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“really lovely location for a zen Kyoto experience”

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The Westin Miyako Kyoto
Ranked #53 of 379 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Reviewed 7 June 2012

Westin Miyako is in the north eastern corner of Kyoto. On the map it looks a little away from the centre of the city but you may be glad! There is a quiet back trail (hotel staff will direct you) to the stunning Nanzenji Temple, the Path of Philosophy (with many smaller temples running off either side) and it even has its own Japanese garden. I used this trail as my exercise course.

Rooms are spacious and reasonably modern but it is a business style hotel geared for meetings, not cool and designer stylish. BUT you really should try to ask/pay for a high floor Kyoto city view room. When I saw the difference from my rear facing green view room, I wished I could move.

This would have been a 5star review however every experience I had with the concierge desk (which you use a lot in Japan for directions, tips and translations) was abrupt, rushed and unwelcoming. I guess they are too stretched to be friendly as well. The very cheery doorman made up for them every day!

I would recommend this hotel and its great location.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 3 June 2012

It's a grand building and relatively large for a Kyoto hotel. Big lobby and big rooms, the place feels a bit conference-y but I did stay because of office meeting. Efficient service, food a bit blah.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 2 June 2012

This is a nice property to stay in if you relax and take your time about enjoying Kyoto and soak in the more traditional slower pace of older Asian culture. It is not located smack in the centre of action in terms of shopping in Kyoto but a short walk will take you to most places.

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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 May 2012

Wasn't blown away by the hotel, but greatful for the smoking rooms. Lovely lobby - and free wifi in there only. Business centre 300 yen per 15 mins.
The room isn't anything special, beds are very comfy though. Lovely slippers and robe provided :)
Lovely views from terrace , just not from some rooms. Worth an upgrade to room with a balcony as these were lovely. You can walk to the bars/ eats in around 25 mins or pretty cheap in a cab.
Shuttle bus avail to/from Kyoto station comes in useful as hotel isn't exactly central.
Great breakfast selection, very polite and friendly staff.
Would recommend one of their traditional rooms for something a bit special

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 25 May 2012

For comparable hotels in Kyoto, the Westin Miyako has a pretty good rate. The room is nothing spectacular, but the surrounding garden adds character to the rather historic hotel. I think many of the comments about the location is somewhat irrelevant, as most places you'd want to visit are spread all over Kyoto anyway.
The front desk clerk was curt, unfriendly and indifferent. The concierge on the other hand, was superb. She organized our trips, and helped with reservations, including menu orders.
The room is your plain vanilla Westin-class room. While there is internet connection, there is no wifi. The carpet and wallpaper in our room are stained and somewhat worn, but generally, the room is relatively clean. Since you are in Kyoto, most likely you will not need to use the "gym", which is atrociously bad, and you have to pay money for.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: 1 Awadaguchi Kachocho, Higashiyama-ku | Sanjo Keage, Kyoto 605-0052, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > City Center
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Spa Hotel in Kyoto
#10 Business Hotel in Kyoto
#14 Family Hotel in Kyoto
#17 Luxury Hotel in Kyoto
#25 Romantic Hotel in Kyoto
Price Range: $213 - $705 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Westin Miyako Kyoto 4*
Number of rooms: 499
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Western-style 11-story Hotel located amid Japanese gardens, 5 miles from train station & 31 miles from Kansai Int'l Airport. ... more   less 
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