My husband and I spent 3 nights at this hotel. We were worried about it based on the TripAdvisor reviews we had read but our experience was great. I've stayed at 5-star hotels and this isn't one, but its a solid 3-star.
Its location is incredibly convenient, right above the train station, and adjacent to the bus station.
The room is okay for a 3-star, king bed, decent bathroom, high speed Internet access. If you are looking for a romantic, luxury hotel, this isn't it, but if you are looking for a solid home base from which to explore Kyoto - this is it.
The Cube (shopping mall) is also above the train station, the bottom 2 floors are a grocery store and the 10th - 11th floors are packed with decent little Japanese restaurants (and even an Italian one).
I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the buses. I am usually a skeptic when it comes to public transportation (other than subways), but Kyoto's bus system is amazing - you can get anywhere and they run on time. We never waited for more than 10 minutes. They're also very very clean (everything in Japan tends to be very clean) and also safe. 10 year old school kids were riding the bus alone.
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- Beautiful 15-story hotel atop Kyoto Station - Broadband connection in all guest and banquet rooms - Easy access to Kansai Airport. ... more less
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