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“A fantastic place to start your adventures in Japan”

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Hotel Granvia Kyoto
Ranked #17 of 369 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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Tamworth, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“A fantastic place to start your adventures in Japan”
Reviewed 19 March 2012

We flew in to Osaka and caught the train straight to Kyoto. The Granvia is in the beautiful Kyoto train station. It was absolutely the most superb hotel I have ever stayed in. Excellent beds and pillows, our kids spent heaps of time just bathing and showering in the luxurious bathroom, the room even had a light alarm. It was more pricey than we would usually go for but well worth it to enable us to settle in to the country and get over our travels.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Durham, UK
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Reviewed 16 March 2012

Very convenient location for arrival and departure from Kyoto and excellent access to local buses. Very plush and modern, international character. For business it's excellent; more adventurous tourists might prefer to find somewhere with more character, perhaps in the Gion district.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled on business
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Japan
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78 reviews
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Reviewed 6 March 2012

Recently, I was in Kyoto and had a great time.This is a good hotel if they have got their prices
clearly for internet customers & when they were making a quotations to my Japanese assistant but they did ractify it with sincere actions. This hotel is located in Kyoto Station.

But the walk to the hotel'S reception area is a long walk from the entrance in the station.
This walk would be very nice if the hotel have had good clean restuarants on the way to the
reception. But the smell of these restuarants was not pleasant infact the smell of dead fish
was very distinct. fortunately for this hotel,They have 2 very nice ladies, who try their best ,
one is Miss Yuka Murata & her assistant. The concierge is very helpful too and the breakfast
is great. I was trying out the single room for some single guests. That was O.K but a big one bed is preffered.

Room Tip: Pls see ads carefully, asking abt size of the room is a must in Japan.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled on business
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Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed 1 March 2012

The fact remains that it's biggest draw is the location as it is directly above the Kyoto JR Station. It is in the center of everything. Walking distance to Yodobashi, the Kyoto Tower, a lot of affordable and good restaurants ( Porta arcade, Cafe du Monde. The hotel restaurant serves the pasta and the egg omelet filled with rice and chicken), shopping ( Isetannn is adjacent to it, Porta shopping arcade ), a lot of Kyoto souvenir shops, even a Mcdonald's is within a 5 minute walk. Taxis are always available. Food served by the hotel was really good plus free internet access ( wifi public areas, wired LAN in the rooms ), excellent service and a friendly and helpful stop. my choice for a return trip. Truly value for money. Deluxe rooms are comfortably large for japanese standards. Enjoyed my stay.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled on business
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2012

This hotel is by no means the cheapest of hotels in Kyoto, but it is the best. The base level double room is quite large (can walk around bags and still have a defined sleeping and sitting area), and is beautifully decorated. Is directly above the Kyoto JR station, but was totally silent. Biggest drawcard is the extensive room service menu! Was a huge book with extensive options and wasn't outrageously priced. Polite staff. Recommended stay. Useful and obliging concierge staff.

Room Tip: Go a north facing room (either a xx01 or xx02 room) as it faces away from the shinkansen tracks, and...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
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Reviewed 29 February 2012

The Granvia was my choice for a brief stay in Kyoto and I was really pleased for having stayed there. While being located very central in the impressive dome of the central station, it still provides the tranquility and privacy you would expect from such a fine place.

My room was facing the city with an impressive view from the 11th floor. The room was very well-kept and inviting. Furthermore I enjoyed the fact the front desk staff was able to communicate in English with me (something to be experienced only seldom in Japan). The only setback was an additional charge for the wellness facilities of the hotel.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 21 February 2012

The station makes a great location to tour from. The Hotel is excellent, but may be expensive if you are paying full rates. I got a winter special deal so this was great value for money.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Granvia Kyoto
Address: Shiokojisagaru, Karasumadori, Shimogyo-ku | JR Kyoto Station Central Gate, Kyoto 600-8216, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Shimogyo-ku
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 369 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Hotel Granvia Kyoto 4.5*
Number of rooms: 535
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful 15-story hotel atop Kyoto Station - Broadband connection in all guest and banquet rooms - Easy access to Kansai Airport. ... more   less 
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