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“Dirty Dated and Rude. NO AIRCONDITIONING!!” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto

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Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto
Ranked #48 of 362 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Dirty Dated and Rude. NO AIRCONDITIONING!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

We booked an airconditioned room (is there another kind?) at this supposedly "best and most expensive hotel" in the area. So disappointed. Terrible service, dirty carpets, dated décor.
The temperature of the thermostat was set at 25 C and they refused to put on the airconditioning. Additionally they lied. They said that in April/May there was no Airconditioning in Japan!! We subsequently went to Tokyo where we had an airconditioned room They suggested that we keep our windows open. I have traveled the world and never been confronted by a similar situation where a hotel is trying to save money sacrificing the customers most basic comfort.

Room Tip: Look at another hotel
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Injunvik
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Libbins78
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103 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

My wife and myself were put up in this hotel by a Japanese friend of ours. The room, staff, food, service, etc, was all top-notch. I would recommend staying here to anyone visiting Kyoto. It was a nice respite from the hustle and bustle of Kyoto

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Libbins78
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2014

I stayed here on business a few weeks ago. The service was outstanding, everyone took a pride in the hotel and what they did...great to see! The hotel is in need of updating, very clean but tired. Location wise it is vey well located for the conference centre but is a way out of town so a taxi would be needed for venturing out.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Jacksprat100
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Paris, France
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67 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2014

Having stayed in a range of accomandations in kyoto in the last 15 years, I would recommend this hotel for it nice views over the mountains, close proximity to the green subway line ( 3 dollars to the centre of Kyoto), it is surrounded by easy walking paths to view cherry blossoms in spring and autumn leaves in fall.
The subway is 6 minutes away and this connects you to most area,s , temples and shrines .
The rooms are slightly dated but spotless clean and the resteraunt had us drooling with the choice of food at a cost of $ 30.00 each.
It was a welcome change from the run of the mill tourist hotel, which caters for the coach driven mass tourist ( today is Tuesday, we must be in Belgium) and we are now not that keen to sleep on tatami mats like the earlier days.
The one thing I could not understand was that a Monday night was substantially cheaper than the Tuesday night.
Last but not least they arranged a taxi ride to the Osaka airport for $ 36.00 each person ,which collected us directly from the hotel and safely dropped us of at the check in counter.

Room Tip: Room 835 which looks over to the mountains
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Johan O
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Los Angeles
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114 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2014

This is the closest hotel to the conference center. It is nice, clean, but honestly, a bit dated. Service is great. There are no fitness centers on-site, but lots of great running outside. It is a bit away from any tourist activity and the train station is a little bit of a hike, but once on, its easy to get anywhere in Kyoto.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank BrainDoc90
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Montreal, Canada
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27 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2014

The Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto was the perfect hotel for our one night on our tour of Japan.
Since we were on a group tour, we only checked in after dinner and checked out just after their breakfast buffet. Having said that, the location was not an issue. The time and the weather prevented us from trying to take the subway back into the city so we have a nice restful sleep in our room.
We were up early for the breakfast buffet which was included in our tour. The breakfast was good. My only concern would be that when we left the breakfast area there were a few people waiting for people to leave the tables. The breakfast area could be a little small for the size of the hotel.
The Wi-Fi access in the room was good however you get an access code which can only be used by one device. I think you can get another one but we didn't ask.

For a group, check-in was very smooth as everything was prepared beforehand.

Room Tip: All rooms face outside in this circular building. The inner courtyard is seen from the hallways
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 2MoMyPa
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Melbourne
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21 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2013

We chose to stay here as it was during cherry blossom season and the hotels closer to the city were booked out. It is a little out of town and away from points of interest, however is relatively easily accessed by the nearby train station. The room was huge and impressive, however was a little outdated and retro.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Taziara7
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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
#16 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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Also Known As:
Prince Hotel Kyoto
Prince Hotel Kinki
Kyoto Prince Hotel

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