by Sarah J.F. Braley | November 19, 2015
The new 282-room Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, has opened on Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan's main islands, which features volcanoes, hot springs and ski resorts. The property is the first Asia Pacific hotel in Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide's collection of independent properties. The hotel is at the base of the Kiroro Resort with access to a number of trails and winter activities. It will undergo expansive renovation of its public spaces and guest rooms at the end of the current ski season, to be completed by September 2016.

"We are delighted to unveil the Kiroro, Hokkaido, as the first Tribute Portfolio hotel in Asia Pacific," said Dave Marr, global brand leader for Tribute Portfolio and Sheraton Hotels & Resorts. "The Kiroro exemplifies the Tribute Portfolio brand's independent spirit and is exactly what our highly valued SPG members have asked for when it comes to offering more unique ski destinations around the world."

Four restaurants and bars are on-site, including an authentic Italian restaurant, a casual buffet and à la carte dining at the hotel's cafe. For groups, there is 15,000 square feet of function space, including a grand ballroom and four meeting rooms.

"We are thrilled to be the first property in Asia Pacific to fly the Tribute Portfolio flag," said Chainid Adhyanasakul, CEO of owner Kiroro Resort Holdings Co., Ltd. "The hotel perfectly captures the unique essence of this resort area, delivering intimate and unexpected experiences that guests have come to enjoy at independent hotels."