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.
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This hotel is pretty nice, but I think they should improve on the service, because they don't always change the bedsheets, and they don't clean your room unless you specially ask them to after 1 PM. But the good things about this hotels is the location, and the interior is very Japanese-like. Sightseeing around this place include the Higashihonganji Shrine and the view that you can see from the windows are quite nice as well.
I stayed here in December on my first trip to Kyoto. Its location is very convenient. You can walk from the train station in 10-15 minutes (quicker without luggage), and subway and convenience stores are also located nearby (<1-2 min). The service was kind and polite. When we had to make some changes to the online reservations, the staff replied timely and was very helpful.
My family and I booked two double rooms in the main building. The rooms are just like what we saw on the photo! There were windows, but are covered, as you can see in the picture - so we didn't really have a view. If you are on the second floor like myself, you can hear a bit of traffic at night. We only had two check-in size luggages (1 per room), so we had enough space. I do see what other reviewers mean about not having enough room for luggage. The rooms and bathroom were very clean. There's a wooden bathtub and a separate waterfall shower. I found the bed to be ok in comfort level; that is difficult to adjust I suppose since everyone has different bed preferences.
I think what I liked most about the hotel was their breakfast buffet. They come in two styles and comes with unlimited coffee/tea: western + Japanese; go for the Japanese. Just note their breakfast repeats itself every two days. Honestly, though, the food was so pretty and cute - I don't mind eating this every day.
So during our 2 week trip in Japan, this by far had one of the most stylish interiors out of all the hotels we stayed in. Its essentially a modern interpretation of the classic Japanese aesthetic. The hotel staff is very polite, and everything is very clean. It is about a 10-15 minute walk to Kyoto Station which is nice, but candidly it is a bit far from all the local train lines, Gion, and downtown Kyoto. We found ourselves walking farther than anticipated to all of the sites in Kyoto.
With so many options in Kyoto this is just OK.
A friend stayed here longer go win this was a small hotel and raved about everything. It is much larger now with two buildings side-by-side. The facility has obviously tried to modernize and looks good but is not holding up well.
The rooms are very stylized and modern but the layout is awkward. Large posts support the canopies around the platform beds that get in the way. Also the layout is very cramped and using the sinks in the hallway is Awkward. The water pressure Prevented us from using the oforu tub.
The location is great and staff are friendly. The breakfasts were great.
We were here at peak season and it was obvious that the rooms were dramatically marked up.
With so many great places to stay in Kyoto I would look for another option with more charm.
This hotel is lovely. Easily accessed from Kyoto station, next door to a huge temple. The rooms are very Japanese in style conveying peacefulness. The staff are wonderful. The breakfast is a choice of western or Japanese. Being frank, if you are western, that option is better unless you are very adventurous in your local food expectations. We had dinner in the hotel’s Teppanyaki - fabulous experience. The bar has some interesting sake opportunities. All together we loved this hotel, and have to say three days in Kyoto is not enough.