Palace Side Hotel
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After all that flying and then the bus ride from Osaka Airport, it's time to wake up and enjoy my first experience of Japan (the waking up bit is difficult after a "day" which contained 36 hours, 6 meals and no sleep, and I'm not in time for the breakfast provided).
The first impression of Kyoto is one of oppressive heat and deafening …
I too made my first trip to Japan last month in August. I was very nervous because I was going to be there alone for the 1st 5 days. I had a great time though, I had originally planned to spend the entire time in Kansai but I was lucky and was able to make it to Hiroshima when my friend joined me. I am not a good traveler so I cheated a little bit …
Day 12 17th May 2007 Not a very exciting day im afraid caught my flight quite easily from Hong Kong to Osaka had a bit of a bumpy landing into Osaka airport at one point we litterally fell out of the sky now thats not too bad a 32,000 feet but at about 200 feet its bloody un-nearving! passed through immagration and customs with ease as you would …
... Finally, I had the opportunity to visit Hongwanji Temple. This temple is one that practices prayer at 6 am every morning. Townspeople come to worship before work. I got up early to attend, as well. The temple was very dark and the only illuminated portions were a large hanging lantern and the altar at the front. It was beautiful. I've also shared with you portions of the prayer session. Enjoy the pictures...it was a beautiful city and experience that I will always treasure. ...
... and we'll visit some more on the other side...
Unfortunately, I don't think the photos really do the reality much justice. The peak blossom time came quickly and just as quickly, they fell from the branches like an off-pink snowfall. The ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsPalace Side Hotel Kyoto
Good standards, very comfortable
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Historical Traveler Reviews Palace Side Hotel Kyoto
Excellent hotel in Kyoto
Other positive reviews led us to stay at the Palace Side Hotel in Kyoto. We were delighted! Rooms are large by Japanese standards, staff members were extremely helpful, there are two free computers in the lobby to check email. About 5 blocks to the subway so transportation around the city was easy. I wish the hotel restaurant served Japanese food in addition to western cuisine but there are lots of choices just outside the door. I would definitely stay there again.
Great hotel at a truly reasonable price.
My wife and I stayed at the Palace Side Hotel earlier this Nov and it was very pleasant stay. THe service at the front desk is great. They held our bags since we arrived to Kyoto early and then they were nice enough to bring our bags to the room before we came back to properly check-in. I loved the fact that they have free internet access in the lobby. The location is ok. About 2 blocks from the nearest subway station and about 10 min from the Kyoto Station. Finally, the price is fantastic. I would definately stay here again. My only issue with the hotel was that the windows were not very sound proof.
Just returned from an 8-day trip to Kyoto, where I stayed at the Palace Side Hotel. I found it on the Internet and chose it because (i) the price was reasonable and (ii) the staff responded promptly to my emails (always a good thing in my books).
Value for money
The hotel is close by to a subway station. Use the exist number 2 from the subway station. The staff was very cooperative and friendly. The breakfast costed 1050 Yens, i felt it was a great price for what they had. They let us put our bags at the front desk until 2:00 p.m. As any other Japanese hotel it is small.
Overall if you are looking a cheap and good place this is it.
You get what you pay for
Our room at the Palaceside was gloomy and very small. We had a terrible view and it was noisy even though we were on the 4th floor. The beds were tiny and I didn't feel like the sheets were totally clean. The bathroom was a bit cramped and didn't feel spotless either. I thought the location was a bit far from the main attractions as well. The walk from the bus and subway station was about 3 blocks. It can feel pretty dark and desserted at night because you are right across the street from the palace.
If you're on a really tight budget, its fine. I would chose a different hotel next time around.
Fantastic hotel, great location and value!
Loved the Palace Side Hotel! Staff were very helpful - they let my sister check in hours before I arrived (I was the one paying!), and helped out with any other requests we had. The location was great, across the road from the Imperial Palace, and close to other attractions, restaurants and the subway. 2 computers for free internet in the foyer, coin laundry, and apparently a kitchen which we didn't use. The room was a reasonable size, and the air conditioning was very welcome! Chose this hotel over another one based on the reviews here, and made the right choice - would definitely stay here again.
We made reservations at the Palace Side Hotel for our first two nights in Japan, because we knew that they had a front desk that was open 24 hours, and we had to travel to Kyoto from Nagoya on the day we arrived. I'm glad we did so, because our flight was delayed, and we didn't arrive at the hotel until 10:00, which would have been much too late to stay at most ryokans.
It's so hard to find small, comfortable, and AFFORDABLE hotels like this on the internet! The lobby was nicely done with a clean and comfortable seating area, a couple of computers to check your e-mail on, and a small area to plug in your own computer with an interesting and unexpected art display. We stayed in the slightly more expensive room with a sofa and I suspect it was worth it (didn't see the smaller rooms). The room was cozy but a good size by Japanese standards. The bathroom was tiny but it was altogether quite liveable and decent - definitely worth the price! The room faced the street which was a bit loud and busy but it also looked out onto the Imperial Palace's park-like grounds. The restaurant below is pleasant with glass doors that open to a very nice outdoor seating area. The prices were reasonable and the food good (although overall the Japanese just don't do breakfast the way Westerners would like). There's also a coffee bar/ library on the 2nd floor that turns into a cozy but hopping little bar at night. We stayed in two hotels in Kyoto - the luxurious Westin Miyako and the Palace Side. Frankly, although the former was nice, the Palace Side was more convenient and a better value. Transportation and food are expensive in Japan - a good value in lodging is important.
I stayed in this hotel, with my best friend and my son in February 2005. The reasonable price meant that we could afford to stay for twice as long as most other hotels. I found the Palace Side on the net, and was able to book and confirm our room from home, at no extra expense.
Excellent budget hotel
I have been taking university students to Japan for about 20 years - this is by far the best deal available in Kyoto. Well situated adjacent to the Imperial Palace and just 3 minutes north of the Marutamahe subway. Rooms are small but spotless with good wc & bath. (the superior twin rooms have an extra sofa which provides more room). There is a laundromat and even a communal kitchen if you feel like cooking your own food. Bikes are available by the hour or by the day, providing a great way of exploring this magnificent city.
Most of the front desk staff speak English and are always very helpful.