We had a three night stay here in September 2018, in room 2118 which, according to the idiosyncratic room numbering system here, is actually on the 11th floor. The Okura is the grand dame of Kyoto hotels, and although you can now stay in flashier (and costlier) places in town, the Okura still delivers. The rooms are a good size, with superb powerful showers that would satisfy even Kramer in Seinfeld (remember the “Commando 450” shower episode?). The hotel is located very near the river, with a little stream running parallel to the river that is a pretty walk. The hotel is also a stroll from the old town shops, and just across the river is the Gion Gesta district.
The concierges here are terrific, well connected to the top restaurants due to the lengthy history of the Okura, and can often procure reservations in otherwise inaccessible restaurants. There is a rooftop bar and an executive floor, as well as a spa with a swimming pool that you have to pay extra to use. There is a free shuttle twice an hour to the train station, which is at least half an hour away, more in heavy traffic. The hotel even has its own welcome lounge at the railway station. I have stayed many times here, and will do again. The staff are unfailingly polite and helpful.More
- Free Wifi