We stayed at the Hotel Granvia Kyoto for 6 nights on 7 - 13 February this year. In my opinion, the self-contained 4-star Hotel Granvia is really more like a 5-star hotel. Located just above Kyoto Station, the hotel is extremely convenient for the Haruka express train ride to and from Kansai Airport in Osaka, the shinkansen to and from Tokyo, as well as rides on other trains and buses to the numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites and the shopping belt along Shijo-dori and Kawaramachi-dori, including Gion. The excellent multi-storey Isetan (11 storeys plus two basements!) with its fantastic food hall ("food market") as well as its array of shops and restaurants is adjacent to Kyoto Station and the hotel. The Cube, Porta, Kyoto Tower and Kyoto-Yodobashi shopping malls are also just a stone's throw away. I found the Granvia rooms well-appointed, with a generous range of amenities including an excellent make-up remover and facial cleanser, all of which are replenished daily. The heated toilet seat kept me warm in the cold of winter and the fascinating bidet functions never failed to tickle my funny bone! The beds were comfortable and for some reason looking out of the bay window at the trains and passengers moving silently down below had an almost hypnotic calming effect. To ensure an early morning start every day, we ordered room service on several mornings, and breakfast - whether continental, American or Japanese - was always delicious and impeccably presented on a linen-draped trolley by a professional service staff. The restaurants at the hotel serve a range of cuisines - French, Italian, Chinese and Japanese - and a few of them are recommended eateries in Kyoto. Ukihashi Japanese Restaurant deserves special mention for its mouth-watering value-for-money Kyo-kaiseki meals (when in Kyoto, at least one meal has to be the famed Kyo-kaiseki!). Also deserving mention are the hotel's English-speaking concierge staff who were extremely attentive, helpful, patient and resourceful, expertly offering excellent recommendations and handling all kinds of requests from us. The hotel also has a sizeable indoor swimming pool and gym but alas, we were too busy to try these out. While some would say the Granvia room rates are slightly pricey, we found the standard rooms more than sufficient for our needs. Overall, given the hotel's proximity to Kyoto train station, I would recommend it especially to first-time visitors to Kyoto. But even seasoned travellers are likely to come back again and again for its excellent location, comfortable rooms, tasty meals and warm hospitality. There is really no reason why I should choose any other hotel should I return to Kyoto again.
Rooms are on the 7th to 15th floors. For a great view, choose a higher floor, if possible.
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