Granvia Hotel Kyoto is located directly above the main railway station which is without doubt one of the most impressive architectural achievements in history. The Hotel itself is very impressive albeit somewhat daunting at first and occasionally exhausting to navigate by virtue of its huge size. We booked through Expedia and obtained a reasonable rate with no issues being given exactly the room type we had requested.
Front desk staff have excellent English and are courteous and helpful. They can offer suggestions and assistance with planning excursions and made our visit much more enjoyable - do not be put off by the formality and grandeur of the foyer.
Although it is a bit weird to be on top of an enormous busy station there is minimal noise due to double glazing and screens. The sheer convenience of immediate access to trains, subway and buses (all of which are required to access various parts of Kyoto and its surrounds) outweighs any negatives, and rooms are enormous by Japanese standards.
The station is surrounded by department stores and restaurants. Try Level 10 of the adjacent shopping complex where there is an assortment of the best and cheapest Ramen noodle cafes, with examples of regional cooking from all over Japan. Be prepared to order using the vending machines at the front door - waitresses will assist if you have trouble.
The ease of access to the trains means the Hotel provides an ideal base to explore as far away as Hiroshima, Himeji, Kobe, Osaka and so on using the Shinkansen (Bullet Trains) as day trips. Best nightlife and dining is near the river in Kyoto.
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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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