This is Andy again, and this will be the last post detailing our winter ski trip to Hokkaido. I’d initially booked the Sheraton Kiroro resort for four nights, but then I realised our flight on ANA back to HND, then onwards to Okinawa, left at 0730. As I mentioned in our last post, it takes at least 1.5 hours to get to the airport from the Kiroro resort, even taking an incredibly overpriced taxi. So the prospect of waking up at 4am didn’t really appeal to me, or to my wife or son. So I cancelled our last night there, and decided we’d spend it close to the airport. There were a few options, all overpriced (a common theme on Hokkaido) but I decided upon the ANA Crowne Plaza, as there was a promotion going on called Accelerate your rewards.

With platinum status, we got upgraded to a top-floor room, and also a complimentary breakfast. I’ve never gotten a complimentary breakfast because of platinum status before, and that’s not an IHG policy, not even with Spire or Ambassador status, but I did ask really nicely at the front desk, so that might’ve helped!

As we walked in, we were struck by what would’ve been an awesome view had it been light out, with dual beds looking out at floor-to-ceiling windows:



The bathroom was nice a roomy, with a tub that offered a luxurious soak, especially after mucking through deep powder the day before.


The next morning, the breakfast spread was more than we’d expected (or deserved!), and the staff was lovely. We were there less than 12 hours, as we had to catch an overpriced taxi for an early flight, but overall, a very impressive airport hotel.

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