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Karasuma Kyoto Hotel

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The entrance to the Karasuma Kyoto Hotel is a little understated, so look for the Starbucks next to the entrance and then you’ve found it! It is very easy to get to from Kyoto Station – just take the Karasuma subway line two stops to Shijo. The reception staff is friendly, fast and efficient. The room was on a high floor so it was quiet. Like all hotels in Japan, rooms are very compact. The bed had one side to the wall. The bathroom was incredibly compact but comes with a bath tub (small but deep) and all the toiletries you may need (comb, toothbrush/past, razor, etc). There is a large television (with western news channels too), fridge, kettle, green tea sachets and a complimentary bottle of water daily. There is no wardrobe space but you’ll be used to that in Japan! Breakfast is available for an additional fee, but there are many places nearby to get food in the mornings, and plenty of local convenience stores to stock up the fridge with yoghurts, fruit, beers, etc. Being right outside a subway station made it easy to get to all the sights in the city, and the hotel is perfectly positioned for walking to many of them too. A great choice for a 4-night stay.

The hotel offers connection by subway to Kyoto main station by Karasuma line and other train connections. It is located very close to Nishiki market and several shopping malls and at walking distance of Gion. The staff is very kind and ready to serve their hosts. Rooms are clean and offer 3 bed if needed. A good choice.

Lovely, clean hotel with a rather small entrance - which I actually missed a few times. Very comfortable hotel in a great location. Walking distance to the shopping precinct, train stations nearby, and to popular tourist attractions. Staff were really helpful. Would definitely stay there again.

At Shijo Karasuma metro station take exit 4 with the lift and you are 20 m away from the hotel entrance, next to Starbucks. I booked a tour with Japanican and was given a one person very small room. The bathroom was a small cube 1,5 m x 2 m, 1,9 m high. For a westerner that is pretty small. Even smaller than an Ibis bathroom. After one night I was given a japanese room (thank you very much) because of a persistent lift gong on the 5th floor for blind people. This room was very large with a small hall and a bath tube. Personnel's English is not very fluent, but they try to be helpful. Breakfast buffet (western and japanese) at 21.000 yen (more than 20 box) is overpriced. Most warm dishes were just lukewarm. There were only 3 english speaking channels and about 5 japanese channels on the tv. No gym facility. Lots of restaurants and small 7/11 shops in the neighbourhood. Would be a 3 stars in Europe.

The room I stayed in at the Karasuma Kyoto was small. I would say it's smaller than a cruise cabin. However, the room was comfortable and clean. The bathroom was small and the tub a bit high, but it was useful and the staff cleaned every day. It was convenient as it was located close to the Gion district, Kyoto station, shops and restaurants. The bar downstairs wasn't bad and the breakfast buffet was decent. The hotel staff are friendly and helpful. I will say that the wifi in the room was a bit spotty, but it was still good. I enjoyed my stay here.

It has a very small entrance but one can't miss it. The front desk staff were amazing. Our room, lobby, halls etc were very clean. It is quite near the subway and bus stops. The river is only a km or so away by walking through a nice shopping street. Great location! And there's Starbucks right outside the hotel.

Well located Hotel on the main North /South thoroughfare through Kyoto, very central close to Subway, Buses, and walking distance from the Station, Gion and several of the prominent attractions. Staff are friendly and polite, English is spoken and mostly understood. There is free wifi. The rooms are decent enough for a city centre hotel, clean and comfortable, but not particularly spacious. However, they are fully equipped and offer decent City views. There are several restaurants and a Bar, priced as you'd expect i.e. expensive. However, the breakfast was reasonably priced, there are two options, a limited 'continental' (western) selection or the full buffet mixing mostlyJapanese and some western items. We found the continental limited option to be sufficient. It's not luxurious, but perfectly good and it would be hard to beat the location. Recommended.

Returned after staying here 2 years ago. Very comfortable, good size room with western toilet. Bathroom a bit small, but room size compensates. Near to all facilities. Staff excellent and English understood at reception. Starbucks at street level, off foyer. Surrounded by restaurants, and also 3 in house, including Chinese cuisine.

Perfect location for seeing Kyoto tourist spots. Reasonably priced, clean, good sized rooms. Showing its age, but well kept. Would stay here again. Breakfast was ok with a moderate selection. Handy that the Starbucks had a back door into the lobby.

We travelled in April as part of a tour group. The hotel is centrally located with plenty of eating places within a short walk. Reasonable sized rooms. Good buffet breakfast. Adequate lifts. Smokey basement bar.

Room options

Twin Room, Non Smoking

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Single Room, Non Smoking

Twin 1 | Sleeps 2

Double Room, Non Smoking

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Twin Room, Non Smoking (with Extra Bed)

Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

74% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 593 reviews