Hotel The Celestine Kyoto Gion

Some people sometimes ask me “I want to stay in the southern Higashiyama area but there are only ryokans around here.  Do you know where modern hotels are in the area?”  I understand that most of the authentic ryokans have only limited facilities.  Some people wouldn’t appreciate it.  Also if you bring small children or elderly parents, you may prefer hotels to ryokans.  If so, I would recommend Hotel the Celestine Kyoto Gion.  It opened just in Sep 2017.  The location is absolutory perfect, near Kiyomizu Temple, Gion, and Kodaiji Temple, etc.  You wouldn’t need to travel far during your stay here.  There are many spots within walking distance.  The neighborhood would be very special if you walk toward Kiyomizu Temple just 5min.   You would definitely feel very much Kyoto.  If you are going to stay here, I would highly recommend booking a spacious room as much as possible.  Most of the rooms tend to be cramped but very functional, cozy, and clean.  There is no nice view from most of the rooms.  For the location, I can’t complain more.   All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, yukatas, bathrobes, a Japanese tea set, and a coffee machine with capsules, etc.  Then Hotel The Celestine Kyoto Gion is child-friendly.  Baby cribs are available for borrowing if you request in advance.  Room service is not available.  There is a convenience store nearby.  Free WiFi reception was patchy, especially in the evening.  Then the property is universal design.  There is room for wheelchair users and wheelchairs are available for borrowing.  If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to inform the staff in advance as they can arrange a room near the lift.  Then the lounge is open from 13:00 to 18:00.   Complimentary coffee, tea, and snacks, etc., are available.  The lounge becomes a bar after 18:00.  Then there are large communal baths on B1.  They are open from 6:00-10:00, 15:00-26:00.  *If you have tattoos, you may not be permitted to use the public bathing area.  Then the staff tends to be not sophisticated.  The problem would be insufficient training.  Also, it seems that there is a shortage of staff, especially during the busy season.  If you expect signature Japanese hospitality, this is not.  Then if you cannot find English speakers at the front desk, you might want to write on paper what you want to say.  Most of the staff would understand English sentences.  I hope you don’t mind.  Then when we checked out, we needed to wait in the lobby for a long time.  Most of the guests tried to check out a little before 12:00.  Everybody thinks the same.  Then breakfast was wonderful.  If you love deep-fried fish and vegetables called “Tempura”, you should try it.  Breakfast time is from 6:30 to 10:30.  The restaurant was also very busy.  You may want to go down before 7 AM.  When we stayed here on the weekend, we often kept waiting at the public spaces, such as the restaurant, check-in and out, and the public baths, etc.  It seems that the hotel is very popular at present, especially the weekend.  Therefore, you may want to avoid staying during Lunar New Year, early April, late April to early May, weekends in Nov, and the end of year and New Year holiday.  Then free shuttle service is available from the Hachijo Exit of Kyoto Station.  Refer to the time table.  Alternatively, it takes 10min by TAXI from the station.  It costs around 1,000JPY.   Overall the price range would be reasonable.  Anyway, the best season to stay at Hotel The Celestine Kyoto Gion would be except the summer season.  Kyoto city is hotter and more humid than Tokyo between early July and early Sep.  Also, it may be hard for small kids and elderly people to walk outside under the blazing sun.   At last, don’t forget to take a walk around the Kiyomizu Temple before breakfast or after dinner.  The atmosphere would be amazingly special.  There would be few people in the early morning and night.  You can see “Pure Kyoto”.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about the hotel from the below space.  *Please note that the property is bland new in Kyoto.  Most of the TAXI drivers wouldn’t know it.  You might want to show a map where it is located.  **All information is as of the date that I posted on my blog.  ***Check-in and out times 15:00/12:00  Check Availability and Pricing for the hotel on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Hotel The Celestine Kyoto Gion

Style Modern business hotel
Guest Rating Superb 9.1 
Estimated Price  25,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
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Internet Connection Free wifi in the hotel
Facility Information Wheelchairs are available
Pets are not allowed
The parking lot is available  *2,000JPY per day
Location Hotel The Celestine Kyoto Gion’s MAP
Access 10min TAXI from JR Kyoto Station.
Free shuttle service from the station 
Address and TEL 572 Komatsu-Cho Higashioji-nishiiru Yasaka-Dori, Higashiyama-Ku Kyoto 605-0933
Tel +81 75-532-3111
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