Hotel Granvia Kyoto
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So what to do on our first full day in Kyoto? .... Oversleep :D Think its starting to all catch up now as we both slept for 10-11 hours!
Hey ho, the plan today was to head to the Saga Arashiyama area....an old town kinda place on the very northern outskirts of kyoto. After a quick stop for a cakey-pang fix (I swear there are more cake/ …
So this morning we were up nice and early.... free brekkie to be eaten. We were all sorted and checked out by 10, with plenty of time to get the tram to the station.
Again our seats were all reserved for us, so all we needed to do was wheel our cases on. We had a quick change of trains at Shin-Osaka, and before we new it we were in Kyoto.< …
Today was actually the day that after 2 attempts we actually got to see the Imperial Palace! Yay! Too bad we both got up feeling ill...didn't sleep, colds and epic insect bites :'( We had to be there precisely at 9.50 (we had reserved our space on the tour 3 months in advance) so we were up and ready quickly, quick stop for cakey pangs, then onto …
So we started today pretty early, got up had showers etc and checked the weather forecast. Now the forecast said thunder storms like yesterday but said it was also going to be hot. Looking out of an airconned hotel room doesn't give you much idea as to just how damned hot its going to be. We made our way to the first stop on todays adventures …
So today we were leaving Osaka. As we have a few train transfers and Jason has hurt his knee, we have decided to forward our luggage to our next destination through the hotel. We knew about this, but we avoided using it as there is a delay when the luggage turns up at the next hotel. But we have now organised our bags, so that we have our overnight …
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Granvia Kyoto was excellently located on top of the train station and close to bus services to all the sights. The hotel is quite large and the foyer busy as it seems to a meeting place for people not staying at the hotel. Despite that, check-in was fast and efficient. Our room was quite large for Japan and comfortable. For a 5-star hotel, there was not a lot included in the price of the room. Breakfast was very expensive, no coffee making in the room (had to pay for a filter coffee?) and also they charged 1000 yen per person per visit to the pool which was off-putting. Overall, the hotel was good and we would stay there again in we return to Kyoto someday.
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A wonderful hotel in an amazing city. An incredibly convenient location. The hotel is attached to the striking, modern train station (where we arrived from Tokyo and left on the express train which took us directly to the Osaka airport terminal). The Isetan department store, shops and numerous restaurants in the complex were great. Our large, double room on the 14th floor had an amazing view of the city, was always clean, well-provisioned and had very comfortable beds and down pillows. The free, high-speed internet access worked well. I got a very good promotional rate directly on the hotel website. My daughter wanted to see how tofu was made and the place recommended by our guidebook was far away, so the guest relations assistant called the tofu supplier for the hotel and arranged for us to go there. I am very picky and I have no complaints. I would definitely stay here again and recommend it to anyone going to Kyoto.
The Granvia is a superb hotel, highly recommend it for anyone visiting Kyoto.
The Granvia was the third hotel I stayed at in Kyoto; thankfully, I'd saved the best for the last days in Kyoto. The lobby has adopted its cadence from the railway station below; a lot of rush and hullabaloo, but you get where you're going. Service is above average and very accommodating. The front desk staff members are personally pained when they can't accommodate your request (a Japanese trait I'd observed most often at the Granvia, not other hotels).
The Gran Via is located in the Kyoto Train station,
which has big plusses. The room is fairly priced
for Japan, and was bigger than we expected. Good
bed. Bathroom adequate but not large. Tub was a squeeze. Good service overall. Some staff spoke decent
English, others not. Subways & busses right out the front door. Dozens of good restaurants in the train
station and adjacent Isetan Dep't Store (all cheaper
than the hotel restaurants). Kyoto is a magnificent
tourist city. Our 2 days was not nearly enough.
Apart from the 300 temples, the Nijo Castle was
worth visiting. Good walking city. Talkig to others, we concluded the gran Via Hotel is a best bet for Kyoto. No complaints.
We really enjoyed the Granvia, and we're happy to have found the previous reviews on Trip Advisor. We had a great room on an upper floor overlooking the city tower. The room was very modern in style and extremely clean. We had a large bathroom.
Beautiful with great rooms
Stayed here for 3 days after spending 2 nights at the Kyoto Royal. Boy, am I glad we moved over. Largest and most beautiful rooms of all the hotels we staying in Japan during our 10 day trip. Great view of Kyoto and the main Tower. Bathroom huge with a glass enclosed mini room separating the shower and bathtub. And heated toilet seats! Had dinner at one of the main restaurants. Pricey but memorable. Main bar had a happy hour every night from 5 to 7 with drinks 50% off. My only compliant if there is one is the service, though wonderful, just wasn't as personal as other hotels we stayed at. But again, a truly great hotel that I look forward to returning to.
We stayed 4 nights to tour the area and didn't regret a moment. Our first few nights were in Ryokans and all that that entails -marvellous. But our first "normal"hotel was the Granvia and what a good choice it turned out to be. Thanks to previous Tripadvisor comments. Location cannot be bettered for arrival by train and as a central start point whether to see Kyoto or travel further afield. The local bus station is only outside and so no need for taxis. The rooms (basic type) were fine and not cramped, storage and bathroom perfectectly adequate. We got the reduced Japan Rail Pass room rate, so good value. The main reception area of hotel is rather like the station - busy. Nevertheless, at no time did the staff falter or be less than courteous and helpful. We ate at only the Southern Court Sky Lounge (even the pianist was good!) and took advantage of the set menu at a very reasonable price. I was surprised at the quality and number of courses, excellent value. Overall I can see why it is number 1 on the Kyoto list - book early if you want a room.
We stayed in this hotel after one week spent in an amazing hotel in Tokyo and the experience was not as exciting as I thought it would be. The rooms are quite old and you can see the furniture needs renovating. Staff is often quite abrupt and not too polite (see Guest relations officer). Also the hotel offers banqueting and wedding services to outside guests resulting in the hall and hallways being very busy at times. Finally, all the amenities offered by the hotel (leisure facilities and public Internet services) are charged to the guests (and they are quite expensive!)
I have stayed at this hotel twice--during my first visit to Japan in 2004 and again (because I fell in love with Japan and especially with Kyoto) during my second visit in May 2005. The room size is large for Japan, the beds are very comfortable, and the bathrooms are spotless and a very good size for Japan. (I did not have upgrades--just the basic room.) I love the decor: simple washi-paper headboards and clean white linens.
Superb. Stay there!
This hotel was fantastic. It is situated within the very modern train station, and is beautifully decorated, spacious, and has efficient and friendly staff. The rooms were spacious, and had the usual facilities. The swimming pool has a lovely view over the station concourse (one-way glass), and costs about £5 ($8) to use. The bar has a great view over Kyoto, while the restaurant we visited was very good.
The Granvia was the second-best hotel we stayed at in our three-week holiday (the Park Hyatt in Tokyo was beyond comparison although it is ridiculously expensive), and we would certainly stay here again.