My wife and I visited Kyoto in October and had the great pleasure of staying at the Brghton Hotel. Simply put it was a fantastic experience. The Brighton is a 5-star, very modern hotel located in a Kyoto suburb, 10 minutes walk from the Imperial Palace. Extremely corteous and helpful staff, excellent and very large rooms and bathrooms, two choices of restaurants (one Japanese, the other Western), and a very nice cafe are some of the features of this hotel . Unquestionably a hotel we would stay on again were we to return to Kyoto. As mentioned, the hotel is in a suburb but a free shuttle takes guests to and from the metro (subway) station every 20 minutes, from where Kyoto (main) JR train station can be reached in minutes; and -if like us- you have a JR Rail Pass, you can easily make one-day trips to either Nara, Osaka, Himeji or other places. While some persons may think that the hotel location could be an issue, that was not our case at all... on the contrary, being in a secluded are just added to the charm of the city; and a Seven-Eleven store 1.5 blocks away from the hotel is a good place to get some essentials, as is convenient a casual French restaurant nearby. Some people, not us, may regret that only one English TV channel is available. Kyoto visitors may want to get the daily bus passes which make visiting the many wonderful attactions even more pleasurable.