We stayed at the Hotel Granvia Kyoto on our second visit to Kyoto. First time we stayed at the Hyatt Regency Kyoto but as soon as we saw the hotel in the train station, we'd wished we'd stayed at the Granvia. Second trip, we booked the Granvia but during our stay, we missed the Hyatt. It just had a different vibe not being situated in a busy train station/mall.
The Granvia Kyoto is a great hotel, you can't go wrong staying there. The staff are so polite and helpful. The rooms are very comfortable albeit a bit small. Our room had great view of the trains coming and going. If you have kids (or a husband) who love trains- get a room with a view of Kyoto station. We had no problem with noise from the trains and I'm a very light sleeper.
The location is super convenient, a quick walk to get on a train or ride up the gigantic elevator for a bunch of great restaurants. One level has just ramen! Only downside is that you can't really get away from the hustle and bustle of the location. That's when I really missed the Hyatt Regency Kyoto. There seemed to be a mellower pace. We grumbled about the cost of taking a cab to the train station but for some, it might be worth the trade off if you're looking for a more relaxing trip. If convenient location is more important, then the Granvia Kyoto is perfect.
When booking, it's helpful to check the Granvia Kyoto's website to see if the dates you want to stay are subject to many minimum stay requirements. Sometimes sites like Expedia will just say there aren't rooms available, but it could just be that you can't book reservation checking out on that specific day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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