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Hotel Kyoto Garden Palace
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Reviewed May 14, 2014

Although it is in central Kyoto and far from the southern and northern attractions, it is right across from the Imperial Palace and the rooms are reasonable size (although with some street noise). Would stay again.

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Reviewed May 1, 2014

Great location across street from Imperial Palace in Kyoto, and walking distance to two different subway stops, not hard to get to the hotel from Kyoto Station (main train station). Hotel rooms are about average sized for large cities in Japan and therefore small (ours was about 18 square meters). Very clean, nice bathrooms. Quiet. Bed mattresses are quite hard, but this is pretty typical in Japan. I did not like the sheets on the bed, which were low thread count and kind of scratchy, also did not like pillows much. Staff are perfectly competent and polite, typical in Japan. Breakfast is ok, has some western choices. Pricey but this is Kyoto. I have also stayed at the Hotel Brighton which is about two blocks away, and I liked that one better all in all. You could do worse and you could do better.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

Stayed here for three nights in Kyoto for some sightseeing, after coming from a traditional Japanese ryokan near Kyoto Station beforehand.

Rooms were very...average. Nothing to write home about. Rooms were small and plain, but at least clean.

Hotel is located right next to the Imperial Palace grounds, but that's about all it's near. Located in the middle of the block, it is equally distant to the nearest subway stations, at least a 15 minute walk either way. We resorted to the much more convenient taxis which were not hard to catch on the street in front of the hotel. The nearest convenience stores are located near the train stations, so a bit of a walk. Some small restaurants along the strip, but we did not try any.

Honestly, my favourite thing about the hotel was the keys. Large brass keys - very traditional, ancient technology. I don't think I've ever seen keys like this used in a modern setting.

If you're in Kyoto, you're likely visiting a lot of the temples that rim the mountains on the edge of the city. You're better off choosing a hotel located closer to the train station or bus access.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

Unfortunately a nice few nights were spoilt by too many mishaps towards the end of the stay. In spite of having booked a room with breakfast included, we were charged extra for it. Would not accept our Visa card for payment despite having booked with the card and insisted we walk 20 minutes out of our way to withdraw the amount in cash. Beds not made every day. Not impressed.

  • Stayed: March 2014
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3  Thank AKhooo
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Reviewed November 27, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights and it is just across the Imperial Palace. Hotel staffs are nice and speak English. Hotel is clean and small just like most hotels in Japan. Wi-fi is available throughout the hotel. It is a 10 to 12 minutes walk to the nearest train station Marutamachi which is 5 km from the city center. We were booked here by our host because there are no more available accommodation near the city due to Japanese autumn where domestic tourist flock to Kyoto to view the stunning colours of the Momiji (Japanese maple tree). Hotel beds are comfortable and hotel is very quiet and safe. Problem is there are only a handful of restaurants near by.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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