After a week in Tokyo we go to this 4 stars hotel in Kyoto which is situated in a quiet back street very close to landmark Nijo Castle. The hotel provide shuttle bus service to and from Kyoto Train Station. But if you are new to this, you should go around the station to the shuttle parking which is in front of the McDonald situated on the back side of this train station. Best way is to ask for direction as the station itself is a huge building with many shops inside and outside. The hotel is conveniently located at 5 minutes walk to another subway station.
The hotel interior is exquisitely decorated with big painting and its 3 restaurants (1 on main floor and 2 below) serve both japanese and western delicacies. The main floor restaurant has a entire wall of glass looking over a long but narrow japanese garden complete with bamboo trees and pond. What a nice view to sip a morning cup of coffee. There is a swimming pool and a gym but you have to pay to use them which we don't like.
Our room is surprisingly spacious with two double beds even if we only pay an equally surprising rate of only 140$ a day for something that normally goes for at least double. Maybe the hotel was in its breaking in period as it had only been opened a few month ago and the personnel was still figuring out why the wifi didn't work in the lobby. But it worked in our room albeit its slowness. There is no laundry room at this hotel and breakfast costs in the 30$ and a full supper would run for a triple amount. Our room is very quiet.
There is a substantial size grocery store 15 minutes walk to the right when you go out to the main street facing the Nijo Castle where you can buy sushi, cake, wine, ice cream
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The ANA Hotel Kyoto looks almost out of place with its modern exterior nestled amongst the sublime beauty and historic grandeur of Japan s old capital. This however belies the traditional hospitality and classic atmosphere to be experienced within her four walls. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kyoto Ana Hotel
- Ana Hotel Kyoto