Great hostel in Hakodate
For a quick stay in Hakodate, I really liked this hostel. It’s relatively new, modern and very clean. And an incredible value.
Has a small kitchen (although only one burner and no oven), grocery store 5 minutes away, great WiFi and laundry on-site. Local restaurants are nearby but there aren’t a ton. I went to the same place twice though and liked what I had. There is air con in the room if needed. Breakfast is available for a reasonable cost and staff is very nice and speak English well.
There are a few things to be aware of, which aren’t major dealbreakers but would have been good to know ahead of time:
1. This is 35 minutes from the JR station by tram. And 45 minutes by tram from some of the sights. It’s a little further out than I expected
2. There is tram noise from the hostel. You can hear it starting early AM
3. The female dorm is not very comfortable design wise. The stairs to the top bunk take up a lot of space and make the bottom bunks very tight to get in and out. And not much luggage space outside of the wide walkway. The mixed dorms are designed better with the stairs, which is a real miss in this room. It’s fine for a short stay but if that room was full, it would be very comfortable
4. The female dorm is also incredibly dark. You have a bedside light but there is limited lighting in the common areas so you’re constantly fumbling around in the dark. Not great.
Again, not dealbreakers but things to be aware of.
If I’m in town again, I would stay here and would recommend it. Location is eh but there are other pros.