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Hotel Granvia Kyoto
Ranked #16 of 369 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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Hermosa Beach, California
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“Convenient, Suitable hotel in Kyoto”
Reviewed February 17, 2008

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.

  • Liked — Location, comfort
  • Disliked — Room size
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed February 3, 2008

Booked via AsiaRoom, 2 nights in double room, double occupancy for £262 on Fri and Sat nights.

Arrived from Tokyo about 9pm, by the time we had checked in, taken a quick shower, we went in search of food. Massive disappointment as all the hotel restaurants barring the "buffet" were shut/shutting and would not accept us.

We found a nice place in the station, but it wasnt a great start. After our meal, we fancied a drink in the bar on the 15th floor. We walked in, sat down, only to be ejected as apparently the table as reserved. On enquiry we were offered a table in 30 minutes...no priority for being a hotel guest. Most folks seemed to be office workers getting hammered before going home. I dont do queues, so we went to bed.

Breakfast...oh another queue! 10 mins wait for a table when there were at least 5 empty at any time.

Breakfast Sunday...you guessed...15 minute wait to sit down. You could understand if it was a place where they waited on you, but as its a buffet, I dont get why they keep tables empty and make guests wait.

Next time I'll ignore the hype and go back to the Miyako

  • Liked — Comfy bed
  • Disliked — Queues for breakfast, no bar space
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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Reviewed January 27, 2008

My son (age 10) and I stayed at the Granvia earlier this week -- and can definitely confirm all the other reviews that talk highly of this hotel... beautiful... clean... great location... delicious food (and outstanding coffee)... Only issue was that they don't allow kids in the pool (yes, after I complained we were allowed to swim from 7am - 9am -- $10 per person -- which was better than nothing, but still...). Next time we'll look for a more family-friendly hotel.

  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with family
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed January 24, 2008

The location of the hotel is right in the station, which in itself is worth a look. It is very easy to get to all parts of Kyoto from the station as there is a subway line, JR lines and lots of buses. There are also lots of places to eat there including the 11th floor above the station where there are a number of restaurants and a food court. It is also very easy to reach the main sights from there.
The hotel itself is modern, very clean with excellent decor. The staff are very helpful and welcoming. We just had a standard room but it was really big and also had a seating area. There were robes and slippers to use in the room as well as tea and coffee making facilities. Breakfast was included in our room rate - this is the only thing that wasn't excellent, but they were refurbishing the main restaurant so I think the ones that were available probably don't usually breakfast. There was a buffet style place, the food was ok, but very cafeteria style room, with no place settings at the tables and you had to carry your things on trays. The other place was better, set breakfast that you had options to choose from, though they bought all the food in one go so you were eating cereal whilst your bacon was getting cold in front of you.
Used the swimming pool, which was very clean and big enough to swim lengths in. You had to pay a charge, approx $10, but this is quite usual in Japanese hotels.
We ate one night in the Teppenyaki restaurant, which wasn't cheap, but a real experience if you've never been to one before and the food was delicious.
Overall, I really liked this hotel and would definitely stay there again. It was excellent value for money, great amenities and top location.

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  • Disliked — Breakfast
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 23, 2008

My husband and I stayed at the Granvia for one night. What a fanastic location! This hotel is located within the Kyoto JR station premises so it's perfect for a short stay and early getaway. A 5 to 10 minute taxi drive gets you into the entertainment district (1050 yen) and, given the hotel's location at the station, there are always plenty of taxis available.

The check-in staff were efficient and spoke good English. The twin bed configuration seems to be the standard for Japanese hotels but the staff were more than happy to locate a room with a Queen size bed for us. We did not have a good view (room 1019) but our travelling companions had a great view of the Kyoto Tower (room 1106). This is also a very large hotel - our room was about a 50m walk to the elevator!

Having travelled to Japan a couple of times before, I can say that the room size was larger than average and on par with that of hotels in Western countries. The room was clean and well furnished although some of the furniture looked as if it had seen better days. The bed and bedding were very comfortable. The bathroom was of a good size and stocked with a basket of handy toiletries. There was also complimentary internet access for guests with their own computers.

We did not have meals included with our room and did not eat at any of the restaurants. We did, however, use the gymnasium (1050 yen per visit). It was a small gym with a few exercise machines, free weights and 2 treadmills. Perfect for our needs. There was also a small lap pool and spa.

Overall, this was a good hotel and its location puts it above average.

  • Liked — Its location
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed January 19, 2008

An amazing place to stay, the Granvia had beautiful rooms, the most comfy beds with the fluffiest doonas I had ever seen and fantastic views of Kyoto (we stayed in a room fairly high up).

Not only could you access a range of shops like Isetan and The Cube, (great for picking up a cheap but oh so yummy dinner to eat in-house!) you could not pick a more convenient place, being right on top of the train station.

I would love to stay there again!

  • Liked — Convenience to train station and shopping
  • Disliked — Distance to major tourist spots like Gion
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed January 5, 2008

Three of us stayed in two rooms for 3 nights in Dec. 07. The location of the hotel in the train station was ideal for us as we were planning to take day trips using our JR Pass. The rooms are a reasonable size with a decent bathroom. The shower/bath area is separately enclosed in glass doors and a good size. Check in/out was fast and easy as the staff were fluent in English.

Since the hotel is in Kyoto station, travel to the Kyoto sites by public transit is easy, but can be crowded. The Kyoto station is not central to the more popular sites, and at night you'll probably want to go elsewhere.

The hotel has a cafe in the lobby were you can get cakes, tea and drinks. However, the hotel bar appears to cater to stuffy whiskey business types. We wandered into this bar one night and were told it was "full" even though it clearly was not. I can only assume that we did not meet some unpublished standard - being jetlagged, we just wanted to quietly sit, chat and have a glass of wine. Most hotels will usually provide a place for their guests to have a drink and unwind in an unpretentious setting. This one does not. For this last reason alone, I would not go back to this hotel on vacation.

  • Liked — Location for train access
  • Disliked — Their bar
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Granvia Kyoto
Address: Shiokojisagaru, Karasumadori, Shimogyo-ku | JR Kyoto Station Central Gate, Kyoto 600-8216, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Shimogyo-ku
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #16 of 369 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Hotel Granvia Kyoto 4.5*
Number of rooms: 535
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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