My boyfriend and I stayed here two nights after arriving in Kyoto on the shinkansen from Tokyo. The area around this hotel isn't much to see but that seems pretty typical of Kyoto - most of the sites are located a bit further from the city center where the affordable hotels are. This hotel works well as a base near the train station, which was convenient for our day trip to Arashiyama and for taking the JR Train back from Fushimi Inari Taisha.It was really easy to find - it's a straight walk a couple blocks south of the station.
After a full day spent walking all around temple grounds and markets, having a hotel close to the station was wonderful. We walked to Tofuku-ji and Fushimi Inari from the hotel area - it wasn't far but it's quite easy to get lost as the roads are tiny and unnamed. We were also able to walk to Gion - it took a while (25 minutes) but it was very pleasant along the river - and there are a couple of good, affordable bike rental places around the station as well, which I highly recommend as a method for seeing Kyoto.
We were traveling without a laptop and were hoping to meet up with a friend in Kyoto, so we took advantage of the free laptops in the hotel lobby providing internet access - very convenient. The staff were friendly and really quick about everything and were happy to keep our bags for us till the evening after we checked out. The room was unremarkable but a good value and fine if you're not planning on spending much time in your hotel room - a bit larger than you would probably get in Tokyo for the price - modern, convenient, and comfortable. We got a really good deal by booking in advance on hotels.com - stay 2 nights and get 50% off.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just 4min walk from KYOTO STATON.Very convineence to sightseeing,dinning,shopping.There are huge shopping center near the hotel.From Airport(Kansai-Osaka) 80min by Limousin bus.Japanease-Kyoto style design hotel.English available ... more less
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