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.
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