Some people sometimes ask me “I want to stay in the southern Higashiyama area. But there are only ryokans around there. Do you know where modern hotels in the area are?” I understand that most of authentic ryokans have only limited facilities. Some people wouldn’t appreciate it even though you have a great experience when you are in Kyoto. Also if you bring your small kids or elderly parents, you may prefer hotels to ryokans. If so, I would recommend Hotel the Celestine Kyoto Gion which opened just in Sep, 2017. The location is absolutory perfect, near Kiyomizu Temple, Gion, Kodaiji Temple, etc. You wouldn’t need to travel far during your stay there. There are many spots within walking distance. The neighborhood around the hotel wouldn’t be special but if you walk toward Kiyomizu Temple just 5min, you must feel “I am in Kyoto now!” If you are going to stay there, 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 some rooms. All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, yukatas, bathrobes, a Japanese tea set, and a coffee machine with capsules, etc. A baby crib is available if you request in advance. Room service is not available. There is a convenience store nearby. 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. If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to inform staff of it in advance as they can arrange a room near the lift as much as possible. Then the lounge is open between 13:00-18:00. Complimentary coffee, tea and snacks etc., are available. It becomes a bar after 18:00. Then there are public baths on B1. They are open from 6:00-10:00, 15:00-26:00. *Please note that if you have tattoos and want to use the public baths, use a private one attached in your room instead. 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. Then if you cannot find an English speaker 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 wouldn’t mind it. Perhaps, if you have specific requests, you may want to inform staff of it in advance by e-mail. 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 must 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 there on weekend, we often kept waiting at the public spaces, such as the restaurant, check in and out, the public baths etc., in-house. It seems that the hotel is very popular at present. Therefore, you may want to avoid staying at the hotel during Lunar New Year, late April to early May, weekends in Nov, and the end of year and New Year holiday if you want to relax in a tranquil atmosphere. Anyway the best season to stay there would be except the summer season. Kyoto city is hotter and more humid than Tokyo in early July to early Sep. Also it may be hard for small kids and elderly people to walk outside under the blazing sun. Then an access to the property wouldn’t be easy but free shuttle service is available from the Hachijo Exit of Kyoto Station. Refer to the time table. It takes 10min by TAXI. It costs around 1,000JPY. At last, don’t forget to take a walk around Kiyomizu Temple before breakfast or after dinner. The atmosphere would be very special. You must 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 provided
|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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