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Hotel Monterey Kyoto
Ranked #34 of 363 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
Queenstown, New Zealand
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53 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Great unique hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2012

What a breath of fresh air! Having stayed at many bland, cookie-cutter business hotels in Japanese cities, this place was so refreshing. From walking in the door, the decor is so different and interesting. modern, contemporary take on old british 'boys clubs' buildings (or at least my imagined images of them!).

Reception service was great. It appears that the staff have a very good level of english (I am comfortable using japanese).. The man that checked me in was a bit fumbly/ unorganised, but he was friendly enough.
The elevators seemed to have the heating on (or maybe no air con, it had been a steamy/ hot day)! I kind of felt like I was riding in a haunted house or the 'tower of terror' at Disneyland (although, in a good way).
On each floor were glass sliding doors needing key cards to enter the rooms hallway. Nice for safety. The 11th floor was also ladies only! I noticed the public area carpets around the elevators was very dirty/ stained, in need of a good conditioning. Otherwise, all areas were well maintained and clean, it is hard to tell the age of the hotel (though that is also probably in party due to the decor being pretty good for hiding general wear and tear!). Hallways had lovely artwork on the walls, on the guest room floors was chinese-inpsired art pieces. On the Events floors/ reception area, very classic european 18-19th century artworks.

Room: standard japanese business hotel size. I was in a blue-based stripy room. Quite masculine, cosy. The bathroom fan and air con made a racket when first turned on, but fine within a minute. Althogh, the air con worked in a weird way, it didn't satisfactorally cool and keep cool my room. Also despite being mid-summer, there was a thick futon/ duvet on the bed, and no option to just cover with a single sheet.

Overall, perfectly sufficient room, reasonable price (with advance booking). Close to the subway, awesome 'reserve' Starbucks on the next corner. There seemed to be interesting buildings, restaurants, art museums/ galleries in the area.

I was attending a wedding at the hotel. The wedding chapel, a replica of a europen church, was sweet. The reception in the Kensington room was well served. Great decor again, the staff were great, the womens 'maids' uniform was sweet!

I absoultely recommend this hotel for its character, and it seems to have great service.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2012

A very nice hotel with very helpful and English speaking staff. Excellent rooms, small but nice. Comfortable beds and good shower/tub. We were in town during the Gion festival and then this hotel has the perfect location. The only thing that they could add is some nescafe, besides the green tea and black tea. But it is really a minor detail. We got a good deal since we stayed during the week as well as weekend, otherwise I think it can be quite expensive. If we return to Kyoto we would like to stay here again, that is how good it was.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank klar10
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San Diego, California
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30 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

I booked this hotel because I found a very good deal on-line and it seemed like a decent place (overall good reviews). The hotel met my expectations and was a good place to stay for the week while I had business and took time off to see the sights. As expected, the room was small, but nicely maintained. My main complaint was that there was only a small armoire to store clothes (really intended for hangers), and no dresser. I ended up leaving some clothes in my suitcase and put others in the nightstand. That being said, the location was vey good for exporing the city and sights - the subway station is about 1.5 blocks away and I ended up taking that to many placed in the city, and would then walk to get to attractions. The hotel staff, in particular the concierge, were fantastic in providing information about getting about and also helped me book my stay at another hotel in a different Japanese city on my way home. If you can get a good price on a room here, I would definitely recommend the Hotel Monterey.

Room Tip: Room facing interior of block (rather than street) was very quiet.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank FluvialMan
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Tottori, Japan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2012

Very nice design! a little far from Kyoto station but right next to the hotel there is a metro station. The room was extremely clean and well decorated. Internet was provided. The staff was very kind and helpful to answer any question. I didn't have breakfast there but there is a starbucks close. Also the area where Monterey is located is very clean and peaceful, with many stores around. Absolutely recommended!! thumbs up!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ghiotina
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Melbourne, Australia
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19 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2012

With the exception of the initial room they tried to pawn off on us (see additional tips for details) the place was a gem! Perfectly located next to so many great things all walkable, the hotel is really nice and somewhat classy. Make sure you get a room you're happy with and this is one fine stay!

Room Tip: When we booked I specified that a smoking room was a no go (always going as far as to say my wife ha...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank zeezonvacay
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61 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2012

This hotel is very nice and is located close to shopping and food areas of Kyoto. The hotel is not near the Kyoto train station so with suitcases it is easier to catch a subway (although you can walk) to the hotel.

The rooms were a standard size with the typical hard mattress and pillows of Japan. The bathroom was clean but like many Japanese hotel bathrooms, it was showing its age.

The free wireless is great for planning activities in the area and the staff are helpful.

Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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New Zealand
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69 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2012

Loved this place. Free wifi everywhere which was reliable, good location, cute decor, just had a good experience.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Oriana B
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Property: Hotel Monterey Kyoto
Address: 604 Manjuyacho, Karasumadori 3-jo Kudaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8161, Kyoto Prefecture
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Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > City Center , Kawaramachi / Karasuma / Shijo Omiya
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Business Hotel in Kyoto
#12 Family Hotel in Kyoto
#18 Romantic Hotel in Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Monterey Kyoto 3.5*
Number of rooms: 327
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A hotel that combines the best of Kyoto's stylish culture and Britain's traditional heritage. The design is based on the arts and crafts of Scotland, particularly Edinburgh, its ancient capital. In fact Kyoto and Edinburgh are not only sister cities in name, but they also share many traits such as the lively street atmosphere and traditional culture. This hotel expresses the relationship between the two cities through its traditional architecture and warm atmosphere. ... more   less 
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