Granvia Kyoto Hotel
Reviews - Granvia Kyoto Hotel
- Age Group: 31 - 40
- From: Australia
- Traveller type: Young Couple
- Age Group: 31 - 40
- From: hk
- Traveller type: Young & Single
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Hectic but Central Location; Problem with Reservationfrom qaz123
Even though the hotel is on the second story of the train station--supposedly removed from the crowds--it gets overrun at certain times of the day. Not a tranquil place, to say the least.
All in all, this was a nice, though not spectacular by any means, hotel, in a central location that is ultimately overpriced.
Excellent Locationfrom Tygaman
Great experiencefrom creining
Pleasant Hotel, Nice Locationfrom speedytimmy
Loved the Granviafrom spumilia
Great hotel experiencefrom FayMinneapolis
The location of the hotel can't be beat. The buses and subways are right out the door, there is tourist information in a building just across the plaza, and an entire shopping mall underneath the hotel. Thanks to this website, I knew that there was a tea-maker in the room, but no free coffee. As I need my coffee in the morning, we brought coffee and filters from home, and created a make shift coffee pot out with the hot water from the tea maker in the room. If you like good morning pastries, there is a great pastry shop at the bus information center just out the hotel's front door.
I simply can't recommend this hotel strongly enough.
One tip, if you fly into Osaka and train into Kyoto, instead of buying a train ticket from Osaka to Kyoto, buy a one day JR rail pass. It is good for travel to and from the airport and lowers the cost from 2960 yen to 2000 yen.
Overall a positively average hotel experiencefrom RichardLister
The location of this hotel is indisputably its best feature. Attached directly to Kyoto railway station, just a few minutes walk from the bullet train, right next to the bus station and also a never ending supply of taxis, you absolutely cannot fault its connections.
Now a word of warning – according to the Manager of this hotel, they do not have any non-smoking double rooms. The only non-smoking rooms in their hotel are twin rooms. So if you prefer your room not to smell of smoke, but to sleep in the same bed, do not stay here!
We arrived having booked a room on Expedia described as “Superior Double” and “Separate shower and tub”. These were not part of the “we’ll send these requests to the hotel but can’t guarantee” section – they were part of the written description of the room we were booking. When we checked in, we were told we had been allocated a twin room. We protested for a while and when the receptionist eventually realised we would not back down she left us to stand there for about 5 minutes. Eventually she returned with the Manager who explained the room situation as I described above. He also explained that they had no rooms with separate showers – the word “separate” was actually meant to refer to the fact that some of their bathrooms have the toilet separate to the rest. So the overall tip is to beware of the room descriptions on internet booking engines!
We eventually settled for a Deluxe Double room which was a smoking room which had a moderate smell of smoke which we had to accept. The room was generally quite small and averagely equipped – the bathroom was extremely small, but not a bad shower in the bath. Free internet was a bonus (not wireless though).
The room service menu is particularly limited and the majority of restaurants in the hotel are extremely highly priced. There is a reasonably restaurant on the ground floor where we had quite a good meal, but otherwise I wouldn’t recommend eating in the hotel. The bar in the lobby is especially expensive with a double espresso costing over £5. Luckily there are two Starbucks just a few minutes walk from the hotel (one across the road underneath the Kyoto Tower, the other in the shopping centre under the bus station). Once again, the staff weren’t too friendly in the restaurants – for example you pay on the way out and they just presented us with a total and really weren’t too happy when we asked to see a breakdown (which I recommend you do, as restaurants do regularly add all kinds of extras in Japan).
A good alternative is to go to the restaurants on the top floor of the department store at the other end of the station. We had a very good Okonomiyaki meal there one evening. However make sure you’re not too late – we went up for a meal at about 9:15 on a Saturday and got turned away by every restaurant as they were closing (even though their signs say they close at 10pm).
Excellent Hotel and Excellent Valuefrom Marybs6
It is also elegant and very comfortable. Our room was large, and had a lovely bathroom with a huge tub. I really enjoyed it after a day of walking Kyoto. The bed was luxurious with a mountain of pillows. Some of the hotels we stayed at in Japan were quite stingy with the pillows. We had a great view of Kyoto out our window. You get all the pampering common to nice Japanese hotels; tons of free bathroom amenities, comfy slippers to wear, tea makings in the room, an English-language newspaper every morning, and of course, the toilet with a heated seat and built-in bidet
The service was always warm and efficient. There is free internet access in a room behind the concierge desk. As others have mentioned, the train station complex offers every kind of restaurant you could want so we never ate at the hotel. I can't think of why I'd stay anywhere else in Kyoto.
I made our reservation at the hotel website and got a better deal than discount sites were offering, $173 per night including all taxes and fees.
Incredible hotel, great value, convenient, zero flaws!from brooklyncouple
Excellent Hotel and locationfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Top Local Tips for Kyoto
Trains The trains in Japan are an excellent mode of transport, they are always on time. Allow yourself enough time from when you get your tickets to find the right platform as some of the stations ie Tokyo are quite large. I would recommend at least 20 minutes from when you buy your ticket til when the train leaves.
Johhny the Hill Walker We went on the Johnny the Hillwalker tour guide. Johnny gives a delightful behind-the-scenes tour, begins right at the Kyoto train station, and (contrary to his title) walks on mostly flat areas. Very reasonable. Google his website.
subway Use the subway. Very fast and cheap. Staff are heplfull.
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