My husband and I stayed here for a couple of days whilst visiting Kyoto. Kyoto is a marvellous place..so much to do and see and such a beautiful part of Japan.
Ana from what I make of it, was bought by the Crowne Plaza chain.
We had forwarded our luggage from Tokyo and were extremely happy that it was there waiting for us on arrival. We were a little early upon arrival and the hotel was very busy, but the front desk reception happily checked us in. Staff are helpful and efficient and have a very good level of English.
The hotel in itself is a little dated, but is very clean and organised. We didn't eat dinner in the restaurants as the price was way too excessive. Breakfast was good, large variety of choice for both western and eastern tastes.
You will be able to find so many eateries around Kyoto. (Can recommend a fantastic Spanish restaurant in the centre called Antonio's also a great Italian at Pontocho called Trattoria Amore).
The hotel location is excellent in terms of being close to Nijo Castle, literally a five minute walk away! It's best to get there early when visiting.
We did make use of the shuttle bus, I must admit, we arrived at Kyoto station and stumbled upon It by chance, but it is so handy for getting to and from the main train station (Again this place is full of great eateries).
The concierge was very highly recommended from other reviews, he seemed like a really nice guy, but every recommendation he gave us did not turn out so well. We walked around and around, looking for a recommended restaurant, even stopping to ask a localer, to find that it was closed. The next night the recommendation was similar, restaurant was in a difficult place and was so packed by the time we got there it was a no go. I recommend just doing as the guide book says and have a mooch about yourself and eat where you stumble across. We had some fantastic meals this way.
All in all this hotel is not to the usual Crowne Plaza standard as stated by other people, but we would definitely return here.
- 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