Spent four nights at the Granvia in October 2011. It's a professionally-run, businesslike hotel, with all you'd expect given the price and star-rating. Our room was a standard double of a really good size by Japanese standards, with enough space for a huge bed, separate chair, table, plus desk and a good-sized bathroom.
The bed was very comfortable and we slept very well. There was free wired internet in the room but no Wi-Fi at all. Our view was straight across to the station roof, so if you ask for a room at the front of the building I suspect you'll get a better view.
Staff were friendly and helpful at check in and check out. We didn't sample any of the hotel's own restaurants, but there are hundreds of options in the surrounding streets, department stores, buildings and in the station itself.
In particular, check out the ramen floor of the Isetan building for lots popular restaurants serving filling, very tasty ramen dishes.
Obviously, this is an excellent location if you're arriving via Shinkansen, as you can stroll off your train and into the hotel with no fuss. But it's quick and easy to get to the other main sites in Kyoto - just don't assume the subway is always the best option.
The buses are frequent and often go to tourist spots the subway doesn't - get an English map of routes from the bus terminal office in front of the station. We walked to downtown and Gion in under an hour too, and that's a good way to see some more of the city.
In all, this hotel was very comfortable, spacious and quiet - definitely recommended!
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