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Hotel Monterey Kyoto
Ranked #39 of 407 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 20, 2009

Great quality hotel, in the heart of Kyoto but in a nice quiet location in which to stroll back to after a night wandering around such a quaint city. Rooms were small but clean and modern, staff were courteous and very helpful, overall it was a relaxing and enjoyable stay.
Definitely thanks to the previous reviewer for the great tip on finding the hotel from the subway – Sorry I’ll relist the comments here: ‘Head to Karasuma Oike station, then leave by exit 6 and once you are on street level, head right. You will see Starbucks on your right, but don't turn down that road, keep going for another twenty or so meters and you will see the entrance to the hotel’ - remember also that the Japan rail pass is not valid on local subway’s in Japan. Suggest to check out Nara (use the Japan pass for this!), the oldest established town in Japan and head down to Inari where the long line of red temple poles leads up to a great view over greater Kyoto.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 16, 2009

The Monterey was well located in the CBD, 2 subway stops from Kyoto railway station. The hotel is very well maintained and nicely decorated throughout with a bit of a historic feel. The rooms were spotlessly clean and spacious enough with 2 large beds in each. They are nicely decorated and well equipped with everything you might ever need in the bathroom.

The staff were particularly friendly (we were always greeted at the door by the doorman), attentive and helpful, from the bell girl to the concierge desk. Our enquiries regarding getting around were helpfully answered with maps and directions. The concierge went above expectations in ringing accomodation venues that we needed to contact . We are unable to speak Japanese. She also printed out information for us about ski resorts for later in our trip.

There was a public bathouse (cost around 1700 yen), it looked very nice though we did not use it. The hotel is walking distance from many restaurants.

Very good value here. We enjoyed the hotel and would definitely stay again if in Kyoto.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 9, 2008

The Monterey Hotel is ideally situated because Karasuma Oike, the nearest Subway station, is the station in which the two subway lines intersect. This pretty much means that there is very rarely any need to change trains. Despite the whole host of highlights Kyoto has to offer, we actually found the area around the hotel to be the most enjoyable. Once you cross over the main road and head towards Nishiki Food , the alleys are filled with coffee houses, stand up sake bars, french bakeries, Italian restaurants and stylish clothes shops. Literally, places to suit all tastes. So...this is just to say that after you become "templed out", head back to the hotel and discover the surrounding streets, it's well worth it.
As to the hotel itself, everything was fine. We took the subway to the hotel after arriving on the Shinkansen from Tokyo. Like other posters advise, if you have heavy luggage, it would be better to spend the extra 700 yen and take a taxi. There really are quite a lot of stairs to overcome. If you do end up on the subway, then leave by exit 6 of Karasuma Oike and once you are on street level, head right. You will see Starbucks on your right, but don't turn down that road, keep going for another twenty or so meters and you will see the entrance to the hotel. Also, if you head left out of exit 6, after about 30 meters, you will find a very nice supermarket where you can buy everything from wine to herbal teabags. On the day we left, the hotel organised a shuttle bus to Kansai airport. It cost 3500 each, more than the train or airport limousine, but it picked us up at the hotel which meant we didn't have to spend money, energy or time on the subway.
Regarding the hotel itself. No complaints other than whilst the water was most definitely hot enough for an enjoyable shower, it probably wasn't hot enough to have a nice bath. Also, it would have been nice to have had an extra pillow to use.

  • Stayed: November 2008
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Reviewed November 5, 2008

I loved this hotel. I was so pleased with my modern, blue and brown room with wonderful bathroom. The room was small but smartly laid out, so I didn't feel cramped at all.

The staff could not have been more helpful; I came to work with one particular woman who remembered my name (amazing since it was clearly hard for her to pronounce!). By far the best hotel staff I encountered in Japan, which is saying a lot considering the level of customer service there. I also really enjoyed the pajamas the hotel provided to its guests.

A Kinko's was conveniently down the street for internet access and a convenience store across the street was great for snacks. As others have mentioned, the subway is about a block away.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 12, 2008

We were very impressed with this hotel, it was well located, clean and modern, with excellent service. The rooms were rather small (but hey, it's Japan!) but incredibly well designed and comfortable. This hotel is in downtown Kyoto and it's very easy to reach any destination either by foot or by subway, for example the fun going out area of Ponto-cho was about 15 minutes walk away.

If you decide to go to this hotel, we would highly recommend booking directly (best by phone). We booked our first 2 nights via hotels.com and liked the city so much we decided to stay a bit longer. When we booked directly with the hotel we got the exactly the same room for £50 less!

Would highly recommend this hotel, it exceeded our expectations.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 6, 2008

Stayed at the Hotel Monterey for 4 nights, finding the cheapest price on zuji.com.au, which was A$705 for four nights all inclusive. This didn't include daily breakfast (charged separately at JPY2,100 per person), though included taxes and a daily English language newspaper (Herald Tribune). There is also free internet access in the rooms through ethernet cable (which is provided)

The design of the hotel is anything but bland as is plainly shown in the other user reviews photos. On each floor there was an ice dispenser and vending machine (though prices were higher than the Family Mart or Circle K nearby). In the wet weather the hotel also provided umbrellas, though these aren't so big - purchasing larger JPY400 or JPY600 ones from a convenience store is a better option.

The hotel asks that guests deposit their room key when leaving the hotel. As others have noted the room key is also required to get out of the lift lobby on each floor and needs to be placed in a small cradle in the room to work the lights etc. All of the staff I encountered in the hotel spoke English well.

The hotel is north of Kyoto Station - access is easy either by taxi (JPY1,200 approx from south side and JPY1,050 approx from north side of the station) or by subway to Karasuma Oike for JPY210 a person.

The only negatives I had about the hotel were:

- the water in the shower, not the pressure, but the temperature running hot and cold
- the air conditioning, which I thought was a bit on the weak side even when set to the coolest temperature and fan strength on "strong" - not sure if the hotel overrides it in some way as it would cut in and out rather than stay on constantly.
- no in room safe provided.
- while the location is good for the subway, there are no bus routes running along the street the Monterey is located on. Only a very minor negative.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 21, 2008

We stayed here for 2 nights on holiday, and paid about USD 165 for a double including all taxes (but excluding breakfast). We were pleasantly surprised by what a sparkling, modern hotel this one is, with great color schemes throughout the rooms. The room was small, but maybe not by Japanese standards. The bathroom was incredible. Another attraction which you must try are the hot baths on the top floor. For about USD 15 per person, you can enjoy several temperatures of pools in a spotless environment, with one of the pools located outside on the roof. Public transport from the main Kyoto train station was also easy -- just a couple of stops on one line. The lobby was rather dark and Gothic-looking, but everything else about the hotel was cheerful and bright. Internet was fairly expensive at USD 1 per 10 minutes.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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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 Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in Kyoto
#8 Family Hotel in Kyoto
#8 Business Hotel in Kyoto
#18 Romantic Hotel in Kyoto
Price Range: $84 - $353 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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