Verging in on 5-star level in many ways, this is a stylish and comfortable base in Kyoto. The lobby with its 2nd-floor balcony, grand columns and elegant staircase is gorgeous. The rooms are comfortable and stylish. I had a river view which was great, although I imagine the other views would be just as interesting. A thoughtful touch is a pamphlet placed on the coffee table, explaining items such as temples visible in the view. Extremely convenient location right by City Hall and a subway station. Walking or taking the subway to sights in Kyoto has its limitations, and taxis will be necessary sometimes. However, this location is among the best as a walking base, just to soak up the flavour of the city in general. The two restaurants on the 17th floor are almost as pricy as those in top Tokyo hotels ... but also equally excellent. The hotel stay itself, though, was very good value indeed, about the same price for three days as a single day in 5-star Tokyo hotels which the Okura runs very close. The 17th floor Orrizonte bar is also great for breakfast or a pre-dinner cocktail. The 2nd floor Chippendale bar is an English gentlemen's club oak-panel cliche and I loved it! For the post-dinner malt, heaven. The hotel's website uses the term "dignified" and actually, that is accurate. I would love to go back to this hotel for longer - and no matter what the length of one's visit, Kyoto itself always seems to reveal reasons for wanting to stay longer next time!
Nice hotel close to shopping and food. Within walking distance to gion district and a few temples. Quick check in, English speaking staff, nice, clean rooms. Hotel showed a few signs of wear, but still very nice. Couldn't figure out why lights went on and someone was there within 3 minutes and showed us how to use it properly.
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