We decided to stay at the Granvia again for our return visit to Kyoto after having stayed there for a few nights a couple of years ago. This was a two-week stay and we were very pleased with it.
The location of the hotel at Kyoto station is ideal both for accessing the city area / sights on the outskirts and for day trips out of Kyoto. Being there during winter, we were very glad of being able to get off the train / bus after a day out and have our hotel room so close by. The station building is impressive and there are a multitude of shops and cafes around the building, in the subway sections and within a few minutes walking distance north and south of the station building, all of which we explored more thoroughly this time around. There is a tourist information service near the Isetian department store, which has very good city / bus maps and you can buy train / bus passes there.
The hotel lobby area is still very elegant, and our king-bed room was more than adequate in size for us as well being very clean and nicely fitted out. This stay we had a room in a quiet location at the end of a hallway, we also had the bonus of a view overlooking the city and mountains, and were lucky enough to see snow on the foothills on the last morning of our stay. As before, the staff were efficient, polite and helpful. We made use of the concierge a few times and found them invaluable for directions / opening times of venues, etc. We also used the laundry service a few times and found it to be very good, and for smaller clothing items, there is a clothesline across the bath tub. The toiletries provided were quite good and housekeeping were very efficient for any requests for any extra items we needed.
For meals we utilised the room service a-la-carte menu for breakfast, which we found to be reasonably priced. We were going to eat in the main / French restaurant but when we stopped by there a few times, we couldn't find an English menu and it also tended to be booked out. There are restaurants elsewhere in the hotel and the Japanese ones on the second floor had English menus which appealed to me (looking for vegetarian / fish-based meals) but not to so much to my partner, so we didn't try those during this stay. We knew that finding suitable food options would be a bit of a challenge for us, so we spent our first day checking out what was around, and ended up eating most of our meals in the subway cafes (that had restrictions on smoking times). Additionally, there were excellent meals available in the department store food hall, which was good for my partner who likes to try new foods but also good for vegetarian food options.
I would have no hesitation in staying at the Granvia (or any of the train-company owned hotels) again and, even though there are less expensive options around, the convenience of the location is a big plus for us both for ease of accessing the sights and for late / early check-in times.
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