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“Spacious rooms; bit far from city center but close to subway”

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Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto
Ranked #60 of 369 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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Manila, Philippines
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“Spacious rooms; bit far from city center but close to subway”
Reviewed 29 April 2011

The Grand Prince Hotel has nice rooms - spacious, cozy and clean. They have this advocacy of going green so the shampoo, conditioner and body wash are contained in big bottles (which they just refill) instead of small ones. They also let you have an option of foregoing the room cleaning service in exchange for a discount in the room rates.

Breakfast at the hotel is average, what you would expect to be served in a business hotel. They also serve Japanese breakfast. The hotel rate is somewhat expensive compared to hotels near the city center.

In terms of tour services, the reception did not give much option except that of a tourist company that convenes its clients in the Kyoto city center, so you have to take the subway or taxi to Kyoto city center to participate in the tours. The Wi-fi is not free so you to pay a certain fee for a day's use of WI-fi.

The hotel is at the northern end of Kyoto. It's near a forest with a pond so it's a bit calmer in the area. Though it's a bit far from the Kyoto city center, it's fairly close to the Kokusaikaikan subway station, which is like 20 minutes from Kyoto city center. So it's not really isolated, but could be more expensive than staying in the city center. It's across the International Conference Center of Kyoto so it's a very convenient hotel for those who need to go there.

The reception people are nice and accommodating.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 27 April 2011

I stayed 6 nights at this hotel recently. It is located at the foothills, across the road from the Convention Centre, and is clearly largely used by conference participants. Firstly the pluses. The scenery is wonderful, and the rooms and bathrooms are large. Now for the negatives. The hotel is in dire need of an upgrade. The public areas are unimpressive and drab. The staff constantly seem to be at a loss when it comes to business or tourist queries, and are largely ill-informed. Breakfast is limited and of an average standard. The bar only opens at 8pm (!!) and closes by midnight, which is astonishing when you deal mainly with conference participants. Amazingly, there is no wi-fi. The hotel's location is also far from tourist attractions, shops etc, resulting in constant recourse to expensive taxis, or the subway or buses to get anywhere. All in all, there are so many better options for the price in Kyoto.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled on business
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Wash, DC
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Reviewed 18 October 2010

The only gripe i have with this hotel is that it is a bit far from the downtown part of kyoto. The western breakfast is also a bit expensive but the hotel is clean, the beds are comfortable and nice. I do wish they had free internet but felt like it was a nice space and had good western amenities like a hair dryer. One other thing that was frustrating is that there were no irons. So if you are used to american hotels that provide irons for you in the room, you need to make alternative plans and take wrinkle free items cause you may have to wait up to two days for an iron.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 10 April 2010

The hotel is very big, clean and the staff are efficient and friendly - from the little dealings we had with them (we arrived late and left early). The room was spacious and clean if a little outdated, the bathroom (as with most in Japan) was tiny but had a shower & bath tub. The only complaint I had was with the breakfast. They had 2 options, either the ground level restaurant or a 2nd option which seemed to be setup in one of the conference rooms, which we were forced to go to as the restaurant was full and had people waiting. The conference room was huge with a square buffet style station setup in the middle. Breakfast started at 7am, we arrived around 7:30am and almost everything was finished. I had to ask for various items to be restocked by the staff, of which there were very few and those available were running around frantically trying to deal with the volume. When items were restocked (ie. fruit juice, fresh fruit, bread for toast etc.) they brought out little at a time so it disappeared almost immediately - forcing you to request more and wait yet again. The food quality itself was fine but we ended up being late for our tour given the lack of availability. Other than this, a nice hotel with a clean, spacious feel. It is in a secluded area with absolutely nothing nearby so only really suitable for those stopping overnight or with transport to get around during the day.

  • Stayed April 2010
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Reviewed 26 January 2010

The hotel is quite far out of town but easily reachble with the subway. The hotels looks quite new and the room is wonderfull. There's really everything you need, it is very large, the beds are bigs and confortable, the bathroom is very spacious with shower and bath (separated). The breakfast is fantastic with a huge buffet with both japanese and western offer. We paid about 100 Euros per night for a twin room on 8th floor, including breakfast.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Canada
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Reviewed 29 December 2009

The Grand Prince is ok, it feels a bit like you are stepping back into the 60's. In addition, the service was so-so. At times you had to search to find staff to help you out. We stayed on the 8th floor...with rooms on the 8th floor you have access to the Royal Salon, well there isn't much to the Royal Salon beyond some couches...so definately not worth it. The hotel could use with an update. In addition, the location is not central, you are definately North of the city. No gym or pool and in addition no shuttle service. I'd recommend given the location of the hotel they would want to add a shuttle service to Kyoto Station. On the plus side, we had a really nice room on the 8th floor, quite big and very comfortable with a great view of the city. And there is a subway stop a 2 minute walk from the hotel. However there is literally nothing around the hotel so you have to get on the subway to find restaurants/shops etc. If you are going to Kyoto for vacation I'd recommend staying close to town, either near Kyoto Station or in central Kyoto.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto
Address: Takaragaike, Sakyo-ku | Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 606-8505, Kyoto Prefecture
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Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Northern Kyoto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 Business Hotel in Kyoto
#19 Luxury Hotel in Kyoto
#29 Romantic Hotel in Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto 4*
Number of rooms: 309
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The unique, curved form of the Kyoto Takaragaike Prince Hotel blends harmoniously with the surrounding beauty of the Kyoto Mountains. Reflecting the creative genius of famed architect Togo Murano, the hotel offers spacious accommodations to both international and domestic guests in an atmosphere of total relaxation. This rustic resort features an authentic Sukiya-style teahouse in a sculptured Japanese garden, reflecting the very essence of Kyoto elegance. It is perfect for entertaining clients and holding special meetings.With its abundance of hills, trees and rivers, fall is the best season to visit the Kyoto Takaragaike Prince. Plan early. ... more   less 
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