First it's important to realize this is a ryokan style inn. It's great for experiencing some Japanese culture but comes with some inconveniences.
First you are sleeping on the floor on some comforters and a blanket. Some people are ok with that, others might not be. The good thing is the room was quite large considering you are in Japan, and there are enough comforters and space to fit a group of 4 in there if need be. Also comes with a kimono and some tea.
Tradition also dictates that you bathe in a communal bathroom! Might be interesting at first but gets annoying fast, especially as it's not open 24/7! Luckily they have a private shower you can request if needed.
Location was really good. I was tired my first night I arrived in Kyoto so decided just to check out the area. Turns out you are right next to some strips that are dedicated to shopping and tourists. Just shops as far as the eye can see!! Also a pretty good udon and tempura place right next door. Be aware that stores and restaurants in the area tend to close relatively early at around 9-10pm. (In tokyo things seemed to stay open later) The hotel also uses keys and not cards so you drop it off each time before you leave the hotel which is a bit tedious.
Overall I'm glad I got to experience a semi authentic ryokan, but I wouldn't do it again and I recommend if you decide to try it, there's no need to stay for longer than a few days. The hotel itself is good for what it's supposed to be!
Everything about this hotel was great especially considering what we paid in comparison to other hotels we've stayed at in Kyoto and Japan (I'm looking at you kyoto tower hotel)
Area is close enough to a lot of the good stuff, we rented bikes which we used to get everywhere.
To buy knock against it is the really head mattresses, but that seems to be a Japan thing I it's on par with other hotels in that respect
"New hotel in excellent location at a great value"
My wife and I could not have been more pleased with Gran Ms Kyoto. We traveled to Kyoto with our infant and felt completely comfortable here. The hotel was brand new so everything was in mint condition, the hotel was super clean, and the desk staff were very friendly and spoke English. But most importantly the location was outstanding. Walking distance to buses and trains, all kinds of shopping and restaurants, and Gion. The rooms were small by American standards but completely comfortable and laid out very elegantly. Highly recommend!
We absolutely loved staying here. The staff was so friendly, the space was beautiful and clean. Our room had plenty of space and even included a snack of tea and mochi when we got there!
I would say that it is worthwhile to purchase breakfast here. Yes it is a bit pricey, but we felt it was absolutely worth it in terms of the quality of food and how luxurious it felt. You receive a kaiseki-style assortment of small dishes (included roast fish or tofu, depending on the day), a full pot of tea, and coffee and/or orange juice. All this is in their beautiful dining room.
The ryokan also has little free events every now and then: while we were staying there, there was a shaved ice station one day and a zither performance another day. Wonderful stay!
Very friendly English speaking staff. Fantastic location. You cannot go wrong booking this hotel. We had 3 rooms and all were perfect as you would only get in Japan. Do bother searching for another hotel. Review by General Manager of a 100 room hotel in Miami Florida.
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