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APA Hotel Kyoto Gion EXCELLENT

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The great — location. In the historic center of Kyoto. Not much after that. Small room, lumpy bed, very thin pillows. Breakfast in the hotel you do because convenient and to tide you over till lunch. Quaint touch of the Japanese — faucet swings between tub and wash basin. But for over. $300 a night (was told its peak season) yes i am complaining ! In hindsight better to have stayed in a better hotel somewhere farther; taxis abound (though also pricey) anyhow.

Nice clean and comfortable hotel in Gion. On the main street but did not notice any street noise. Easy walking distance to many temples. Plenty of dining option in local area. Rooms are standard size for Japan but you don't spend much time in your room. Starbucks is in the same building which is a good option if you only want a coffee in the morning.

Do not stay here in the winter. Some rooms have heaters, some do not. The room was below 10C when I woke up each morning. The hot water would randomly go off at times, and the water pressure was so abysmal I had to take showers by scooping water from the sink. All in all, if you stay here in the winter, you are risking your health.

Very strategic location to explore Kyoto, especially the Gion area. The hotel is only one block away from Yasaka shrine (about 3 min walk) and from Hanamikoji Dori street. It's also only a short walk to Gion Shirakawa, the prettiest street in Kyoto. Around the hotel are many interestings shops along Shijo Dori, the main street in Gion. At the ground floor of the hotel is Starbuck. The convenience store and a police station is just closeby. I felt safe walking back to the hotel after exploring the area until midnight. Room was clean but quite small even for Japanese standard. To be fair, I booked a single occupancy. Though I had to walk sideways between the bed and TV desk (I'm quite petite, about the average size of Japanese girls), it didn't bother me very much as the bed size was quite generous. It's a double bed and comfortable. Another plus point for my room is the view to Yasaka Shrine and Higashiyama. Sound proof was not very good though. I can hear the snoring from next door. Luckily, my room was at the end of the corridor and next door guests were not loud. I would recommend for those who love convenience.

For those who are looking for a hotel in the Gion district, the location of this hotel is perfect and is convenient to transportation (it's right at the Gion bus stop on the 206 bus, and a block away from 100 bus Gion station, around 15 min bus ride from Kyoto station). The hotel room itself was far from ideal though, the room layout was one long narrow hallway, with the bed at the very end up against a small window. A lot of wasted space. It felt very warm and stuffy and even though you could open the window, in the winter, it felt too draft since the bed is right up against the window. Also, the water sputtered out of the shower head, making it difficult to get a good shower. I thought the service was especially lacking. When I asked the hotel clerk to make a restaurant reservation for me since I couldn't speak Japanese, she refused, saying that they don't do that. This is the first hotel that refuses to do that, what kind of service is that? Hardly considered an unreasonable request. A one-night stay may be ok, but I would avoid it for long stays.

Perfect location at the center of Gion and with our room on the top 7th floor it looked like we were on the top of Kyoto. The small but cute reception is on the second floor. Reception staff is rather weak on English, but very helpful and they succeeded to find and steer us to a nearby good Italian restaurant. Our double room was tiny, barely big enough for the two beds but they managed to put in a small desk with integrated power outlets and somehow we even managed to place our luggage on the floor. The bathroom is equally minuscule but still manages to provide a small counter and a very good curtained tub/shower. The breakfast area is also quite small and we had to queue for a short while before a table became available. The breakfast buffet is not very extensive, but provides scrambled eggs as well as sausage and ham plus a small but very good selection of breads and excellent coffee. Overall a good, central and very clean place.

The location of the hotel is excellent. Staff is really nice and helpful. Breakfast buffet is ok. Being a vegetarian my options were quite limited. But the rooms are really small which i heard is normal in japan. But we were with our daughter and had a hard time. Also we needed a double bed and were given a twin bed room. On asking we were told to combine our beds. Bathroom is also very small. The street on which hotel is located is really nice and lively. 2-3 subway stations are located within walking distance. But everything is over priced. The area brhind the yasaka shrine is awesome and must visit in the evening. But the hotel is definitely overpriced for its services. There are other hotels close to it in same price range which are better.

Quite old and run down but very clean and the staff were helpful. The location is excellent, the bed was comfortable and the shower and bathroom ok but I probably wouldn't stay here again you can do better for the same money.

Best thing were the helpful and courteous staff, special mention goes to Mr. H. Minami and Ms Ruiko Honda, and the front desk trainees who out of their way to help us find our way around Kyoto. 2nd was the healthy buffet breakfast, and of course LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! I think is is on par location wise with Hotel New Hankyu, which is in front of Kyoto Station, were we stayed 12 years ago. I don't know if they could improve on the room layout, which was a tight fit for a couple with 2 full size check in bags. there was practically no room to access them at the same time! Otherwise would have been 5 stars!!

We stayed here for 3 nights and were very impressed. The room was small but still enough space to store luggage and move around comfortably. The room had a lovely view and was very clean and modern. There is even a Domino's menu and the reception will order your food to be delivered to your door! This hotel is in a perfect location as it's only a stones throw away from the beautiful streets of Gion and a few minutes walk from the subway station. Would definitely stay here again if we return to Kyoto.

555, Minamigawa, Gionmachi Kyoto Kyoto-fu

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Gion Corner
  • Free WiFi and wired Internet in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Concierge services

Located in Gion within a 5-minute walk of Gion Corner, APA Hotel Kyoto Gion EXCELLENT is within a mile (2 km) of other popular attractions like Kiyomizu Temple. This 154-room, 3-star hotel has a restaurant and a coffee shop/café, along with free in-room WiFi. Located centrally in Kyoto, it's also close to Nijo Castle and Kyoto Imperial Palace.


Enjoy a bite to eat at Saisyun, the hotel's onsite restaurant. You can get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café. For your convenience, a buffet breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 7 AM to 10 AM.


The 154 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including refrigerators, electric kettles, and desks. 40-inch LCD TVs come with digital channels and pay movies, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi and wired Internet. Beds are dressed in down comforters and bathrooms offer deep soaking tubs, hair dryers, and free toiletries. In-room massages are available.

Property features

At APA Hotel Kyoto Gion EXCELLENT, guests have access to free WiFi in public areas, 4 meeting rooms, and free newspapers. Self parking is available for JPY 1620 per night. Staff members are on hand to provide dry cleaning/laundry services, concierge services, and luggage storage.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

63.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 331 reviews