The hotel is very old, I think they were celebrating 125 ? Years when we were there. But it does not look dated and worn. We reserved about a month before our trip and got a good discount. They actually just accept reservations without a credit card to guarantee the room. I guess the honesty system still works in Japan. Very surprising. This is a Western type hotel, with large rooms( for Japanese standards) and full service, with staff all over the lobby and entrance. The key is old fashioned and the only slight inconvenience is having to turn in the key whenever we go out. But because of the great service, they actually remember which room we are in and have the keys in our hands before we even reach the front desk.
The room was spacious, non smoking, and has wifi included inthe room. Our room has a gorgeous view of the mountain and they even have a little printout to identify the landmarks outside our window. Bathroom is great, with the Toto toilets , great toiletries, and complete bathrobe, bedroom slippers.
The hotel is located within walking distance to a lot of restaurants, the shopping places etc. plus, if one needs to go to Kyoto Station, the hotel has a free shuttle to the station( their office is about a block from Kyoto Station).so convenient.
We did not use any of the other facilities of the hotel since we spent all our time sightseeing and just came back at night to rest.
- 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