Five nights using this hotel as a base to explore Kyoto and Nara. As you might expect from a hotel that has hosted the royal family, The Dalai Lama, and Charlie Chaplin, there's a feeling of tradition and quality in the hotel. Service and courtesy are excellent, even by the high standards of Japan. Rooms are spacious and well equipped, and include in room LAN and wireless internet access. Breakfast was a pleasant surprise with a choice of Japanese or American breakfast. The western choice proved to be an outstanding and well presented choice of juice, cereal or porridge, very well presented eggs (poached and scrambled) accompanied by perfectly cooked bacon, toast and tea in silver gilt monogrammed teapots. A few days before I'd eaten breakfast in the Tokyo Peninsula. The Nara Hotel beat it for quality by a mile. The hotel is 5-10 minutes stroll from the Kintetsu Nara train station (although not with luggage - take a taxi for ¥800), and buses to the train station pass the hotel entrance frequently (and exactly to schedule - from the reception). The Kansai airport limousine bus stops at the end of the hotel drive, and tickets are available from the reception. A very memorable stay at a very well run hotel.
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