Almont Hotel Kyoto is a reliable mid-range hotel which is situated a short walk away from Kyoto Station and is also convenient for airport limousine bus stops.
This hotel offers compact but comfortable short-stay accommodation at very reasonable room rates. The hotel staff are polite and helpful, all the essential services and amenities are provided, and a healthy and satisfying breakfast is available. However, this hotel’s special highlight is the traditional Japanese style public bathing area where you can relax and unwind after exploring the city.
Almont Hotel Kyoto has 169 guest rooms on 6 floors. Guests can choose from rooms with single beds, semi-doubles, standard doubles, standard twins, deluxe twins, ladies’ twins, and triple beds. All rooms are non-smoking.
Guest rooms are spotlessly clean, with tasteful modern Japanese style interiors, and comfy Simmonds mattresses and duvets on the beds. All rooms are supplied with air conditioning and heating, a flat screen LCD TV, a small refrigerator, a work desk and chair, an electric kettle and tea set, a combined air purifier and humidifier, mobile phone chargers, a baggage rack, air freshener, nightwear, and slippers.
Each room has its own connecting bathroom with both a shower and bathtub. Bathroom amenities include a full set of towels, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, tooth brush sets, shaving razors, cotton buds, a hair brush, and an ionic hair dryer.
Ladies’ twin rooms have some special equipment such as facial steamers, massage cushions, NanoCare hair dryers, and leg massagers.
Free wired and wireless internet access is available in all the guest rooms. All rooms are accessed by a digital card key.
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Breakfast & Dining
A daily buffet breakfast is served in the dining area from 6.30-10.00 with last entry at 9.30. The buffet has a varied selection of Japanese and European foods which includes bacon, eggs, deep fried chicken, salads, fruits, Japanese style fish, soup, pickles, rice, and local vegetable dishes. Breakfast costs 2,160 yen per person (inclusive of tax).
For lunch and dinner there are plenty of dining options in the Kyoto Station building and in the nearby Aeon and Avanti shopping malls. There is also a 7-Eleven convenience store a 2 minute walk away from the hotel, where you can buy cheap provisions such as noodles, rice balls, sandwiches, snacks, and drinks.
Other Services & Facilities
Staff at the reception desk are friendly and welcoming and can speak English as well as Japanese. Luggage can be stored at reception both before checking in and after checking out. This hotel’s fixed check-in time is unusually early at 14.00, and its check-out time is at 11.00.
The hotel has a PC corner with computers and a printer which guests can use freely. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the building.
The hotel’s public bathing spa is separated by gender into two areas and provides the perfect way to relax after a hard day’s sightseeing. An English language pamphlet is provided to explain how to follow Japanese bathing etiquette. Mikimoto brand shampoo, conditioner, and body soap are freely available here, along with Pola brand cleansing and moisturizing lotions. In order to use the baths, guests should bring towels from their rooms. Lockers are provided in the changing rooms to store guests’ clothes and towels. For personal security and peace of mind, there is a digital passcode for the ladies’ bathing area which female guests can receive from reception. The baths are open from 16.00-26.00 and 6.00-10.00.
There is a self-service laundry on the second floor with coin-operated washing machines and dryers.
Soft drinks vending machines are available on the 1st, 2nd and 5th floors. Ice making machines are available on the 2nd and 5th floors.
A microwave oven is also available if guests want to heat up their own food.
In-room massages can be arranged at reception for a fee.
Items such as an iron, trouser press, desk lamp, or smart phone charger can be borrowed from reception for no extra charge.
Article and original photos by Michael Lambe. All rights reserved.