Hotel Avanshell Kyoto
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... ple d’estudiants vestits d’uniforme que deuen passar l’˙ltim dia del curs allÓ o van a demanar per aprovar els exÓmens. Anem pujant a poc a poc pel carrer ple de botigues d’artesania, ventalls, mocadorets i cerÓmica i ens enamorem de tot. Tot Ús tan mono i tan petitet al Japˇ. Ja fa dies que busquem uns platets per la soja i aquest Ús el lloc perfecte perquŔ l’Elena i l’Ariana els puguin fer ...
... A tourist should be able to find the words, "coffee, please" (for the record it is said "Ko-Hi o-nah-gah-ee-mahs). But here's the thing, even if I was to pronounce it wrong, if I say as much as I can confidently, I can have faith that I am close enough to be somewhat understood. I tried. Eventually the words start to roll off the tongue, and that's really the beauty of the Japanese language. Once a few words are tried, it starts to sound like a song of soft tones that are ...
... bar area which resembled something more like one of those healthy fruit juice places you go to, then there was the computing area. Normally in hostels you get a couple of old, run down PC's but not here, they had 3 iMac's lined up on the bench! I would have loved to have seen the rest of the hostel but alas they had no beds for the night! I couldn't believe it when she told me the place was full, it was off season and it was ******* it down outside, so wtf is everyone ...
... there we hadn't really had a chance to fully explore the area. We got off the bus and found a neat little shrine then found a love hotel which had me giggling. Eventually we did find the old teahouse area. We could have waited to see the Maiko show but it got chilly and we didn't have our jackets so we eventually headed back to the hotel. We did see several women dressed in lovely kimono but never saw a geisha or maiko, which was a little sad.
... the core of the meal. The rich taste of the dish was an instant success and we would come back to it later in our trip.
We spent most of the day walking around the narrow alleys in town in the area of Kawaramachi,
before ending up in Kyoto's Imperial Park and the Imperial Palace in its center. All around the park people were playing baseball, a very popular sport here in Japan.
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Business Services
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Avanshell Kyoto
We were in Japan for 2 weeks earlier this month and spent 5 days in Kyoto. We stayed at the Holiday Inn - it is no doubt, as other reviewers here said, kind of far from the train station. By taxi or hotel shuttle, you can reach the hotel in 20 mins. though. With a bit of planning, you can actually leave early in the morning using the shuttle and return at night likewise. The earliest shuttle leaves at 8 a.m. and the next one 9:20 a.m. The last shuttle from the Kyoto station (to the hotel) leaves at close to 9 p.m. We were able to make use of the shuttle service daily except when we first arrived cause we didn't have the shuttle schedule with us then. The taxi ride costed us some 2,000 yen.
Save your money! Stay out of downtown Kyoto. The reason one goes to Kyoto is because of the temples and shrines. These for the most part are not located in down town Kyoto. They are much closer to the Holiday Inn, much within walking distance. Better yet rent one of the bikes they have available and see as much of Kyoto as you like, which is what we did. Kyoto is buy far the best city we visted in Japan. I can't see wasting money on a more expensive hotel in down town Kyoto. I would rather spend my money on things to remember my trip by and eating out. The hotel is clean with comfortable beds and a free internet room to keep in touch with the ones not fortunate enough to come along. Make sure to visit the Gion district to get a sense of old Japan
We booked this hotel because it was inexpensive. Previous reviews have mentioned that this hotel is far away from the city center which is absolutely true. It takes approximately 30min to get to the center of Kyoto by city bus (which was our method of transportation although the hotel did offer a free shuttle several times a day). It was okay though because we were out sightseeing pretty much all day and thus did not make more than one trip back and forth per day. The bathroom in the rooms was really tiny and kind of had a weird smell (kind of like rubber? ). Otherwise the rooms were very nice and comfortable. The buffet breakfast from the hotel is subpar and there are plently of better things to eat around Kyoto. All and all would recommend for the price (we paid around $80 US per night).
Good for family
Our two families, one of three, and one of four stayed in the Holiday Inn in Kyoto in January. The rooms were standard western hotel rooms: I had requested non smoking rooms in my internet booking, and was given rooms on the non smoking 9th floor.
We found the hotel shuttle to the Kyoto station very useful- just be aware it leaves across the road from the station, not right outside as the other hotel buses do. Look for the MK taxis office and the shuttle stop is right outside. The shuttle will drop you off along the way to the station for sightseeing days.
The room rate was very good: including a trundle bed, it was around $100 per night. The sushi restaurant on the ground floor was excellent and shouldn't be missed.
Easily the best value in Kyoto. Don't let the location (far from Kyoto station which is in the south of the city) bother you. Kyoto station is only really of value if you are traveling a long distance (Shinkansen). Other train stations in central Kyoto are more easily reached from the hotel.
This hotel was our first experience with hotels in Japan. It is quite a distance from Kyoto Station (20-30 min by the hotel shuttle) or 30-60 min by city bus. We found the hotel a good fit for our needs. We stayed for 5 nights and the hotel is closer to some sightseeing areas from the station. Once we got familiar with some bus routes, it was easier than expected to get around. The hotel is only a 3 block walk from a main bus line (which is nothing once you've been walking around Kyoto for days).
First, let me say that this hotel is older. Not in bad shape just expect a comfort inn level not a Holiday Inn level. It is connected to a shopping mall with a grocery store in the basement level and a food court with various japanese style restaurants. Although there is a McDonalds here, don't expect the same type of menu. The hotel restaurant doesn't open until 7 am and the starbucks connected in the mall doesn't open until 9 am. Be forewarned that they are not early risers in Japan. The hotel itself has elevators that sound like godzilla when you ride in them but they got you there. There is a laundry on the 5th floor but note - it is a stackable that is very very small, only a few things will fit in them at once. You can obtain an all day bus pass from the front desk and they can arrange airport pickup for you too. We took a van/taxi to Kansai Airport from here for only $30 per person. They even have Dominoes Pizza that will deliver to your room which is a good thing after a week trying to eat their food. This hotel was conveninetly located to two bus stops which made for a very easy time to get around to sightsee. There is a tremendous amount to do in Kyoto. Plan on at least two days here. The front desk staff did speak a limited amount of English - enough to get by and were friendly when asked a question. Overall, I would probably stay here again for the location and price.
Just returned from Japan spent 6 nights in the Holiday Inn Kyoto
Rooms: While the building looks a little apalling from outside, it's got decent, if small, western-style rooms with 2 beds. Basic HI class, with no problems. Also bigger, superior rooms available. They seemed to be in better condition also.