The Westin Miyako Kyoto Hotel
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Wonderful stay at the Miyako Kyotofrom A TripAdvisor Member
Really nice at a discount price (is the key)from unhappycamper
Fine for the moneyfrom B-ram-z
Loved the Westin Miyako, great place to stayfrom ThWilmesi
Overall the room is very tastefully appointed, very good service and since we are platinum preferred guest with starwood we had complimentary access to the Executive Level lounge which provides breakfast, complimentary tea and coffee service during the day as well as cocktails and hors d'ouevres in the evening from 5h30 - 7h30 PM.
The quality of the breakfast is ok although not comparable to the choices in the Westin Tokyo on the Executive Level. A more important glitch is the missing Internet high speed access in the guest rooms although there is an access for free on the executive level, but you can't connect with your own computer.
otherwise there was nothing to complain, although the Westin Miyako as nice as it is, is no comparision to the Westin Tokyo which in all aspects is a notch better.
Restaurant choice at the Westin Miyako is excellent, in particular we can recommend the Teppanyaki Restaurant Kunugi, although very pricey as everything in Japan
Wonderful Hotel- Great Place to Stay!from Navyspouse
The shuttle was SIMPLE to find at the train station. It couldn't have been easier. The hotel even has an office at the station that allows you to check your bags if you want to wander around the downtown area for awhile before getting on the shuttle to the hotel.
We used the Westin website and booked a lovely room (not huge but remember this is Japan). We paid about $210/night during the busiest season. We had a very large, super comfy bed, a desk, a large tv, and a chair. The bathroom was spacious and very nice with a large tub.
All areas of the hotel that I saw were clean and well maintained. Our wing actually seemed to be newly refurbished.
I find it hard to believe that the previous poster was staying at The Westin in Kyoto. It doesn't sound like we were at the same place. By the way- we booked our room about 7 days prior to our arrival date.
t use the phone!from LondonBob
By the way, I don't believe that the hotel is anything like the five miles from Kyoto station mentioned in the info provided by the hotel.
Most APPALLING hotel I have stayed in.from srlondon
I paid half the price and stayed at the Park in Tokyo and it was immeasurably better.
As with many hotels, upon walking in, the foyer does appaer to be quite grand. The location is quite good (don't bother trying to find the shuttle service at Kyoto train station - it is almost impossible) and the staff are about the same as other Japanese hotels; however, the concierge wasn't particularly helpful.
Overall, I wouldn't bother with this hotel, as the website is unbelievably deceiving and there are many other hotels in Kyoto worth going to first!!
One final note, make sure breakfast is included as it is quite expensive to ear there otherwise. Believe it or not, but my rate didn't have breakfast either!
Not worth the moneyfrom Tartanhabit
We were initially put in a very average small room that did not even have airconditioning. I am not usually a huge fan of airconditioning, but when the hotel is pumping HOT air into the room, this is a problem. We complained to the front desk who just told us that airconditioning was not available in the hotel (what??) and that we should open our windows (which only opened to a max of about 3 inches and did not help). We could not even turn off the hot air in our room as the dial to shut off the vent was broken. This went on for 2 nights and made it very uncomfortable to be in our room.
I finally argued with the front desk - I really think airconditioning is not too much to ask for when you've paid over $200 a night. We were upgraded to a room with the usual aircon facilities. I was very annoyed at having been lied to by the front desk that they did not have airconditioning in the hotel (nonsense!) and it took 2 nights to sort out the problem.
Their most standard rooms are nothing special.
The location is good for Eastern Kyoto sightseeing but I think if I were to go again, I'd want to be more central for easier access to other parts of town. I found the area around the hotel a bit dead.
Not impressed by the service over all here given the above problem and could only recommend this place if you can afford the better rooms.
Probably the most beautiful hotel lobby in Kyotofrom Navigator10
It took me twenty minutes to find the Westin's shuttle bus office at the station. I might of just made the wrong turn when I got off the train.
The hotel's exterior isn't much, but the lobby is impressive. Very modern.
My room class entitled me to use a very nice breakfast room. Hot and cold items available. Met visitors from Australia there. Definately get this feature included as the hotel's restaurants are pricey (I did dine at one) and there is nothing outside near the hotel.
My American style room in the main building was quiet and had the latest "heavenly bed" Westin decor. The counter space in the bath was smaller than normal for a Westin. I blame it on being an old building.
About a block from the hotel is a subway station which I utilized a few times. I did end up walking from the center of the city to the hotel once. It felt like a mile.
Kyoto is so safe and crime-free. I got a kick out of seeing hundreds of bicycles parked in a designated area in the center of the city. Ninety- nine out of a hundred were not padlocked.
All in all I am glad I stayed here. The friendly bi-lingual consierge translated my Tokyo hotel's address to Japanese for me. That came in handy when I started looking for that hotel in Tokyo which was my next project.
LIARS LIARS Pants on firefrom A TripAdvisor Member
In this day when most firstclass hotels are offering some form of high speed access (either wireless or wired), this hotel's advertisements should make it much more clear that they do NOT meet the industry standard.
Never again, Westin. You have lost my business permanently.
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- Address: Sanjo Keage Higashiyama-ku - Kyoto - 605 - Japan
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