If you're on a sight-seeing trip, you might want to rethink booking this one. It is quite literally in the middle of a residential area with not much going on. They do have a free shuttle bus every 20 mins going to Karasumaoike subway station, but thats no good as the subway in Kyoto does not provide access to most of the top sight seeing in Kyoto. You will instead need to walk about half of a mile to the bus stop and that can be rather inconvenient of you like to go back to your hotel room to drop off things or freshen up before you to go to another place. Outside of the location problems, the hotel is otherwise really neat. The lobby is very impressive and the rooms are equally well appointed. We absolutely loved the bathroom with a massive shower!
For food, there were restaurants in the hotel, but everything seemed way over priced and there is nothing nearby either. So be prepared to spend a good fortune if you decide to eat there.
There was no gym or a spa in the hotel which seemed strange. The lady who showed us our room said there is a gym nearby that we can use but there is an additional charge for it. We politely declined.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Award Winning HotelLocated at heart of Kyoto with newly renovated Atrium lobby and bar. The hotel has won 4 Black Pavilion on Michelin's guide in 2012 and is located near Nijo Castle, Nishi-jin and other must see tour spots. Facilities and servicesFree shuttle bus to Karasumaoike is available. Also there are 6 restaurants/bars offering cuisines from traditional Japanese to contemporary Western with chef from International Culinary Olympics Japan team. Spacious Guest roomsRenovated in 2010, all rooms include hotel's original brand Dream Journey Bed, large size bathtub and a cotton waffle bathrobes with night shirts. Flat-screen TV is viewable from both the bed and dining area. ... more less
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