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APA Hotel Kyoto Gion EXCELLENT

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

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 !

We stayed two nights here because we could not extend our earlier stay in a machiya. It is well located near Yasaka Shrine and at one end of Gion. The staff are pleasant and helpful. However, the age and colour of drapes and bed covers made the room look tired. The smallness of the bathroom is expected. We did not eat in their cafe and restaurant as there are Starbucks next door and many eateries in Gion (just note some close by 10 pm except for a few expensive joints). We noticed the hotel was popular with student tour groups and local businessmen.

Next door to one of the most important Shinto shrines, in the middle of Gion, it is the ideal base for exploring the slopes of eastern Kyoto,to my mind the city's most significant area. 15 minutes' walk from the main shopping street and the market.

Such a great location on main shopping street and so close to the old restaurant area where you can see geishas and maikos . Rooms extremely small for a couple and no wardrobe or cupboards, buy hey, this is Japan! Good breakfast and helpful reception staff. You'll need to ask for a big pillow , standard ones hard and small.

Booked this hotel three months ago which is good because rates are much higher this week for Golden week. Enjoyed close proximity to temple grounds souvenir shops old town street with original frontage and strolled along river at night enjoying fewer crowds and besutiful reflections . Hotel staff friendly and enjoyed a late checkout of 1100. They also stored luggage on first day till room was ready

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.

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. 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 303 reviews