The Westin Miyako Kyoto
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The Westin Miyako Kyoto Reviews
Close to Philosopher's Walk, but far from food Apr 05, 2010
We stayed at the Westin Miyako Hotel because my cousin had stayed here previously and recommended it. The hotel was very nice. After checking in, we sat in the lobby waiting to be brought to our room. There is a large glass wall with water flowing down it and a piano at the base of it. Every evening had some form of music in the lobby, either piano, violin, or something else. We enjoyed our free “elixir” while waiting (it was tea).
My room had two single beds and overlooked an old tennis court. My aunt and uncle’s room had one queen bed and overlooked a beautiful garden. Both rooms had a tv, small refrigerator, table and chairs, and a nice bathroom. When you enter the room, you need to store your room key in the little slot by the door in order for the power to work in your room. If you don’t store your key, the lights won’t work. That way, you don’t waste electricity if you leave the room with the lights on.
The beds were pretty comfortable and we even got guest slippers to wear in the room. Instead of a Bible, we had a copy of the Teachings of Buddha and a New Testament. Both books were in both English and Japanese. The nightstand also had a world clock on it so you could see what time it was all over the world. That’s handy, although most smart phones can also tell you that. The tv had a few stations in English, such as the BBC.
The hotel staff was friendly and our rooms were always clean and in order. This was a very nice hotel to stay in, but we really weren’t in our rooms much and probably didn’t need to spend as much money as we did on hotel rooms. We were here during peak cherry blossom season and the hotel was booked over the weekends. We were here during the week and it was much less busy.
The hotel has an outdoor pool, which was closed, and an indoor pool/fitness area. Except you had to pay an extra 500 Yen to use the pool (for laps) or fitness area. We didn’t pay. There was also a little gift shop, but that appeared to be going out of business shortly. There were conference rooms and a restaurant/bar, but we never used any of that. Probably the biggest downside to staying here is that there are no places to eat nearby. We found one restaurant, a British Pub, on the next block. A few blocks away is a Lawson’s Convenience store, but no real places you could go for meals. It was within walking distance of the Philosopher’s Walk and a subway station.
As we were there midweek during cherry blossom season, reservations are highly recommended. If staying over a weekend of cherry blossom season or fall colors, reservations are a MUST!
Part of the Sakura and Sake - Japan 2010 travel blog
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The Westin Miyako Kyoto Overview
This hotel is located near the city’s historic district. Close to the Westin Miyako, there are a huge number of shrines and temples that constitute some of Japan’s most treasured places. The city of Kyoto is also home to modern shopping centers and many other attractions. The Kansai International Airport is the nearest to the Westin Miyako Kyoto. Guests may take an express train or drive to that facility.
The accommodations at the Westin Miyako Kyoto are provided with modern amenities. There are direct-dial telephones, televisions with satellite service and private baths in all of the rooms at this establishment. In-room dining options are broad and available around the clock.
The hotel offers its guests numerous ways to relax. Those who prefer to work out their stress may take advantage of the workout equipment at the Westin Miyako Hotel. Those who prefer meditation may do so in the hotel’s Zen garden. The hotel has numerous eating options available to its guests. Cocktails and tea are served at various establishments within the hotel.
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