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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Monterey Hotel Kyoto