Hotel Kanra Kyoto

What kind of city hotel is Hotel Kanra Kyoto?

If this is your first visit to Kyoto, I would recommend it.  Because the location is near Kyoto Station, and great access to public transportation when you go sightseeing.  Also, there are many shops, restaurants, and cafes, etc., nearby.  Perhaps if you bring small children, it would be much more comfortable than others.  This is child-friendly.  Staff provides amenities, meals, and cribs if you request in advance.  On the other hand, if this is not your first visit to Kyoto, I wouldn’t recommend it.  Because the atmosphere around the property wouldn’t be very much Kyoto.  I would rather recommend staying in Higashiyama Area.  Hotel Kanra Kyoto would be great for couples, families, small groups, solo travelers, or business persons.  The ambiance is tranquil, stylish, and sophisticated.
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Is the location easy to access?

The location is near Gojo Station.  It takes just 5min on foot from the station.  Alternatively, it takes 15min on foot from Kyoto Station.  It takes 5min by TAXI.  It costs around 700JPY.  The entrance is not facing Karasuma Street so taxi drivers cannot pull over in front of the entrance door.  That’s inconvenient, especially rainy or snowy days.  If you take a taxi, just show the below Japanese sentence to a driver.  A taxi driver can bring you to the nearest place of the property.  After getting off a taxi, you can see the hotel.

“東本願寺の北隣、烏丸花屋町の北西角で降ろして下さい”
Please drop off at the northwest corner of Karasuma-Hanayamachi, just north of Higashi Honganji Temple.

Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend deluxe or superior rooms with wooden bathtubs in the main building.  They tend to be spacious, functional, and relaxed.  On the other hand, I wouldn’t recommend rooms in the annex building because they wouldn’t be user-friendly.  We felt a bit tired when we stayed in the annex building.  Then it seems that some rooms are facing Karasuma Street.  Unluckily the street would be noisy by traffic all day so you might want to request a quiet room in advance when you book.  The building has the latest soundproofing with double-windows but it wouldn’t be enough because of the high-traffic street.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, yukatas, bottled water, and a green tea set, etc.  Also, portable audio speakers, DVD players, desk lamps, converters, and irons, etc., are available for borrowing if you request in advance.  Also, the free WiFi reception was slow when we stayed here in 2017.  Room service is available until 21:30.

How about In-house Facilities?

Hotel Kanra Kyoto is not a perfect universal design but there are few steps.  Wheelchairs are available for borrowing.  If you bring people with weak feet, you might want to inform the staff in advance as they can arrange a room near the lift.  Also, Electric bicycles are available for free.  You need to book it in advance.  The staff has a map for cycling.  Then there is a convenience store nearby.  There is a vending machine for drinks.   There is no communal bath, no lounge, no gym, etc.
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How about meals?

The food experience for breakfast at the restaurant on 1F was good, but the venue tends to be cramped.  You can choose either Western or Japanese cuisine for breakfast.  Then Teppanyaki “HANAROKU” on B1 for dinner was quite nice.  It seems that many local people visit here for dinner.  You might want to book a table for dinner.  Alternatively, you can go out for meals as there are many restaurants around the hotel.

My impressions

All staff is amazingly excellent.  We received a lot of warm Japanese-specific hospitality.  They are sophisticated, proactive, and very informative.  If you are not so familiar with Kyoto, you should ask the staff about recommended spots, restaurants, and events, etc.  Overall, the property has great value for money.  If you want to stay near Kyoto Station, the city hotel would be one of the best.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about the property from the below space.  Check Availability and Pricing for the hotel on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Hotel Kanra Kyoto

Style Modern City Hotel
Check-in and out times
15:00/11:00
Estimated Price 43,838 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact E-mail
info@hotelkanra.jp or fill the form in
Internet Connection Free wifi in the hotel
Facility Information Wheelchairs are available
Pets are not allowed
The parking lot is not available
Location Hotel Kanra Kyoto’s MAP
Access Just 15min on foot from JR Kyoto Station
Address and TEL 190 Kitamachi Karasuma-Dori Rokujo-sagaru
Shimogyo-Ku Kyoto 600-8176
Tel +81 75-344-3815
Official Homepage Hotel Kanra Kyoto’s HP

*All information above is as of the date that I posted on my blog.