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“No Attraction Nearby But Still Very Good Base to Explore Kyoto”

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Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo
Ranked #59 of 395 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Reviewed April 29, 2013

At first, we tried to book a hotel near Kyoto Station. None was available within our price range but in the end we were very happy with Mitsui Garden Hotel as our base to explore Kyoto and Kansai region. Below are some of what we experienced while staying at the hotel.

Location was good. It's not too far from Kyoto station (2 subway stops plus 5-10 minutes walk). Since we had luggage, we took taxi which costed us a little over 1,000 yen (so it's not too bad). The hotel was only steps from Shijo Street where you can take buses to a lot of attractions in Kyoto (including the train station). There are lot of buses serving this portion of Shijo Street so most likely you don't need to make bus connection which can be confusing for 1st time visitor. No attractions within easy walking distance though.

Room was small but bed was very comfortable. The brochure in the room had more information on the bed (I couldn't remember the detail) but it's certainly more comfortable than beds in most hotels I had stayed in.

Wire internet was available from our room and they had wire available in the room.

There was a brochure of adult movies so be careful if you stay there with young children.

There was a public bathroom which seemed to be popular but I didn't use it so I couldn't comment on it in detail.

There are a few restaurants within walking distance from the hotel, so you have a few dining options. A convenience store (Family Mart) is also next to the hotel.

Staff we talked to couldn't speak much English but they were nice and friendly.

Overall, I found Mitsui Garden Hotel a good base to explore Kyoto because it's not too far from Kyoto Station and traveling to major attractions is easy by bus from the hotel.

Money saving tip: If you stay here, most likely you will be using buses and not much of subway, so buy a bus pass (just for the bus--day pass was 500 yen when we were there in April 2013). Don't buy the pass that covers both subway and bus. We made this mistake--it would have been cheaper for us to buy bus pass and pay separately for a couple times that we used subway.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

Poor customer service. Unmotivated staff, and even worse, during our stay here we were confronted with remarks from the staff that were of discriminative and sexistic nature.
Despite the fact that the hotel is situated in a decent location I would never want to stay at this hotel again. There are plenty of other hotels in this area where they DO provide nice customer service and where the staff actually will try its best to make you feel welcome.

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Reviewed April 15, 2013

Very well located, rooms are big on Japanese standards, nice and clean Onsen. Very helpful staff with great restaurant recommendations.
The price was very competitive.
Calm and relaxing atmosphere.
The breakfast room can get a little crowded but the food was fine.
Bus stops and subway very close.
Nice business hotel experience with a budget price.
Will definitely stay again.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 12, 2013 via mobile

This hotel is very well located to explore Kyoto. The staff are really helpful and the breakfast was varied and good quality.
The room we had was a smoking twin as the non smoking rooms had all gone - this was disappointing and meant the room didn't feel as fresh as we would have liked.
The room size was good and there was a decent wardrobe space - unusual in Japanese hotels.
The provision of public baths in the hotel is also a bonus and an experience well worth trying.
Nearby the hotel there are some lovely little deli's and markets and there is a nice place to eat opposite called Hamburg Labo - Japanese fusion burger restaurant.
Kyoto is easy to get around with local buses running regularly and a day pass is great value.
We would stay at this hotel again as long as we could secure a non smoking room.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

The location of this hotel is fantastic, bus stops outside and close by, close to the subway and not too far to walk to Gion and the main department stores. I didn't eat at the hotel, there are plenty of convenience stores and eating options close by so there's plenty of options.

The room was a fair size by Japanese standards, the bathroom was small and the heating was too warm at night.

The onsen is probably a bit small for the size of the hotel, it didn't offer any towels additional to what was in the rooms.

You can also hire bicycles for the day.

The staff were fabulous and I would stay there again.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

We stayed at that Hotel few nights. Hotel itself is ok. Room are quite wide, clean and well equipped...maybe bathroom is a little too small for western customers. Breakfast served with buffet formula is quite rich and good, maybe breakfast room is a little ugly as it looks like a "school lunch room". Position is very good, close to Kyoto center and underground station.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Thank fanharuka
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

Would highly recommend this hotel. It was clean, well presented, had lovely staff and a great location. The food in the restaurant was good, but you've got to get to breakfast by 9:30am even though breakfast goes until 10am or they won't let you in. We stayed in 4 hotels across Japan & this was the best one.

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Address: 707-1 Myodenjicho 4-jo Sagaru Nishinotoin-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8472, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Shimogyo-ku , Kawaramachi / Karasuma / Shijo Omiya
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Spa
Hotel Style:
#13 Spa Hotel in Kyoto
#18 Family Hotel in Kyoto
#30 Romantic Hotel in Kyoto
Price Range: $70 - $270 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo 3.5*
Number of rooms: 278
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