Saka Hotel Kyoto

If this is your first time visiting Kyoto, I would highly recommend Saka Hotel Kyoto.  Perhaps if you love Kyoto like me, I really think you should stay here.  The location is definitely perfect.  An access to the property from Kyoto Station wouldn’t be convenient, though.  It takes 10min by taxi from the station.  It costs about 1,000JPY.  On the other hand, if you are looking for an authentic ryokan adventure, this is not.  Saka Hotel Kyoto tends to be stylish, modern, and functional.  The atmosphere around the property is very much Kyoto.  The hotel would be great for couples, small groups, solo travelers, business persons or family with small kids.  If you are going to stay there, I would highly recommend booking spacious rooms as much as possible.  Some of them tend to be cramped.  There wouldn’t be nice views from the property, but for the location I can’t complain more.  Facilities tend to be the latest.  All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, yukatas, pajamas, a Japanese tea set, a coffee machine with some capsules, etc.  Also this is child-friendly.  If you bring small children, you may want to inform staff in advance as they can provide amenities, such as bouncers, diaper pails, baby shampoo and soaps, etc.  Complimentary drinks and food, such as wine, coffee, tea, soft drinks, snacks, and popsicles, etc., are available at the lounge on 3F.  You can chill out there while drinking and eating whenever you like.  The lounge is open from 7:00-24:00.  *Complimentary alcoholic beverages are available from 16:00-18:00 only.  Room service is available.  There is a convenience store nearby.  Free Wifi reception was good in the building.  Then the hotel is almost universal design.  There is a room for wheelchair users.  Wheelchairs are available for borrowing.  If you bring people with weak feet, you might want to inform staff in advance as they can arrange a room near the lift.  Then there are two unique private family baths in-house.  One is called Japanese Sake bath, and the other is Yuzu bath.  They are not hot springs, though.  You need to book it in advance when you check in if you want to use.  It costs 4,320JPY for 50min.  They are very popular.  First come, first served.  They are open from 7:00-10:00, 15:00-24:00.  You can fully enjoy soaking in the family baths while viewing Yasaka pagoda after long day out.  That’s amazing!  *There is no communal bath in-house.  Then kaiseki food experience for dinner was good, but it wouldn’t be special.  Also we needed to wait for long time until all dishes were served.  Then Japanese cuisine for breakfast was wonderful.  Breakfast is from 7:00-9:00.  Dinner is from 17:30-21:30.  All meals are served at a private room in a restaurant.  *Please note that inform staff when you book a room with meals if you have any food allergies.  They wouldn’t prepare alternative food if you request on that day.  Alternatively you can go out for dinner as there are many restaurants around Gion area.  Then staff tends to be not sophisticated but warm, helpful and friendly.  Overall, “the hardware” tends to be outstanding, but “the software”, personnel and service are not the same class and still have a long way to go.  Anyway, the best season to stay at Saka Hotel Kyoto would be except the summer season.  Kyoto City is much hotter and humid than Tokyo between early July and mid Sep.  It would be hard to walk in downtown Kyoto during the summer season.  At last, don’t forget to visit Kiyomizu Temple in the early morning before breakfast or after dinner.  It takes just 5min on foot.  The temple is open from 6:00AM.  As you may know, the spot is always very crowded in daytime but there would be few people around there before 8:00AM and after 8:00PM.  You can see “true Kyoto”.  It’s well worth a visit.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about the hotel from the below space.  *Please note that Saka Hotel Kyoto is brand new.  Most of TAXI drivers wouldn’t know it.  You might want to show a map where it is located.  On top of that, it wouldn’t be easy to find the entrance of the property.  Check your map carefully.  Have a nice trip!  **All information is as of the date that I posted on my blog.  ***Check in and out times 15:00/11:00   You need to inform staff of your expected arrival time in advance.    Check Availability and Pricing for the hotel on Booking.com or  Agoda

Info about Saka Hotel Kyoto

Style Modern Japanese Hotel
Guest Rating  Good 7.9
Estimated Price  30,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact E-mail Call at 0799-22-2521 from domestic
Call at +81 799-22-2521 from overseas
Internet Connection Free wifi in the hotel
Facility information Wheelchairs are available
Pets are not allowed
Free parking lot is available
*You need to book it in advance
Availability is limited.
Location Saka Hotel Kyoto’s MAP
Access 10min TAXI from JR Kyoto Station.
Address and TEL 〒605-0862 Kyoto Higashiyama-Ku Kiyomizu 4-200
Tel +81 75-561-0061
Official Homepage Saka Hotel Kyoto’s HP

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