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Karasuma Kyoto Hotel
Ranked #62 of 366 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Hong Kong, China
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“Great location”
Reviewed 17 April 2012

Great location by subway station and centrally located along bus lines for temple exploration. Short bus ride or longer walk to Gion area. Staff could be more consistent with their service at front desk. Some are quite friendly, others are rather indifferent in their attitude. Breakfast buffet looked poor in selection and rather boring. No wifi in rooms, wifi available in lobby but very slow.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 April 2012

OK, so I am continually surprised by user comments on hotels. Mine will vary from most others.

I have been to Kyoto maybe 100 times. I come here eight times a year on business. I would only choose this hotel as a last resort which I did this week because cherry blossom week is a zoo in Kyoto.

The price is fair and the staff are fine. But, this is far from "excellent location", "superb", "great rooms" etc. The rooms and the hotel are super dated. It's just been a long time since anything was done to spruce anything up. The carpet is so dirty that I am definitely wearing the requisite Japanese disposable slippers which I often ignore in Japan. There is a strange odor- its just old.

The location is so so. Frankly I think that the folks that rated location this excellent just don't know Kyoto. Yes it is near a subway stop, but that doesn't make the location premium, it means you are 10 mins (including one transfer) away from a premium location after going down like 6 levels of stairway to get to the super deep Kyoto metro system (don't forget you'll need to come up too). Choose a different location and you can avoid the subway most the time. Anything near the river, Gion area, is far more scenic, walk-able, etc. This hotel is on Karasuma-dori which is super busy, not near any of the charming neighborhoods and sort of an office building kind of a place. Restaurants? Not really. Yes there is a Starbucks downstairs. But, that is neither a restaurant nor what one should be coming to Kyoto for.

The bed is the most basic Japanese bed barely to a western standard. Hard, cheap mattress, tiny pillow. So, unlike another traveler, this sort of bed does not welcome me after 24 hours in planes, trains, and automobiles. I want a nice pillow and a reasonably built bed. These are barely usable.

Sorry about the grousing, but a little perspective is in order here. Kyoto Hotel Okura, Kyoto Royal and the new Royal Park Hotel, are all better choices. Trust me, I have done this a few times. They are likely couple bucks more (or yen in this case) but all offer bargain rates depending on the time of year. Shop around online. The Kyoto Karasuma is a room and a toilet, little more.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 March 2012

Subway station within 50 yards (lift access for those with luggage), major bus stops fairly close by so easy to get around the city. Hotel located in relatively quiet business area. Clean, reasonably spacious room and bathroom. Free WiFi in lobby with plenty of seating/tables. Good breakfast buffet selection. Helpful staff, happy to change 10,000 yen notes from 7-11 ATM (two blocks away); front-desk stocks day city bus passes (good value for 3 or more single journeys). Nice varied walks (or take the bus) to Gion, which is charming and lively day and night. Nice coffee shop over the road as alternative to Starbucks on ground floor of hotel complex.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Vienna, Austria
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Reviewed 15 February 2012

Excellent location: very close to the "Shijo" subway stop, two stops north of the main railway station. Walking distance (1.7 km, 1 mile) to Gion, along shijo-dori (4th street), a major shopping street.

The room is small as expected, but has a small closet and a luggage rack.

Comfortable bed.

Free internet connection (cable, not wlan). Did not use TV, I think there were about 10 Japanese stations, perhaps also CNN or BBC.

Practical bathroom, with shower and tub. Toothbrush and slippers included.

A bargain at 6600 Yen/night.
Breakfast included. The buffet breakfast includes Western (potatoes, sausages, cereal) and Japanese dishes. (I was not allowed into the breakfast room with slippers, had to go back to my room and get shoes.)

Front desk is very friendly and helpful; slight problems with the English language.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank bisnes-and-pleasure
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Reviewed 4 February 2012

Great position - close to subway shops, free Internet, good buffet breakfast.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Additional Information about Karasuma Kyoto Hotel

Property: Karasuma Kyoto Hotel
Address: Karasuma Shijo, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8412, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Shimogyo-ku , Kawaramachi / Karasuma / Shijo Omiya
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#23 Business Hotel in Kyoto
Price range (per night): ₹ 4,860 - ₹ 13,739
Hotel Class:3 star — Karasuma Kyoto Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 255
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