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 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 rooms tend to be cramped but very functional, cozy, and clean. There is no nice view from most of 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 a room for wheelchair users and wheelchairs are available for borrowing. If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to inform 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 staff tends to be not sophisticated. The problem would be insufficient training. Also it seems that there is a shortage of staff, especially during 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 staff would understand English sentences. I hope you don’t mind it. Then when we checked out, we needed to wait at the lobby for long time. Most of guests tried to check out little before 12:00. Everybody thinks same. Then breakfast was wonderful. If you love deep-fried fish and vegetables called “Tempura”, you should try it. Breakfast time is from 6:30-10:30. The restaurant was also very busy. You may want to go down before 7AM. When we stayed here on 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 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 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 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|
|Contact E-mail||Fill the form in|
|Internet Connection||Free wifi in the hotel|
|Facility Information||Wheelchairs are available
Pets are not allowed
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
|Official Homepage||Hotel The Celestine Kyoto Gion’s HP|
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