If this is your first time visiting Kyoto, I would highly recommend it. 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. The atmosphere around the property is very much Kyoto. The hotel would be great for couples, small groups, solo travelers, 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. The room is functional, modern and relaxed. 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. If you bring small kids, you may want to inform staff of it in advance as they can prepare some items as well. Complimentary drinks and food, such as wine, coffee, tea, soft drinks, snacks, 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. Wifi reception was good in the building. Then the hotel has a room for wheelchair users. Some wheelchairs are available. It’s not perfect universal design, though. If you take people with weak feet, you might want to inform staff of it in advance as they can arrange a room near the lift as much as possible. 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 will be able to fully enjoy soaking in the family baths while viewing Yasaka pagoda after long day out. That’s amazing! Then kaiseki food experience for dinner was good, but it wouldn’t be special. Also we needed to wait for long time until all food was served. Japanese cuisine for breakfast was wonderful. Breakfast is from 7:00-9:00. Dinner is from 17:30-21:30. All meals are served in a private room or 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. 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 the hotel would be except the summer season unless you join the summer festivals at Gion. Kyoto City is much hotter and humid than Tokyo between early July to 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 walk. 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 the temple before 8:00AM and after 8:00PM. You will be able to 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. **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. Avilability is limited.
|Location||Saka Hotel Kyoto’s MAP|
|Access||10min TAXI from JR Kyoto Station.
|Address and TEL||
|Official Homepage||Saka Hotel Kyoto’s HP|
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