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Hotel Granvia Kyoto
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   901 Higashi Shiokojicho, Shimogyo-ku | (JR Kyoto Station Karasuma-Central Entrance), Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8216, Japan   |  
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Ranked #6 of 141 hotels in Kyoto
Manchester, UK
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“Great location and a great stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

The Hotel is located above the enormous Kyoto Central station and 'Cube' mall. The reception area was cool with pleasant modern decor, and all staff were very friendly and helpful; check-in was a breeze!

Our rooms on the 9th floor (one double, one twin) were comfortable. Both had great views across the South-West of Kyoto. The rooms were very well equipped (no need to bring any personal hygiene products with you as the bathroom contained them all) and the beds were very comfortable. Definitely rooms to stay in again in the future.

At breakfast, there was the option of traditional Japanese or Western styles. Both appeared to have plenty of choice and the buffet style meant that you could have as much as you wanted. The only drawback here, was that, in comparison to the size of the hotel, the restaurant was quite small, which meant a small wait on our second morning. The hotel had an indoor pool, but access to this, at ¥1000 (£6-7) per person per day, seemed a little steep and this put us off using it at all.

The big advantage of staying here is the location - adjacent to the train station is a great location to explore Kyoto and there is loads to do and see within easy travelling distance. The hotel itself is big, but not overwhelming, and suited our needs perfectly.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

We chose this hotel for its location - top of the Kyoto station. the location is very convenient.

The rooms - need renovation. badly.

staff are very helpful in giving directions.

Regretted not staying at ryokans in Kyoto.

Will not return to this hotel.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

If you have never been to the Kyoto train station, plan a trip now, and stay in the Hotel Granvia--the lap of luxury, nestled right in the station, which is a city onto itself. You could spend an entire week just in the station and the hotel, with its many amenities. If you go, call the hotel directly to get the best rates and get on their email list. The rooms are not cheap, but worth every penny, for you will be staying in the hub of Kyoto with trains, buses, taxis and the subway at your disposal.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

Stayed 3 nights in August 2013. A very good location for travel and Business directly above Kyoto Station. This is a luxury hotel with very nice clean rooms. Book direct with the hotel for best rate. Good bar on 15th floor with view of the city. This is a 5 star hotel and thus has a 5 star price!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Very nice rooms and view right above Kyoto Station. We booked two rooms; one for our college aged children and ourselves for five nights while we visited Kyoto and surrounds. We recommend booking directly through the hotel rather than going through a booking site because we got great rooms and a great price for luxury accommodations by emailing the hotel directly and giving them our credit card information without having to pay any fees upfront. They offered us a special deal for booking five nights and we got non-smoking rooms. It is very important to book nonsmoking rooms in Japan because a lot of people do smoke there. The hotel was very nice and extremely convenient for train and bus travel to wherever we needed to go. The staffs speak English and are very kind and helpful. We didn't eat at the hotel, but grabbed donuts and such at "Cafe DuMonde" just inside the station area below the hotel. The only real resemblance to "Cafe DuMonde" in New Orleans is some decor; otherwise, there is no beignets or hot chocolate. We really wanted to have drinks and dessert at the bar one night but they close pretty early so we missed that. The lobby was beautiful as well and had the most unusual and interesting flower arrangement. We would stay there again having the good fortune to return to Kyoto.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

I stayed at Granvia Kyoto with my daughter last July. We had only 3 days at the city and it was an excellent choice. Situated within the the train station, the hotel is big, with many choices of restaurants (some not cheap) and because it's so close to the station, you will find many good eating options as well. The location is very convenient to discover the city. The rooms are nice, clean and quiet. They offered complimentary wifi but it was a little slow. Kyoto is a lovely city and a great way to know the old Japan.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

The Hotel Granvia Kyoto is attached to Kyoto Station, making it an ideal location if you plan to traverse Kyoto via trains and city buses. The hotel is gorgeous, the service top notch, and the rooms sleek & modern. I particularly enjoyed the full body showers in the room. The concierge desk was extremely helpful, they had tons of material on Kyoto's sites. I couldn't comment on the restaurants, as I ate out in the city every day. That said, Hotel Granvia did have some nice dining areas and a bar. VERY pleasurable experience at the Hotel Granvia. If you are looking for some luxury while you stay in Kyoto, this is the place to be!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 901 Higashi Shiokojicho, Shimogyo-ku | (JR Kyoto Station Karasuma-Central Entrance), Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8216, Japan
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #6 of 141 hotels in Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Hotel Granvia Kyoto 4.5*
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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