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“A money saver”
Review of Ark Hotel Kyoto

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Ark Hotel Kyoto
Ranked #128 of 373 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
San Francisco
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“A money saver”
Reviewed 3 October 2013

I booked through their own home page as a weekday business package. $55 a night and including a great Japanese style breakfast. A location, a west side of Kyoto( From Kyoto station 20m by bus, 10m by taxi), not close to a touristic area though comfortable enough to get around. A street car station is right nearby, a train station across the street. Many restaurants around. A room, small but good enough to sleep. Overall pretty much reasonable and a comfortable stay. You can compare $150 a night at a downtown area. I recommend as a money saver business hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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Brussels, Belgium
Level 6 Contributor
238 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2013

We booked late and not much was available. We were 3 in one room and 2 in one, we could have been 4, if 2 can share each of the queen sized beds. The room was non-smoking and this had not stopped many earlier inhabitants to smoke so the rooms small was not fresh and the windows could not be opened. Which is common in this part of the world.

Typical hard Japanese beds and really nice pillows. WiFi is almost completely none-existent.

The staff was friendly, when they understood and could communicate.

Excellent check-in and out experience, fast and no troubles.

Easy to go to and from the different sights, just check that you take a bus that goes rather direct than via the train station - that delays your arrival with 20-30 minutes depending on traffic and road works.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Orlando, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2013

While the room was tiny, smoky and hot, fortunately, the weather outside was pleasant and we were able to sleep with the window open in March. One lady at the front desk spoke enough English to get by and was very helpful with giving directions via the bus. As we experienced in Osaka, wifi was limited to none. This was very shocking to us for a very modern country. It is very close to the Kawaramachi area where most of the hustle and bustle is and where we spent most of our time. It's a long walk, but it is walkable, as well as, convenient by bus.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Mdp16
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Honolulu, HI
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2013

Good service, the staff spoke minimal English (seemed like this was the case all over Kyoto). Beds were cardboard hard. Pillows were nice. Great location-- five minute walk to the trains. McDonalds, grocery stores and a few restaurants all within a walking distance. We had four rooms. Room on the fourth floor was non-smoking, but the hallways smelled of cigarettes. Very disappointing. No wireless except in the lounge. Free internet in the rooms. Kinda reminded me of Motel 6's in the states. Had old-style keys. Just a no-frills hotel.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2012

For Japan, this hotel is a tad shabby but it is clean (of course!) and centrally located on several central bus lines and well positioned for sight-seeing by bus. The staff doesn't speak English and the internet access is problematic.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled on business
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APO AE
Level 6 Contributor
128 reviews
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Reviewed 28 November 2011

Stayed here for 4 days. The rooms smelt like a bar, the linens were clean but like paper, and the bathroom was clean and maintained with toiletries. this is no 3 star hotel by any standard it's a far walk to everything to see and train that runs next to hotel is a line that does not connect to anywhere useful. By 7am all breakfast was gone and staff did not refill. Close to grocery and dollar store but not a good location for site seeing.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Taipei
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2010

The hotel's location is great. It's accessible by subway and train. Several bus lines are also nearby. There's a Mcdonald's, super market, drug store, 嵐電 station, 四條大宮 subway station, even a post office nearby. The room is OK. It's clean buy twin room is kinda small for 3 people. Wired Internet connection is FREE. The airport limousine bus stop is 3 mins walk away (in front of Mcdonald's).

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Property: Ark Hotel Kyoto
Address: 1 Mibu Gayogoshomachi, Nakagyo-ku | Omiya Nishi-iru Shijo St., Kyoto 604-8811, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > City Center , Kawaramachi / Karasuma / Shijo Omiya
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #128 of 373 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Ark Hotel Kyoto 3*
Number of rooms: 160
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