When you’re new to Japan and want to see the best it has to offer, going to Kyoto is a no-brainer. However, with the myriad of housing options it is tough to narrow it to just one. Kyoto has multiple hotels, private homes and even ryokans to make your stay enjoyable. However, after a lot of research, we discovered the grandeur that is Hotel Granvia.
The hotel itself is in a perfect location, being actually in the same building as JR station itself. There’s nothing like getting off a shinkansen after a long trip to have your hotel literally steps away. Despite being so close to the station, the rooms are remarkably quiet and one would never know all the hustle and bustle around the area.
The best part is that it makes for an easy hub for side trips to multiple sites not only in Kyoto, but all around. It is within easy access of local train lines, buses, subway and taxis. It makes the perfect base for going to Osaka, Nara, Hiroshima, and even Kobe to name a few. Everyone is so helpful, not only at the hotel itself, but even at the adjacent shinkansen station! They helped us immensely in getting around the area. We were even able to get famous Kobe beef in Kobe!
Both the exterior and interior reveal large, modern and smart hotel with easy check in and check out. It also has great views, especially at night with Kyoto Tower at the horizon. The surrounding station has plenty of food options too.
The rooms are fairly large for Japanese standards with my favorite warm toilet seats, perfect for a cold winter night.
Speaking of food, the hotel has an amazing buffet. Located at the 15th floor with breathtaking views, it is not to be missed. It is a little pricey but is worth it, given so many options and the ambience.
This hotel definitely cannot be beaten especially in location, location, and location! If ever in Kyoto area, do give it a try. I highly recommend it.
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