I stayed at the Hokke Club from April 19 - 23 with my mom. We shared a non-smoking double room on the third floor. The location is excellent, directly across from Kyoto Station and where the buses pick-up and drop off. You don't even have to go to the corner crosswalks to cross the street since you can use the underground pedestrian passageways (that connect through to underground shopping and eating areas) to get to the other side.
We arrived close to midnight. The front desk is on the second floor and there is one escalator that alternates between going up and down depending on time of day (there is also an elevator). I had booked through Expedia so checking in was fast, and we received our ladies' gifts and a fun origami puzzle. The woman who checked us in spoke very good English, more than adequate to explain that Expedia had called about some confusion regarding our reservation (I shall probably never use Expedia again, it's hard trying to change dates of stay with them!). In any case, the reception area is very warm and inviting with wonderfully comfortable seating areas, including a little library area (with a cold and hot water dispenser) and an internet area with two computers (internet speed was good) and a printer connected to the computer on the left.
The room itself was a decent size, not as small as we expected. There was a full-sized double bed with nice bed linens (duvet and two pillows) and bedside table (ice bucket and electric hot water kettle underneath). There is also a built-in desk that includes the TV (we never turned it on but it looks like you need to purchase a TV card through one of the card dispenser machines in the hotel). There is a little refrigerator and tea cups and plenty of tea bags. Hair dryer is here also. There is a full length mirror and three pegs and four hangers (no closet). Our room had two cotton kimonos (that were replaced daily as were towels). Light in the room is very good, lots of options to adjust from dim to very bright. No problems reading in bed.
The bathroom is quite compact but very functional. You step up into the bathroom. The toilet was wonderful! The sink and bath share plumbing so you can only use one at a time. But the water pressure was very good and the water was nice and hot! The amenities include large pump bottles of Shisedo shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and facial wash (but there was no hand soap so we used the facial soap for that purpose, and it foams so nicely!). There were also two toothbrushes with toothpaste, a razor, Q-tips (cotton buds), a comb, and even a little cut glass bowl to place small valuables. The towels included two bath towels, two hand towels, and two cotton weave cloths that I think are supposed to be face towels. There is counter space to place a reasonable number of toiletries.
There was a small window in the room and it only opens about six inches directly into another wall. Its greatest advantage is to let in fresh air. The room is non-smoking but there was a strong smoky smell. The funny thing is that there isn't a smoky smell in the hallway or coming from outside so it is coming through the floors and only at certain times. However, the air purifier in the room was great. I have very bad allergies and my mom has a severe lung disease. We put the air purifier on high at night and it was super effective in eliminating odor, albeit rather loud. During the rest of the day, when we were in the room, we put it on medium and it was fine. The room can be stuffy but in addition to the air purifier and window, there is also an A/C unit.
In the lobby there are suggested tour itineraries in English, as well as information on how to get to specific places of interest, including transportation options (with bus numbers, times, etc.) It's quite convenient for the non-Japanese speaking, English-reading traveler. One of the reception was very helpful when I asked her where to find Kamen Rider toys (for my nephew). She suggested that I try to the very large department store behind the hotel, which was spot on (by the way, this store is authorized for duty-free sales so bring your passport if you plan to spend more than 10001 Yen as you will pay the duty-free price instead of retail).
On the ground floor, there is a coffee shop, which I thought was sort of expensive, and a Japanese restaurant. On Sundays, the Japanese restaurant serves a traditional Japanese breakfast for 10,300 Yen that I did not have but my mom did and thought was excellent. But there is a coffee shop across the street at the crosswalk and a Lawson's convenience store, which has lots of drinks and snacks.
My mom and I were very happy at this hotel. It's very clean and, as my mom said, "Why can't hotels in America keep their rooms this clean." Seriously. My dad was also in Kyoto at the same time in a more expensive hotel for a conference, and he thought our hotel was nicer than the one he stayed at. If I ever return to Kyoto, I'd definitely stay here again.
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