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“Beware of Semidouble room (bed size is two-third of Queen-size bed) for two” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of APA Hotel Kyoto Eki Horikawadori

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APA Hotel Kyoto Eki Horikawadori
Ranked #246 of 354 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Singapore
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25 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Beware of Semidouble room (bed size is two-third of Queen-size bed) for two”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2014

The Bad - found out the real meaning of "Semi Double room", the room is very small for 2 average-size person to stay in, no place to place your luggage except at end of the bed. The bed in Semi-Double room are only two-third the wide of a Queen-size bed. it is impossible to sleep comfortably in one.
We wanted to change room, but they were full. So one of us end-up sleep on the floor(narrow entrance passage) for 3 days.
Its good enough for a single person to sleep-in. This is a basic tourist hotel, service staff are average, unless you speak Japanese.
The Good - it is about 8-9 minutes walk from the Kyoto JR station. Where you could find lots of eateries in the basement and Isetan store next to it.

Room Tip: Ask for room with Queen-size bed, of course you will have to pay more.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Photofont
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2014

The APA is well located ... relatively plain but reasonable value. We had six enjoyable. Days in the area. We learned "the HARD way" that reserving a western bed is important. Our first night was on a bed so hard that good sleep was impossible and was a terrible start to the holiday. The next day they very kindly moved us to the Premiere floor with Sealy Cloud beds, and at no extra charge. Just a wonderful change!!!
The location is great, very near huge incredible Kyoto train and bus stations.

Room Tip: Book the Sealy cloud bed
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Don5013
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Singapore, Singapore
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52 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2014

You need to walk at least 10 mins from Kyoto Terminal Station. Small lobby with mechanical operations. Staff are neither rude nor polite; like asking a human robot questions. Room is extremely small with only enough walkway if you walk sideway to your bed. Very pricey at ¥19,400 per night. My friends stayed at another hotel nearer to station & much bigger at only ¥16,000 per nite.

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2014

I stayed here over New Year's for 4 nights. I ended up booking the smallest double room possible, as I made reservations at the last minute and that room was about the only one left in Kyoto! The hotel is very close to the main train station, as in you must walk, and slightly hard to find. The staff spoke great english and were very helpful in providing a map of the immediate area and the location of amenities such as an ATM (hotel does not have one, closest is a few blocks away) and restaurants. Our room, as expected, was tiny and the bed was equally as tiny. I did not mind the tiny room and bed as much as I did not like that the bed was as hard as a rock. I had a difficult time sleeping. My boyfriend, however, loved the hard bed. The room also had a small desk, TV and unstocked minifridge. The bathroom was also very, very small, but did contain a soak tub. The hotel had a Japanese-style spa (onsen) with a steam room and hot and cold baths. These looked very nice but were separated by sex and everyone wore their birthday suit! I suppose I should have expected this, as it is the cultural norm, but I was sill a bit shy. I ended up not using the spa due to time constraints, but it looked very relaxing and the other women (Western and Japanese) seemed to enjoy it. Finally, the hotel was not very expensive and had a good location.

Note: the hotel has very strict checkin times. You cannot check in early without prior arrangement.

Room Tip: Do not choose the room with the smallest double bed if you are two people!
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank travelfw
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014

I stayed in the Hotel for 9 nights with my son and was using Kyoto as my base station to look around from Dec 20-29, 2013. The location of the hotel is great as it is very near the JR Kyoto train station and central bus station to move around Kyoto. Just a few minutes brisk walking from the hotel to the station. As reviewed by many others, I share the same opinion about the room size and facilities, small but clean and functional. They do indeed clean the room daily and change the bath towels, shavers, and whatnot. The most enjoyable part of my stay at the APA Horikawadori is the hot-bath/spa/public bath located on the 11th floor of the hotel. I used the facility everyday during my stay and it was all free. They provide excellent facilities in the spa and I would recommend it to future guests at the Hotel. Friendly and helpful staff at the front-desk.
Overall, it was value for money as I had booked the Hotel without knowing too much through a travel website. Will consider staying there again during my future visit to Kyoto.

Room Tip: Not sure what to add as my room was adequate
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Guan T
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singapore
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67 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2013

I stayed at this hotel for 3 nights. It is located near Kyoto station as well as the bus terminal. This hotel's location is terrific for travelling to various attractions in Kyoto. Other than its close proximity to the JR station and the bus terminal, it is also close to the JR Isetan Kyoto shopping centre and there is Porta underground shopping street where you can get all that you need. Whilst walking towards the hotel, you'll pass by a Heart In convenience store, this is the only one that is the closest to the hotel, and this Heart In is also a 3-4 minutes walk away from the hotel. Honestly, there isn't much shops near the hotel, other than a ramen store and a bicycle rental store.
I didn't have breakfast at the hotel. But every night I was there, I made full use of the hotel spa which is located on the 11th floor. They had an outdoor spa and a sauna as well. After soaking at the spa, you could also get ice from the ice machine located at the 11th floor. There's also VOD (video on demand) machines and vending machines located on every floor.
The room that I was given was small, barely had space to walk or open my luggage. It was much smaller than the room I had when I stayed at the APA hotel at Nagoya. So if you want a bigger room, be sure to get the premier rooms located on the 11th floor.
Even though the room was small, it was compact with all the necessities included. Free Wifi is also readily available in the room.
All in all, I had a lovely stay at this hotel. If I were to visit Kyoto again, I would definitely choose this hotel, and I would definitely reserve a bigger room.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank luvtravellin82
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Singapore
Level Contributor
16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2013 via mobile

Arrived to this hotel on 13 Dec 2013. Booked this hotel because it is very near to Kyoto Station which is 10 minutes walk.
The room size of this hotel is reasonably size for a family of 4 . I have booked a double twin bed but the staff counter giving me a smoking room . Lack of sense of awareness as they should arrange non smoking as there are kids staying.
At 11 floor there is a hot bath equipped with washing machine and dryer.

Stayed December 2013
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Property: APA Hotel Kyoto Eki Horikawadori
Address: 1 Nishi Aburakoji-cho, Shiokoji Aburakojidori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8236, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Shimogyo-ku , Kyoto Station
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #246 of 354 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — APA Hotel Kyoto Eki Horikawadori 3*
Number of rooms: 515
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