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... end to a wonderful city and the only real complaint is the transport system which is inadequate and does not make it easy to visit main attractions - of course I decided that we should walk everywhere and I got more than a few cursing glances from Stella by the end of it! Our final night in Tokyo was at the Nikko Narita airport hotel after the return Shinkansen to prepare for our flight to Beijing in the ...
... we got to the temple we had to get off at shin-Osaka (new Osaka) and switch trains to the train that took us to Osaka. We then hopped off and walked all the way to the temple. The temple was massive. I can't believe how big it was. Luckily we didn't have to walk up the stairs and got an elevator instead. When at the top we walked round it then went to the gift shop and I bought some presents for those back at home. After this we walked back down the stairs and got ...
... to us each dish was an adventure of new tastes. Clearly the people around the few table in the room also enjoyed their meals. The only difficult part was sitting on tatami mats on the floor again. At the end of the meal we had our first Japanese green Matcha tea to the dessert. As most others also had it and it took some time to whisk it, our waitress stood forever whisking everyone's tea.
The next morning we got up early to try to cover what remained ...
... onto another train and arrived in Kyoto just after noon. Kyoto is the last stop of our trip.
Upon arrival, there were obvious signs that we have returned to an urban city. The hustle and bustle of crowds in Kyoto Train Station did not allow us to diddle dawdle like wide-eyed, foreign tourists. The first thing we did was find the tourist information centre. At the centre, there was a huge sign that indicated ...
... success so successful businessmen donate these bright reddish orange 'tori' gates. There were all types of sizes throughout the area, and along the two miles of paths there are literally thousands of these gates. It was raining a little, and you could barely tell because so many of these wooden gates lined the entire path. There were also a bunch of smaller shrines along the trail. Each shinto temple has an animal associated with it, and this ...
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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.
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.
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.
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.