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Reviewed 27 March 2012

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.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank oepinusa
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Reviewed 25 March 2012

We stayed here when we did the Kyoto Marathon 2012.
The hotel is very conveniently located near the subway and is not on the usually busy streets.
Service is simple & unobtrusive; the front desk staff speak good English so asking for directions & recommendations was easy.
The rooms are quite spacious and clean.

Highly recommended if anyone is visiting Kyoto.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank chrisqey
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Reviewed 25 March 2012

This hotel is a reasonably priced, well appointed accommodation in a location 10-15 mins walk away from the main shopping centre of Kyoto. It's also very close to Gojo Subway Station which is one stop away from the main Kyoto station (so convenient for rail travellers as it's just a little far to walk with heavy bags).

Rooms have cooking facilities (good for those on a budget) and are more spacious than the Japanese standard in this price bracket. There's also a very reasonably priced coin laundry in the basement. No wi-fi in rooms (LAN only) but there is free wifi in the guest lounge/breakfast area.

Breakfast in the morning was good value; normally around 770 yen for a buffet, when we stayed it was reduced to 535 yen. Not exactly gourmet but great for stacking up with food before a long day tramping round the temples.

One downside is that there are not that many useful bus routes that pass right by the hotel, but with a bit of engineering and a one-day bus pass you can easily get to the more major routes. You can also catch the subway to major bus terminals.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank MrDurden
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Reviewed 24 March 2012

Our family of 4 stayed here in March 2012.

Love the location as it is very near the subway station Gojo (one stop away from Kyoto station); helped minimize walk and carrying of luggage (do note there are some steps at the exits which you need to carry the bags). Once you come out from Exit (I believe it is Exit 2), just head straight on the same side of the road. The hotel is on the left.

The room has a mini kitchen but well equipped which you can cook.
Every night, we did our laundry at Level B1 and that's where the wifi is available too while you wait.

There are convenience stores like Lawson & 7-11 all within few mins. walk.

A Mcdonalds at the corner of the street and a lovely local lunch restaurant right next to the hotel (simple, fast, value for money and delicious).

There are buses nearby to various sightseeing destinations but as there were 4 of us, we took taxis to Kiyomizudera Temple and also to Nijo Castle. It came up to 3/400 yen more only per taxi.

There's also a clinic nearby (called Sasaki if I remember correctly) within walking distance as one of my sons fell ill upon arrival.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Thank EPLT72
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Reviewed 24 March 2012

I LOVED staying here. I was quite sad to leave! I only stayed for a few nights and the place felt like home. The staff are extremely friendly and hospitable, and they even placed birthday messages for us one day and personally signed the slips themselves and left candy in our rooms. Nevertheless I gladly filled on their feedback card, rooms are very clean, staff go above and beyond and the cleaners are extremely polite as well. Well worth the money!!!

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Thank Yodaahh
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