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Hotel Granvia Kyoto
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Shiokojisagaru, Karasumadori, Shimogyo-ku | JR Kyoto Station Central Gate, Kyoto 600-8216, Kyoto Prefecture (Shimogyo-ku)   |  
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Ranked #15 of 347 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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Seattle, Washington, United States
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“Well worth the money!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

If you have never been to the Kyoto train station, plan a trip now, and stay in the Hotel Granvia--the lap of luxury, nestled right in the station, which is a city onto itself. You could spend an entire week just in the station and the hotel, with its many amenities. If you go, call the hotel directly to get the best rates and get on their email list. The rooms are not cheap, but worth every penny, for you will be staying in the hub of Kyoto with trains, buses, taxis and the subway at your disposal.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

Stayed 3 nights in August 2013. A very good location for travel and Business directly above Kyoto Station. This is a luxury hotel with very nice clean rooms. Book direct with the hotel for best rate. Good bar on 15th floor with view of the city. This is a 5 star hotel and thus has a 5 star price!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Very nice rooms and view right above Kyoto Station. We booked two rooms; one for our college aged children and ourselves for five nights while we visited Kyoto and surrounds. We recommend booking directly through the hotel rather than going through a booking site because we got great rooms and a great price for luxury accommodations by emailing the hotel directly and giving them our credit card information without having to pay any fees upfront. They offered us a special deal for booking five nights and we got non-smoking rooms. It is very important to book nonsmoking rooms in Japan because a lot of people do smoke there. The hotel was very nice and extremely convenient for train and bus travel to wherever we needed to go. The staffs speak English and are very kind and helpful. We didn't eat at the hotel, but grabbed donuts and such at "Cafe DuMonde" just inside the station area below the hotel. The only real resemblance to "Cafe DuMonde" in New Orleans is some decor; otherwise, there is no beignets or hot chocolate. We really wanted to have drinks and dessert at the bar one night but they close pretty early so we missed that. The lobby was beautiful as well and had the most unusual and interesting flower arrangement. We would stay there again having the good fortune to return to Kyoto.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

I stayed at Granvia Kyoto with my daughter last July. We had only 3 days at the city and it was an excellent choice. Situated within the the train station, the hotel is big, with many choices of restaurants (some not cheap) and because it's so close to the station, you will find many good eating options as well. The location is very convenient to discover the city. The rooms are nice, clean and quiet. They offered complimentary wifi but it was a little slow. Kyoto is a lovely city and a great way to know the old Japan.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Potomac Falls, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

The Hotel Granvia Kyoto is attached to Kyoto Station, making it an ideal location if you plan to traverse Kyoto via trains and city buses. The hotel is gorgeous, the service top notch, and the rooms sleek & modern. I particularly enjoyed the full body showers in the room. The concierge desk was extremely helpful, they had tons of material on Kyoto's sites. I couldn't comment on the restaurants, as I ate out in the city every day. That said, Hotel Granvia did have some nice dining areas and a bar. VERY pleasurable experience at the Hotel Granvia. If you are looking for some luxury while you stay in Kyoto, this is the place to be!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

I must have stayed at the Granvia on about 15 occasions over the last 10 years, and it's always reliable and always good. This is the first time I've posted a review for it.

The rooms are good sized (especially for a Japanese hotel!) and very comfortable. The haven't changed in 10 years, but they still look well maintained and not at all tired looking.

The hotel has some excellent (albeit expensive) restaurants, but, being located over Kyoto Railway Station, there are literally hundreds of dining options within 100 metres in Porta underground shopping centre and in The Cube on the 9th/10th floors of the station building. Some of them are very reasonably priced.

The staff are excellent and extremely polite and courteous...most with an excellent grasp of English.

The only thing that could be significantly improved are the "health" facitities, which are quite disappointing. The gym is nowhere near the standard that a hotel like this should have.

Overall though, this hotel remains one of Kyoto's top hotels.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

I stayed at the Granvia Kyoto in July using Kyoto as my base to explore the Southern region of Japan. It was an excellent choice as it has to be one of the most convenient hotels I have stayed at.

Overall, the hotel is very nice and the rooms are fine. I had no complaints about the hotel (the only thing I could try and complain about was that I asked for a two hour late check out and told I would be charged for it). But the location of the hotel is fantastic.

The hotel is located in the train station with access to all the different train lines, the metro, the bus station and walking distance to several areas as well. I toured Osaka and Hiroshima from Kyoto and it was so easy to get to both cities from the hotel (literally walk out the back hotel entrance into the train station). The station is huge and includes a department store and a bunch of other shops and restaurants. There is a light show on the stairs up to a roof top garden and a water/light show just outside the front of the hotel. I also did several walking tours in Kyoto in which I caught the bus just outside the hotel to start each tour. It was incredibly convenient.

The breakfast options were also quite nice with a lot of different choices.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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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 #15 of 347 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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