Airport Hotel Review: ANA Crowne Plaza Chitose (Sapporo)

Airport Hotel Review: ANA Crowne Plaza Chitose (Sapporo)

As mentioned in the introduction to this series of reviews, I looked at a variety of places I could stay at during my spotting trip to Sapporo. In the end, though, I decided to stay at the ANA Crowne Plaza Chitose hotel belonging to the IHG network of hotels where the friends I was traveling with were staying as well.

I booked a “Standard Room” at the hotel for two nights through Hotels.com for about 75 dollars per night including taxes. But, since I use the Hotels.com Rewards program which is effectively a (delayed) 10% discount, the room at the hotel cost a me a little under 70 dollars a night.

Getting to ANA Crowne Plaza Chitose Hotel

The hotel can easily be accessed from Sapporo New Chitose airport by free shuttle bus as well as by train.

The shuttle bus schedule is fairly sparse, and you can check it here.

Since there is no shuttle bus between noon and 4PM, if you need a transfer in that period of time and do not have a car, you can take the train from the airport to Chitose station from where the hotel can be reached on foot in about seven or eight minutes.

As for us, since we had a rental car, we drove there, parking the car in the hotel’s free parking lot.

ANA Crowne Plaza Chitose Exterior

Entrance and the older side of the hotel.
ANA Crowne Plaza Chitose Airport Hotel

Newer side of the hotel.
Sign Near the Entrance

ANA Crowne Plaza Chitose.

Check-in and the Lobby

The ANA Crowne Plaza Chitose has a fairly spacious lobby with a seating area right past the hotel’s entrance. The reception is located further down on the right side of it.

Besides the reception desk and seating area, the first floor is also home to a business center, a convenience store where you can stock up on drinks and snacks, a bar, as well as a couple of restaurants.

ANA Crowne Plaza Chitose Lobby

Lobby.
Sapporo New Chitose Airport Crowne Plaza Hotel Lobby

Reception.
Restaurants

New section’s rooms, restaurant, bar, and fitness room.

Before I continue, I will note that the hotel features two “towers” – the old and the new one. Our rooms were located in the “new tower” which is directly connected with the reception in the “old tower.”

Hallway Connecting ANA Crowne Plaza Chitose's Old and New Building

Walkway to the new section of the hotel.
Snow

Yard.

ANA Crowne Plaza Chitose “New” Standard Room

After a smooth check-in, we headed to the new towers where I got off on the fifth floor where my room was located.

Floor Plan

Floor plan.
ANA Crowne Plaza Chitose Hallway

Hallway.

As for the layout of the room, right after entering, there was a bathroom on the right side, a luggage rack and a closet on the left side, and the “main part” of the room in the back.

Inside the closet, besides the usual things such as a safe, slippers, pyjamas, there was also an ironing board and an iron.

ANA Crowne Plaza Chitose Room

ANA Crowne Plaza Chitose standard room.
Luggage Rack

Luggage rack.
Closet

Closet.

The main part of the room had two queen size beds, both with three pillows. Between the two beds, there was a nightstand with the usual items including a notepad and an alarm clock.

Beds in the Crowne Plaza Near Sapporo New Chitose Airport

Beds.

Across from the bed, there was a counter along the wall which, besides holding the TV, also served as a working desk. Separate from that, there was also a small coffee table with a sofa chair and a couple of magazines.

Sofa Chair

Desk and sofa chair.

Going back towards the entrance, there was the usually overpriced minibar (you could get the same items by going down to the convenience store for half the price), as well as a pair of free water bottles and some tea and coffee.

Minibar

Minibar.
ANA Crowne Plaza Chitose Minibar

Minibar snacks and free water.

Finally, the bathroom was well stocked with towels and amenities, and featured a single sink, and a large shower room which also included a fairly large bathtub.

ANA Crowne Plaza Chitose Bathroom

Bathroom.
Bathroom

Shower and bathtub.
Amenities

Shampoo and soap.
Amenities

Other amenities.

ANA Crowne Plaza Chitose Airport Hotel Summary

If you are departing early or arriving late at Sapporo New Chitose airport (or if you are going there for plane spotting), I can certainly recommend this hotel if you can get it for the same price as I did.

However, if you are going during the summer season, you might be faced with rates that are three or four (if not more) times higher than what I paid in winter. In that case, I would most certainly look for other options.

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