4.5 / 5 Chalet Ruby Niseko
Stayed at chalet ruby for 8 nights (jan 2017).
We have stayed in Niseko before in a similar town house but that time in the lower village. This property is on the road into the town from the east. It is around a 10 min walk up to the gondola station. In ski kit this gets a bit sweaty as its uphill but gets the legs warmed up. Its a balance between waiting for a shuttle or keep moving.
Right next door is the NAC, great for breakfast bagels and steins of beer for 1000¥. Supermarket just 2 mins across the road and the rest of town is a 5 min flat walk.
Chalet is great. Well appointed and clean.
Pricing was good for Niseko. Location suited us - good balance between price and proximity to lifts and town.
In more detail, I had read some comments that drying clothes was a problem but we never had any problems. Ski and board boots dried in the hallway cupboard and washing dried well in the bathroom/laundry or on bedroom rads.
Net and tv systems work ok but needed resetting on occasion to spark it back into life.
Bedrooms are basic but functional, nice and warm with blackout blinds for good sleep. One issue was the daily snowplough which arrived at 6am without fail. It cleared the snow from the drive directly outside the corner bedroom. He didn't respond to gesticulating about moving on. I guess they had a job to do but perhaps better during the day when people are going to be on the hill. Kept forgetting to call in at the office to see if this could be changed.
If we had any criticism it would be from the service in resort which was nil! We did not get any transfer info so had to ask at several desks in Sapporo to be directed to the right bus. Once in resort we got dropped off in the welcome centre to no welcome. More asking about and it was only when a company minivan arrived to collect others that we had someone to ask who then ran us to our chalet. On leaving we got no info either so had to call in at the office to find out what the plan would be. I get that the Resort Liner transfers is a seperate company but as we booked these through HN, i would expect not to have to figure it out ourselves.
A minor gripe on what was otherwise a great holiday.