Best Places To Stay in Kyoto, Japan

By Travel Noire


No visit to Japan is complete without a stay in Kyoto. Here you’ll discover beautiful temples, shrines, and historic sites but there are many things to do and see in this ancient city. With fine restaurants and hotels, you won’t lack for comfort while enjoying this Japanese treasure.

The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto

The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto is the essence of elegance with a Japanese flair, This hotel is an oasis of luxury and tranquility while keeping you in the heart of Kyoto. This is a pricey choice but if you are going for a special occasion, it is well worth the price! The Ritz-Carlton overlooks the river, providing a spectacular view. Some of the amenities include large, luxurious rooms, a beautiful swimming pool, and several dining options.

Royal Park Hotel The Kyoto

The Royal Park is in the perfect location! Located in the center of everything, you’ll be surrounded by plenty of cafes and shops, plus easy access to public transportation. When you stay at the Royal, you’ll be within walking distance of the famous temples and Geisha districts of Ponto-cho and Gion. The rooms at the Royal Park are on the small side but do offer all the modern conveniences you expect from a hotel. You will also have a private bathroom, including a shower and a bathtub. The staff is fantastic, and they serve an excellent breakfast.

Hana-Touro Hotel Gion

This boutique hotel, located near the heart of Gion and is a beautiful mix of traditional with the modern. Room amenities include comfortable beds, free WiFi and a flat-screen TV. The bathrooms feature traditional bathtubs made of cedar wood and the rooms come with Japanese art books and Nespresso machine. Although this is a mid-level hotel you will get 5-star service.

Kyoto Hana Hotel

This is a new, modern hotel with a contemporary feel to it. The rooms are comfortable with clean bathrooms. You’ll be close to shops and temples. The staff is well versed in English and attentive to the needs of guests.

Hotel Granvia Kyoto

Located within the Kyoto Train station, Hotel Granvia Kyoto offers comfort and convenience. When you stay at the Granvia, not only will you get a great hotel you can step off the train and right into your hotel. The rooms are spacious with comfortable beds, free wifi, and flat screen TV. Amenities include a swimming pool and gym. There are several dining options nearby.

Century Hotel Kyoto

This hotel is a beautiful, comfortable hotel that is also affordable. The rooms and large and modern and feature extra big beds and attentive staff. This hotel is in a good location, near a train station.

Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto Ekimae

This mid-level hotel is located a few minutes from Kyoto Station and it features everything you need for a comfortable stay. The rooms and clean and well-equipped and bathrooms feature both showers and tubs. Breakfast is served each day but you may also choose one of several nearby cafes. There is also an on-location.

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