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Kyoto Brighton Hotel
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   330 Shiteicho, Nakadachiuri, Shinmachi-dori, Kamigyo-ku | (West side of Gosho), Kyoto 602-8071, Kyoto Prefecture   |  
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Ranked #26 of 342 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
USA
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“Lovely Hotel, Wonderful Staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

This hotel is a little out of the way, but very nice. The staff is extremely helpful, the rooms are fantastic and rather large for Japan. We rented bicycles from the front desk and were able to get around Kyoto easily. The only thing keeping them from getting a perfect score is the lack of affordable dining. Even the cafe was outrageously overpriced and since the hotel is in a residential area, you have to go quite a way to eat out.

Room Tip: If the upgrade to a suite is only a little more, it's very worth it.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2011

This hotel was difficult to get to and a little way away from most of the sites and stations, although once you do get there, they have a shuttle to the nearest station at certain times of the day. The hotel seems to cater mainly for coach parties as there were always large groups of them coming and going and they seem to be older. The hotel itself is big, lots of rooms around a huge atrium/indoor courtyard. The rooms were very spacious and felt a little bit like a suite (the standard room had a separate living area) it was nice to be able to spread out, a rare treat within Japan. It is not modern but not tired either it is nice enough, it kind of feels like it used to be grand but it's charm has lost it's lustre. The concierge service was good and knowledgeable and the young lady spoke good English which was very useful.
There are hardly any shops around the hotel itself, and in fact feels quite residential so make sure you stock up on anything you need before heading back to your room.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2011

My second time at The Brighton, both times because I could get great rates (this time, 2 nights through Expedia for $300 - less than 12,000 yen at the current exchange rate. I'm sure this place used to be around 30,000 yen). The refurbished rooms (I see people have posted photos) are great - the bathroom is just fantastic. Very relaxed atmosphere, in a very quiet area. Not much going on nearby, but the hotel is only 5 minutes walk from the sublime "Au Coin Tranquille" restaurant. Food and drink inside the hotel are typically scary Japanese prices, but the 7-11 is only 5 minutes away for little treats and replenishing the minibar (yes, I'm that cheap...).
A bit off the beaten track for sights and action, but a very nice walk around the Imperial Palace grounds is close at hand. About 1000 yen taxi ride or a 30 minute trek on foot to the action around Gion and Sanjyo, or 1500 yen down to Kyoto Station.

Room Tip: I think all rooms are now refurbished - mine was classed a "Superior Double"
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2011

We stayed at Brighton Hotel for our recent family trip to Japan. We had a minor mishap with the children going missing and the stuff were really fantastic in providing us with the support. They helped to liasise with the police and children returned safely. The manager even went out serching the city on his bicycle. Where else would you get such service?

The rooms we stayed in was spacious, modern and clean. The twin rooms had good sized beds and two children slept in one bed no problems. (6 and 10 year old)

The location seemed to be a little out of the way, but shuttle bus to the subway station made it easy to get to. The shuttle location when you come up to the road level is not marked, so do follow the map carefully and exit from the correct exit number.

There is a pool at this hotel, but it will cost 1000 yen (per day/ person). Paying to use the hotel seems quite common in Japan.

Overall a great place to stay and we will stay again.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2011

I stayed here with my husband on our vacation in Kyoto last year. The hotel is clean, staff is unbelievely polite and helpful. The room is very spacious and clean in a modern Japanese decor. The beds are firm which is the preferred choice in Asia. The only negative is that there are no close restaurants or shops near by. It's located in a primarily residential area. However, the hotel does provide free shuttle service to the train station which is about a 15 minute walk.
Also, there is only wired internet connection in the rooms. Don't bother bringing your ipads.
All in all, I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 May 13, 2011

We stayed at the Brighton after an extended vacation in Asia. All of the personnel spoke English and really catered to us as we were the only non-Asian people staying there (only because of the earthquake/radiation scare). The Brighton is truly a gem in Kyoto.The concierge, in particular, was very helpful for us to secure our bullet train tickets to Tokyo Narita Airport. She discovered that the Narita express was canceled during non-rush hours to save energy - she wrote out detailed instructions for the JR agents to purchase tickets- and arranged a taxi for us early in the day.
One day we returned to the hotel; our room was not yet cleaned, so they offered us coffee and cakes at the lobby cafe. We were thrilled because their espresso was the best!!

Our room was updated, terrifically modern. Western style. Bathrooms wonderful. One downside, the only English channel was BBC news. The Herald Tribune was at our door every morning. Yes, it is a distance from the center of town, but their shuttle runs precisely every 20 minutes and is very convenient. There are also buses quite close to the hotel. Quiet retreat!!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 April 13, 2011

This hotel has everything going for it. The rooms are fantastic! Large and spacious. The bathroom is huge, and they supply a basket so that you can put all your bathroom stuff into it for easy access. Made it so much more comfortable, as we stayed here for 10 days.

All staff were excellent! Most spoke English well, and were very helpful! Especially the concierge that helped us with our travels! We couldnt say more pleasant things about them.

Location could be better, but the hotel does provide a shuttle to the edge of the city centre every 20 minutes. We did catch a taxi a few times though, as where we were within the city was not near the shuttle.

As someone has said in another post, eating in the hotel is quite expensive. I would recommend eating elsewhere.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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: 330 Shiteicho, Nakadachiuri, Shinmachi-dori, Kamigyo-ku | (West side of Gosho), Kyoto 602-8071, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 342 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Kyoto Brighton Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 182
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Award Winning HotelLocated at heart of Kyoto with newly renovated Atrium lobby and bar. The hotel has won 4 Black Pavilion on Michelin's guide in 2012 and is located near Nijo Castle, Nishi-jin and other must see tour spots. Facilities and servicesFree shuttle bus to Karasumaoike is available. Also there are 6 restaurants/bars offering cuisines from traditional Japanese to contemporary Western with chef from International Culinary Olympics Japan team. Spacious Guest roomsRenovated in 2010, all rooms include hotel's original brand Dream Journey Bed, large size bathtub and a cotton waffle bathrobes with night shirts. Flat-screen TV is viewable from both the bed and dining area. ... more   less 
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