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Reviewed 1 week ago

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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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

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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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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Niigata, Japan
Reviewed 11 October 2016

My wife and I were looking for something that was different from the standard resort hotel experience that is typical of the Karuizawa area. Hotel Wellies was that and more. Chris and Noriko greeted us with a such a carefree and natural friendliness that we forgot that we were in a hotel, and forgot that we were in Japan. Suddenly,...

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

Thanks for the kind review, glad you had a good time in Karuizawa. Chris & Noriko

Tokyo, Japan
Reviewed 3 September 2016

休日をゆったりと過ごしたい方に向いているかと思います。中軽井沢から徒歩でもすぐ着きますので、車ではなく電車で行かれる方でも便利です。混雑状況にもよるでしょうが、オーナーのクリスさんに頼めば車で観光地まで連れていっていただけます。近くの別荘地を散歩するのも楽しいです。良い思いでをありがとうございました。 Thanks for good memory at Karuizawa.I think it is one of best places to enjoy taking it easy on holidays.It is easy to arrive there on foot from Naka Karuizawa station.He may bring you to requested place if he is free.You can find good place to walk easily.

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

Thank you for staying and the nice review. I am glad you found our location quite convenient - under 10 minutes walk to Naka-Karuizawa station (we are also happy to pick up from this station - for free) and 20 minutes walk to Hoshino area - or a few minutes by car if you would like a lift. Thanks!

Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

Our family of 4 stayed at Hotel Wellies for 2 nights in August. The hotel is located in a nice quiet neighborhood, and the rooms are very comfortable. The homecooked meals were absolutely delicious. The owners speak both English and Japanese, making this an amazingly unique getaway to England, in the middle of Japan. While the hotel and grounds are...

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

Glad the birthday went well - any excuse to play the TopGun theme song over the Bose loud speakers! Hope to see you again - remember to bring that special coin next time to avoid buying a round of drinks for everyone! Chris & Noriko

Karuizawa-machi, Japan
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

Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 13 July 2016

Chris and Noriko are amazing hosts. They are a wealth of information of the surrounding area and are able to provide multiple ideas and itinerary suggestions. The hotel is uniquely decorated and although I have never been to England, I definitely felt as if i was there. The breakfast options were exquisite and there was more than enough food provided....

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

Dear Alex, thanks for the great review. Glad you enjoyed your time with us and felt like you had been to England. Best regards, Chris & Noriko

Tokyo, Japan
Reviewed 10 July 2016

Chris and Noriko went above and beyond in welcoming us to Hotel Wellies. A huge amount of care and thought has gone into the design of their quirky and comfortable hotel, and into the delicious meals. Nothing was too much trouble - including a 'taxi' service to and from the train station, dinner recommendations, walking maps, and bells for warning...

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

Thanks for staying and the great review. I agree, Karuizawa is a great bolt hole from Tokyo, so easy to get to and so different. We hope more gaijins get out here! Hope to see you again. Regards, Chris & Noriko

Reviewed 8 July 2016

We spent 2 nights at Wellies. Chris and Noriko are very nice and care about our time in Karuizawa. We took Chris' suggestion to ride bike from Wellies to karuizawa. The route is surrounded by trees and lovely Japanese houses. It is a refreshing bike route. we really like it.

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

Thanks for the review, glad you enjoyed the bike ride, it's the best way to see Karuizawa, "weather permitting".

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
WELLIES is a unique boutique hotel only one hour from Tokyo in the chique resort of Karuizawa. The British owner and his Japanese wife offer gastro-pub style cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. Spend time on the terrace enjoying the natural surroundings, or have a drink at the bar with friends old and new. We are only 10 minutes drive from the Karuizawa ski slopes. A 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. Finish off the trip at the popular outlet shopping mall.We are located down a quiet and typical leafy Karuizawa lane about 10 minutes walk from Naka-Karuizawa station. We are happy to accommodate special dietary requirements including vegetarian, vegan and Muslim. ... 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: ₹ 11,034 - ₹ 21,864 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Wellies 3*
Number of rooms: 8
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