The Hyatt Regency is unequivocally the top hotel in the Hakone area, an alpine-lodge-inspired property, nestled into the beautiful mountainous surroundings. Although the region has its fair share of luxury-service ryokan (traditional Japanese inns) the Hyatt Regency fills the niche for travellers who want something a little less rustic. Still benefiting from the enriching hot springs that Hakone is celebrated for, and offering commanding views of the forested countryside, this is a great place to escape the noise and neon of the big Japanese cities.
All the rooms here are refreshingly gigantic compared to equivalent ones in Tokyo, with minimalist Western-style furnishings and occasional Japanese touches. Some of the larger rooms suites give a tatami mat living area to relax in, or even to try sleeping on a not-quite-authentic futon mattress (should you wish to give it a go). Situated close to the town of Gora, which itself is well connected to the rest of the Hakone region, the Hyatt Regency is nevertheless quite isolated in its location. With free shuttles to the train station, sightseeing is still very easy of course – but it’s a bit of a walk (or a quick taxi) if you were planning to head out in the evenings. The property is perfect however for anyone wanting a few days of peace and quiet, a chance to unwind and spread out, before continuing their travels.