What kind of hotel is Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Kyoto Premier?
This is a luxury business hotel. If this is your first visit to Kyoto, I would recommend it. Only a few minutes walk to the subway stations and bus stops, making it a convenient location for business and sightseeing. Also, Kawaramachi-dori Street, convenient for shopping, and Pontocho Alley, lined with restaurants, are within walking distance. Kiyamachi Street, where the hotel is located, is a very famous street with long-established ryotei (traditional Japanese restaurants) and famous restaurants. Takase River, famous for its cherry blossoms, is also nearby.
When you open the entrance door, you will see a glass-walled garden in front of you. The garden was designed by a famous garden designer so that you can enjoy the scenery of the four seasons.
The lobby area is not very large, but the view of the courtyard makes it a relaxing space. The hotel is decorated in a modern Japanese design, and the lighting throughout the building tends to be dark, creating a calm ambiance. The lobby is designed to resemble a sophisticated teahouse.
Then you can enjoy the scenery of the Kamo River, one of the most scenic spots in Kyoto, from your room. I was soothed by the riverside scenery, the flowing time, the changing sunlight, and the moonlight that I could not have noticed by simply walking along the river. I spent my time working at the table by the window, and it was a comfortable stay, allowing me to relax and concentrate.
If you don’t have much time to spend in your room during the daytime for sightseeing or work, so you don’t want to stay in a luxury hotel but want to avoid business hotels that are too small, this is the perfect hotel for you.
The reception staff and doormen were very polite and pleasant. They were also prompt in arranging an early morning cab for us. All staff was very busy when the hotel first opened, but when we stayed here in 2021, they were hospitable and helpful.
If I had to pick a drawback, it would be the location. The area is very convenient for sightseeing, business, and dining, as it is close to the downtown area, train station, and bus stop, but if you are expecting a typical Kyoto cityscape, you may be a little disappointed. Compared to the Higashiyama area, it may lack a Kyoto-like atmosphere. However, I was very satisfied with the hotel because there are few hotels that offer a view of the Kamo River from the room with good cost performance.
Is the location easy to access?
Exit 1 of Kyoto Shiyakusho-Mae Station is the closest to the hotel, but there are no elevators or escalators here, and you need to take about 60 stairs. If you have large luggage or a baby stroller, it is better to head towards Kyoto Hotel Okura from Exit 3 and use the elevators or escalators there to get to the ground level.
Then if you take a taxi from Kyoto Station, it takes 15min and costs around 2,000JPY. Most of the TAXI drivers would know the hotel, but please show the address and TEL No. in the below Japanese as they can enter the phone number into the car navigation system to confirm the destination.
ソラリア西鉄ホテル 京都プレミア 三条鴨川
〒604-8001 京都府京都市中京区 三条上る上大阪町５０９番地
電話番号 075 708 5757
Then the operation of the parking machine is a bit complicated, so it takes a long time to enter and exit the parking lot. There are only 8 spaces in total, and they are on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are not accepted. 1,500 yen per night.
Rooms I would recommend?
If you are going to stay here, I would recommend a room with a view of the Kamo River at 4F or 5F. From the large windows, I could see the Kamo River and the flow of people passing by, which made me feel very relaxed.
On the other hand, I wouldn’t recommend a room on other floors. The view from the lower floors is not what you would expect.
Also, the rooms on the first basement floor wouldn’t be recommended. It is designed so that you can take a bath while looking at the wall designed with moss, but the glass fogged up with steam, so I couldn’t see anything.
How about toiletries & in-room amenities?
All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, samue outfits, pajamas, drip coffee bags, and a Japanese tea set, etc. There are LAURA ASHLEY bath amenities and POLA skincare products in the bathroom. Room service is not available. The wifi reception was excellent on the property.
Then this is child-friendly. Cribs and bed rails are available for borrowing if you request in advance.
How about In-house Facilities?
There are indoor communal baths on B1. You can relax while soaking in the bath after a long day out. They are not hot springs, though. In particular, Especially in Kyoto, winters are very cold. A big bath is great because it warms you up to your core. They are open from 6:00-9:00, 15:00-25:00. *If you have tattoos, you may not be permitted to use the public bathing area.
Then there is a vending machine for drinking. There is a laundromat on B1. There is a convenience store nearby.
Then this is a universal design. There is a room for wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are available for borrowing. If you bring some with weak legs, you may want to inform the staff in advance as they arrange a room near the lift.
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How about meals?
It was buffet style, but many kinds of dishes were beautifully arranged, including Kyoto’s local cuisine called Obanzai. Also, since the headquarters of this hotel is in Fukuoka, there are some great Fukuoka’s local dishes such and spicy cod roe called mentaiko and mentaiko chazuke. The Western menu was ordinary. Unfortunately, the eggs Benedict were not freshly made.
In the neighborhood, you can walk to the shopping district, restaurants, and bars, but most of them open at 11:00 a.m. except for fast food restaurants. It is better to have breakfast at the hotel.
Finally, the hotel is popular because it is relatively new, has up-to-date facilities, a convenient location, and good cost performance. If you want to stay in a tranquil atmosphere, you might want to avoid staying during Lunar New Year, early April, late April to early May, 16th of Aug, the weekend in Oct and Nov, and the end of the year and new year holiday. The hotel would be crowded during these periods.
The banks of the Kamo River are a place of relaxation for Kyoto citizens. When the weather is nice and early in the morning or at dusk, there are many people walking or running along the river. During your stay in Kyoto, you may want to try to relax along the river like the Kyoto people do.
Have a nice trip! Welcome to receive any questions about the hotel from the below space. If you check-in after 24:00, you need to inform the staff of it in advance. Check Availability and Pricing for the hotel on Booking.com or Agoda
Info about Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Kyoto Premier
|Style||Modern Business Hotel|
|Check-in and out times
|Estimated Price||16,965 JPY for 2 adults per room|
|Contact E-mail||Fill the form in or
|Internet Connection||Free wifi in the hotel|
|Facility Information||Wheelchairs are available
Pets are not allowed
The parking lot is available at 1,500JPY per day
|Location||Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Kyoto Premier’s MAP|
|Access||5min walk from Sanjo Station or
Kyoto Shiyakusho-Mae Station
|Address and TEL|| 509 Kamiosaka-Cho, Nakagyo-Ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
604-8001 Japan Tel +81 75 708 5757
|Official Homepage||Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Kyoto Premier’s HP|
*All information above is as of the date that I posted on my blog.
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