Palace Side Hotel
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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.
A great budget hotel
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).
Location: the hotel is 4 minutes walk from the Karasuma-Marutamachi intersection where you can access the subway or several city buses, so travel connections to the attractions is very convenient. There's also a McDonalds and Circle K convenience store at the intersection, and a 24h supermarket (Fresco) a few more minutes walk away. The Kyoto Imperial Palace grounds are opposite the hotel. Alternatively, you can also walk north (12 mins) to the Imadegawa subway intersection for more connection options.
Room: for a budget hotel the room is reasonable (not super tiny like other budget hotels I've stayed in in Tokyo). It was clean and came equipped with a TV (Japanese channels only), hair dryer and electric kettle. The beds are comfortable and firm. The bathroom is typical of most budget hotels, i.e. small. The room is cleaned and made up every day. I thought it was perfectly acceptable for the price. The main road can be a little noisy, so ask for rooms further back away from the road (which I did). The view is nothing to shout about but if you want a clearer line of sight go for the 6th floor, which is the highest.
Facilities: the hotel has enough basic facilities for the traveller. The ground floor cafe serves a buffet western breakast (scrambled eggs, bacon, etc) for 1,050 yen. There's a communal kitchen on the 2nd floor (which I used a few times and found useful) and a coin operated laundry. The two PCs with free Internet access are a big plus. If you have your own notebook, they also have 2 LAN access points for you to plug into. The staff are very helpful and can communicate in English (at varying proficiency levels).
On the overall, I found the Palace Side Hotel to be an excellent budget hotel. It's not luxurious, but that's not expected at this price point. I recommend it.
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.
Very Helpful Staff at the Palace Side Hotel
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.
The staff was extremely helpful to us. Because there were not enough rooms available for us to stay in the same room for both nights, the staff allowed us to drop off our belongings at the front desk in the morning, and when we returned in the evening, they had taken it up to our room.
We found the internet access to be very helpful, and the breakfast buffet was tasty and reasonably priced. The view of the street outside was very pleasant as we fueled up for a day of sight-seeing. The rooms were small but comfortable and clean.
It was quite easy to get to the hotel from the subway station, making it a convenient jumping off point for sight seeing.
All in all, we found it to be a great value and would stay again when in Kyoto.
A Great Deal
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.
Best value budget hotel
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.
The hotel is close to most of the major attractions, being across the road from the Imperial Palace and within walking distance to most of the others. This meant we did not waste money on overpriced tours. It is also close to the subway. McDonalds is just a short walk, and there are lots of Japanese eateries in the area. It is close to many shops and a great Kodak photo lab.
The staff all spoke good English and the restuarant served great food at reasonable prices. The Western food tasted great and was served amazingly quickly. Breakfast was fantastic. There are some rooms with kitchenettes, and the hotel has a communal kitchen, as well as a library/common room and a self service laundry. There's no room service, but that was not a problem for us. The front desk staff were available 24 hours a day, and at 12.30am they even helped me to make a booking for a transit bus to the airport. There are public phones and FREE internet in the hotel. You can also hire bicycles from the hotel, if you want to get around the place quicker. They were really inexpensive.
We had stayed at a four star hotel in Tokushima prior to staying at the Palace Side, and we enjoyed our stay at the Palace Side more. The staff at the Palace Side could understand us, and it didn't cost us AUS$6.00 to get a glass of milk from room service! Also, the four star hotel couldn't cook Western food, not even toast properly (toasted five minutes each side, and still came out snow white - yuk!). The room at the Palace Side was not as luxurious as at the four star hotel, but then we didn't expect it to be, and we only used the room to sleep in anyway.
Overall, it was a fantastic place to stay, and we'll certainly stay there again if we are lucky enough to visit Kyoto again. I'd recommend it to anyone wanting an inexpensive but comfortable place to stay while exploring Kyoto.
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.
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