This is a bit unexpected as the room (2-beds) was large by Japanese standards - almost as big as one would find in a North American hotel. Shower water pressure is strong, room is clean, and it has little nice touch like a bedside charging cable complete with both micro-USB and iPhone connectors. There's in-room wifi as well.
There's a Lawson just across the street, open 24hrs, for late-night snacks/water. While there are a few restaurants nearby they close early and I liked the choices better around the station itself.
The hotel is a leisurely 10min walk from the south exit of Kyoto station. From there you can hop on crapload of the JR local lines (eg. Nara Line to Nara, Kuroshio Line to Wakayama/Kiitanabe), or Shinkansen to further destinations, or the subway/buses to sights around Kyoto. Note that from the south exit it's another 5min walk before you get to the Shinkansen tracks or 10min to the bus loop/subway on the North side of the station.
In conclusion, this is a new hotel close to Kyoto Station with friendly staff that speaks some English, secure elevator (needs room key) designed with primarily Western-traveler in mind. I would consider this hotel again next time.
Stayed Sep 2013
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