We stayed here for 5 nights with three rooms all facing North with the great view of Northern and Eastern Kyoto. We arrived on New Years Eve after it snowned for most of the day. The view from our rooms were incredible. Since it was New Year Holiday, getting restaurant reservation was tough especially for a large party and starting 4 weeks before our arrival, I worked with the Concierge and she was extremely helpful. She make reservation for us and check on many restaurnats that we were interested to see if they are opened during the New Year Holiday. The shuttle bus though not as frequent as we would like and not enough stops but it is complimentary so I am thankful. It did provided us with most of the transfer to Kyoto station or bus stops that we needed. The location is quite good. We walked to Chion Temple in snow (10 minutes) to witness the New Years Eve bell ringing. We walked from the Silver Pavillion via the Philosopher's Walk back to the Hotel. They are even a 3 michellin star restaurant within walking distance of the Hotel like Hyo-tei and popular tofu restaurant like Okutan is close by. The rooms are actually very big for Japanese Standard. The restaurants are expensive like all major Hotel in the world. The food we had at Kunugi Teppanyaki was very good and bottle of Veuve Cliquot Rose Champagne at 16,000 yens was fair for New Years Eve (in Rome they double and triple their regular restaurant price for the same bottle of wine). Service was great both at the restaurant and hotel services. I will definitely return. I am also very impress that Toshiyuki Hayashi actually reply to review here. I think that show they listen and care.
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- 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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