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Reviewed May 15, 2011

It is not well-known to tourists visiting Japan that the Netherlands had been the only European country with which Japan maintains trade and commerce relationship during 17th ~ 19th centuries. And Nagasaki was the only trading port.
Such history will be the reason why Dutch style Hues Ten Bosch, meaning ‘house in forest’ , theme park was build in this Nagasaki area.

This time, we stayed in the Hotel Europe, flagship hotel of the park, located in the centre of a huge site built alongshore of the beautiful Omura bay.

To its details, most of the architecture in this theme park is designed and decorated in European, I should say ‘Dutch’, style, however, none of the other buildings can exceed the Hotel Europe in its dignity, atmosphere and ‘reality’. It could make you believe that you are roaming in one of the European towns, if you do not notice that major part of the ‘town-folks’ you come across is Japanese.

We stayed in luxury twin room on the 6th floor. The room is comfortably spacious, more than 50 square meters, with a view-bath, twin washing stands and a separated study that is quite unique in Japanese hotels. You will be able to enjoy fireworks over the bay at night, if you book the ocean-view rooms.
L’occitane shampoo and rose-flavored bubble bath will surely please room guests, however, the most impressive service I found, though it very simple one, was that more than 3 bath towels ( per guests ) are prepared in the room. Bath lovers, including me, will surely appreciate this sort of hospitality.

In its variety of restaurants and coffee shops, we recommend that you should go to Kissui-tei, Japanese restaurant, located in the adjacent building. You will enjoy, due to its location, the calm and separated atmosphere in this rather crowded theme park hotel. Prices are reasonable especially for lunch.

If you are not with your kids, please take a walk alongside the bay and in-park canals, during early morning before the park opens, or in evening after the park closes. ( The hotel is ‘in’ the theme park ). This, being able to enjoy the park regardless of its opening hours, will be one of the largest benefits to stay in this hotel. ( But please kindly note that no attraction facilities and shops are open after the park closes. )

Although it is not a hide-away type hotel, you can still enjoy the 5-star services and relaxed atmosphere in this hotel. If you would like to experience Europe in Nagasaki, Japan, I do recommend this Hotel Europe.

Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed January 30, 2011

My family and I decided to make a stop at Huis Ten Bosch during our Christmas holiday to the Nagasaki area, and so booked a night at the Hotel Europe. Considering the time of year, and that we were in Japan, and this was supposed to be the nicest hotel in the complex, the price didn't seem particularly astronomical. It is a bit challenging to book as an independent traveler, but if you call the International sales number on their website, the service is very responsive and impeccable.

We arrived on the JR train from Nagasaki, which took about an hour and a half. Upon alighting from the train, we realized that there were no elevators to the station from the platform, which made our luggage a bit difficult, but out of nowhere a very kind, silver-haired conductor ran down the steps and insisted on bringing our toddler's stroller up the steps. That obstacle hurdled, we stepped out of the station to face a walk over a river to the park, and to the Park's own hotel check-in center (it's another 10-15 minute walk, but there are baggage trolleys). At that center, you basically leave your bags, they give you bag tickets, and then you are free to enjoy the park. It's a logical system given the late check-in time of 3pm.

We arrived at the hotel after a fairly full day (it's on the far side of the park), around 4pm, and hoped to check in. There, in the elegant, authentically old world continental lobby, were about 50-70 other people with the same idea. There were 8-10 check-in counters, which makes sense given the daily late afternoon spike in demand for room keys. The total check-in time took about 25 minutes. Despite the rush, a staff member took the time to escort us to the room, which was quite impressive. The room was very large by Japanese standards, and designed elegantly in the way you might find a 5-star heritage property in Europe. The bed was very comfortable, and the room was very attractively designed. The bathroom was also quite spacious, sparkling clean and user-friendly.

We didn't try a restaurant on the property for dinner (if you want to, be sure to book dinner reservations in advance) but there was a wonderful Japanese hotpot restaurant just outside the hotel front gate to the right. For breakfast we did have coupons for a large buffet breakfast in a large ballroom. It was quite good, not exceptional but solid and very filling. Upon checkout, there is a bus that takes one back to the check-in area near the train station, although I would recommend either waiting early for the bus, or to leave at an earlier hour, as we checked out at 10am or so and again lots of people had the same idea, which meant that some people didn't get a seat on the bus.

It was a nice experience, and a very elegant hotel, but because all the guests pretty much have the same idea to do things at the same time it does constrain the service bandwidth to some extent. But I enjoyed it, it was a property worthy of 5 stars, and Iwould recommend it to others.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with family
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