This hotel is a thing of beauty. It's new and modern.
It's location is handy to the station and close to a subway station but its about a 20-30 min walk to the major attractions of Kyoto - the temple area, the shopping street and Gion, the Geisha/nightlife quarter.
The staff are absolutely delightful. They could not do enough to be helpful.
We booked their standard room, called double, I believe. At 35sq.m., it sounded pretty large. However, there are so many cutesy design features, such as a large bathroom with deep wooden tub, shower stall, big vanity and the requisite wash 'em, dry 'em, send 'em on their way Toto toilet; there is a raised tatami alcove with writing desk; there is a long table running along the window with artistically placed moss. All of these leave very little useable space. There's almost no place to put your suitcase. There are no bedside tables and access to one side of the queen-sized bed is tight.
The bathroom is up two steps - not ideal for people of a certain age who may have occasion to use it in the night. It's dramatically lit which can make shaving a challenge. The aforementioned vanity is countersunk in a black stone counter. The base of the sink consists of two, foot square stone tiles. I found it a bit gross. Whatever went into the sink tended to linger for quite awhile. It was often challenging to wash it clean.
The next two room categories up - superior and deluxe, I believe, are large enough that the Zen design features don't compromise useable space. The bathroom is on the same level as the room - no stairs. The vanity has double faucets - twice the potential for lingering effluent. Unfortunately none of these rooms were available during our stay.
Their breakfast - western or Japanese - are beautifully presented and delicious.
I had a problem with their Wifi. My partner and I both have iPads which connected easily. I also have an iPhone 4S. After the first day, even though the iPhone showed connection (the four semicircular lines) I was unable to access the Internet. I took it down to the lobby, same prob. So, assuming it to be a defect with my device, I did a series of resets culminating in a complete deletion of all data. And it still wouldn't connect. I took it to an Apple repair centre and it connected just fine. Took it back to the hotel, same problem. The next day, my iPad did the same thing. It was rectifiable with a reset of network settings. I mentioned this to the front desk staff. I felt certain that there was something about their system. They weren't able to offer any help.
So, would I stay here again? Possibly. But in a larger room. I guess my first choice, location-wise, would be the Gion nightlife area. It's absolutely beautiful.
- 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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