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APA Hotel Kyoto Gion EXCELLENT

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

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.

Hotel was in the best location! Beautiful Temple right across street and located in Historic Gion area. A min walk from subway to reach everything. Staff was extremely friendly and spoke great English. Stored bags before and after checkin. Room was well furnished with great city view and comfy American style bed and great wifi. Cons were room was small and breakfast was too expensive so did not try/buy but would stay here again!

This was the most expensive hotel of our trip to Japan, but the location was fantastic. 10 bus lines stop right in front, and it is a short walk to the subway (2 different stations). A huge temple down the street, and lots of great restaurants within a few blocks, including the old-town Gion geisha district. We caught the bus to Kyoto tower, aquarium, and train museum. Great staff, and early luggage drop-off was quite helpful. The room was tiny, even by Japanese standards.

This hotel is right in the heart of the Geisha district in Kyoto, with plenty of great eateries and shops close by. Transportation is plentiful and the staff are friendly. The rooms are so small you will fall over each other, and the bathrooms are the size of a postage stamp. The pillows are as thin as sheets (no exaggeration), and the air con is temperamental.

If you're like me and hardly use the room then this place is for you. Sure the room is fine, but small. Sure it's quiet and I'd miss the breakfast but The rooms are fine. Location wise it's perfect. Really trust me if location is your thing then this place is for you.

We spent 2 nights in Kyoto, very few hotels of air b n b available since the annual festival was on . Came across APA hotel, 5 min walk from subway, bus station just outside the door . Rooms are small and older, but clean . Right by the gion region. If u don't want to spend over $100p/p on dinner don't eat in gion region, ridiculous prices for tiny, unsatisfactory food !

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.


All 154 air-conditioned rooms provide refrigerators and electric kettles. 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

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 318 reviews