This was the first hotel we stayed in during our holiday in Japan.
The location's good: it's right on the edge of town, but Kyoto is very small. It's about Y1000 in a taxi to Kyoto station, and you'll struggle to hit flagfall going to most tourist destinations. It's also above a metro station. But the rooms at the back of the hotel look onto mountain forests, so you feel like you're in the countryside. There are lots of small restaurants and convenience stores a couple of minutes' walk away, and drink vending machines across the road.
Service was excellent: the staff couldn't have been friendlier or more helpful. The bell staff and concierge's helped us with all sorts of things, checking whether attractions were open, giving us directions to interesting places, and making recommendations.
While you can save money by going to the very good restaurants nearby, it's worth noting that room service is unusually good value: there are very good dishes for under Y2000. There are some excellent, and very cheap, restaurants nearby though; in particular, I'd recommend the corner okonomiyaki place at the first set of traffic lights as you go down the hill.
We had booked interconnecting rooms, but these were being renovated, so we were upgraded to a junior suite, which actually suited us better. There was loads of room, reasonable storage space (not quite as much as I'd have liked), and a great view. There was a massive TV which rotated so you could watch it from the bed or the living area; foreign TV included al-Jazeera, BBC World, CNN, Deutsche Welle and France 5. The beds were extremely comfortable. The bathroom was a bit 80s - it showed its age in terms of style, but it was clean and well maintained.
There was free, fast wireless Internet.
For those unfamiliar with Japanese hotels (as we were), it's worth noting that there's a Sagawa Transport desk in the lobby; when it's closed, the concierges can deal with your luggage. Sagawa (and other companies like Black Cat) do overnight freight-forwarding. It cost us Y1,500 to send a very large box overnight from the Westin to our next hotel in Kyoto, so there's really no reason to struggle with your bags on the train.
We'd definitely stay here again on our next trip to Kyoto.
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- Western-style 11-story Hotel located amid Japanese gardens, 5 miles from train station & 31 miles from Kansai Int'l Airport. ... more less
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