Purely in terms of its convenient location, Hotel Granvia Kyoto can’t be beat. The hotel is actually in the Kyoto Station building, so once you have arrived in Kyoto, you don’t have to worry about finding your way to your hotel. You are already there! This also puts you in the enviable position of being perfectly placed to explore Kyoto and beyond. Just a short walk from the hotel lobby are rail lines that can take you to iconic areas of Kyoto like Arashiyama or Uji in under 20 minutes, or Nijo Castle or Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine in just 5 minutes.
The Karasuma Subway beneath the station can whisk you into central Kyoto in just 5 minutes too, and if you want to visit other famous sites such as Kinkakuji Temple (The Golden Pavilion), or Kiyomizu-dera Temple, there is a bus station and taxi rank, right outside your door. For onward travel too, you will have ready access to train lines for Osaka, Tokyo, Nagoya, Hiroshima, and Kansai International Airport.
In the immediate vicinity of the hotel, are plentiful shopping opportunities. For fashion, food and souvenirs head across the station building to Isetan department store. And just beyond that is the giant electronics store Bic Camera. The historic temples of Toji, Higashi Honganji and Nishi Honganji are also within walking distance, as are more modern attractions such as Kyoto Tower and Umekoji Koen Park with its aquarium and railway museum. There is also an art gallery and theater within the station building.
This is a deluxe hotel with comfortable, tastefully designed rooms some of which have superb views overlooking nearby Kyoto Tower and the city skyline.
All rooms are provided with excellent amenities: a large screen TV with English language channels, an electric kettle, mini-bar, trouser press, a complimentary newspaper and a full set of toiletries. They also all come with free wireless internet access.
Within the Granvia Hotel itself you have 9 restaurants to choose from, a range of breakfast options spanning Japanese and western styles of cuisine, and a comprehensive room service menu too. In the evening there are three different bars in which you can unwind after your day’s explorations.
Read our full guide to Dining in Hotel Granvia Kyoto.
The hotel also has its own clinic, bakery and pastry shop, jewelry store, gift shop, a swimming pool and fitness gym with a jacuzzi and sauna.
And if that isn’t enough for you to choose from, you also have immediate access to the plentiful dining, shopping and entertainment facilities within the Kyoto Station building too!
The Hotel Granvia has English speaking staff who can help you with information about hotel facilities and environs, advise you on sightseeing locations, or even arrange some tours. Whether you are interested in exploring the worlds of geisha or ninja, Kyoto antiques, or World Heritage sites, the Hotel Granvia has a tour just right for you.
The hotel is also fully set up for business meetings, weddings and events. There are 13 banquet halls and also meeting rooms with broadband, video conferencing and a simultaneous interpretation system that can support 6 foreign languages.
Article and original photos by Michael Lambe. All rights reserved.