If you don't mind a small (make that VERY small) room with almost spartan furnishings, this is a wonderful hotel. The lobby area is spacious and comfortable for gatherings of groups before touring, and the hotel restaurant has a tasty, basic breakfast buffet which makes a good start to a day of touring in Kyoto. Sound proofing between the rooms is minimal and the bathroom in your room is a typical Japanese airport hotel bathroom -- a stand-alone, step-into piece containing the toilet sink and shower. It's a little unusual for western tastes, but it is functional. The price is so reasonable it might be worth an upgrade to a larger room. There is a laundry onsite and a basic shared kitchen space. With such great food available in all the department stores, I made use of the kitchen a couple of times. It is also a nice place to sit and eat with friends. Wireless is available and free on the first two floors only so I had to carry my Ipad to the lobby to use it. There are two computers in the lobby for guest-use if you don't have your own.
This is not the luxury choice but it has a very nice location across from the park and within walking distance of the subway and shops. Not a lot of restaurants close by but there are a few and cabs are easy.
Big plus is the English-speaking staff at the front desk. They are very very helpful and friendly (as is everyone in Kyoto). I sent a box of gifts ahead of my arrival and they emailed me to say they were received, they arranged taxis and they forwarded my luggage to my hotel in Tokyo for me so I didn't have to lug them on the Shinkansen (bullet train). Perfect.
It's a nice quiet location except for the hospital/police station (?) a couple of blocks away. Even with the windows closed I woke up to the sirens a few times.
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