My guidebook listed this hotel as in central Kyoto – true. The main problem is that there is not much to see or do in central Kyoto. It is directly opposite the Imperial Palace and gardens, but frankly, I have seen much better gardens than these (try Takamatsu) and the palace is not highly recommended as place to visit. It's some distance from Kyoto station, and whilst the subway goes beneath the street the two nearby stations are each a fair hike away, especially when it is raining.
We stayed five nights and the rooms were comfortable and a reasonable size. There are two restaurants in the hotel (which seem to close by 8:30) and then little in the surrounding areas unless you walk to one or other of the subway stations. There does seem to be one bus that passes the hotel, but if you stay here, be prepared to do some serious walking.
That said, we had a great time in Kyoto. The wide range of attractions are dotted all over town so when I come back next time, I will likely stay on the north side of the station, or in Gion.More
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