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APA Hotel Kyoto Eki Horikawadori
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Reviewed June 9, 2012

I stayed in this hotel for 3 days as part of a roundtrip through Japan. The hotel might not be so easy to find as it is anonymously located in a small side street and the anterior almost looks like an office building. Luckily I got some great walking directions from a friendly taxi driver along the way, so here are some more detailed directions: exit from Kyoto station west gate; walk towards post office; across the street you’ll see Hotel New Hankyu Kyoto; keep walking straight ahead on the left side of the street (you’ll pass Caffe Veloce); walk straight ahead for about 4-5 min. until you see the big grey Omron building on your left hand; you’ll find the hotel in the first following side street.
I checked in really late at 11.45 pm, but the reception desk was still fully manned and the staff was very polite. I was offered a single room on the 7th floor. The room was very basic and extremely small (even for Japanese standards- I stayed in other single rooms in Osaka and near Kansai airport which were quite a bit larger). The room was exceptionally clean though. Unfortunately the bed was really hard; at times I wondered if it would’ve just been comfier to sleep on the floor. The bathroom was also really small, but had a nice Japanese toilet with automatic seat warmer and built in bidet, as well as a tiny bathtub- probably not doable for someone over 5.7- and extra toiletries (big bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash razor, comb etc.). There was no safe, so you were advised to store any valuables with at the reception desk, which became a bit tedious after a while. Breakfast was included and there was a lot of variety every day (delicious sausages, nuggets, noodles, meatballs as well as the standard continental and Asian breakfast items).
The location was amazing. There are several 7-elevens, restaurants and cafés (for instance Caffe Veloce which is open 24-7) within walking distance, not to mention the Aeon mall, where you’ll find the large Kohyo supermarket, all kinds of clothing stores (Tommy Hilfiger, the GAP etc.) as well as several restaurants, a foodcourt and a cinema amongst others. In addition the hotel is located within a 15 min. walking distance of the Kyoto aquarium, temple Toji and Nishi-Honganji temple.
The English comprehension of the reception staff is not extremely good, but when I spoke slowly, they understood most requests. There’s wifi in the lobby (which worked when I was staying there) and there’s wired internet in the rooms (which I couldn’t get to work). All in all, this hotel has a lot of nice qualities, but in the end I would prefer the Kyoto tower hotel, where I stayed at the end of my roundtrip, just because it was closer to the station and the bed was a lot comfier.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank MLR84
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Reviewed June 1, 2012

Located next to Kyoto Station APA Kyoto is an unexpensive hotel with clean but small rooms, nice staff and a great communal area and spa on the last floor.
The rooms are small but well equipped with TV, bathroom, ammenities, fridge, ... What you usually expect from a 3/4 star big hotel.
I wouldn´t mind spending a night in there again but I think there are more interesting options in Kyoto, especially ryokans and tradicional Japanese style houses.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled solo
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2  Thank ElBou
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Reviewed April 25, 2012

This is your typical business hotel in Japan. In comparison to Mystays inn, the rooms were much smaller here so there's no available space for a cot. This is hotel that's probably good for friends and couples and It's also good for travelling business man who need a place to sleep for the night.

We've gotten a smoking room because it was the peak season and the non-smoking rooms were no longer available. Huge mistake! The smell of smoke was really unbearable! And the air fresheners provided didn't do much to help. Fortunately, we could open the windows wide open so that helped with the ventilation. The size of the room is really very small. Once you put 2 medium size luggage and a notebook messenger luggage bag, you'd barely have any space to walk! The work desk is also fairly cramped with barely enough room to squeeze your notebook on the table!

Now, the bed we've gotten was a double bed, but the size is probably more like a single+. There's hardly any room left to fit either myself or my wife after we've put our son to sleep. It can comfortably fit 1 adult and 1 infant and that's about it. The 2nd adult would have to sleep with his/her feet sticking out of the bed. The mattress is fairly hard IMO and me and my wife both woke up having a sore back.

That aside, if you sightseeing tourist who just needs a room to sleep in, this hotel isn't that bad. It's just 8 mins walk to the main Kyoto train station and bus stops so it's really centrally located. One of the biggest saving graces provided for by this hotel is the huge Onsen and outdoor Onsen they have at the top of the 11th floor. It's free for hotel guest to use and it is such a pleasure to bathe there instead of the pathetic toilet found in our rooms.

Internet is free using their in room cat-5 connection and wi-fi is only free in the lobby. Not recommended for family but probably good for everything else

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

The APA is in many ways a typical Japanese business hotel: functional and efficient, with tiny but clean rooms and a comfortable bed. The bathroom is also typical: a plastic console that is so small that for a big gaijin it's kind of hard to fit into it with the door closed. There are two features that make the APA on Horikawadori more attractive the normal. First is its location 5 minutes walk from Kyoto's main railway station, but on as silent small street. Second is its public bath and sauna compartment, which is included in the price.

Room Tip: Try to get a room on the quieter side, i.e. not on the Horikawadori street side.
  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled on business
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Thank JuhaUitto
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Reviewed December 30, 2011

having already stayed in the other APA hotel in osaka, i figured what to expect from this hotel. rooms here were larger than the one in osaka, albeit barely. hotel had public bath and spa facilities on the top floor which were excellent, rooms clean and well furnished. quite a distance from kyoto station though, its sister hotel, apa hotel kyoto ekimae, which i mistakenly stumbled into at first, is nearer. a major gripe of mine is the inability to access wifi in the lobby, as a result i often had to go to the other APA hotel to use their wifi there. not sure the reason. other than that, excellent experience at this hotel.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled solo
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