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“Small and uncharming.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of APA Hotel Kyoto Eki Horikawadori

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APA Hotel Kyoto Eki Horikawadori
Ranked #228 of 363 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Small and uncharming.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2014

We asked for non smoking rooms, and ended up with two smoking rooms instead. This was not good. The rooms were very small and the staff did not speak english. The bathroom was clean and had free soap and shampoo, but that was it.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney
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10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2014

The location of this hotel is great, 2min to the main JR station. The room was clean and comfortable albeit a bit small. Wouldn't recommend the buffet breakfast, was a bit expensive at 1500 yen a head for what was on offer. Plenty of coffee shops and restaurants nearby that could do a more affordable western or japanese breakfast.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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JAPAN
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29 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

At the top floor, there is a big public bath.
You can enjoy several featured bathes.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 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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Thank Suits_caser
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San Francisco, California
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53 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2014

We booked the semi double room and it was so small we hardly had a place to put ourselves. It’s basically a double bed and very little else. Luckily they had space and moved us to the 9th floor (9 to 11 are premier floors) to a double room, (not without charging an extra $20/night) seems that "semi" has a meaning here.... This new room was still very small but bearable, not that we had other options…
The hotel is located 5-7 min walk form the train and bus stations which makes it easy for moving around (most in-city transportation is via bus). BUT is not the only hotel in that vicinity…
For what it offers the hotel was overpriced. We were visiting in a busy week; still $160 per night (including the $20 we paid for the upgrade) seems to me a lot for what they give you…
My recommendation, don’t wait and book well in advance you will find better hotels and deals, if you have to stay there don't go for the "semi" unless you are 30 or younger :)

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ChuckLu
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2014

Wife and I stayed 6 nights in this hotel from April 9th. We booked a premier semi double room in January. We were given a room on the 9th floor which was designated as a premier floor (9 to 11 floors). The room was very small and we had to squeeze in the luggage and to organise the placement of clothings etc to provide some space to move around. The bed was adequate for 2 asian sized adults but without much space to toss around. Room cleaning was efficient and toiletries were provided each day. Water pressure for the baths was very strong.
The hotel is located very near the Kyoto train station, being about 10 mins. walk from the central gate of the station. The bus terminal is in front of the railway station. Traveling around city by bus and rail is thus very convenient. Numerous food outlets are located within and around the station area.
There is an onsen on the 11th floor, free for hotel guests and we made use of it to soak ourselves in after the end of each days traveling. It was very relaxing.
We do not have any negative comments on the hotel. It is just a small business-like hotel without any frills.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Baba4405
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Singapore
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25 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2014

The Bad - found out the real meaning of "Semi Double room", the room is very small for 2 average-size person to stay in, no place to place your luggage except at end of the bed. The bed in Semi-Double room are only two-third the wide of a Queen-size bed. it is impossible to sleep comfortably in one.
We wanted to change room, but they were full. So one of us end-up sleep on the floor(narrow entrance passage) for 3 days.
Its good enough for a single person to sleep-in. This is a basic tourist hotel, service staff are average, unless you speak Japanese.
The Good - it is about 8-9 minutes walk from the Kyoto JR station. Where you could find lots of eateries in the basement and Isetan store next to it.

Room Tip: Ask for room with Queen-size bed, of course you will have to pay more.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Photofont
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Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2014

The APA is well located ... relatively plain but reasonable value. We had six enjoyable. Days in the area. We learned "the HARD way" that reserving a western bed is important. Our first night was on a bed so hard that good sleep was impossible and was a terrible start to the holiday. The next day they very kindly moved us to the Premiere floor with Sealy Cloud beds, and at no extra charge. Just a wonderful change!!!
The location is great, very near huge incredible Kyoto train and bus stations.

Room Tip: Book the Sealy cloud bed
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: APA Hotel Kyoto Eki Horikawadori
Address: 1 Nishi Aburakoji-cho, Shiokoji Aburakojidori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8236, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Shimogyo-ku , Kyoto Station
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #228 of 363 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — APA Hotel Kyoto Eki Horikawadori 3*
Number of rooms: 515
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