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“Good hotel with lovely lobby & great location”
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Hotel Alpha Kyoto
Ranked #336 of 406 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Reviewed April 3, 2012

I have stayed at Hotel Alpha in December 2011, during a longer trip through Japan.
The hotel is extremely well positioned, very close to Gyon, the city centre, the river, subway and bus stops. The surrounding area is full of well priced restaurants, there's a 7/11 around the corner, Loft and Uniqlo are also close.
The lobby was probably the area of the hotel I enjoyed the most as it's really comfy, offers free coffee and tea, and free wifi - in a very cold December in Kyoto, this was a warm place to be in!
It's true that rooms are a bit old and tiny, but I was not at all bothered by this, as I've spent most of my time around the city. What I really enjoyed was the bathroom with the tub, and the complimentary Shiseido amenities. Plus, the sign that the water is safe for drinking made me enjoy several long warm baths!
I would perhaps not recommend the breakfast - was a bit pricey for the limited choice they offered.
The staff was pretty friendly and they speak English, they even sold bus cards and helped me understand what buses I had to take.
I would totally recommend the hotel if you're looking for a convenient place to stay close to the centre!

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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 16, 2011

Hi, we are 3 couple going to kyoto on 3 Feb 2011, I have booked three non smoking room true Agoda.com. When we check in, the front desk inform us only available one non smoking room for us. I am so sad about this, finally their off us a japanese room for 4 person. I am grad the staff is very polite and do the arrangement for us.
This hotel a bit old , i think is time for renovation. In fact, we just stay one night .
The location is good , just behind the 7 eleven, make sure get down from the bus and look at the 7 eleven, if not it is very difficult to notice that there is a hotel behind the 7 eleven.
There is a lot of shop around the hotel.. It is a good place for shopping and eat.
If you can get a good rate, can consider to stay here.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank DaliceChin
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Reviewed September 17, 2010

Hotel Alpha Kyoto was in a fantastic location. Super close to the subway, City Hall, a million restaurants and shops, and a stones throw away from the river walk. They give you free tea/coffee and free wifi and an internet station in the lobby. The carpet and blanket werent overly clean, but aside from that our stay was fine. We just walked around the area and there are tons of amazing backstreets lit up by traditional lanterns and lots of beautiful temples to be found without going too far. Just a few shops down is an amazing sushi restaurant that is very reasonably priced. We had a little trouble finding it as the main building actually has a Seven Eleven on the front, and the hotel entrance is down the side of the building. It is across the street from a Catholic Church. If you take the subway get off at Kyoto-shiyakushomae Sta. on Subway Tozai Line and its about a three minute walk. Free breakfast in the morning was nice, most of the food is Japanese, but they did have two different types of cereal and croissants, and you definitely cant complain when its free :)

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 12, 2010

We are just returned from 5 days in Kyoto at the Hotel Alpha.

We were having a difficult time finding anywhere in Kyoto due to the time of year pairing w/ the cherry blossom bloom (Sakura).

Alpha is not a particularly cheap accommodation, however, its location and helpful staff make it a recommendation. We ended up paying about $650 US for 5 nights in a double room.

Free internet is available in the lobby, however, there is only one computer available and you may have to jockey for it.

Desk staff speak English-some more than others. There was one female desk staff on duty during days when we stayed and she was particularly helpful. Daytime shift will have better English than PMs.

Rooms are small by American standards. You will have limited walking space in your room with two bags per person.

Rooms have a television and refrigerator and are equipped with an alarm clock and room lighting controls in the headboard. The mattress was comfortable.

The bathroom was small, but featured immediate hot water with good water pressure. Soap/shampoo/conditioner are provided as it heated toilet seat, hair dryer, disposable razors, toothbrushes with paste and combs.

The room also has a pot for boiling water for tea.

The room temperature was rather warm, however, tolerable compared to the hotel we stayed at in Tokyo (Chisun Inn-Asakusa). The room didn't have individual temperature controls at the time we visited, or they were inactive. Street noise was a non issue. The room also had a screen to pull at night to block out the morning light, which was a nice feature.

The hotel is in an alley right around the corner from a 7/11, which was convenient for drinks/snacks. Alpha is within walking distance of lots of shopping and restaurants.

It is also right off of a busline and a short trip to the Kyoto station (appx 15 minutes by cab or bus). It is half a block from the subway station, as well.

From what I saw, there are cheaper accommodations in Kyoto that I probably would've preferred if available, however, Alpha is not a bad choice.

Biggest drawback is the price for the caliber of accommodation. Biggest asset is location.

I would stay at Alpha again.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank cch1
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An Agoda Traveler
Reviewed October 27, 2009

  • Stayed: October 2009
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An Agoda Traveler
Reviewed April 23, 2009

  • Stayed: April 2009
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Reviewed November 4, 2008

Thankfully, we only booked one night at Hotel Alpha.
There was mold on the shower curtain and the ceiling of the bathroom. I guess we should have guessed that it wasn't going to be pleasant when we found a bottle of "fabric refresher" among the room "amenities".
The carpet was dirty and stained. The final straw for me was finding dried blood stains on the ripped bedspread. If there had been another hotel available that night (the middle of leaf watching season for Kyoto) we would have been out of there like a shot.
Fodor's most recent guidebook to Japan lists it as clean, friendly and convenient. Well, it is convenient...

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled with family
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6  Thank ready2fly55
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Address: Sanjo-agaru-nisigawa, Kawaramachidori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8031, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > City Center
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
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Ranked #336 of 406 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Price Range: $61 - $244 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Alpha Kyoto 3*
Number of rooms: 119
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