We have just spent 4 days at the Hotel Granvia, Kyoto, while attending a conference. The experiences reflected in others' reviews of this hotel were verified during our stay. While it is not near the centre of the shopping and restaurant district, this hotel is just so incredibly convenient in its location above the train stations for JR rail and the local subway. The department stores and numerous restaurants in the complex were also very handy.
We had rooms on the 15th floor which were spacious, well appointed and very comfortable indeed. The bathrooms were huge, with walk-in shower and bath facilities.
Even more impressive was the buffet breakfast with an extensive choice of Japanese and Western cuisine and great coffee.
My only disappointment was that the internet service was often unreliable in the evening peak use period with frequent loss of connection. Other times of the day were fine.
Staff were always friendly and helpful. The facilities of the gymnasium, sauna, spa and pool were of a high standard.
I would certainly recommend this hotel and stay there again next time we visit Kyoto.