We stayed at the Westin for 5 nights in the hottest month of the year, August. Kyoto was amazing with all of the wonderful temples and sights and food! What made this trip extra special was how excellent the stay was at the Westin hotel.
I cannot give one single complaint about this hotel, and if you’ve read any of my previous reviews…I’m a huge complainer! I will point out the tiniest flaw and there was not one flaw at this hotel.
We are SPG Platinum members and had access to the free breakfast on the 2nd floor or in the Executive lounge. While the lounge has far fewer food options, we opted to eat here every morning because of the gorgeous view of Kyoto. It was also 100X quieter (not a million kids running around) than the 2nd floor restaurant.
The Concierge helped me out every single day with my itinerary. The ladies there would take their time in mapping out how to get to each temple or site via the subway and buses. They never steered me wrong.
The subway is right around the corner and the Westin’s free shuttle saves you a lot of time and efforts for when we want to get into Pontocho or Gion for dinner. The hotel is also on the best side of Kyoto where a lot of temples and gardens are located. The Philosopher’s Walk is just a short distance away.
Also a quick tip regarding Bike Rentals, don’t rent bikes from the hotel. 2,000 yen is ridiculous and you need to return it by 5pm. I searched every forum regarding renting bikes and not one told me about the Kiosk Bike Rental at the Sanjo Keihan (first shuttle drop off, near the train entrance) Train Station. It is 1,000 yen for 24 hours. Much, much better option. You just put in your Credit Card and Wala! The bike pops out of the rack. (make sure your tires are fully inflated before you choose your bike!)
About our room. We were put up in the Suite which had two rooms, a sitting room and a bedroom. The Sheraton’s signature heavenly beds were just that…heavenly. I got the best night’s sleep each night. The room was totally quiet and the blackout curtains helped us to sleep in until the late morning. The staff always kept the room totally clean and we would have little snacks waiting for us each night upon our return. I also loved the Bidet… I wish we had one in our house!
About the Wifi… HARDLY ANYWHERE IN JAPAN HAS HAVE WIFI!!! This is just how Japan works, it’s weird, but it’s not offered. I usually deduct points for hotels that do not have wifi, but the Westin DOES HAVE WIFI. Wifi in the lobby and lounges, which is good enough for me! No, the rooms do not have a wifi connection, but I would recommend that if you really need wifi, you buy a wifi adapter to plug into the portal if you are only travelling with an iphone/ipad. It worked brilliantly for us.
Overall, this hotel was the "icing on the cake" for our amazing trip to Kyoto. I would recommend it for families, friends, business travellers, singles and couples.
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- Western-style 11-story Hotel located amid Japanese gardens, 5 miles from train station & 31 miles from Kansai Int'l Airport. ... more less
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- Westin Miyako Kyoto
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