My wife and I stayed in Kyoto for five days recently, and we chose this hotel for our first three nights in this UNESCO listed city. It worked perfect for us as we took the bullet train from Tokyo.
After arrival at the station it was a short ten minutes walk to this beautiful hotel located right inside the equally beautiful and amazing Kyoto Central Station.
We took excursions during our first few days in Kyoto including the must see city of NARA (another UNESCO listed historic city) as well as Hiroshima (UNESCO again) and neighbouring Miyajima Island for the splendid in the water Tori Gate (an enduring symbol of Japan). We got up very early to take the AM trains for these excursions and therefore the location of the hotel was unbeatable. During our stay, it was cold and very dark after 5 PM, and we were not interested in going out of the Station area in the evening to have our supper.
The hotel has at least 6 restaurants which we did not try as there were at least 10 times that many right in the Station itself, especially on the 11th floor of the Isetan Department store. All the different Japanese cuisines are available here incl sushi, tofu, tempura, shabu shabu, noodles houses, as well as western fare.
As for the hotel itself, it was lovely and extremely comfortable. The room was a little on the small side, but perfectly acceptable. It was extremely clean and well appointed. The service throughout was unimpeachable. We used the concierge a lot to help plan our sightseeing, and the staff here was simply excellent. For the last 2 nights we moved onto a wonderful ryokan (the Hiiragiya) or traditional Japanese inn, and I HIGHLY recommend all travelers consider doing this. It would be a once in a lifetime experience and richly enrich your experience of Kyoto and Kyoto/Japanese culture. Afterall this is why we travel.
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- Beautiful 15-story hotel atop Kyoto Station - Broadband connection in all guest and banquet rooms - Easy access to Kansai Airport. ... more less
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