I was a little unsure of booking Hotel Hokke Club Kyoto, although in the end plumped for it due to its proximity to Kyoto Station. Upon arrival to Kyoto Station via the Osaka Airport Limousine Bus, I could not find the hotel, and had to ask a few people for directions. The hotel currently has scaffolding over it and it is very easy to miss the entrance. However, it is located underneath the Kyoto Tower, albeit slightly leftwards by 100 paces.
When I checked in, I was greeted with smiles and pleasantries as I have become accustomed to in Japan. I checked in at 9am and the guy who dealt with me said I could not have my room until 3pm, and would not budge for a slightly earlier time. That said, I was able to store my luggage safely with them, and went out to explore the city for a few hours.
The room at Hotel Hokke Club Kyoto was extremely small, even by Japanese standards. I had trouble drying myself in the bathroom (or should that be called shower cubicle with toilet?) and kept banging my arms and knees on the toilet. The bed is very comfy, but the pillows are very hard. I found the housekeeping to be of a very high standard and not only was my room cleaned each day, but also there was a nice air-freshener used to make it seem as good as new each morning.
There is free wifi all over the hotel, which can be used on all devices (laptop, iPhone etc). In your room, there is wifi and LAN options. You get clear instructions in your room as to how to use the wifi. I found the speed to be of a good standard, and it was very stable.
The location of Hotel Hokke Club Kyoto is its biggest asset. Literally a stone's throw from the main bus terminal in the city, which can take you anywhere you want. In the hotel reception, there are many tourist facilities in English, guiding you on which temples to visit, and which buses you need to get there. I found this very helpful, and I would advise everyone on reading up on this information one morning before you head out.
If I ever return to Kyoto, I shall probably be using Hotel Hokke Club again. I was left very impressed.
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