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Ark Hotel Kyoto

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1 Mibu Gayogoshomachi, Nakagyo-ku | Omiya Nishi-iru Shijo St., Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 604-8811, Japan (Kawaramachi / Karasuma / Shijo Omiya)
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Loved Kyoto. This hotel made a good base for exploring the area, being located close to the center of town and on the main bus routes. Unfortunately despite requesting non-smoking, we got the smoking floor - which was somewhat unpleasant. Rooms were a little shabby. New year also restricted the catering options... but the staff were friendly and helpful. And... More

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22 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 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... More

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Beijing, China
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17 hotel reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 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... More

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 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... More

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Honolulu, HI
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 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.... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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12 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 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.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 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... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 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... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2010

My husband and I traveled to Japan with our 3 year-old daughter. Finding reasonably priced hotel rooms in Japan large enough to sleep two adults plus the floorspace to put an inflatable toddler mattress was not so easy. Then I saw the review by another family about the Ark Hotel, so I thought I'd give it a try. The rate... More

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Address: 1 Mibu Gayogoshomachi, Nakagyo-ku | Omiya Nishi-iru Shijo St., Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 604-8811, Japan
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Kawaramachi / Karasuma / Shijo Omiya
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Hotel Class:3 star — Ark Hotel Kyoto 3*
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