We spent 4 nights here, using it as a base to see all the sights around Kyoto and a day trip to Nara. The room was spacious and comfortable and we had a great view overlooking a temple next door with a magnificent weeping cherry blossom tree in full bloom. It is opposite the Kyoto Imperial Palace (hence the name) which is a great place to take in the cherry blossoms, and a short walk to the subway which is really convenient if you are doing your sightseeing by train. We made use of the coin laundry to do some washing, and handily it even had a beer vending machine... We had the buffet breakfast once which was quite good, a mix of western and traditional foods, though most days we ate on our sightseeing journeys, or bought food at the incredible Daimaru store and shopping area just a couple of subway stops away.
While the staff weren't overly friendly, they were polite and helpful when we wanted to forward our baggage to Tokyo instead of lugging it on the bullet train. Probably the best thing is the price, our cheapest hotel by far, but it didn't feel budget or cheap. It's not located right amongst the hustle and bustle, so if you are wanting a more central location this probably won't appeal, but everything is accessible by the subway.More
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