During a recent two week trip in Japan my wife and I focused mainly on hotels in the 20000 Y range including breakfast. We booked the Kyoto Granvia for five nights including either buffet or traditional Japanese breakfast. It's located in the spectacular Kyoto train station. All in it cost us about $200 per night. I was originally attracted to this hotel since we were using a two week rail pass and intended to do at least three side trips by rail from Kyoto as well as coming from Tokyo and departing to Hiroshima. The convenience of this hotel being right in the rail station is obvious. It allowed us to get from the breakfast table to the platform in under 10 minutes.
My wife and I were absolutely delighted with this hotel in every regard. The staff, especially the concierge desk, was very helpful. They even told us where to get our shoes repaired...this hidden little place in the adjacent department store. Small point: not so delighted was my wife about the cute bell girls wearing the little hats, a too obvious point of delight for me. Seeing them carrying and pushing that heavy luggage around was amazing. Anyway, the buffet each morning was terrific and I especially enjoyed making my own lattes and the fact there was plenty of Asian food available for my wife who is Chinese. We tried the Japanese breakfast one morning and it was an interesting change of pace, but not my cup of tea when I can enjoy Western and Asian breakfast foods at the buffet.
An interesting note is that although a few of our Japan hotels had those wonderful "washlet" toilets, the Granvia was the only one that was loaded with extra features such as oscillation. Other hotels had basic models. If I had one small complaint it might be the noise from the train station below as trains come in and out of the busy station. A musical passage plays for every arrival and there's a lot of arrivals. On the other hand, if you are a train buff, you might enjoy the constant comings and goings of Nozomi, Hikari and Kodama, as well as hundreds of local trains.
In summary, Japan hotels are expensive so value is paramount. The Kyoto Granvia Hotel is somewhere we felt that we got more than we paid for.
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- 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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