Hotel Granvia Kyoto

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Average rate: $109 - Hotel class: 5 stars
JR Kyoto Station, Kyoto, Japan - +81-75-231115

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Hotel Granvia Kyoto Reviews

jennjeff1 jennjeff1
143 reviews
Bundle of Money or Bundle with Trains--Hotel Granvia Kyoto Jun 10, 2012
Hotel Granvia Kyoto is by far the most impressive hotel we've stayed at since we lived in Japan 2003-2005. It is a five-star+ hotel with every amenity you can imagine--and it is IN the Kyoto Main Train Station!

The best deals to stay here are only available to those travellers with a Japan Rail (JR) Rail Pass. For example:

From JPY24,000 ~ JPY30,000 / April 1, 2012 - March 31, 2013

or about $300~$400 USD per night[b][i]after[/i][/b] JR Rail Pass discount. A Superior Room will run about 38,000 JPY or $500!!! Then you have to add taxes on top of these prices.

It was still a great value for us because we got a package deal with H.I.S. Travel Agency when we bundled with JR Rail Pass and booked for two cities in Japan. For our package deal we ended up paying only about $125 per night including taxes through H.I.S. travel agency.

Hotel Granvia Kyoto is not an ordinary train station hotel--it is a masterpiece of modern architecture with a huge multi-story shopping mall and several restaurants...even a helipad and garden park on the roof!

Most visitors like us arrive at Osaka's Kansai Airport which is just a 75-minute "terminal-to-terminal" train ride on the Haruka Express Train from Kansai Airport Station to Kyoto Station. If you arrive at Narita in Tokyo, you can take a 2 hour, 35 minute Shinkansen bullet train from Tokyo Station to Kyoto Station after the 50-55 minute Narita Express (also operated by JR) to Tokyo Station.

Kyoto is a fascinating city of over 400 castles, shrines and need to allow for at least 1 day per quadrant for a 4-day minimum stay to see most of the tourist areas. Since Hotel Granvia Kyoto is at the central main train station, getting around town is VERY easy due to its central location! If you want to take a cheap tourist bus from the hotel, get on Bus #100 to get to your destination. You can also take the local JR and private railroad lines to get to the sites. There is a huge parking lot for taxis and a bus terminal just outside the hotel, which is also located across the street from Kyoto Tower.

From our hotel room we could see several castles, pagodas, shrines and temples. The central location made all day-trips easy to accomplish by train, bus, taxi, organized tour group, or walking to nearby attractions. The location is the BEST part of this hotel, in addition to the top staff at the concierge desk who are extremely knowledgeable, helpful and patient! They speak excellent English and are very friendly when giving directions or booking a tour. They also have internet-enabled computers to use for 100 JPY and will print out maps for you.

The cleaning staff is impeccable and all the public spaces are highly polished on a daily basis--you could probably eat off the carpet in the entrance way--its that clean!

This hotel has everything imaginable--including a stocked fridge at reasonable prices...although there is also a Lawsons Convenience Store on the same block.

The bed is super comfy and available in Western styles--without the gap between the two sides of the bed as in most other Japanese or European hotels. Great sheets and piles of pillows!

The bathroom is fantastic! It even has one of those multi-function modern Japanese toilets with the built-in seat warmer, bidet and "shower" for your more intimate moments. Don't worry about fogging up the mirror either--they spray a section above the sink with anti-fog solution so you can shave or put on make-up after a hot shower.

The service is always top-notch and the staff always friendly--most are fluent English speakers--even the cleaning staff knows enough English to get customers what they need. Although we were a bit disappointed by the check-in receptionist's attitude and she was unable to get us into a room early after arriving via plane/train from Okinawa/Osaka the concierge was able to get us into a room much earlier than check-in time at 3 P.M.

We were very happy with Hotel Granvia Kyoto and would definitely stay here again while on JR Rail Pass in Japan. In our 4-day stay we did not see it all and hope to get back to Kyoto again to see the rest of this beautifully historic cultural mecca, and we'll stay at Hotel Granvia Kyoto just for the location, friendly staff and amenities!
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jennjeff1 says:
Thanks for the congrats everyone on the Hotel Granvia Kyoto review which was featured this week! We missed it on TB while we were in DC!

~Jeff (& Jenny)
Posted on: Aug 12, 2012
montecarlostar says:
Congrats on the feature, Jeff and Jenny! :D
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012
monky says:
Congrats on your featured review! :)
Posted on: Aug 10, 2012
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kieu kieu
16 reviews
Quiet and Classy May 16, 2010
This hotel was connected to the train station but you'd never be able to tell. It's incredibly large and you never hear the trains. Very convenient for someone traveling through Japan and stopping in Kyoto. Considering it is a train station hotel it's actually very classy. The hotel room was very nice, not large but comfortable. There is a whole shopping area underneath the hotel/train station. It's like an underground mall. There's a kimono rental shop nearby and a roof area to catch a view of the city. It's also close to the metro stop. There are a few restaurants in the hotel. Again, the hotel is large so navigating through or getting to your room can be a short walk. I stayed here as part of a tour package so I'm not sure about the pricing but I recommend this hotel.
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portia portia
216 reviews
Hotel over a train station? Yes! it's a good thing! Mar 17, 2008
The fact that the hotel is over a train station may deter some people initially, but don't let that happen to you! You will not feel the trains rattling beneath the floor, and the Kyoto train station is a destination in itself in my opinion.

This is a very nice hotel, a little on the large side! So we had to walk a long way to get to our room. After checkin, they had us wait for a bellboy (who was a girl) to take us to our room. There were little art pieces all over the hallway but they were all sort of similar, by the same artist, at least the ones we saw were. We did not wander over to all the floors!

There are a ton of restaurants nearby, both in front and underground or in the wings of the huge station complex via MANY escalators and in a shopping center. It goes without saying that shopping opportunities abound.

There is also a skyway across the length of the station near the top, with great view of Kyoto city and there was an art exhibit along the skyway showing Japanese woodcuts when we were there.

The room itself was just fine, not a flat TV, but the bathroom was large and had both a Japanese style shower and a tub with a glass wall separating it from the sink and toilet area.

I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for convenience and a futuristic setting. Our room was about $200 per night not including any means, but including tax.
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lisa says:
i saw signs for this hotel at the kyoto station, not realizing it was located just above my head! it looks quite nice!
Posted on: Apr 15, 2008
sirenn9 sirenn9
43 reviews
Jun 17, 2007
I will start out by advising any of you who would like to stay at this hotel to book it online first. We booked our room about a month in advance through and got a much better price than the amount it normally costs if it is booked in Japan. We got a really nice room with two pretty large beds for a rate of $120 a night. It would have been a lot more if we had booked it in Japan. The hotel itself is really nice and pretty upscale. It is located directly above the Kyoto train station in a huge complex filled with restaurants, shops and places to get coffee. There are many tours and day excursions offered by the hotel, as well, but I recommend purchasing tours in advance from (a site spealilizing in affordable tours all over the world). We went on English-speaking guided tours all over Kyoto and Nara (AMAZING!!!). The pick up for these tours is at a hotel directly across the street from Hotel Granvia. Since the hotel is right next to the train station it is a great location for trains and buses to other areas of Kyoto. The service at the hotels is really good and there are several fancy restaurants in the hotel. The only thing that I didn't like about this hotel is that they charge you extra if you want to use their indoor pool or fitness center. Aside from that, I would definitely recommend staying here.
Kana says:
We considered this hotel, too, although we were too late to book it and there were no available rooms for the dates we wanted to stay. Maybe next time! :)
Posted on: Jul 23, 2007

Hotel Granvia Amenities

  • Room Service
  • High-speed Internet
  • Fitness Room/Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Disabled Access
  • Concierge
  • Massage / Beauty Centre
  • Elevator / Lift
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Air Conditioned
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Conference Room(s)
  • Currency Exchange
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Safe-Deposit Box
  • Sauna
  • Mini Bar
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • In Room Movies
  • Wake-up Service
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • TV
  • Laundry service
  • Shops
  • Nightclubs
  • Photocopier
  • Desk
  • Direct dial phone
  • Ballroom
  • Exhibit Space
  • Disabled Accessible Rooms
  • Wheel Chair Access
  • Salon
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Steam Room
  • Massage
  • Beauty Salon
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • Bathrobes
  • Shower
  • Pool Indoor
  • Cots
  • Coffee Shop/Cafeteria
  • Luggage Storage
  • Designated Smoking Area
  • Shops in Hotel
  • Souvenirs/Gift Shop
  • Express Check-In/Check-Out
  • Paid Parking

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