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APA Hotel Kyoto Gion EXCELLENT

3.0 out of 5.0

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The best location to explore Gion and Kyoto, right on Shijo Dori main street. Rooms are quite small but sufficient and breakfast buffet is a good balance of European and Asian. Overall good value for money.

We stayed here for one night. The room was clean, but very small as it could hardly fit our opened-up luggage. Beds were comfortable. The hotel is also strategically located(5mins away from the trains, a minute walk away from Gion street and Yasaka shrine is just opposite of the hotel). There's even a Starbucks below the hotel. The buffet breakfast was decent and quite varied, as they have scrambled eggs, sausages, bacons, hash browns, porridge, etc. The staffs were decent in English and helpful. They guided us on how to get to the places that we planned to visit.

High lights: 1. Awesome location in the middle of the tourist attractions. Right at the edge between the modern busy stores / restaurants and the old temple streets 2. Reasonable English at the front desk and a very smooth check-in. Friendly staff 3. Friendly housekeeping and clean rooms Low lights: 1. Really tiny. Our room was just slightly bigger than the full size bed and the bathroom is also tiny 2. Hallway and appliances seemed a little outdated Conclusion: Great if you don't mind it is just a room for sleeping and you get a reasonable price for it.

Great service in an excellent location about 2minutes walk to Gion Corner and only a few blocks away from the Metro, Yasaka shrine and the Minamiza theatre. An easy walk to the historic Gion district and the tea houses performed at by Kyoto's famous Geisha. The rooms are very small but if you are out and about seeing the sights of Kyoto then this is not an issue. We have stayed here a few times and have been happy with our stay both times.

As other reviewers state, the rooms are small. But we knew this going on as the room size was stated. I recommend a twin room for two people ( two twin beds vs one larger bed) since this allows for better 'traffic' flow for two people. Comfortable beds and they provided us each with a yukata and slippers. Room was clean and there was no trace of smoking smell in our non-smoking room. Bathroom was spotless and can best be described as efficient - lots of function in a very small space. Two people can brush teeth at same time if one stands in the bathtub. But you won't want to be in your room anyway. Hotel has a great location for Gion and Higashiyama. Central Kyoto and the Sanjo Arcade are also walkable. We didnt get the breakfast package- went to Starbucks or another nearby coffee shop instead.

Came here for my visit in Kyoto. The location is centred with almost all tourist spot. It is accessible by bus and with 5 mins walk from the subway. It ka also about 3 minutes walk on the main street of Gion called 'Hanamikoji'... Ive been to other Apa hotel and this is one, i loved it. It is spacious and they gave me the highest floor overlooking to the temple close by. The hotel is neat and clean with dresser, beauty mirror, small fridge, tv, hairdryer and stuff on making tea. What impressed me well on this particular hotel with the honesty and politeness of the staff. As i check in and was so tired of 9 days my first time trip to Japan, i was resting on my room when the phone rang after an hour and staff told me that i left my whole purse, with my cash, cards, id's and passport on it, and they offer to bring it in my room or will it be better if i wanted to pick it up. I have never even thought i will left it out there, not the particular small body bag purse with all important stuff on it. So i was very thankful to the people who was working on the night I've check in (9 of November between 7pm to 8-9pm)

Good choice if you want to explore the area of Shijo and Gion. The train station of Keihan railway (Gion-Shijo) is nearby.I can even see Hanamikoji, meiko and geisha by my window, that's amazing! Just like you have a live painting in your room! We reserved a semi-double room and a single room, both of them are clean and well-equipped, also, the staff are hospitable. The space is not spacious, but it's not a big problem to replace a opened 25" suitcase in semi-double room, and 23" suitcase might not be a problem for single room. I didn't reserve the breakfast, instead, I took my breakfast in Starbucks, just at the downstairs of the hotel. Though it's a good hotel in total, but the lobby is at 2F, that makes me feel a little odd, but harmless. In short, it's a good choice if you need a simple, modern, clean, convenience hotel, if you want a luxury or traditional style hotel, you need to seek another.

We stayed for 2 nights in kyoto... the location is perfect... lies on gion district the geisha district of tokyo... 2 minutes walking from gion station and around 15 minutes walking to pontocho alleys and all the departement stores... While the room is quite comfy and clean.. well enough for us... for the final touch you can stop by starbucks downstair to get you daily dose of matcha latte... nice...

Spent 2 nights here. Excellent location on the main drag ! Very basic style Hotel with very small rooms. They would have to be classified as outdated. Lift is very small and quite slow. The amenities in the room are very basic but tidy. Soft bed is the only highlight in the room and it can be quite noisy overlooking a busy street. Breakfast was say so , nothing to rave about but satisfactory. Staff are very pleasant and helpful. WIFI is fine in the room. Not a bad option !

This hotel is located just 5 minutes walk from the Gion Shijo station on the Keihan line. No problem locating the hotel upon exit from the subway station as we followed the instruction on the Google map. The walk to the hotel is lined with shops selling Japanese tidbits, souvenirs and restaurants. You just have to look out for a Starbucks café and the hotel is right there. Reception is on the second floor with tall windows overlooking the street. Check-in time was 3pm and so we have to leave our luggage with the concierge and go on our journey of exploration. The Yasaka shrine is just around the corner from the hotel and it can lead on to the other famous shrines & temples within Kyoto. One tip is to take the half way Higashiyama walk starting from the Yasaka shrine which will cover already half of the main attractions in this city. We took the bus instead of the subway to places like the Nijo Castle & the Golden Pavilion from the bus stop just downstairs from the hotel. Super convenient ! The famous Izuu sushi restaurant is just across the street from the hotel and there are also lots of swanky restaurants lining the Takase River which is also about 10 minutes walk from the hotel. Although it is known to be a street to spot geishas at Gion, we didn't manage to see any though there were quite a number of tourists donning the kimono & walking along the streets. We also walked across the bridge to the more modern street of Kawaramachi where you can find the large departmental stores like Takashiyama & Daimaru. All being said, the hotel rooms are very tiny and only allow for one person to pass through from the bed to the toilet. The latter is also extremely small and there is not enough space on the vanity top (if any). to place your toiletries. It is not a room for you to stay too long and it is fine if you are out the whole day & only return for sleep. The location of the hotel is a plus point !

555, Minamigawa, Gionmachi Kyoto Kyoto-fu

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. Start each morning with buffet breakfast, available for a fee from 7 AM to 10 AM.


All 154 air-conditioned rooms provide refrigerators and coffee makers. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and wired Internet, plus LED TVs with digital channels and pay movies. Beds are dressed in down comforters and bathrooms offer deep soaking tubs, hair dryers, and free toiletries. In-room massages are available.

Property features

Guests staying at APA Hotel Kyoto Gion EXCELLENT enjoy free WiFi in public areas 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.

Room options

Single Room, Smoking

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Twin Room, Smoking

Twin 2 | Sleeps 4

Single Room, Non Smoking

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Twin Room, Non Smoking

Twin 2 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

63% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 269 reviews