The Windsor Hotel Toya

Shimizu, Abuta-Gun, Toyako-cho, 049-5722, Japan

Visible for miles around—it looks like a giant cruise ship perched on the rim of the Toya Volcano—the Windsor is Hokkaido's best hotel for location and service. This is where world leaders infamously dined on a luxurious eight-course meal after discussing the global food crisis during the 2008 G8 Summit. The blue rooms have views of the lake and Toyako Onsen's volcanic activity, while the rust-color rooms look out to the sea. It's a vast hotel, but the bars and restaurants are personal in scale. Unusual in Japan, the Windsor asks guests to refrain from smoking in all restaurants and most rooms. The staff speaks English, French, and Japanese.

PROS

  • top service
  • stunning views
  • chance to spot Asian celebs on vacation

CONS

  • stratospheric prices
  • hours from major cities
  • some restaurants close unexpectedly during quiet season

Location

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Sophisticated
Remote
Luxurious Retreat

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 0120-290–500-for reservations only | 0142-73–1111

HOTEL DETAILS

395 Western-style rooms, 3 Japanese-style rooms
Rate Includes: All-inclusive; Breakfast; No meals; Some meals

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