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APA Hotel Kyoto Gion EXCELLENT

3.0 out of 5.0

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Located very close to where the Geisha's are likely to be seen and also in the middle of the shopping strip. Very hard to find a restaurant for dinner that wasn't booked out however!like most hotels it was very hot but you could open the window which made a huge difference! Wi fi good , beds comfy except pillow was like a pancake and when I asked for an extra pillow the desk said the hotel had no spare pillows so they gave me 3 towels to put under my pillow....a bit primitive I thought!

Hotel has a good location but is a business hotel not suitable for families. Had to wait 1.5hrs post the checkin time to get my room, I checked out half an hour late and hotel harassed me to checkout and threatened to charge for 1/2 day for 30 mins delay. Housekeeping was horrible, complimentary water was not provided everyday, sheets even though dirty were not changed, glasses and coffee mugs were not washed. The hotel has no doorman or bell desk to help you with luggage or flagging a taxi. The rooms are also extremely small, for the price we paid this hotel was not worth it. I wouldn't pay more than $75 for this hotel, I had paid almost $300 per night because it was season time and regret staying here. Air conditioners were also turned off, the room was very stuffy.

This hotel is right in the centre of the older part of the city. The room was heavy with cigarette smell and the air conditioner does not get turned on until summer. The window can be opened but due to it being on the Main Street, it was noisy. There is a bar across the road and noise continues until 3 am. The bed is soft and the pillow thin. It was a little smaller than I am used to. Wifi worked well in our room. The breakfast supplied was of average standard but you have to be quick to get fruit as it ran out quickly.

Japanese people would call this a 'business hotel,' which usually means it is no-frills style. It is a one star hotel getting away with charging a four star price just because of its location. I had no idea that this level hotel would charge as much as they do (approx. $350/night). Location was the only thing good about this hotel. The twin room was so tiny that you had to walk sideways between the wall and the beds with nowhere to place our luggage. It is worn with wall papers peeling and all the amenities were cheap items. There was hardly any flat surface to place things on, and yet the tiny desk and small shelves were covered with their advertisements for additional services. The bathroom was so-called 'unit bath' style, which is very small with no countertop space at all. The tub filler doubled as a vanity sink faucet and also a handheld shower is attached to it. My husband found it very difficult to do anything in that small space. The building is not very secure as the lobby is on the second floor but the elevator can go straight from the ground level to your floor without any room key. Anyone from the street can come up without being noticed. The room key is an old fashioned metal key with a plastic bar you are supposed to stick into the hole as you enter the room to turn the electricity on. (No one explained this to us so we had a difficult time figuring it out.) They give out only one key per room. It was the worst hotel we stayed at on our Japan trip. Fortunately, we found a very nice hotel within walking distance that happened to have an available room so we moved there for the following nights. For a comparable price, it had a spacious room with sitting area, balcony with table and chairs and a Japanese style bathroom with a wooden tub (see my review of Hana Touro). We could not believe the difference right in the same neighborhood. I found out later about APA hotel chains. They are known for their profitability and they pursue it in a shameless way. Apparently the Chinese people are not staying here any longer because the owner wrote a book saying Nanjing Massacre never happened and I did find books in the desk drawer. We won't be staying at any of their hotels ever again.

The big bonus here are you in such an excellent spot. For geisha spotting you are literally a street away, 5.50pm excellent time to be hanging around awaiting their arrival, away plus later in the evening you can see them hurrying past to meetings. Wonderful. Everything is close by. The room was small but very comfortable. We enjoyed the breakfast even though there is a wait every morning. But it moves fairly quickly. Definitely recommend

This was our first visit to Japan and despite the research we came in a little blind. APA Hotels are classic Japanese business hotels. The rooms are very very tiny, be sure to check square meters. In a subsequent APA Hotel in Osaka we upgraded to "executive" to get a few more square meters and comfort. True, you don't spend much time in a room but bumping into each other to dress gets tiring (LOL). This hotel is located in a very touristy area and the streets get very crowded. When we go back we'll stay in a different location. The included breakfast is very good, both Japanese & Western style is provide. Hotel is clean but this one is more worn than others I've seen in Japan, again Gion is an older area. P.S. The pillows are ultra thin (2") and hard, we stayed in 6 different hotels of various brands and only APA had these, just be mentally prepare.

This hotel’s excellence is derived from its location primarily. While the rooms are tiny and the furnishings a little worse for wear, its location on the main street of the historic Gion district in Kyoto is hard to beat. The rooms are clean and adequate if you’re spending most of your time site seeing as we were. And I did enjoy the comfortable beds and the deep Japanese style tub. A special perk was having a Starbuck’s located on the first floor of the building, so we could grab our hot drinks and take off on our excursions each day. We enjoyed the location so much we came back the following weekend despite its high price during the cherry blossom season.

Stayed only one night. The location ais excellent. Very easy to locate the hotel due to starbucks being located at the ground floor of the hotel building. Breakfast served is tasty too. However, my sister and I felt really warm in the middle of the night despite ensuring that the remote control displayed the lowest temperature. We were informed by the frontdesk staff that the airconditioning is centralised and the main system was running in heater which we found it strange as our friends did not feel warm that night. Would consider staying here again only when theres a need.

This is a basic, no frills hotel but it is in a fantastic location. I asked for a room with a nice view and they put my on the highest floor with a great view of Yasaka jinja. The breakfast and their breakfast system (I had the same ticket problem 3 days in a row) wasn't great but the room was fine, though small. I've stayed in better kyoto hotels before but simply due to the location I'd happily stay here again. The staff are great, as most Japanese staff are, and the room was clean. I slept extremely well each night.

I chose the APA Gion Excellent for the location and was not disappointed. It was the perfect location for my trip. The staff were super helpful, the room was typical for this style of Japanese hotels, and immaculate. The rooms are small compared to Western standards. The breakfast offered both Western and Japanese style breakfast selections. I always tend to do a little of both some days, but most of the time I chose the Japanese. The location is excellent for exploring the Gion district and offers easy access to JR Kyoto Station and other parts of the city. I highly recommend it you don't want to stay right around the JR Station. I will happily return to the Gion Excellent! The area is filled with wonderful places to explore with in easy walking distance , shopping, foods, shrines, and other sites!

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