Hotel Monterey Kyoto

Address: 604 Manjuyacho, Karasumadori 3-jo Kudaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, Kinki, 604-8161, Japan | 3 star hotel
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This 3 star hotel, located in the Kawaramachi/Karasuma/Shijo Omiya area of Kyoto, is near Nishiki Market, Pontocho, Takashimaya, and Nishijin Textile Center.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Monterey Kyoto

Reviewed by meljello

Convenient location and comfortable rooms

Reviewed Sep 12, 2013
by (4 reviews) , Australia Flag of Australia

Like most Japanese hotels, the room was compact in size but included all the amenities as usually found with an efficient use of space.

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Reviewed by nikitravel

Great hotel but would rather stay closer to the actions

Reviewed Oct 18, 2012
by (11 reviews) , Australia Flag of Australia

The hotel has Gothic style, very nice. Unfortunately the onsen cost additional and it was quite expensive. It is near the subway but there isn't that many food options nearby so we had to walk about 20 mins to area around Teramachi. Much rather stay near Kyoto station or Teramachi for convenience

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Reviewed by shawnbuckle

Average Hotel

Reviewed Apr 1, 2012
by (15 reviews) Toronto , Canada Flag of Canada

The British decor is somewhat dated and the rooms are very small, but the hotel itself is decent. The bathrooms were good and not the pre-fab units like some hotels have in Japan. The restaurants and cafes didn't open until 11am, which is problematic for breakfast-seekers.

The location was okay. It was right outside Kurasama-oike, a few stations from Kyoto station, but buses required a bit of a hike. The Gion area is best for restaurants and close the main shopping street while staying near Kyoto station gives easiest access to buses, trains and Shinkansens.

Kyoto, Japan

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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Monterey Kyoto

Tolles Hotel


Das Hotel Monterey Kyoto ist ein fantastisches Hotel. Es liegt gleich westlich vom Zentrum von Kyoto. Die Zimmer sind modern, sauber und gut ausgestattet. Die Betten sind komfortabel. Das Zimmer ist sehr gemütlich und auf der Wand im Badezimmer findet man recht eigentümliche Muster. Die Angestellten waren toll und hätten nicht hilfsbereiter oder freundlicher sein können. Die zeigen einem das Zimmer und erklären, wie dort alles funktioniert.

Das Frühstück im Restaurant ist gut aber es ist sehr westlich angehaucht. Es ist im Preis enthalten aber für nur ein paar Euro mehr ist man besser in dem japanischen Restaurant im 2. Stock aufgehoben, dort bekommt man ein fantastisches japanisches Frühstück. Wenn Sie den Angestellten sagen, dass Sie gerne ein Rad mieten möchten, dann besorgen die einem das gerne von dem kleinen Laden, der sich neben dem Hotel befindet. So kann man die Stadt am besten erkunden und man kann das Rad kostenlos am Hotel unterstellen.

Great place.


Hotel Monterey is a fantastic hotel. It is located just to the west of the main area of the city. The rooms are modern, clean and well appointed. The beds are comfortable. Room is very cosy and there are some funky patterns on the bathroom wall. Staff were great and couldn't do enough to greet and help. They show you to your room and explain how to work everything in the room. Breakfast is good in the main restaurant area however very western. This is included in the room rate however for a few dollars more you're better off going to the Japanese restaurant on Level 2 and have a fantastic Japanese breakfast. Ask the staff that you would like to hire a bicycle and they can organise one for you from a little store to the side of the hotel. You can then explore the city in the best way and you can park the bike at the hotel for free.

Schöne Zimmer, gutes Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis


War hier für zwei Nächte. Das Hotel ist sehr sauber und die Zimmer sind für japanische Verhältnisse recht groß. Das Frühstück war im Preis enthalten. Es standen westliche und japanische Speisen zur Auswahl. Es ist zwar kein Luxushotel aber es fühlt sich doch sehr raffiniert an, liegt wohl auch daran, dass es noch relativ neu ist. Es ist ein riesiges Hotel aber von der Straße aus sieht man das nicht. Ich habe Bewerkungen zur Lage gelesen. Wir hatten damit kein Problem und ich fand, dass man in Kyoto gut zu Fuß zurecht kam. Rundherum ein angenehmer Aufenthalt und ich kann es nur allen Reisenden empfehlen, die nach Kyoto kommen.

Good value hotel, nice rooms


Stayed for two nights. The hotel is very clean and the room a reasonable size by Japanese standards. Our breakfast was included in the price. They offered western and japanese choices. Despite not being a luxury hotel, the monterey does seem to have a refined feel, a function of it only being relatively new. It is a massive hotel but you really can't tell from the street. I note comments about the location. We didn't have a problem with it and found that Kyoto was easy to get around by foot. Overall a pleasant stay and I would recommend it to anyone visiting Kyoto.

Buena relación calidad-precio y bonitas habitaciones


Pasé dos noches aquí. El hotel está muy limpio y la habitación tiene un tamaño razonable según los estándares japoneses. Nuestro desayuno iba incluido en el precio. Se podía elegir entre platos japoneses u occidentales. A pesar de no tratarse de un hotel de lujo, el Monterey sí parece tener un toque refinado; seguramente porque es relativamente nuevo. Es un hotel enorme, pero no lo parece visto desde la calle. En cuanto a la ubicación y respecto los comentarios, yo no tuve ningún problema. Además, me pareció que Kioto puede recorrerse fácilmente a pie. En resumen, una estancia muy agradable. Se lo recomiendo a cualquiera que visite Kioto.

No repetiria


Ubicación muy centrica. reciente construccion. Habitacion pequeña. Todos los canales de la TV en japones. Servicio de restaurante flojo y con horario reducido. No repetiria.

Angehnemer Aufenthalt


War für 4 Nächte hier, das Hotel ist neu und hat eine coole Innengestaltung. Die Zimmer waren sehr klein, das Bad war voller Pflegeartikel. Das Frühstück war ok, aber wurde nach 4 Tagen recht langweilig. Die Angestellten an der Rezeption waren entweder ok, oder ziemlich fehl am Platz. Ein neues Hotel, dass bestimmt bald dafür sorgt, dass alles perfekt läuft. Am besten kommt man mit dem Bus in Kyoto herum. Leider gibt es keine Buslinie, die diese Straße entlang fährt (zur nächsten Haltestelle läuft man 7 Minuten). Das Haupteinkaufsviertel und die Restaurants sind gute 25 Minuten zu Fuß entfernt. Alles in allem war das Hotel ok, es scheint aber eher auf Gäste aus dem Osten eingerichtet zu sein. Würde das Hotel weiter empfehlen, aber selber wieder woanders wohnen.

Convenient location and a very good value


I booked my room at the Monterey in Kyoto on, without knowing very much at all about the property or its location. Since I did not make the booking very far in advance, and it was peak holiday season in Japan, I did not have many hotels to chose from in Kyoto.

Because of the very affordable rate I got for this hotel (about $90 US a night, including breakfast), I was actually dreading that this hotel would not be very nice at all.

When the taxi pulled up at the hotel I was very pleasantly surprised. While this is not a luxury hotel, it is brand new, very clean, comfortable and cheerful. The breakfast that was included in my room rate was actually very nice, especially considering the price!

The location is very convenient. Definitely not as beautiful of alocation as the Westin in Kyoto, or some of the other hotels, but still a nice location to have as a base while staying in Kyoto. It's easy enough to get around by foot, bus, metro, and taxi from this hotel.

The staff was very good in Gerneral. Many of the staff were excellent and extremely friendly and helpful. A couple of people at the front desk during my stay weren't that great, but they can easily be ignored or avoided in most cases. Just find the staff members you like and make a point of only dealing with them.

The concierge was very helpful in telling where to go and how to get there when I wanted to go sightseeing. They told me how to get to the temples, etc... they were very helpful. They also recommened a wonderful Kaiseki restaurant close to the river, which was great.

Bottom line- This is a great place to stay at a very affordable price. Not a luxury hotel, but totally adaquate and spotlessly clean. The rooms have nice bathrooms with deep soaking tubs, air purifiers (nice touch) and flat screen televisions. I am extremely particular about cleanliness and found this hotel to be clean.

I definitely plan to try the Hyatt in Kyoto which is supposed to be lovely, but I would definitely return to the Monterey in Kyoto.

A fairly nice brand new hotel


The hotel Monterey opened in Kyoto in March 07 so it is still brand new.

We stayed there for a week in July 07 and were quite pleased with the hotel.

The hotel is located 50 meters away from the subway station Karasuma Oike. Yet, you don t really notice it despite the fact it is a huge building cos the hotel sign is ridiculously small and so is the hotel entrance. I guess they had to do with the building layout because the entrance is really tiny and badly designed compared to the number of rooms and guests of the hotel. There s not even a real lobby !

Rooms are a bit small but well you never expect big rooms in Japan anyway. The hotel being new, so are the rooms so they are among the nicest i ve seen in Kyoto so far.

Staff is always polite and nice (japanese standard) though as usual male staff is far less competent and friendly than female staff, but that seems to be the rule in Japanese hotels anyway so we are used to it.

There is a great Spa/Sento (japanese bath) on the last floor of the hotel. Entrance is not free but definitely worth a visit if you stay there.

Location can be an issue with this hotel despite the fact it is right next to one of the main subway station and next to Sanjo, one of the main street of Kyoto. The fact is to get to the busy part of Sanjo and Teramachi where shops and restaurants are, you need a good 10-15mn walk which can get tiring when you do it a few times a day for many days...

And for those who are on a sightseeing trip, it is indeed not near to any main bus routes leading to the famous spots in Kyoto.

That s actually the main downfall of the hotel which is making us uncertain about whether to stay again or not at Monterey.

Rooms are newer and nicer than other hotels but the walk to the busy part of the city can really be a chore.

Pleasant stay


Stayed for 4 nights, Hotel is new with cool decor. Rooms were very very small. Lots of toiletries stuff in the bathroom.

Breakfast was ok but got a little boring after being repeated 4 times.

Staff at reception varied to being very helpful to useless. It is a new hotel so I am sure they will iron out the imperfections soon.

The best way to get around Kyoto is by bus. Unfortunately there are no bus routes on the road where the hotel is located (nearest stop is 7 mins walk next to the subway). Main shopping and restaurant area are a good 25 mins walk.

Overall the hotel was ok. I felt that it catered more for Eastern tourists then western ones.

I would recommend the hotel to someone else, but next time I myself would try somewhere different.

TripAdvisor Reviews Hotel Monterey Kyoto

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Travel Blogs from Kyoto

Tourist's favourite

A travel blog entry by nikitravel on Oct 18, 2012

Getting there:
We head back on local train from Takayama and now we are heading from Nagoya to Kyoto on the Shinkansen. From Kyoto station we caught the subway (JR Pass not included, additional cost) on Karasuma line to Karasuma Oike station, the hotel is just around the corner from the subway station

We went to a lot of places and ate …

Japanese toilet humour

A travel blog entry by nadinehanlon on Nov 07, 2012

4 comments, 13 photos

... there is also so much more to the surrounding areas of Kyoto that after 4 nights of being here I have only spent half a day in the city so far.

My first stop was to Arashiyama to the west of Kyoto, famous for it's autumn colours (and cherry blossom in the spring) on the slopes of Mount Arashiyama, bamboo forests, Tenryu-ji temple, and Okochi Sanso gardens built by a famous Japanese actor which climb up into ...

The floods are coming!

A travel blog entry by ofraza on Jun 08, 2012

I was slow getting going again this morning because I really didn't want to go out in the humidity again. But I finally stepped out and made my way up to Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion. This was one of the ones that I wasn't really looking forward to but felt that I had to see since it's one of the most famous places in Kyoto. I wanted to get it done today because every place has been so crowded with school children anyway and I figured the weekend would be ...

Templing in Kyoto

A travel blog entry by yanandasif on Sep 16, 2011

2 comments, 12 photos

... to turn on anything that emitted light!

The difference in Kyoto was immediately apparent on arrival. With the mayhem left behind, there was room for things likethe sky and adequately sized pavements! Kyoto is the old Capital of Japan and is known as the 'City of a Thousand Temples’. You may think that a thousand temples is more than enough to get going with but Kyoto has in fact 1600 Buddhist temples, 400 Shinto shrines, a couple ...

Kaleidoscopes and Kimono

A travel blog entry by eundel on Sep 30, 2010

42 photos

... banned eventually, but the expression still means to go for something wholeheartedly. In addition to the jumping, a waterfall at the base of the hill was said to grant drinkers longevity, success in school and love. A more mundane, but possibly more impressive fact was the temple was built in 780 without the use of any nails.

I arrived right when the temple opened and was mere steps ahead of what seemed to be an unending stream (a river, really) of ...

Traveler Photos Hotel Monterey Kyoto

Kyoto, Japan