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Aranvert Hotel Kyoto
Ranked #67 of 379 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Reviewed August 27, 2013

We slept here for 3 nights. Basic twin bed room, but clean and with everything we needed. Small bathroom, but larger than the japanese standard. Wi-fi free available just in the hall at the ground floor and not available in the rooms. Very good position in Kyoto, walking distance from the centre and Gion Area and walking distance (20 minutes) from the station (or a subway stop - 210 yen).

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

I stayed here for a couple of nights for a short break in Kyoto. The hotel is well located near a subway station, and not far from the major train station. Not that many restaurants nearby but enough to get food, although there are local supermarkets nearby which were handy for water and snacks.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

To me, a good location means walking distance to the subway. This hotel is located about 400m from Gojo station, which is one stop from Kyoto station. Therefore, getting around to see the sites are pretty easy. There are also restaurants, cafes and convenience stores along the way to Gojo station. The price is a little steep in my opinion, but hey, trying to book a hotel 3 months before the cherry blossom period is pretty challenging. To get a cab to the hotel from Kyoto station doesn't cost much too. By the way, correct me if I'm wrong, if you try to tell the cab driver the hotel, it should be pronounced in this way - Hotel "Ah-ran-veru".

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

I stayed at the hotel during a 2 night tourist trip to Koyto. The hotel is very conveniently located - it is <5 min walk from the local train station & local bus station. The major transport hub (Kyoto station) is <20 min walk away. Of course, there are also good local train & local bus connections to Kyoto station.

Here are the good things about the hotel 1) Convenient location to transpot hub & local attractions 2) Professional & courteous staff 3) Spotless room 4) Japanses style bath on top floor (free access) 5) There are several convenience stores & grocery stores nearby. There is also a Macdonald store. All <2 mins walk from the hotel.

Here are some things that you need to be aware of, 1) Although the hotel building is sufficiently big, it is not well marked with signage. If you are arriving late at night then you need to look out carefully for the hotel 2) The staff is professional but most speak basic English. Do not expect to have an involved conversation 3) The room & bathroom size is small. Not convenient if you are planning to spend lot of time in the room 4) Breakfast is ordinary & I would advise skipping it.

All in all, I liked the hotel & will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

This hotel is in a good central location and is a 15min walk from JR Kyoto Station.

That in itself is great for a backpacker like me but don't get me wrong. This is NOT a backpacker type hotel and I felt positively under-dressed and out of place in a nice and charming hotel like this!.

The foyer is welcoming and reception staff were welcoming and full of Japanese charm.

Some previous reviewers have complained about the size of the rooms but this is normal in Japan for hotels of this calibre.
What mattered to me was that my room and bathroom were clean and functional. I actually spent very little time in the hotel because I was more interested in the sights of Kyoto. I am sure that there are much better "Luxury" hotels in Kyoto but what I wanted was a functional hotel.
In this I was not disappointed.

The breakfast was good and the restaurants and the bar were good. If desperate for western type food, there is a McDonalds around the corner! There is a Lawsons and a 7/11 nearby.

From the hotel it is a short taxi ride to the Geisha District and the must-see Kiyomizu Temple.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

The three good things about the Aranvert hotel are the lobby (which is grand), the public bath and its location (very central). It is very overpriced; we felt it was poor value despite paying half-price on a Hotels.com deal. Our room was tiny and charmless, the bathroom merely adequate. There is noting to justify the exorbitant asking price; no-wonder they have to rely on deals to fill the hotel up.

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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

Good location, 15 minutes walk from Kyoto's central JR station or 1 subway stop. Hotel is nice and room was quiet, spacious and clean. There is a coin laundry and drier on the 13 floor, vending machines, etc. Breakfast was really nice and had plenty of western and Japanese ingredients. Only con was only a wired internet in the room but we solved it quickly by turning the laptop int to a WiFi hotspot. All in all a very good hotel for a reasonable price in Kyoto. Highly recommended

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Address: 179 Higasikazariya-cho Gojodori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8107, Kyoto Prefecture
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Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Shimogyo-ku
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Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #67 of 379 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Price Range: $62 - $287 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Aranvert Hotel Kyoto 3*
Number of rooms: 183
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