I stayed at The Kyoto Royal Hotel and Spa for my first trip overseas as well as my first trip to Japan. Some of the cultural differences where noted such as heights of sinks, counter tops, and showers. The room I stayed in had a Double Semidouble-deluxe bed. It was in fact 1 bed and was comparable to a full/queen size. I thought there would be two. The bed could sleep for two I suppose. The room I had was just enough to accommodate myself. Seeing as I am a minimalist and being a lone traveler, this worked out fine for me. The hotel is right next to a subway station, river walk, and market the next block over. I highly recommend getting the breakfast buffet included with your room. It is totally worth it! The Prandina does a excellent job with both food and staff. Food is excellent with a wide variety of choices. You have the option to eat local foods or foods that you would eat if you were back home. The food presentation is wonderful and is replenished very quickly. Hotel staff is very friendly and are very professional. Hotel staff also opens doors for you when getting out of the taxi! No need to walk far for access to transit or taxis, Taxis are ready available once outside the hotel lobby and bus stops are right outside the hotel as well. You will just need to know what bus or train to take (research that to death before you go! It can be overwhelming and you will probably get lost at some point). I believe bike rental is available at the front desk as I saw the same bikes everyday. I did have a local friend visit me daily as I toured the city. She traveled by bike and the hotel stored her bike in their storage free of charge while we were out in a separate location from the fore mentioned bikes. Also, if you are flying back home from any of the Osaka Airports, the hotel can request for a shuttle service to pick you from the hotel up to 1 day prior by 12:00 noon at a cost to you, which you must pay the driver at the time of pick up, The cost will vary by service provided and service rendered. I do hope this review is helpful to someone and, Yes! I will stay there again on my next trip to Kyoto, Japan.
Good location Rooms very small, but clean. Staff very friendly.
Great location and clean room Tiny room
The location is perfect to walk to restaurants, shops, buses & subway trains. The staff and accommodations were outstanding. The price was very reasonable. They charged extra for two beds rather than a king.
Good location There's a smoking floor and they will try to put you in a smoking room even when you booked nonsmoking. Not that it matters, you can smell the smoke throughout the hotel. Bed was like sleeping on a floor
We were a group of 5 adults traveling throughout Japan. The Kyoto Royal Hotel offered great convenience, but the rooms are very basic and smaller, and the bed cozy for me and my 6'3" husband. The concierge was absolutely very accomodating, but there was a bit of a language barrier, so just be sure to ask a lot of questions to ensure you understand! I would return there. Good value. Huge breakfast buffet.
Clean room, spa service was excellent! Staff was super helpful. Convenient location.
The buffets in the restaurant were good. The finish was peeling off the bathroom surfaces, and I woke up with a rash everywhere my skin had been in prolonged contact with a pillow case.
3 stations away from Kyoto's main subway/train station. One exchange needed
One of the few hotels where the staff speak English. Extremely friendly/helpful staff. Close to a subway station and Gion district for shopping/food. Nice bathroom products.
The location was great, the coin laundry was helpful, people were very friendly Small room, couldn't even open a suitcase. They said it was air conditioned, but it was just some blower. At least we could open a window. Even though it was a non smoking room, it had some smell. No room safe. It was billed as a superior double ... that means 1 bed jammed into the corner. I had to crawl over my husband to get out! Would not stay there again.
Nice staff No hot water for showering. I opened the window and got all the smoke from 1 level lower. Breakfast buffet so/so.
Very modern look with a nice open terrace. Daily happy hour (1 free drink for all the guests) is a great touch.
The rooms were spacious for Japan standards. I liked the bath and the other Anne ties offered on the property. Nothing
Good location. Convenient to train station. Very comfortable and relaxing. Good restaurants (although a bit pricey).
This hotel is part of the JR hotel group the hotel has very helpful staff who speak English well. The location can't be beat. It is central and easy to go any where from this location. Rooms are quiet and well serviced.
close to kyoto station, clean, helpfull staff can speaking english such a expensive room rate but doesn't include breakfast or dinner ?
The hotel is perfectly located within the train station. Hotel staff could not be more helpful in checking in and out.
Location Room size English speaking staff Very clean 3rd bed for a 3rd person is pull out couch & very hard. Although, I was very happy they even had a 3 person room, so it's not that much of a negative.
Great location next to station - a short walk to bus & metro. Very helpful & polite staff. Hotel decor is a little dated.
breakfast expancive, hoor and unteasty
Great location Rooms are old and over-rated, furniture and carpet is dirty. This is a 3 - 3.5 star hotel, not a 4 star.
Very comfy beds and the staff were extremely helpful. The only reason I've rated the comfort as "fair" is because it was excessively hot and therefore difficult to sleep. The air-conditioning, although being able to be turned down to 18 degrees was on heat mode throughout the entire hotel. Then, when it was off in your room, the air was extremely dry. Made the stay a little uncomfortable.
Nice lobby and facade We had booked a room for two. The bed was what is called "full" in U.S.- adequate for 1 adult to sleep comfortably. Room and bathroom were tiny (even by Japanese standards) - looks nice outside in pictures. For the price, sure there are better hotels in Kyot
Had Public Bath Had Washing Machine Helpful Staff 2nd floor was loud when activities were going on. Our room was on the 2nd floor. Staff tried to help but couldn't move us as it was booked that night, but was helpful in calming down the residents a little.
Everything in this hotel were excelent. Excelent hotel
Superb quality, central location, great value You can hear street noise through the closed windows including club music until 5 in the morning.
Great location, easy access to the primary tourist locations in Kyoto. The room was a bit small (by western standards), but comfortable nonetheless.
Helpful concierge desk. Very helpful indeed. Very small issue, of when we received a tiny bottle of ketchup in our room, which was opened / partially used. I'm sure it was an oversight, but it would probably offend an infrequent traveller.
Staff service. Room view for the amount of money paid, overpriced room service with not so high food quality
The Staff was very polite and helpfull.
I like the design of the hotel the most. Lobby area is very spacious and nice. Breakfast was wonderful. Rooms are very nicely decorated with simple zen design. The bathroom area was very well planed and nicely done. The restaurants were not up to their standards. The food was average and the price was certainly high.
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Excellent hotel, clean, modern. Concierge was very helpful. Internet was free and reasonably fast. Location is a little away from the main sites to see but relatively close to Kyoto station. Overall, excellent place to stay. Please do not bring your kids here. The entire hotel was generally excellent for adults, business travelers, solo travelers, romantic getaways. Exception was that there was one family with possibly the only children in the hotel running/stomping around. Not appropriate. Please don't bring your children, this is not Disneyland, or at least keep your children under better control.
Rooms nice modern and spacious. Great bathroom and shower. Staff all spoke English and extremely nice and helpful Everything
Yu can not take anything inside.The dcheapest dinner is about 200 euros and the breakfast is over 2500 yens Is terribly far from everywhere
The friendliness of the staff and the comfort provided. Close to the Imperial Palace. A bit faraway (15 minutes by taxi) from the centre of Kyoto and the main station.
rooms big and very clean-attentive staff they gave us an old room to start with. only after complaining we were moved to a newly refurbished room. having to complain it is not a pleasant experience
this a hotel has a good location for explorig the city - subway stops are nearby / had free Internet access in the room it was kind of noisy during the night - hotel and airconditioning
The whole hotel was so fancy and My parents got satisfied by their kind service. Amenities were good, ah they supplied us twin double bed and it was also good. The room was clean and comfortable. The only problem of this hotel was the location. Not too bad but can't explain it's good. We 4 families always used taxi but solo or couple travelers may feel the taxi fee in Osaka is a little bit expensive.
Very friendly and helpfull personell. Excellent restaurants. Good value for money. Nice atmosphere, the hotel is lively because it is used frequently for marriages and social meetings by local Japanese. Very limited foreign tv-channels and rockhard beds. Both seem to be common for Japanese hotels as we experienced during our trip. A bit far away from the centre, about 30 min walk or 10min by taxi.
I really like this hotel and would like to suggest the next traveller how to get to the hotel that sa soon as you arrive the subway where the hotel situated you have to use exit 1 and wait just wait there for the hotel shuttle bus this was my experience that after i get out from exit 1 i didn't have the idea where the hotel shuttle bus parked lucky me the hotel bus just arrived!
Friendly staff, decoration of the room, bike rent available, good location - not in the center still not far from it. We really liked our stay in this hotel.
The service from the restaurant and concierge staff was outstanding! No.
This is a great hotel for a good price. The room was very spacious. There were a lot of perks like included coffee and adult beverages. There is limited parking in the back that the front desk staff helped us get into (parking is on risers). Staff speaks great English. Huge shower and bathroom. Lots of amenities like laundry and onsite Onsen. I would stay again. It was a little bit challenging to turn the air conditioner on (remote in Japanese) but we figured it out no problem.
This hotel felt almost brand new and for the price, it was an amazing value. I was staying at other value hotels in the area but when I found this hotel I thought I would give it try based on ratings. I was not disappointed - it had a feel of a medium priced hotel in the US (think Hilton or Marriott) but I paid closer to the lower range of a budget hotel. Granted, I am not going during peak season. The interiors was luxurious and everything felt new. I would stay here again, hands down. It's a bit hard to find because it's in an alley way and generally signage is hard to see anywhere in this part of Kyoto. Be prepare to have your gps on to find this spot.
The swimming pool. The price to value was very high and the hotel billed me twice accidentally.
So much of your experience of Kyoto is where you are staying. I am so glad I changed hotels to stay at the Ritz one night. The service is outstanding, the location is incredible, and I had one of the nicest spa experiences of my whole life. Staying here will be one of my top memories of my lifetime. Cannot recommend highly enough.
They woke us up at 7:50 to tell us about a restaurant we asked for breakfast recommendation. The room is too small, with to storage space for a couple, a view of "the city" looks like a slam, lack of a 5-star quality, yet the service was good.