with the opening of a midscale property in Sapporo.



Located in the centre of Sapporo’s Chuo-ku, or “central ward”, the brand-new Best Western Sapporo Odori-Koen is surrounded by shops, leisure attractions, office buildings and the popular Odori Park, making it the best choice for all types of visitor. Offering 60 comfortable and contemporary rooms, all equipped with cutting-edge facilities, spacious working areas and complimentary Wi-Fi, the hotel is slated to officially open in the first quarter of 2018.

“Sapporo is one of Japan’s largest cities and the gateway to the island of Hokkaido, so we are delighted to be able to cater to travellers in this vibrant city,” said Olivier Berrivin, Best Western Hotels & Resorts’ managing director of international operations - Asia.

“With its perfect downtown setting, modern rooms and excellent service standards, Best Western Sapporo Odori-Koen is sure to become popular with business and leisure travelers alike. Guests can look forward to a year-round calendar of events in Odori Park, including the Hokkaido Marathon, “Sakura” cherry blossom season, Autumn Festival and, of course, the famous Sapporo Snow Festival.

“This opening marks Best Western’s return to Sapporo, as we continue to expand in Japan’s most popular destinations. With 15 hotels now either operating or under development across the country, Best Western is confirming its position as one of Japan’s leading international hotel groups,” Berrivin added.

Located just 600 metres from JR Sapporo Station and one-hour drive from Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport, the hotel provides direct connections to and from major cities all across Asia and beyond. It is also less than two hours from the famous ski slopes and year-round outdoor activities of Niseko.

Earlier this year, Best Western Tokyo Nishikasai Grande became the company’s third property in Japan’s capital city, and the rebranding of The Hotel Nagasaki marked the launch of Asia’s first operating BW Premier Collection hotel. Best Western Osaka Tsukamoto recently opened in Japan’s second largest city, and Best Western Yamagata Airport welcomed its first guests in October.

This expansion comes as Japan prepares to host a series of major international sporting events, including the 2020 Olympic Games and the 2019 Rugby World Cup, which will include matches staged in Sapporo.