The Kanra is one of those hotels that goes for design awards at the expense of practical functionality travelers expect. The lighting over the in-room double sinks is so poor that shaving or putting on makeup is difficult, at best, What little storage there is is taken up by the hotel's paraphenalia (tea sets, rice cooker, room service menus, etc.). The same goes for places to store toiletries: aside from a good-sized table in the sitting area, there's no unoccupied horizontal space to put anything. I'm sure the architect & interior designer are pleased with the awards & kudos they've received for the Kanra. But I'll bet they stay somewhere else when they're in town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Kanra Kyoto is a modern designed hotel in style, and yet aiming to acquire and provide the uniquely sophisticated service of Ryokans(the traditional Japanese hotels) to every single guest. The 29 rooms decorated with the minimal touches and scents of Kyoto are the “Small Luxury”. Once you step in to the lobby, you are immersed in the cozy warmth in the sun and the rejuvenating coolness under the shades of the green leaves that will emotionally take you to the front garden of the “MA-CHI-YA”(the historic Kyoto’s townhouses).Our famous Hiba-cypress wooden bathtub and a separate shower are built in each room.We would do our best to assist your trip in Kyoto to be the precious memory of a lifetime.*Free Wi-Fi throughout the facility.*Located approx. 12minutes on foot from the Central Exit at JR Kyoto station, 1 minute walk from the Exit 8 at Gojo Subway Stop to your right(the South direction). ... more less
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