Just visited Kyoto for the first time a few days ago, and my son had booked us into this particular hotel. As other reviewers said, the free transportation from the Kyoto train station to the hotel is a major plus. The lobby is stunning: pink, beige, and cream marble everywhere. The receptionists in full pink kimono regalia were lovely. We had tea and desserts in the lobby's lounge that had 2 story-high floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a waterfall and koi pond--wonderfully restful. The tea service and desserts were divine. Recommendation: the Black Bean Cheesecake (seems to be a hotel specialty) was delicious, highly unusual but delicious. And Green Tea in Japan is an experience all by itself: it is really green, not like our American puce-colored green teas. We also had breakfast in the lobby restaurant the following morning--a buffet with both Japanese and American choices, from pastries to cooked-to-order omelets, from granola, yoghurt, and fresh fruit to pancakes, bacon, and sausage. We have found it difficult to find egg breakfasts in Japan, so we indulged in the American choices.
Money has definitely been put into the ground floor and 'basement' conference rooms. The hotel shows its age upstairs: dark hallways and the rooms were definitely smaller and dated, as was the bathroom. Mattresses were hard (we found that typical of hotels in Japan).
Bottom line--if the price is right and if you do not plan to stay much in the room, this hotel is a good choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The ANA Hotel Kyoto looks almost out of place with its modern exterior nestled amongst the sublime beauty and historic grandeur of Japan s old capital. This however belies the traditional hospitality and classic atmosphere to be experienced within her four walls. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kyoto Ana Hotel
- Ana Hotel Kyoto