If you're looking for a large, clean, American-style hotel, the Westin Miyako fits the bill. I stayed there for two nights and found the hotel delivered everything you'd expect from a Westin - decent sized room, good service, good restaurants and nice amenities at a fair (i.e., not cheap) price.
The hotel is an easy walk from the Nanzen-ji and Eikan-do temples and the Philosopher's Path, from which you can reach the Ginkaku-ji temple. There appeared to be a number of restaurants and shops in the neighborhood although I wasn't there long enough to explore them.
The hotel has a bus that runs from Kyoto station to the hotel every half hour. You have to know where you're going to find the bus at the station as it's not completely evident where the hotel buses pick-up/drop-off. I arrived on the shinkansen (bullet train) from Shinagawa and wandered around the large train station looking for any sign of a Westin bus for half an hour before giving up and taking a taxi. It turns out that there's a Westin "concierge" at the station who can point you in the right direction (and store your luggage, etc.). The concierge is on the ground floor and in a fairly new shopping area filled with shops and restaurants.
I ate dinner at one of the several restaurants at the hotel. The food and service was good and the price was what you'd expect to pay at a hotel restaurant. It's nice to be able to stay "close to home" if you're wiped out from a day of touring.
If you're looking for a traditional Japanese experience, I wouldn't stay at the Westin; however, if you're looking for an American refuge after a day of travel/touring in Kyoto, it's a good choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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