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Hotel Kanra Kyoto
Ranked #6 of 369 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Awesome”
Reviewed July 3, 2014 via mobile

Located in a small unassuming side street, this lovely hotel offers some very nice rooms. The configuration on the room/bathroom is simply gorgeous (Note that the traditional wooden bath tub is a treat, especially with supplied bath salts). Rooms included stylish yukatas (the wife actually bought one from the hotel...).
Breakfast, either Continental or Japanese style, was delicious and presented in a very meticulous way.
The staff is very helpful and speaks descent English; they even produced origamis as a honey moon present.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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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 24, 2014
Thank you so much for staying with us.
It was our huge honour to have you accommodated for your Honeymoon Kyoto trip. We could only hope that the memory would stay as vividly with our Yukata brought back to your home. We would very much look forward to serving you, again. Thank you!
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Reviewed June 26, 2014

Beautifully understated decor. Very helpful staff on all matters including laundry, shopping and sightseeing, with a genuine interest in guests enjoying the hotel and all of Kyoto. I stayed four nights so chose a deluxe room for comfort and relaxation. It had plenty of space and amenities. Lesser rated reviews seem mainly driven by room size, but then not it's not unsurprisingly to have a space/price trade off. Good location in walking distance from station, would definitely stay again.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
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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 24, 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, and to showing you further of what this town Kyoto and Hotel Kanra have to offer. Thank you!
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Santa Barbara, California
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Reviewed June 21, 2014

Perfect upscale Japanese experience. Beautiful large contempory Japanese interiors. Well designed. Wood tubs, excellent a/c, terrific helpful bilingual staff. Free power assist bicycles.
The perfect Kyoto hotel. Would not stay anywhere else in Kyoto. Bought their kimonos given for use on stay. Excellent restaurants for soba two blocks anyway. Super clean laundermat blocks away. Used the bikes for that.
Glad I found it on tripadvisor.
Loved Kyoto and the Kanra.

Room Tip: Delux rooms huge with living room.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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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 24, 2014
Thank you so much for choosing our hotel to stay with.
Please know that we are the one feeling grateful for being found by you whom we were only pleased to welcome and serve. Also, please kindly note that we, and our beloved town Kyoto, still have more to offer you. We all look forward to serving you again. Thank you!
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Paris, France
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Reviewed June 3, 2014

The room was huge and the ofuro bathtub in the bathroom is great to relax. It is a very good choice if you are looking for modern mixing japanese style. The location is excellent, not far from station and main attractions. The japanese breakfast was great.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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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 24, 2014
Thank you so much for staying with us.
We are very glad to hear that you are satisfied with our service. We look forward to welcoming and serving you, again. Thank you!
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed May 27, 2014

Kanra Kyoto was wonderful, most of their staff spoke excellent English and the ones who did not still have good enough skills to understand what we wanted. We did have some Japanese speaking ability which also helped. We stayed for four nights and I loved every moment of our time at Kanra. The wooden baths are so lovely after a long day of trekking around temples and shops. The room was beautifully appointed with a fridge that we could use, small writing desk and ample space for our luggage and possessions. It really felt like a home away from home.
Staff also organised our luggage to be delivered to our hotel in Tokyo and when I had a tooth ache the concierge bought up something for the pain (to this day I have no idea what it was but it helped my pain within 10 minutes - probably just ibuprofen but still a life saver when you have a late night tooth ache in a foreign country). Close to Kyoto station, 4m walk in a straight line!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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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 24, 2014
Thank you so much for staying with us.
We are only grateful to hear that you are satisfied with our service. Believing that we understand, anyone could get anxious at any point to be in a foreign country where the independent language is spoken and even written on the labels of everything. Having you kindly mentioned that we could make you feel our hotel as a "home away from home" is one of the best compliments we could ever ask for! We look forward to welcoming you again, anytime. Thank you!
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Reviewed May 17, 2014

Hotel Kanra is about 10 minute walk from the Kyoto station and 1 train stop away from the main shopping alley. It is located in a small alley and you can easily walk by without noticing it. We had google map to navigate from Kyoto station and if we did not look up, we would have missed the sign of the hotel. It is quite easy to get around and if you have to travel further, it is just a short walk to Kyoto station, If you are lazy, just walk to the train station which is about 20m away. There is a bus stop in front that will bring you to some of the tourist attraction spots. And if you are game for some biking, the hotel rents them for free. However, if there is any indication of rain, no bikes.

The hotel is small but beautiful, chic and exquisite. it opens up to the restaurant which serves a wonderful breakfast in the morning and it is always busy during lunch and dinner (with the locals). The service is impeccable. While I had no complaints about my stay, I do want to caution you on 2 points:

1. There is only 1 English Channel - CNN. Everything else is Japanese. There is no french, German, etc channels.
2. In my room, we did not have any closet space or space to house our empty suitcases. So amidst the beautifully arranged decor, our suitcases sat by the side.

The hotel seems to sacrifice function for style. I found some of the design terribly impractical.

While I like to the hotel, I don't think I will come back when I visit Kyoto again. After long walks, I would want to come back, park myself in front of the TV and just veg / channel surf. It is not possible in Kanra. Also, the lack of closet space is terribly inconvenient and our stuff seemly spilled over disrupting the beauty of the room.

Room Tip: I chose the room which is on the ground floor and had split levels Do NOT choose this. The main door...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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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 24, 2014
Thank you so much for staying with us.
All the staffs here at Hotel Kanra Kyoto are willing to help making you feel as if you are at your “Japanese home”and relax, as much as possible. If you could consider coming back to us again, please let us serve another type of room that should offer more space to store. Also, we appreciate you sharing your notes on the variety of available international TV programs. As we certainly take it as a valuable feedback of yours, we would like 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, Japan
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Reviewed May 8, 2014

If you are looking for chic Kyoto, well located ( 10 minutes walking straight from Kyoto Station, 10 minutes biking to Kiomizudera Temple and best traditional small alleys for shopping around this temple), great contemporary Japanese interior with spacy rooms (which is a real luxury in Japan), and great service, Hotel Kanra Kyoto will not dissapoint. We particularly loved the rooms, with private entrance in each room, additional tatami living room, and adored the hinoki wooden bath tub! Ammenities were nice, my husband ended up buying the hotel´s exclusive yukata wrobe. Free bike rentals are abailable, and a 24 hours Seven Eleven in the front corner. We would definitively recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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ホテルカンラ京都, 予約担当 at Hotel Kanra Kyoto, responded to this review, May 20, 2014
Thank you so much for staying with us.
The Kanra's exclusive YUKATA is one of our top-selling merchandises. We hope it is now something that reminds you of us, and your stay in Kyoto.
We look forward to welcoming and serving you again, anytime. Thank you!
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Property: Hotel Kanra Kyoto
Address: 190 Kitamachi Karasuma-dori Rokujo Sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8176, Kyoto Prefecture
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Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Shimogyo-ku
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Ranked #6 of 369 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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