This hotel was a welcome change from the usual. The entry atrium is large and airy. The lobby has a pleasant ambiance and the cafe is a nice place to have tea. The check in process was fast and efficient, the concierge and guest relations staff were exceptionally helpful and friendly.
The hotel room is quite large for Japanese standards. There are multiple sockets that will accept foreign plugs. A nespresso machine is provided.
The hotel is located in a very good area, near tea shops, the Gion district, as well as being right on top of a metro station.
On several occasions I walked from the hotel a few hundred meters to enjoy walking on the banks of Kamo river or along the little alleyways of the Shirakawa canal. There are always plenty of taxis in front of the hotel should you wish to go somewhere further removed.
The Chippendale bar was very pleasant as well, with a very good selection of Japanese whiskys and single malts. Smoker friendly .
All in all, a satisfying stay and I think both business and leisure travellers will not be disappointed if they choose to stay in this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Seventeen-story Hotel with impressive lobby of European architecture reminiscent of the 1920s. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Okura Hotel Kyoto
- Kyoto Okura Hotel