Location The air conditioner in our room was broken. They couldn't fix it and offered no compensation for it. The rooms and main hallways were stuffy and filled with smoke.
We loved almost everything about the Okura! Staff were very attentive and helpful with navigating for non-Japanese speaking guests. Facilities were in great shape. Insure dining had both local and international options. Subway access via basement connection and hotel shuttle to/from train station. So many amazing sites to see from there and tour company picked up at hotel. Much of dining, as seems common in Good hotels in Japan, is fixed price. We found two good options, Merry Island(Italian) and a noodle house that I do not remember the name of, in easy walking distance.
We loved staying here. My only complaint is that it cost additional money to use the pool, if you chose to use the pool, and more importantly, that you had to be 18 years old to use the pool at all. My wife and I were traveling with our 9-year-old daughter, so none of used the pool because our daughter was too young. This was a huge downer, because Kyoto is very hot in August and we would have welcomed being able to cool off in the pool. By contrast, the hotel we stayed at in Tokyo (The Park Hyatt) had no age restrictions on pool usage (or usage fees) and we used the pool twice a day. Other than the disappointment about the pool, the Kyoto Hotel Okura was a total delight and perfectly located and the staff couldn't have been more accommodating, and the free shuttle too and from Kyoto Station was a welcome surprise. The pool cost money to use. And you need to be at least 18 to use it. This was a huge disappointment since we were traveling with our daughter, who is 9.
Great service that can be expected from the Okura brand. Was unexpectedly upgraded to a large room. Good location. Nothing.
Very clean, with very hospitable staff in central city location, Easy walking to lots of shopping and to subway and train stations. Many restaurants in the atrea with first class restaurants in the hotel.
location bathroom decor outdated, bedding a bit too hard
Excellent location spacious rooms accommodating staff Lower floor rooms needs refurbishing
It is conveniently located for shopping and public transportation. Service is excellent. There is nothing I did not like about the hotel. I would love to stay again!!!
Location was excellent, close to making shopping area. Big room for Japanese standard. Staff not very friendly. Limited English with some staff. Concierge overwhelmed with people. Perhaps 2 at the desk would help. Very strict check out policy. Was not given a copy of my bill because I made the reservation over KAyak.
Lovely staff, very helpful. Hotel seemed oriented towards the business traveller and more for the older Japanese population. That said, it was a very good, very comfortable hotel. Good value!
I appreciate the position and the room comfort
Great location! Easy access to bus lines and subways. The bathroom is quite large relative to the room size. Effective use of space. They can store your luggage for you free of charge if you arrive early. I did this and it was a huge lifesaver. No minibar, but I never use that stuff anyway.
Very nice hotel. Highly recommended from a world traveler.
It's fine for a three star, but you are paying for five star which it doesn't live up to. It's tricky one hostess was very helpful and another one yelled at us for canceling a cab, it was very strange. The beds are so hard, it was terrible. Also they don't have a bag room so the lobby is absolutely filled with bags because of all the tour groups. Also bar extremely overpriced. Overall it is extremely overpriced for what you get. Use that same amount and go stay in one of the traditional hotels in the cute part of town.
Superb quality, central location, great value You can hear street noise through the closed windows including club music until 5 in the morning.
Great location, easy access to the primary tourist locations in Kyoto. The room was a bit small (by western standards), but comfortable nonetheless.
This hotel felt almost brand new and for the price, it was an amazing value. I was staying at other value hotels in the area but when I found this hotel I thought I would give it try based on ratings. I was not disappointed - it had a feel of a medium priced hotel in the US (think Hilton or Marriott) but I paid closer to the lower range of a budget hotel. Granted, I am not going during peak season. The interiors was luxurious and everything felt new. I would stay here again, hands down. It's a bit hard to find because it's in an alley way and generally signage is hard to see anywhere in this part of Kyoto. Be prepare to have your gps on to find this spot.
The swimming pool. The price to value was very high and the hotel billed me twice accidentally.
They woke us up at 7:50 to tell us about a restaurant we asked for breakfast recommendation. The room is too small, with to storage space for a couple, a view of "the city" looks like a slam, lack of a 5-star quality, yet the service was good.
So much of your experience of Kyoto is where you are staying. I am so glad I changed hotels to stay at the Ritz one night. The service is outstanding, the location is incredible, and I had one of the nicest spa experiences of my whole life. Staying here will be one of my top memories of my lifetime. Cannot recommend highly enough.
Hotel Monterey Kyoto is located near Gion, the main shopping area in Kyoto, and walking distance to Maruyuma Park, Pontocho Alley, and Nishiki Market. It is a block from the Karasuma Oike station, which is only a few stops from the Kyoto Station. As a tourist, this hotel is well located, considering many of the temples are best reached via bus. Our room felt extremely clean with modern decor. Though space was tight, it was manageable for two people. Everyone we spoke to was very accommodating, polite and helpful. We never heard sounds coming from other rooms. No complaints!
The efficiency and kindness of the staff
Big clean room at a very reasonable price. Friendly, helpful English speaking staff. Beautiful waterfall outside the bar area. Nothing.
The staff were very polite and eager to assist any way that they could The bed in my room - like the docor - dated to the 1970's. Ridiculous that you have to pay for use of the pool. The food is ridiculously expensive and sub standard. 600 yen for a cup of coffee and they poured less than half of a tea cup.
Great staff with probably the best english skills in Kyoto. They provided great service throughout our stay. Free shuttlebus to Kyoto station. The hotel is a bit old and the interior looks old and worn wth stains, etc. The hotel is located a bit far from the main streets with shops and restaurants. You need a bike or the subway to get home from the central part of Kyoto.
Beautiful lobby, excellent location. good restaurant
Location and boutique style. Very good value for money.
The staff were very friendly and all seemed to speak excellent English. The location is great - a really charming neighborhood I'd never seen before. I didn't understand that there's another Mitsui Garden hotel just a few blocks away, and the taxi driver didnt' ask. He ended up taking me to the wrong one... Also, there's a Kyoto Garden Hotel right around the corner - a little confusing!
The single bed room is small, however there are plenty of gadgets for the customer. The location is close to the underground station which connects to the main railway station. the window view is poor. There is no sign post about the hotel and it just hides behind another building at a corner.