Hotel Kanra Kyoto
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
A stay at Hotel Kanra Kyoto places you in the heart of Kyoto, minutes from Higashi Honganji Temple and close to Nijo Castle. This 4-star hotel is close to Kiyomizu Temple and Kyoto Imperial Palace.
Make yourself at home in one of the 68 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring refrigerators and iPod docking stations. Your memory foam bed comes with down comforters. Flat-screen televisions with digital programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature deep soaking bathtubs and rainfall showerheads.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Relax and unwind with body treatments and facials. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access and concierge services.
Food & Drink
Enjoy a meal at one of the hotel’s dining establishments, which include 2 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Full breakfasts are available daily from 7 AM to 10 AM for a fee.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning/laundry services, and multilingual staff.
How to Get There
Kanra offers a beautiful room in a convenient location and a very good breakfast but I still did not feel it was worth the money. Rates vary considerably by day of week or season, so if you can get a room at a lower price, I would recommend it. Other than the check-in, I had little exposure to the staff. There is no gym, which was a big negative and the bar on the ground floor is attractive as a cafe during the day time but has no evening ambience, no customers and closes too early to be of any use. If you want a quasi-Japanese room and budget is not an issue, this place is great. There are many other attractive hotels in Kyoto for much less money.
We just spend 4 nights at the Kanra and couldn't be happier with the hotel. We were treated like royalty throughout and no request went unattended by the front desk staff, which bent over backwards to ensure every need was met. I would especially like to mention Fuji, who made sure all our reservations were taken care of with a warm smile - from arranging tour guides to booking appointments for us at the spa (best oriental massage EVER!) to dinner reservations around town, to calling taxis. All with little to no notice. Fuji was not only uber patient with all our many many questions and requests, but also friendly, kind, polite, efficient, and beyond helpful. Kiyo, who checked us in after an exhausting journey, was wonderful too. The room itself is simple yet luxurious and comfortable, and aesthetically stunning since it is decorated in true Japanese style, with thoughtful amenities including welcome sweets, kimono robes, japanese tea, every toiletry and amenity one could think of, and the most amazing room and fabric deodorizing spray. The beds and pillows were very comfortable and the insulation is fantastic because we couldn't hear a sound from the hallway for our entire stay there, despite the fact that our room was directly in front of an elevator. The western breakfast every day was ample though the service staff at the restaurant was nowhere near as attentive as the front desk staff. It included 2 eggs (scrambled, omelette or fried), roast beef (though we didn't have it since we're vegetarian), a fruit bowl, a different vegetable juice every day, yogurt topped with granola, steamed vegetables and potatoes, 1 piece of bread (which strangely was never refilled at our table though we saw other tables being offered more bread every day- but minor complaint only) a large croissant w/butter/jam, choice of fruit juices, coffee/tea, We had dinner twice at the Italian restaurant since their wood fired oven pizzas were as good or better than any we have had in US but again the service at dinner was lacking - or perhaps I was just totally spoiled by the front desk staff. No complaints though. The tranquil lobby bar (where you can spend time watch artisans painting and mending ceramics behind a glass enclosure or browse beautiful pottery and shop for gift items) also has a fantastic drinks menu. My favorite was the Japanese beer- Silk Weizen as well as their amazing Sake tasting menu and the baguette sandwiches which were to die for. All in all, this was an incredibly calm, peaceful and attentive sanctuary to come back to after grueling days touring beautiful Kyoto in the sweltering, humid summer heat. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Kanra Kyoto in a heartbeat.
Perfect for a base to explore Kyoto’s delights Hotel Kanra has a modern approach with faultless staff. They were brilliant at helping to organise trips and no detail was too small. The hotel was simple and stylish, very clean and comfortable. They also do the best pizzas which was a welcome break from noodles or sushi!