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“Loved almost everything!” 4 of 5 stars
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Kyoto Brighton Hotel
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   330 Shiteicho, Nakadachiuri, Shinmachi-dori, Kamigyo-ku | (West side of Gosho), Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 602-8071, Japan   |  
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Ranked #13 of 139 hotels in Kyoto
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“Loved almost everything!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights. It was a splurge (i normally never spend more than 200 usd/night at a hotel) but since it was my birthday, what the heck! But now I can say that almost everything was more than satisfactory and worth the rate. Its just that I have to mark it one star down on the factor of location as a reference for price conscious travelers like me.

I chose this hotel because the reviews were very encouraging. I also read somewhere it was newly renovated so i expected it to be clean and modern. I was not disappointed in that. I also had the impression that it would be near the public transportation. But looking at it from google maps was a bit misleading.

It has a bit of an 80s look from the facade to the reception area, but it was impressive nonetheless. I felt that we were so out of place being grubby from travel, but the staff were friendly and accommodating and check in was a breeze.

The room was VERY spacious and modern. Everything we needed was there! All that was missing was a change or 2 of clothes and we felt right at home. I usually check the bathroom first and i saw that all the toiletries that i could think of of needing is there.

Coffee and English Tea and Green tea was fully stocked everyday. Since we stayed only just 2 days in Kyoto, we were lacking opportunities to try the traditional green tea ceremony. This hotel just saved us from missing out on whatever DIY authentic green tea ceremony we could muster :oD

When we came back from another exhausting but enjoyable tour on our 2nd night, we were surprised with a little gift box sitting on the study desk (and the room was pristine once again!). I thought it was a birthday gift for me hehehe! Alas, it was not :D It was one of those boxes filled with traditional sweets and pastries as a thank you gift to us from the Management. Very sweet and thoughtful ^_^

The only thing that wasn't so good about this place was the location.

I think it was 3 stations away from Kyoto Station but it feels like 5 or more because we were often very tired from walking the whole day. And then the pick up point for the shuttle to hotel was not so easy to locate. Such was our problem when we first arrived in Kyoto. If it was not for the very friendly and uber-ly helpful locals we would have taken some time to reach the place or we could have taken the taxi *gasp*

It was also difficult to locate also the nearest convenience store (to buy breakfast). There were a selection of restaurants downstairs but I did not see anything that was budget friendly.

One good thing about the location was that it was situated in a residential area. If there was one place where we would like to maybe raise the kids the future, Kyoto was THE place.

Overall, our experience was good.

I would recommend it to seasoned travelers of Kyoto who know their way around and would like to experience first class hospitality and service. But for tourists who are there for their first time, proceed with caution. Do a lot of research and get maps so you can get your way around the place.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 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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KyotoBrightonHotel, 支配人 at Kyoto Brighton Hotel, responded to this review, April 8, 2013
Dear Ms.tsekai
Thank you so much for staying with us and we are glad to hear your stay was present one.
We are also honored that you have selected our hotel to spend your birthday.
We hope your 2 night stay in Kyoto was memorable, and that we were able to assist you fully during your stay.
Concerning the shuttle bus, thank you for mentioning and we will try to improve the experience for our guests going forward.
We have actually renovated the lobby and the main hall area in Feb this year(2013), so hopefully you can come to see and enjoy the new bar-lounge!
Again, thank you for staying with us and we hope to see you again!

Best regards,
Room Sales Manager
Kyoto Brighton Hotel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

We stayed at the Brighton Hotel fro 3 nights during a recent visit to Japan. Our business hosts suggested this hotel and for us it was a very good choice.
We were accompanied during the day by our hosts for visits in the area but whenever we needed help or assistance the hotel personnel were very helpful and gracious. The rooms were large comfortable and the beds were great.
Breakfast at the hotel was very good and dinner in the Japanese Grill restaurant was excellent.
Location was perfect for tourist visitors.
We would stay here again if we visited Kyoto.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 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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KyotoBrightonHotel, 支配人 at Kyoto Brighton Hotel, responded to this review, April 8, 2013
Dear Mr.Leztew
Thank you very much for your comments.
We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the comfort of your room and the location of our hotel. Kyoto tends to get crowded during the Autumn season so we are glad to hear that you had a present stay. As you noticed we are close to many beautiful temples and one of famous world heritage Nijio castle and hope you had some chance to see them despite the fact you were in Kyoto for Business.
We are extremely happy to hear that you enjoyed our Japan Grill restaurant. Next time we invite you to enjoy a cocktail in the comfort of our Lounge which we recently renovated.

Best regards,
Room Sales Manager
Kyoto Brighton Hotel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

First time in Kyoto and in Japan. Our hotel was selected by our hosts but this was a very good choice. Although situated outside the center the means of communication are so easy to use that one is never far from town. The staff was very friendly and efficient. Special mention to the reception desk and the concierge for their advice and help. The food was also excellent at the different restaurants 'special mention for the Japanese restaurant). The hotel is a bit on the expensive side but everything seems rather expensive in Japan.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

The hotel was chosen for us by our Japanese hosts and we stayed there for three nights partially to offset the extreme cost of one night at the Tawaraya (see separate review). As a one-time resident of Brighton UK for more than 40 years I was amused by the link, and all the more so when I learned that the head of the Japanese group who built and still own and operate the hotel, chose the name personally when he was looking for a name with international resonance because of his own memories of good times spent in Brighton! Bless 'im...

The hotel is not now the newest international hotel in Kyoto where many big brands and smaller boutiques have opened more recently. However, the enormous central atrium was well ahead of it's time and the slightly dated style is not at all displeasing. The elevators are large and provide an open view of the atrium, but there are only two.... The rooms spacious and comfortable. We never ate in the hotel except for breakfast but that was more than generous and fresh.

The overall impression was that this was an extremely well managed hotel with a strong and loyal staff. The place was simply immaculate. The location was fairly convenient for the old town, the old Imperial Park, and many other places of interest and a regular shuttle bus is very efficient. And the hotel is good value - thanks to our friends for making the choice.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

We spent 3 nights in the Kyoto Brighton Hotel recently ... this is a 4 star property and that is what you get ... the design is the 'courtyard style' - in other words the rooms surround a large atrium in which is located a bar, restaurant and publice areas.

Does anything stand out as exceptional - no. Very good service - very good, well equipped, well maintained rooms - all the facilities you expect - goof food - reasonable value for a 4 Star hotel ...

Downsides few although as at least one other has noted, there are only two lifts which means you will find yourself waiting, especially in the morning.

Would be return ... the acid test ... yes.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Uneventful hotel which needs some renovation. Eventhough nothing is really wrong, the 140 euro (without b/f) I paid is much too much considering the average location and the size of the room.
The hotel has a smoking spot close to the elevators which is quite disturbing ( for non-smokers). The hotel room itself also smelled of smoke, eventhough It was supposed to be a non-smoking room

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Great rooms in this large hotel. Very helpful staff with a good amount who can speak English. Only 2 lifts mean a wait at peak times. Good breakfast & decent open area bar. Very comfortable beds & quiet rooms. Slightly outside the centre but only a 10 minute taxi ride. Right next to the Imperial Palace with a nice park on the doorstep. The outdoor pool was closed in November & the hotel has no spa - the only negative in this stay.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 330 Shiteicho, Nakadachiuri, Shinmachi-dori, Kamigyo-ku | (West side of Gosho), Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 602-8071, Japan
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 #13 of 139 hotels in Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Kyoto Brighton Hotel 4.5*
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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