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“Functional business hotel at the heart of Kyoto” 3 of 5 stars
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APA Hotel Kyoto Eki Horikawadori
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1 Nishi Aburakoji-cho, Shiokoji Aburakojidori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8234, Kyoto Prefecture (Kyoto Station)   |  
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Ranked #187 of 333 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
3.5 of 5 stars 385 Reviews
Brooklyn, New York
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“Functional business hotel at the heart of Kyoto”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

The APA is in many ways a typical Japanese business hotel: functional and efficient, with tiny but clean rooms and a comfortable bed. The bathroom is also typical: a plastic console that is so small that for a big gaijin it's kind of hard to fit into it with the door closed. There are two features that make the APA on Horikawadori more attractive the normal. First is its location 5 minutes walk from Kyoto's main railway station, but on as silent small street. Second is its public bath and sauna compartment, which is included in the price.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2011

having already stayed in the other APA hotel in osaka, i figured what to expect from this hotel. rooms here were larger than the one in osaka, albeit barely. hotel had public bath and spa facilities on the top floor which were excellent, rooms clean and well furnished. quite a distance from kyoto station though, its sister hotel, apa hotel kyoto ekimae, which i mistakenly stumbled into at first, is nearer. a major gripe of mine is the inability to access wifi in the lobby, as a result i often had to go to the other APA hotel to use their wifi there. not sure the reason. other than that, excellent experience at this hotel.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tokyo, Japan
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011

I'm sure people are complaining about the size of the room, but hey, it 's really amazing what Japanese can do with small space. The bed was like 70% of the room but I didn't feel that cramped. Decors were tasteful, amenities complete, ofuro in the hotel even.

I had a good night's sleep. That's the important thing.

It was near the station, about 5 minutes away. If you can't find it, just ask the police. Show them the map of the thing. They do know that there are 2 APA hotels near the station.

I've been to Kyoto around 5 times, and this one is very convenient for just resting after a long day, or if you want to stay a bit nearer to the station.

If you want a Japanese experience, then a ryokan might do you better.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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 7, 2011

I must admit that it was a small room but the service was good.The room window did open in the double bedded room in which we stayed (premium level 9). The bed was comfortable and the pillows were nicer than usual. The location near to the bus station was great and because of that we able to travel any where easily with the daily bus pass which cost 500 yen (for unlimited daily travel). The other good thing about the hotel was that there was a very large spa and nice sauna on the 11th floor. The breakfast was great as it was self serve and you could eat as much as you like. My wife and I are well over 5 foot and had no trouble.
Also the closeness to the post office was essential for the ATM's which allowed any western card to be used with the cirrus system.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

Stayed one night in a single room. Absolutely tiny, bed unbelievably hard, window doesn't open so no fresh air. Very clean though and a good location. Great for someone who is 5 feet tall or less.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2011

Conveniently located from the train station. Which was fantastic since we were coming from Osaka and heading to Tokyo. Transit system was pretty easy to figure out as well to get to many of the famous temples.
Rooms were typical Japanese small. Has all you need and Ive stayed a few nights in these standard hotels, so I was use to it.
Didnt mind the beds so much as everyone else pointed out. Again functional, with Internet and good location for a good budget price.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2011

In my tiny room I could hear every word uttered by people passing in the hall, including the cleaning staff early each morning, and frequently even their footsteps. The beds are slightly more comfortable than a slab of concrete might be. The fact that you can walk to Kyoto Station in five minutes goes a long way in making up for that, as does the free internet in the rooms. Make sure you bring plenty of clean clothing because the laundry service is a rip-off (600 yen for one pair of jeans, about $8).

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1 Nishi Aburakoji-cho, Shiokoji Aburakojidori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8234, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Kyoto Station
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #187 of 333 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — APA Hotel Kyoto Eki Horikawadori 3*
Number of rooms: 515
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