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Hotel Granvia Kyoto
Ranked #14 of 407 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 November 2012

The hotel is in a very convenient location with direct access from Kyoto main station. If arriving in Kyoto by bus from the airport, the airport bus terminal is on the opposite side of the station to the hotel. Standard rooms are quite large and well equipped. Bathroom itself has that modular feel common in Japanese style hotels and is quite compact. There is no separate shower. Also for some rooms due to the hotel design the walk from the elevator can seem like an eternity. If travelling with the elderly or immobile ask for a room close to the elevators. Other than Kyoto J R Station itself, the main tourist attractions are some distance from the hotel however the main bus terminal for local buses to all the main sites is just outside and again convenient. (Kyoto’s main sites are spread around the city so wherever you stay will involve a decent commute between attractions). For shopping there is an Isetan department store and Yodabashi Camera store in the station complex complete with a large number of restaurants and cafés. Food in the hotel is of course at hotel prices but there are lots of options in and around the station. Also the hotel offers guests a discount card for use at hotel restaurants. At certain times the lobby/concierge is bustling with people usually with non resident guests so you may need to be patient. Overall though service is efficient, staff are friendly and English is widely spoken. Room rates probably reflect a premium for the location and convenience.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 November 2012

Granvia Kyoto, Japan

Excellent location above railway station with Shinkansen (high speed trains) and local rail lines plus local buses and tourist info offices close by. Underneath and alongside the railway station is a large shopping mall with shops, supermarkets and excellent food outlets.
Large room with comfortable large beds, quiet. Tasteful and efficient functional fittings with ample electric plugs and lights switches in logical places. We were travelling with our eleven year old son and a third bed fitted easily into the space.
Good bath and fantastic shower with additional side nozzles. Best EVER. Heated panels above bathroom mirrors to stop misting. Twin bathroom basins. Toilets fantastic. Electrically operated, auto flushing, auto seat lifting on approach and lowering when not in use. Warmed toilet seat. Variety of sprays from beneath with variable pressures, intensity and direction.
Even a padded seat in the elevator for tired passengers. Excellent free continuous internet facilities in room.
Excellent service. I dropped my spectacle case in the elevator and hotel staff matched the details on it although room booking was not in my name, and returned item to room.
Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank JDL000
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Reviewed 31 October 2012

i arrived at hotel around midnight because flight delayed for some hours but still welcomed by attentive staffs at lobby, ready to help with luggage. I reserved deluxe room and was not disappointed, my room was really big with modern facilities accompanying with big window, so i could see the whole city whole day & whole night. They offered some free fruits as well. I stayed here only 2 nights but everything were perfect, i did like to get up the Bar to get some seasonal drink and some Japanese wine. Hotel owned some nice restaurant that i did not have to get out to look for others but if you would like to find something special restaurant, ask for staffs, they would like to give some ways to get these.

Room Tip: they have suite seasonal room bigger than my deluxe room but both of these room were fabulous
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 31 October 2012

My wife & I recently stayed for 5 nights in a room on the 12th floor with views over the railway lines on the southern side of the building.

Pros:
• the room is spacious
• comfortable king-sized bed & pillows
• convenient location for travel around Kyoto & beyond
• convenient access to cafes, restaurants & shopping both in the Kyoto Station & the nearby underground PORTA mall
• staff friendly & very efficient
• good range of toiletries, toothbrushes, combs, disposable razors etc.

Cons:
• room furnishings, especially carpet, looking a bit tired
• almost continual chimes (indicating arriving trains) from the station platforms can be intrusive
• buffet breakfast relatively expensive at approx. $AUD30 per head, and the hot Western food was only lukewarm the one time we ate in the hotel
• only 3 or 4 English-language TV channels available & reception is not very good
• shower over the bath, while common in Japanese hotels, is not the best bathroom option for older guests such as us
• tea, coffee & milk only provided on first day

Despite the Cons, we would happily stay at the Granvia Hotel again simply for the degree of comfort it offers & the convenience of its location.

Room Tip: Request a room with a view of the Kyoto Tower so as to avoid the incessant chimes from the Kyoto Sta...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Agfox46
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Reviewed 30 October 2012

We arrived by Airport Limo from Itami/Osaka Airport and were greeted immidiately by the Staff. We were shown to our room overlooking the train station on the 7th floor. We did not hear any noise from the trains below which surprised me. The room was large, clean and comfortable with any type of ammenity you could need or want. Suffering from jet lag one night we decided to get a drink in the Skybar with some snacks. What a great place this is including the lovely piano player. 2 very important points to bring up that made my stay extremely memorable. Every staff member we passed in the hall would bow deeply and say "Irashaii Mase" or "welcome". The second was the service we received from Ms. Shiho Ikeuchi who was in the Concierge area. She showed us how to navigate the city properly and how to hit all the major attractions. She was a tremendous help. As for the location, there is clearly no other area to stay in Kyoto, Japan. Directly below there is a mall with many dining options and shopping. If and when I return to Kyoto, this will be my number one choice.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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Address: Shiokojisagaru, Karasumadori, Shimogyo-ku | JR Kyoto Station Central Gate, Kyoto 600-8216, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Shimogyo-ku
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 407 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Price Range: $186 - $652 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Hotel Granvia Kyoto 4.5*
Number of rooms: 537
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful 15-story hotel atop Kyoto Station - Broadband connection in all guest and banquet rooms - Easy access to Kansai Airport. ... more   less 
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