I stayed in this hotel in September 2013 for several days of a trip to Kyoto. The hotel was priced reasonably, with a good-sized single room (with double bed) and decent bathroom. The bath was so nice that I took a bath two nights in a row--totally unsual for me in a hotel. The room was clean with ample towels for my comfort. In the rooms, they provide other typical Japanese amenities, including several sizes of pajamas,slippers, razor, comb, toothbrush, and a number of toiletries. There is also a hot water heater to use with the hotel's very good version of green leaf tea or the instant coffee (I did not try the latter).The atmosphere is very high class, which may or may not be a draw back. Most individuals are very well dressed. And the environment may seem reserved to some. The hotel has a nice bar called "The Library" that has a small assortment of snacks (that I did not try) and well-made drink and cocktail options. Even the stock list of cocktails like the Kir Royale are decently made. The hotel staff was extremely helpful, doing everything from confirming my next hotel, advancing my luggage, arranging for mailings, and having a strong concierge service--and without fail. The second day, my air conditioning began to chirp like a bird. Once I informed them, they fixed immediately, making sure that I was out of the room and not disturbed. On top of this, I think the hotel is generally located in a great location. It is walkable to certain sites like Nijo Castle (about 3/4 miles away). It is also close to several metro lines to help you get to all major areas like the food markets, and over the river to the temples if you wish. Finally, most of the major hotspots are walkable within 30 minutes. Any of those options is also the equivalent of a $10--$15 U.S. dollars cab ride away if you'd prefer not to use public transport or your feet. The only significant downsides are that 1) the hotel restaurants are pricey -- so I did not try-- especially with so many other delicious yet more affordable spots and 2) This hotel is far away from most of the nightlife.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A hotel that combines the best of Kyoto's stylish culture and Britain's traditional heritage. The design is based on the arts and crafts of Scotland, particularly Edinburgh, its ancient capital. In fact Kyoto and Edinburgh are not only sister cities in name, but they also share many traits such as the lively street atmosphere and traditional culture. This hotel expresses the relationship between the two cities through its traditional architecture and warm atmosphere. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Monterey Hotel Kyoto