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Hotel Kanra Kyoto
Ranked #5 of 354 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
new york
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“a great mix between tradition and modern”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

My parents and I stayed at Kanra for 3 nights. Kanra is a modern hotel with traditional Japanese touch. We stayed in the superior room, it looked just like in the photos from their website, feel more spacious and very comfortable. The entire place was pleasant, clean and beautiful. The staffs were wonderful, speak excellent English, help us arranging the restaurant and taxi, always responded quickly to our needs.

It's about 15 min walk from Kanra to Kyoto Station. Other than many restaurant choices in and around the Kyoto Station, we also went to supermarket to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, which we normally didn't get to eat enough while traveling. Other than food, the central location allowed us to return in the afternoon, took a little rest at the hotel and out for fun again after some recharging. This was extremely helpful since we walked a lot in Kyoto.

The lighting in the room was very soft and surely not bright enough for lady to do makeup, we asked for a sitting chair next to the window so the problems solved while there's plenty daylight in the morning.

We had a great stay at Kanra and highly recommend it!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mochi-paws
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ホテルカンラ京都, 予約担当 at Hotel Kanra Kyoto, responded to this review, July 19, 2014
Thank you so much for staying with us.
We understand, welcoming guests daily from all over the world, that the needs of our amazing guests vary broadly and requires individual attentions in order to make us provide the best experience possible to them. Please let us share your ideas, and we would love to see what we could do about it.
We would very much look forward to serving you, again. Thank you!
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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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104 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2012

Beautifully designed small hotel in modern japanese style. Very nice and helpfull people, good food in the restaurant the kitchen, western with japanese influence. Bikes to rent during day time. Even if in walking distance to the station, I would have prefered to be little more downtown or up to Gion.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Katharina19
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ホテルカンラ京都, 予約担当 at Hotel Kanra Kyoto, responded to this review, July 19, 2014
Thank you so much for staying with us.
We are only grateful to hear that you are satisfied with our service. We look forward to welcoming you again, anytime. Please let our concierges arrange the places that the only locals would know, and secretly favour, to visit for your next stay. Thank you!
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81 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2012

In our recent trips to Japan we've stayed in 7 different hotels, and this is clearly the best. Its a boutique style hotel that combines Japanese and Western styles effectively to give a great atmosphere and design. The beds were extraordinarily comfortable, and quite a welcome change from sleeping on futons. The only thing I'd fault the rooms on is lack of storage space: although the room was very generously sized there was very little space to hide our luggage.

The service was fantastic throughout our stay. They even provided us with complimentary electric powered bicycles (quite an experience - you press a button and suddenly your peddling does so much more!) to explore Kyoto, along with maps and guidance on where to go. I highly recommend at least one day of cycling around Kyoto.

The hotel is walking distance from Kyoto train station, and well positioned as a base to explore from. We didn't try the restaurant as there are so many specialist places to try in Kyoto it seemed as shame to waste an eating opportunity on hotel food!

Overall I highly recommend.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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ホテルカンラ京都, 予約担当 at Hotel Kanra Kyoto, responded to this review, July 19, 2014
Thank you so much for staying with us.
We are only grateful to hear that you are satisfied with our service. We look forward to welcoming you again, anytime. Please remember to mention that you would like those rental electric bicycles to ride around to us, as the number of the available bikes is limited. Thank you!
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Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2012

We spent five nights at this hotel based on the reviews here on T.A. We absolutely loved it. The room was very generous in size and we could have our daughter on an extra bed without it taking over the living area. The bathroom was spacious with a lovely cedar bath and we loved those heated toilet seats!
What made the hotel exceptional for us was the fantastic service from the women at reception.
Almost each night we would ask for a restaurant recommendation based on what we felt like eating and they always came up with something delicious. They booked the restaurant for us and organised the taxi, calling our room when it came and advising the driver in Japanese where to take us. Ask them for the gyoza place....

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Annac64
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ホテルカンラ京都, 予約担当 at Hotel Kanra Kyoto, responded to this review, July 19, 2014
Thank you so much for staying with us.
All the staffs here at Hotel Kanra Kyoto are more than happy to help making your trip as extraordinary as possible! Suggesting and organizing the exclusive plan of yours, including those places to dine, is nothing but our pure pleasure. We would very much look forward to serving you, again. Thank you!
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Shanghai
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11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2012

This whole place is beautiful, small and cosy and very well located; a little hidden but that makes it so special. Arriving at this hotel provides a superb japanese experience, the place is immaculate and the interior design is like out of a glossy book. I cant think of a better alternative in Kyoto.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank luisjimenezv
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ホテルカンラ京都, 予約担当 at Hotel Kanra Kyoto, responded to this review, July 19, 2014
Thank you so much for staying with us.
Must we say that we are glad to hear that you favoured our facility and all. We would love to welcome and serve you, again. Thank you!
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London, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2012

We spent two nights at this hotel as part of our honeymoon in Japan. It is a pretty good location, about a 10 minute walk from Kyoto Station or literally 1 minute from the local subway stop. The main entrance is on a small side street (turn left just before the 7-11). The rooms are TO DIE FOR!!! A mix of traditional Japanse Ryokan and modern functionality is perfect. Little sitting area, bedroom area and large bathroom(would agree with to extend the shower window as water can get everywhere) - wish I had had chance to use the bath. Lovely Shampoo/Conditioner & Shower Gel in the rooms. I could have spent a long time in the room but there is too much to see and do in Kyoto! Do make use of the free bikes for sight seeing - they are solar powered and give a little 'help' going up hill - super comfy and really make it easy to see as much as possible. I wish we had used them both days. We did not eat there so I can not comment on the food. The service was good but there were a couple of things which made me think that either they were trying to be helpful but not double checking their information was correct (I work in a resort and so understand the importance of this) meant that they told us something and so we went somewhere and it is was not correct. It may have been a language barrier (there were more Japanese guests in house when we were there). I am not being mean and we gave them points for effort and they were friendly and polite but at over USD400 per night I would like 100% correct information when I ask for it. Having said that I would come again for sure. (PS Silly comment - awesome automatic Japanese toilet!!!)

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Helen G
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ホテルカンラ京都, 予約担当 at Hotel Kanra Kyoto, responded to this review, July 19, 2014
Thank you so much for choosing our hotel to stay with.
We apologize for providing you the incorrect information that must have caused you to question the accuracy and mindfulness of our service. We are very sorry for this.
We would diligently make effort to sophisticate our service, as we receive warm supports from every guest of ours.
Again, thank you for your honest comment. We look forward to serving you again. Thank you!
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Hong Kong, China
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2012

We stayed 6 nights at hotel Kanra with our little daughter.
The hotel I suppose was converted from an office building and is attached to cramp school next door. The rooms are big for Japan, with nice design features,the bathrooms are very beautiful. The hotel itself is conveniently located with a short-walking distance to Kyoto station and Higashi-Honganji temple. The staff are cordial and helpful with excellent advice on dining. And I was really impressed with them although I have been at least 14 times in Kyoto and lived here for a year as an exchange student.
However, while my husband and daughter had no problem with it, I felt very uneasy at night in the long (nagaya style) room and didn't sleep well at all. Maybe it was also due to the fact, that our room was on the 2nd floor facing the Karasuma-dori, which is still a major avenue in Kyoto, although not that noisy.
So all and all great hotel, I just don't think I will be back.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Marusya76
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ホテルカンラ京都, 予約担当 at Hotel Kanra Kyoto, responded to this review, July 19, 2014
Thank you so much for choosing our hotel to stay with.
We would diligently make effort to sophisticate our service, for that all the kind feedbacks from our guests mean fortune to us. If you please consider coming back to us again, let us know your priorities in advance which could enable us to advise you the room types that would best suit your needs. We would very much appreciate your comments, and look forward to the day to serve you again. Thank you.
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Property: Hotel Kanra Kyoto
Address: 190 Kitamachi Karasuma-dori Rokujo Kudaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8176, Kyoto Prefecture
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Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Shimogyo-ku
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Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites
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Ranked #5 of 354 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Kanra Kyoto 4*
Number of rooms: 68
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Kanra Kyoto is a modern designed hotel in style, and yet aiming to acquire and provide the uniquely sophisticated service of Ryokans(the traditional Japanese hotels) to every single guest. The 68 rooms decorated with the minimal touches and scents of Kyoto are the "Small Luxury". Once you step in to the lobby, you are immersed in the cozy warmth in the sun and the rejuvenating coolness under the shades of the green leaves that will emotionally take you to the front garden of the "MA-CHI-YA"(the historic Kyoto's townhouses).Our famous Hiba-cypress wooden bathtub and a separate shower are built in each room.We would do our best to assist your trip in Kyoto to be the precious memory of a lifetime.*Free Wi-Fi throughout the facility.*Located approx. 12minutes on foot from the Central Exit at JR Kyoto station, 1 minute walk from the Exit 8 at Gojo Subway Stop to your right(the South direction). ... more   less 
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