Citidines Kyoto Karasuma-Gojo
“The perfect home base to explore Kyoto from”
The middle part of our trip to Japan was spent in Kyoto and my wife and I chose the Citedines for our 3 day stay.
From Kyoto station take the subway to the Gojo stop one stop away. Go to the left out of exit #1 and the hotel is literally ¾ of a block away. There are some stairs to deal with going this way though. There is an elevator exit from the station that puts you on the street about a block farther away. We had one backpack, (our carry-on), one medium size suitcase that has backpack straps and one large suitcase w/wheels and we could negotiate the stairs with little trouble.
The entrance to the hotel has a classic Japanese feel with a sand/rock garden lining both sides of the entrance hall. The lobby lighting is a little too dark for my taste but the staff was very friendly, English speaking and helpful. We arrived about 11:30 AM and were able to have our bags locked up while we went and had lunch and did some touristing for about 3 hours with no trouble.
A nice security feature I hadn’t seen before which I really liked was the room key card had to be touched to the control pad in the elevator to access the room floors and the laundry/breakfast floor in the basement.
We had room 805 and though less than 280 sq. ft. and smaller than the one we had in Tokyo it was laid out brilliantly. When you walk in you slip your key card into a slot on the wall that allows electricity to flow to the room, can’t leave the lights on when you leave unless you leave your key behind. The only drawback to this is it also shuts off the climate control. It was rather chilly when we were there in early March, it actually snowed one day, so we only used the heat. The unit was easy to figure out and got the apartment nice and toasty again in no time.
The larger closet in the front hall has the safe, ironing board and a folding chair so you can seat two at the small table for meals. The Kitchenette has all the utensils you’ll need plus electric kettle and toaster and the built in one burner stove top was easy to use and very responsive.
The bathroom had a good shower and one of those fancy Japanese toilets that is just a hoot to use. The sink is outside the bathroom but that’s no big deal.
There is a small sofa and a desk/work area with free plug in internet, cable provided.
The large double bed was very comfy and can be almost completely shut off from the rest of the room by a sliding Japanese style screen.
The laundry machines in the basement are only 100 yen to wash and 200 to dry are new and work well.
We didn’t have occasion to partake of the breakfast room as we cooked our own and ate in our room. Skip the 7-11 across the street and go left out the front door then a block and a half on the same side of the street there is a great little grocery store called Fresco,(sign in English), that has everything you’ll need for breakfast and even some great packaged sushi and sashimi for dinner or snacks.
After stomping around to all the fabulous sights in Kyoto, taking a day trip to Nara,(a must do by the way), and shopping at the handy crafts store coming back to the Citadines feels like coming back to your apartment instead of your hotel. Like I said the perfect home base to explore Kyoto from. I highly recommend this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideal for business and leisure travel, Citadines Karasuma-Gojo Kyoto is located a short walk from the business district and Kyoto's tourist belt. Restaurants, shopping and entertainment are close by as are many of the cultural heritage sites. For destinations throughout the city, the subway is highly efficient and the Gojo subway station is outside the residence. It is one stop from the main Kyoto station of Shinkansen. These stylish serviced residences provide the comfort, convenience and security desired while living and working in Kyoto. Choice of Apart'hotel Choose from the studio twin, studio double, studio premier twin, studio premier double and one bedroom premier for the apartment that suits your requirements and budget. Each of these Kyoto serviced apartments is fully furnished with stylish interiors, designer fittings and modern amenities. The prime address allows for easy access to the city as well as a retreat with 24 hour security, services and facilities. The resident's programmes provide the opportunity to explore and discover Kyoto. Relax in the resident's lounge and work efficiently with business facilities available. Ideal Location Discover Kyoto, the cultural center of Japan. The vast number of world heritage sites, shrines, temples, palaces, and cultural facilities are easily accessible to you from Citadines Karasuma-Gojo Kyoto. Shopping, restaurants and entertainment venues are also close by the residence and the business district is a convenient 10 minute walk. The Gojo Subway station is one minute from the residence offering access to the network of subways throughout the city. Comfort and Convenience Every apartment is designed to offer space to relax with the amenities to live, work and entertain in comfort. Each apartment is fully furnished with modern and stylish fittings. The fully equipped kitchen has a cooker hob and hood, microwave, refrigerator, and glassware, crockery, cutlery and utensils. Also provided are the bedroom linens, bathroom towels and toiletries and daily cleaning services. Broadband internet access is available in each residence along with direct dial telephone and IDD service. The home entertainment system includes satellite TV, cable, DVD and a HiFi system. To accommodate your stay you may choose extra services from the flexible service menu to fit your budget and lifestyle. Included are the daily maid service, daily continental breakfast, automatic laundry, dry cleaning service and private car park. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Citadines Kyoto Karasuma Gojo Hotel Kyoto