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APA Hotel Kyotoeki-Horikawadori

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We selected a "double" room, but these rooms can barely fit a single person in it. The bed was reasonably sized, but there was no space move around or put your stuff. Worse yet, the ENTIRE FLOOR reeked of cigarette smoke, and this smell often came into the room.

Originally I booked another hotel through Orbiz, but shortly thereafter discovered that hotel was CLOSED INDEFINITELY!! Imagine our arriving at that address in eve & finding NO hotel. Shame on Orbiz. With APA we arrived at their close to Kyoto station "better hotel" & were told to go several more blocks to their "economical" location. Note: web site photo was of the "better" version. Desk personnel were not terribly English fluent. In small print in the small room they advised that bed linens were changed every 4 days & you w/b rewarded w/ A bottle of water. We requested bed change each morning in writing w/ the desk. Room not as clean as our Tokyo hotel (think that was mostly property age related).

Everything was near perfect, but the only thing was the rooms were too small...any way you can get them bigger? Thank you for a wonderful time!

This was the one and only room to have in Kyoto weeks before a holiday weekend so I am happy that I had a bed. And nothing more in the room, and I could barely close the door after my suitca got in. And an airplane size bathroom with a hole to sit in ("tub"). As said, it was even cheap - so it was value given the circumstances.

Leisure trip. The hotel was very well located. The room was small but very clean. Excellent.

If you have a lot of luggage, this place is not for you. It is a 5 min walk to Kyoto station. This is a hotel for business people. Each room is best for one person. The rooms are very small. When you get out of bed, you can be in the bathroom in 3 steps and at your desk in 1 step. There is TV, a hot plate for tea and coffee,which serves also as a humidifier, small frig, phone etc. There is a small charge for local calls. I think I made 3 calls and it costs $1.49. The room rate is very reasonable. There is a coffee shop in the hotel and public bath on the 11th floor. If you are 6ft tall or more, I don't recommend this hotel. Once you get used to it, it is fine, but you will not want to spend a lot of time in your room.

Location was good. Although many Japanese hotel rooms are small, it was the set up in the room which made it especially difficult for the 2 of us to navigate the room around each other. The worst was the hard, hard bed. We stayed for 5 days, so this was especially tough. Breakfast buffet offered a nice array of Japanese food. Not sure if I'd stay here again.

I would recommend this hotel, mostly because of its location, very close to the amazing Kyoto station, and its affordability. As you exit the station, take a left (away from the Kyoto tower) and walk until the road ends, then take another left and you are there! Of course the room is small, I stayed in 5 different hotels during my Japan trip and this one was slightly above average.

The APA hotel was very conveninient, clean and had very courteous staff who were great at giving advice for local food and sites. The room was small, but efficient. It is only 5 minute walk from the Kyoto station on the East side (where city bus station is located).

The room is very small, but the location is good and the price is very low. There is a free public bath, so at the end of touring on a cold day I got into the habit of visiting the bath where a good hot tub was the perfect answer! The location is good because it is a short walk to the train station, and across the street from the Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto, where sunrise tours has a bus pick up spot for English guided tours. I know the walk to the train station is short because I messed up my timing for departure; I was in my room packed and ready to go when I took another look at my train ticket and saw that it was 10:30 AM and my Shinkansen train was leaving at 10:50 AM. By 10:45 AM I was checked out of the place and standing on the platform waiting for the train. Whew! I do walk quickly though. I give this place a high rating because of the value for the money in Japan. It is not room where you would want to spend much time - it is a place to sleep. Aside from the bath, the other nice amenity was the vending machines on each floor that dispensed beer.

The Apa Horikawadori hotel is located just about 3 blocks from Kyoto Station, therefore was great for the many day trips that we had planned on our vacation. This was our second stay at the hotel; the desk staff now speak English fairly well. The rooms are simple and small, but clean and comfortable. Non-smoking rooms available. The best for us was the breakfast buffet that included lots of choices, with many vegetarian choices (one has to be adventurous and eat the Japanese-style food, but it's delicious). The buffet wasn't free, but reasonably priced. We'll stay there again on our next trip to Kyoto.

Location: close to Kyoto station on the north side. A little hard to find but certainly cloase. Make sure you have a good map of the location. A sister APA is a block away from this, so they had a map in there to find this one. Amenities: OK, the bathrooms are clasic Japanese and small, but everything is there. You aren't there to stay in the room. Cleanliness- good. Comfort- cramped and a I had a view of the wall, but I only slept in the room. Comfort- bed, sheets and pillows better than average. Staff- ok, no issues. Value: very good primarily due to location and cleanliness. Took Subway everyday and couldnot have done much better for a balance of value and location. Would recommend it you are spending most of your time out of the hotel. Warning: small rooms, so don't try and cram too much luggage in there...had barely enough room to open 1 suitcase. Savings opportunity: Get a 1 day pass at the Kyoto station for 600 yen...you can travel the subway limitlessly for that day. Note: Starbucks in the Kyoto station underground at the PORTA.

The hotel was very close to Kyoto Station which was priority for me. Like most affordable hotels in japan, this one was tiny, just enough space for the double bed and sliver of a desk, which was just deep enough to set my laptop on but the internet was free, no nickle and diming like US hotels. There was an unpleasant musty swampy odor in the room but it dissipated into the background after a few minutes, i.e. i got used to it and didn't notice it. Nice firm beds which i really appreciate about Japanese hotels, hotels in the US always have way too soft beds and usually hurt my back. the best part of the hotel was the public bath on the top floor, free and excellent, good HOT! sauna and large hot bath. read up on the etiquette if it is your first time using one. Worth the price if you're not trying to impress anyone.

Not the most comfortable room ever. It was a few bucks cheaper than the other places we stayed in Japan, but far more cramped. The bed was really hard (even for me, and I love firm beds - but maybe this was a cultural issue on our part), the bathroom was tiny, and the room was stuffy. Having said that, the location is good, and the room had a nifty little map of the area that we used to find a laundromat. The front desk was also helpful when I lost my key and had to replace it.

We stayed one night at APA Horikawadori during our trip to Kyoto. The hotel is located on a small alley off the main street, about a 10 minute walk from the Kyoto train station. The room was very clean and functional, but a bit on the small side - in particular, the bathroom was so small that it feels like you're on a plane, with barely enough space to turn around. Overall, APA Horikawadori was a convenient base for exploring Kyoto, close to the train station, the bus system, etc. We didn't spend too much time in the room anyway, so the small size wasn't an issue.

Close to the jr station and thus all the restaurants located in the Porta and the top floors of the jr station. Also close to the city bus system where you can purchase an all day pass for $5.00

The rooms are very small

wonderful

I stayed only for a couple nights with friends, it's from walking distance of Kyoto station which is very convenient. The rooms are very small but they are ok and have everything you need although big people will have trouble bathing in there.

THE HOTEL IS A SHORT WALK FROM THE STATION, BUT I HAD TROUBLE FINDING IT. FIRST OF ALL THERE IS ANOTHER HOTEL IN THE AREA WITH THE NAME "APA" AND I MISTOOK THIS HOTEL FOR THAT ONE. ALSO - THE MAP ON [...] MAKES THE HOTEL LOOK FURTHER WEST OF THE TRAIN STATION THAT IT ACTUALLY IS, SO I WENT WAY OUT OF MY WAY LOOKING FOR IT. TOUGH WHEN YOU'RE IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY. ONCE I FOUND IT (WITH THE HELP OF FRIENDLY LOCALS), I WAS SATISFIED WITH IT. ROOMS A LITTLE SMALL, BUT THAT'S JAPAN.

1 Aburanokoji-cho, Shiokoji-nishi, Kyoto Kyoto-fu

APA Hotel Kyotoeki-Horikawadori places you in Shimogyo, within a leisurely stroll of popular sights such as Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Each of the 515 rooms at this 3-star hotel includes a refrigerator, an electric kettle, and an LCD TV. Located centrally in Kyoto, it's also close to Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu Temple.


Dining

Enjoy a bite to eat at Gin-Yuba, the hotel's onsite restaurant. Buffet breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 7 AM to 10 AM.


The 515 rooms have an array of amenities, including refrigerators, electric kettles, and phones. 40-inch LCD TVs come with pay movies, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi and wired Internet. Beds are dressed in premium bedding and down comforters, and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. In-room massages are available, and rooms also include desks.

Rooms


Property features

Guests of APA Hotel Kyotoeki-Horikawadori enjoy a sauna, free WiFi in public areas, and spa services. Self parking is offered for JPY 1600 per stay. A multilingual staff is on hand to assist with dry cleaning/laundry, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Additional amenities include a microwave in a common area, a computer station, and laundry facilities.

Room options

Single Room, 1 Bedroom, Smoking

TwinXL 1 | Sleeps 1

Twin Room, 2 Bedrooms, Smoking

Twin 2 | Sleeps 4

Single Room, 1 Bedroom, Non Smoking

TwinXL 1 | Sleeps 1

Twin Room, 2 Bedrooms, Non Smoking

Twin 2 | Sleeps 4

Guest reviews for APA Hotel Kyotoeki-Horikawadori

Everyone (3) Business (4) Couples (5) Family (2) Other (5) Friends (3)
2

tiny rooms drenched in cigarette smoke

Everyone

We selected a "double" room, but these rooms can barely fit a single person in it. The bed was reasonably sized, but there was no space move around or put your stuff. Worse yet, the ENTIRE FLOOR reeked of cigarette smoke, and this smell often came into the room.

By on Jun 7, 2016

3

orbit's bait & switch

Everyone

Originally I booked another hotel through Orbiz, but shortly thereafter discovered that hotel was CLOSED INDEFINITELY!! Imagine our arriving at that address in eve & finding NO hotel. Shame on Orbiz. With APA we arrived at their close to Kyoto station "better hotel" & were told to go several more blocks to their "economical" location. Note: web site photo was of the "better" version. Desk personnel were not terribly English fluent. In small print in the small room they advised that bed linens were changed every 4 days & you w/b rewarded w/ A bottle of water. We requested bed change each morning in writing w/ the desk. Room not as clean as our Tokyo hotel (think that was mostly property age related).

By , from Cincinnati, Ohio on May 21, 2016

4

vacation at kyoto

Everyone

Everything was near perfect, but the only thing was the rooms were too small...any way you can get them bigger? Thank you for a wonderful time!

By , from Chicago, IL on Apr 25, 2016

2

cheap, tiny, good location

BusinessTravelers

This was the one and only room to have in Kyoto weeks before a holiday weekend so I am happy that I had a bed. And nothing more in the room, and I could barely close the door after my suitca got in. And an airplane size bathroom with a hole to sit in ("tub"). As said, it was even cheap - so it was value given the circumstances.

By on Nov 25, 2014

4

great location & friendly staff

Singles

Leisure trip. The hotel was very well located. The room was small but very clean. Excellent.

By on Aug 19, 2014

3

close to station but very small room

Singles

If you have a lot of luggage, this place is not for you. It is a 5 min walk to Kyoto station. This is a hotel for business people. Each room is best for one person. The rooms are very small. When you get out of bed, you can be in the bathroom in 3 steps and at your desk in 1 step. There is TV, a hot plate for tea and coffee,which serves also as a humidifier, small frig, phone etc. There is a small charge for local calls. I think I made 3 calls and it costs $1.49. The room rate is very reasonable. There is a coffee shop in the hotel and public bath on the 11th floor. If you are 6ft tall or more, I don't recommend this hotel. Once you get used to it, it is fine, but you will not want to spend a lot of time in your room.

By on Apr 20, 2014

3

new years stay

GetawayWithFriends

Location was good. Although many Japanese hotel rooms are small, it was the set up in the room which made it especially difficult for the 2 of us to navigate the room around each other. The worst was the hard, hard bed. We stayed for 5 days, so this was especially tough. Breakfast buffet offered a nice array of Japanese food. Not sure if I'd stay here again.

By on Jan 4, 2014

4

good budget kyoto hotel

BusinessTravelers

I would recommend this hotel, mostly because of its location, very close to the amazing Kyoto station, and its affordability. As you exit the station, take a left (away from the Kyoto tower) and walk until the road ends, then take another left and you are there! Of course the room is small, I stayed in 5 different hotels during my Japan trip and this one was slightly above average.

By on Oct 15, 2012

4

great hotel, convenient and comfortable

BusinessTravelers

The APA hotel was very conveninient, clean and had very courteous staff who were great at giving advice for local food and sites. The room was small, but efficient. It is only 5 minute walk from the Kyoto station on the East side (where city bus station is located).

By on Apr 23, 2012

4

good value for location

Singles

The room is very small, but the location is good and the price is very low. There is a free public bath, so at the end of touring on a cold day I got into the habit of visiting the bath where a good hot tub was the perfect answer! The location is good because it is a short walk to the train station, and across the street from the Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto, where sunrise tours has a bus pick up spot for English guided tours. I know the walk to the train station is short because I messed up my timing for departure; I was in my room packed and ready to go when I took another look at my train ticket and saw that it was 10:30 AM and my Shinkansen train was leaving at 10:50 AM. By 10:45 AM I was checked out of the place and standing on the platform waiting for the train. Whew! I do walk quickly though. I give this place a high rating because of the value for the money in Japan. It is not room where you would want to spend much time - it is a place to sleep. Aside from the bath, the other nice amenity was the vending machines on each floor that dispensed beer.

By on Feb 29, 2012