Aranvert Hotel Kyoto
Travel Blogs from Kyoto
... of current artists. Geoffrey got to try his hand at drawing some manga, and spent an hour tracing, filling and shading in his piece. We headed back to the hotel to refresh, and then headed out for dinner with a bunch of people from our tour, including Masa (our your guide for the trip). We settled on a place in the top floor of the department store across from our hotel, and were provided our own private room. We ordered ...
... of Buddhist gods are lined up in rows along one long wall. In the evening we went to a street with traditional Japanese buildings and were lucky enough to see some Geishas coming out of one of the buildings. It's meant to be the Geisha area but apparently it's quite rare to actually see any so we were really chuffed! Unfortunately it was raining and they were hiding under umbrellas so the photos weren't great but it was pretty ...
... arrived at Kyoto station with the minimum of fuss.
I found my way out to the taxi stand, but not before stopping at one of the MANY shops in the station and buying my first bento lunch and a bottled tea. (They were delicious by the way.)
After that, the attendant hailed a cab for me. I think I got the oldest, most confused driver in Kyoto. Possibly in all of Japan. He had to keep pulling over to check the map and address that I had handed him when I first got ...
... the shop streets. Having eaten a lovely pasta lunch we weren't at all hungry so kept walking and shopping for souvenir gifts and soaking up the atmosphere. We eventually stopped off at Tullys Cafe for a coffee and cake set before gently meandering our way back to the hotel by 9:00 p.m. where we settled down to watch a movie - Morning Glory - with Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton. We can recommend it! ...
... constantly commenting (in the best way they can) that they love it (they either smile and thank me or bow very deeply and thank me) so thanks again to Jo & Kevin for making them up for me. I was thinking that maybe I should get more made and sell them on the internet to people going from Australia to Japan and they too can show the Japanese people how much they love their country.
Bill has fallen in love with the toilets here with all their buttons for the ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Travelers also recommend:
Historical Traveler Reviews Aranvert Hotel Kyoto
Fantastic hotel, ultra clean and extremely helpful staff. Location is good only a short walk from the main railway station and a YEN600 taxi ride to the main downtown areas. European sized rooms, we booked a twin for YEN14000 per night, great bargain. I would rate this as one of the best value for money hotels throughout Asia. We would definately return in the future.
A well-located bargain
We stayed here last month for the second time and this is still a great bargain in a good location for all the sights. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for convenience, comfort, cleanliness and great staff. (See my review last year for more detail.)
One word of caution. We booked a double room and it was tiny so we asked for something bigger and got it without question, but we were lucky because it was off season. Book a twin and you will get twice the space and two generously sized singles for the same price.
We were running short of time to book a hotel and asked agent.
Aranvert was a reasonably easy walk from main station, and well located regarding Kyoto attractions.
Staff were unfailingly pleasant, rooms good and we had Japanese style meals in hotel for two nights and found them excellent.
At the time we were staying I noticed most guests were "locals" which we prefer when on holidays.
Fantastic hotel - absolutely recommend to anyone
This hotel wasn't my first choice, but I am so glad I ended up staying there as it was a wonderful surprise. From the marble reception hall, to the public baths and the wonderful facilities in the room, this was an excellent hotel. The bedroom was extremely comfortable and cosy and had everything I needed and more including free LAN internet access (you need a laptop), a heated toilet and a kimono and jacket which everyone wears to walk around the hotel. It is a 15 minutes walk from Kyoto station, 2 minutes from Gojo subway and the buses which take you pretty much everywhere you need to go (a 1 day bus pass is 500 yen which is the cost of 2 1/2 journeys). The hotel reception will give you maps, look after your cases if you arrive early / depart late, and even lend you an umbrella if it's raining. I booked through japanhotel at 9,000 yen per night.
Ottima posizione, il centro benessere è meraviglioso
Ottima posizione, vicino alla fermata del metrò di Gojo (ad una fermata dalla stazione di Kyoto), personale molto simpatico. Il centro benessere all'ultimo piano è un posto meraviglioso in cui passare del tempo dopo una giornata di visite e camminate in giro per la città. Le camere sono piccole ma molto pulite. Ci ritornerei..
Great location, onsen a bonus
Great location, right by the Gojo metro stop (One stop from Kyoto station), very nice staff, onsen on the top floor is such a bonus at the end of a day spent walking around Kyoto. Rooms are small but very clean. Would definitely stay there again.
Very good hotel in quiet location
We had difficulty finding a hotel in Kyoto so were more or less forced to stay here, however we were pleasantly surprised. The staff were extremely nice & helpful & the rooms are large & well decorated. The only problem is that there aren't very many restaurants around the hotel but it's only 1 metro stop to Kyoto station where there are plenty of eating options. I would certainly stay here again.
Great price, great location
We stayed in this hotel for one night for a couple of days of sight-seeing. We booked through japanhotels.net and paid about 30% less than we saw on other sites. Aranvert was very clean and pretty posh with a nice entrance done in marble. The baths on the 13th floor were great. This hotel was centrally located and easily within walking distance of the shopping district, Gion district and the train station, as well as other great sites to see.
A good hotel in downtown Kyoto
We spent two nights in a comfortable and quiet twin room at the Aranvert Hotel for 47,890 Yen. The staff were courteous and the non-smoking room was entirely satisfactory. We did not use the rooftop bath/pool, so cannot comment on that. Our only criticisms concerned the price (high compared with other, better hotels in Kyoto) and the buffet breakfast. It was expensive and on the first day we were directed to take it in a very bleak banqueting room with little attempt at attractive decor. Although we were still well within the breakfasting hours, some of the dishes had run out and even cutlery had not been replenished. As there are no obvious coffee bars in the vicinity for alternative use, this is a disadvantage of the Aranvert. On the other hand it is near a subway station and thus very accessible from the Kyoto station mall with its abundant amenities. I would stay in the Aranvert again if my preferred hotels were booked up and I had not easily found an appealing alternative. But it would not be my first choice.
Cosy and affordable hotel choice in Kyoto
We stayed in Hotel Aranvert, Kyoto on our honeymoon in March, 2006 for a couple of nights. The hotel was just one stop north from Kyoto railway station on the subway (Gojo station), and we found it quite practical for sight-seeing in Kyoto.
The twin rooms were ok size, with two good-sized beds and a little table-chair group in front of the window, but the non-smoking room had a small bathroom. Other rooms had a bigger bathroom. We changed to a non-smoking room because the normal room had a stale smell of old cigarette smoke. The staff was very sorry about the smell and they gave us a new room quite quickly. We also got to inspect the new room before we made the final decision about whether to switch rooms. The new room was fine, and it was in fact more quiet than the first. However, our first room had a nice view which the other one did not have.
The biggest bonus of the hotel is that they have their own Japanese bath in the top floor. It is separate for men and women, and you just take your own towel and yukatan with you and can leave your valuables in a locker. Then it is lovely to relax in the pool and enjoy the views.
The service is very courteous and the hotel is very clean. The staff knows enough English to get by,
some more than others. You can leave your valuables
at the reception for safe-keeping.
Hotel Aranvert is on a big street with lots of traffic so there may be some traffic noise in the night; however, our room was on the upper floors and towards a side street and it was quiet. The pillows were awful (but they were the same in all Japanese hotels we stayed in).
There were not a whole lot of restaurants and cafes around the hotel, but there are some, including a 7-11 shop for groceries. There is not necessarily English-language service in these places. However, we mostly went downtown for our meals and shopping and as it is just one stop on the subway it was quite alright.
We did not try the hotel restaurant. The breakfast was not included so we mainly just had some fruit and tea (there was a tea cooker in the room) in our room the first thing in the morning and then later went for a bigger meal somewhere in town.
The hotel TV channel choice was limited, I think we found one English language channel which mainly showed old movies, but most days we didn't get any English language news. However, it was kind of fun watching the Japanese shows and trying to guess what they were about...
All in all, it was a nice stay and we consider the hotel a good alternative in Kyoto, if you are looking for an affordable stay still in the central area, with good traffic connections.