Need to book a hotel for Kyoto and are after the best location to say? Doesn’t need to be near the main station.
Time of year, size and makeup of party, budget....nice to provide.
I like so-called "downtown."
Near Kyoto Station is one of the best areas, actually. If you arrive by Shinkansen, the hotel would be close; Kyoto City is a large city so you need to travel by train, bus, or taxi within Kyoto City; there are plenty of shopping and dining choices in the station area; within minutes of walk, there's an AEON mall so that you don't get bored at night.