The breakfast buffet was fantastic, the selections varied. There were western and Japanese... See full review
Oct 11, 2010
Business, leisure travelers can relax at central hotel with spa
Located in a modern, nine-story building in the heart of the Kyoto business district and close to numerous tourist attractions, the Mitsui Garden Shijo is an ideal destination for both business and leisure travelers. Featuring stylish, spacious rooms, friendly service and a restaurant, the property aims to create an air of relaxation and comfort perfect for settling down after a busy day. The Mitsui Garden Shijo offers computer rentals and features a spacious public bath/spa area.
Ideal location in central Kyoto
A little over a mile from the Mitsui Garden Shijo is Sanjusangendo, a Buddhist temple built in 1164. Officially known as the "Hall of the Lotus King," the temple is run by a sect of Buddhist monks. The name literally means "hall with 33 spaces between columns," which reflects the architecture of the main hall of the temple. Guests can explore the 1,000 life-size statues of the deity of the temple.
The 169 rooms at the Mitsui Garden Shijo feature light colors, warm furnishings and clean lines evident of the modern vibe present. Each room features a television with satellite channels, a work desk and a safe-deposit box. Air conditioning and refrigerators are also found in each room, in addition to the standard bathroom amenities. Complimentary high-speed wired Internet access is available in each room.
The Mitsui Garden Shijo offers guests a large, comfortable public bath complete with a relaxing garden view. In addition, the property features Otawa restaurant, serving Japanese cuisine, and the Kozue lounge.
Shijoomiya subway station (0.3 mi/0.5 km)
Osaka International Airport (48.8 mi/78.6 km)
Kyoto International Manga Museum (0.6 mi/1 km)
Costume Museum (0.7 mi/1.1 km)
Nijo Castle (0.7 mi/1.1 km)
Gion Corner (1.1 mi/1.8 km)
Sanjusangendo (1.3 mi/2.1 km)
Computer rental (fees apply)
Complimentary high-speed wired Internet
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The breakfast buffet was fantastic, the selections varied. There were western and Japanese offerings. Salad greens with optional add-ins, breads, scrambled eggs, hash browns, plain yogurt, fresh fruit, corn flakes, brown rice flakes (yum!),
udon, rice porridge, miso soup, cold tofu, salmon or mackerel, tofu dumplings, natto, rice, juices, coffee, tea, milk, and numerous other items were available. Guests may help themselves to as much as they cared to eat. No carry-outs, though.
The hotel will send your bags on to your next destination for a charge of about $20. Take your bags to the front desk the day before (check on time) and your bags will be at your next stop by noon the next day.
Free LAN connection in rooms. 2 PC's for guests to use in the lobby. (Don't know about wi-fi.)
Room was a bit cramped for 2 people, but workable. We had a double with 2 beds, which were bigger than a US twin-size bed and smaller than a US full-size bed.
Subway station a few blocks away on Shijo-dori.
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Short walk from hotel
Eating in Japanese restaurants can be expensive and for westerners, daunting. For an economical and easy option, try the Fresco grocery store, located a short block away from the hotel, on Shijo-dori. It has with a nice selection of sushi, tempura, vegetable sides, and bento boxes, and grocery items, fresh fruit and vegetables, sweets, beverages.