Oddly despite all the complaints on this site about the hotel shuttle bus, no one actually gave clear directions on how to find the bus stop inside the Kyoto train station. So for future travellers, if you arrive in Kyoto by shinkansen and are looking for the Westin shuttle bus stop: When you come out of the shinkansen platforms, you'll be on the second floor of the Kyoto Building station. Look for signs for the Hachijo Exit, which is past the Kintetsu Railway platform entrance. There is only one stair exit just past the Kintetsu Railway entrance. Go down the stairs on the right hand side. When you reach the ground, there may be a pile of buses blocking your view at night. During the daytime, it's clear, and you will see a small island jutting out just ahead and to your left (across from a fancy deli/grocer), housing some small signs, including one that says REX. It is a small round sign set on the ground. The minibus pulls up there on the hour and half past the hour. It's free, and it takes 15-20 minutes to get to the hotel. The hotel itself is nice, a little dated as another reviewer noted, but the amenities are fine, the rooms are spacious, the beds are terrific, it's very quiet and peaceful, and the service is good. The hotel is near the Keage metro station (on the Tozai line), which is only a two-minute walk away, and it can be more convenient to use the subway to get to the downtown or central areas of Kyoto than to use the shuttle bus. The hotel is also very close to one of the nicest temples in Kyoto, Nanzen-ji, so you can wander through the gardens well before the crowds in their tour buses roll up. There is no wireless Internet in the rooms, only LAN and it costs a lot (by the hour or by the week). There is a gym and a swimming pool. It costs 500 yen to use the gym, but if you're there after hours, you don't need to pay to use the machines. There aren't too many machines (two treadmills, two ellipticals) and some basic weights and again only a couple of weight machines.
- 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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