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Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This was my second visit to this hotel. The rooms are large and comfortable and because of the location many miles north of the heart of town, the area is very quiet. It is a great place to host a conference given its large banquet facilities, excellent kitchen, and proximity to the conference center. It is possible to take a subway to and from downtown (10 minute walk to the station + 20 minute ride on the train). A taxi will cost between $25 and $30 depending on traffic to get downtown, plus a little more if going to the main train station. As mentioned in other reviews, this hotel is now aging with stains in carpet and watermarks on tables, at least in my room. This is probably not the ideal hotel to stay at if your main reason for visiting is tourism.

This hotel was probably a nice hotel at one time but the location is remote and the rooms are tired. A large facility setup for business meetings or conventions. For a tourist the location is bad and requires taxi transportation to all the main shopping and food areas. You can’t step outside and find a restaurant or shopping area. The hotel could use a major room remodel. It’s clean but dated. However the old bar is great.

It is the peaceful of the place. Have surroundings of valley, cool, and private. I like the design of the hotel because the every room can see the nice view of the garden, just you open the door. In the room you can choose bathtub or shower for relax and soak in the warm water as long as you satisfy.

The rooms are well thought out, large and very comfortablee. You could spend a big part of the day happily indoors without feeling restless. Every room faces greenery which is very tranquil. I love the beautiful nearby park with a 1.8km walk around a lake best of all. There is a subway station 10 minutes' walk away as well as a bus station. Unfortunately, there's hardly any alternative restaurants and food places nearby apart from the hotel food.

We were on a bus tour so this was an adequate! It is not in the centre of Kyoto so just be aware but there is a station not too far away. The rooms and beds were very comfortable and they served a decent breakfast, lots of different choices both Asian and Western. There is an egg cooking station where you can get fried eggs or an omelette and there were bacon, sausages as well. We did enjoy our stay here but because we were on a bus tour we did not need to be close to anything. If travelling alone I would stay closer into the city itself.

This place is located in a beatiful setting. Although far from Kyoto central area, it us accesible via subway. The place is cleand and well kept, with a first class service. The atmosphere however is business-like and I dont think is a nice place to stay for other puposes

This hotel is just adjacent to the Kyoto conference center in the northern part of the city. Plus is the location (if you are attending a congress) but the minuses dominate. The carpets have a strange smell, the view is not particularly stimulating, and the place is a bit off from the city. Internet is uneven. The Western style breakfast restaurant is no hit, whereas the Japanese breakfast part is a better choice. But I would rather chose a more centrally located hotel than this one, and use the subway which goes all the way out to the conference center.

Used this Hotel as a stopover on a journey further westward. Usually we use the Nikko Princess when we stay in Kyoto but as they said the hotel is renewed and offered a special plan for Prince Hotels membership partners, we decided to try it. We were traveling by car and unexpectedly we arrived around noon, and far beyond the check in time so we just wanted to drop off our luggage and go somewhere. Upon arrival we were surprised to see that no one was at the hotel entrance and looked as though it was closed. Finally we caught one staff to guide us to the reception only to be informed that check-in time is 2 o’clock. That’s all, we know that! So we just left with our luggage to kill time. It seems they cater mainly to tour groups (mainly Chinese?) who check-in in the evening hours. Location is far from the center of Kyoto and very quiet (rather remote but a short train ride will take you to Shijo- Kawaramachi). The new room was comfortable, clean and well situated. But we found the bath and toilet to be very cramped compared to the size of the room itself. Restaurant was good and dinner was tasty. Good and reasonable breakfast as long you take it at the main dinning room. The Buffet in the underground floor is for tour groups (mainly Chinese?). Very crowed and uncomfortable. All in all, our stay was comfortable. But mixed feeling to stay again.

We stayed here for 4 nights this past April 2017 as part of our honeymoon. The staff was kind enough to upgrade us to a huge newly-renovated room as a congratulations, and we really appreciated it. The room was fantastic, clean, and quiet. The location, for us, was perfect. A short walk to the subway line, and we could go explore Kyoto. The hotel was far enough from the busyness of the city that it felt like a quiet little retreat at the end of the day, when we made our way back. The hotel is very clean, the staff were friendly, and the food at the buffet was top-notch (a nice mix of Japanese and Western foods at a reasonable price). This hotel is a great place to use as a jumping off point for your Kyoto explorations, while providing you a calm place to relax after a day of exploring.

The hotel is excellent by Japanese standards! It is circular and all rooms look out. It is a little isolated but there is a train station very close. You can do some lovely walks in the area. The bathroom was of a high standard and had good quality and plentiful toiletries. The breakfast was also very good even though we had to wait to be seated on our first day. Probably one of the best hotels we have stayed in in Japan .

Takaraga Ike, Sakyo Kyoto Kyoto-fu

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Concierge services

Located in Ohara, Kibune, Kurama, Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto is within 2 miles (3 km) of sights such as Kyoto Institute of Technology and Kyoto Concert Hall. This 310-room, 4-star hotel welcomes guests with 4 restaurants, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. On a river, it's also near Kyoto Imperial Palace and Daitokuji Temple.


There are ample dining options with 4 onsite restaurants, including Main Dining Ito-Zakura, which specializes in French cuisine. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, or make new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge. Buffet breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 7 AM to 10 AM.


All 310 air-conditioned rooms provide refrigerators, coffee makers, and phones. Guests can expect flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, along with free WiFi and wired Internet. Beds are dressed in premium bedding and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. In-room massages are available, and rooms also include desks.

Property features

Guests of Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto enjoy free WiFi in public areas, 7 meeting rooms, and a garden. You can take advantage of free parking if you drive. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a gift shop, a porter/bellhop, and wedding services.

Room options

Deluxe Twin Room, Non Smoking

Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Deluxe Double Room, Non Smoking

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Royal Twin Room, Non Smoking (with Lounge Access, Renovated)

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Premier Twin Room, Non Smoking (Renovated)

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

75% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 604 reviews