Kyoto Brighton Hotel
What We Love
- Free shuttle every 20 minutes to/from Karasumaoike Subway Station
- The Hotaru restaurant serves traditional Kyoto kaiseki (a menu of small Japanese dishes)
- Cool views from the rooftop pool and terrace
What To Know
- Bikes are available to rent
- WiFi is free
- Rooftop pool is open July to September
- It's a short walk to Kyoto's imperial palace
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
In west Kyoto-Gosho, close to the imperial palace, the Kyoto Brighton is a classy crash pad with a rooftop pool and terrace. Beyond the light-flooded atrium, glass elevators whisk guests up to the 182 spacious rooms, which all have clearly defined seating and sleeping areas. The decor is simple, with light woods and plum carpets and sofas, and all rooms feature nifty air purifiers and bathrooms with soaking tubs and rain showers. There are four restaurants to choose from, including Kakan, which specializes in Cantonese fare, and Hotaru, a top-notch eatery that serves Kyoto style kaiseki (a multicourse menu of small, artistically presented dishes). The lobby bar is also an all-day tea lounge that serves organic brews and bowls of traditional matcha green tea.
In the Area
Kyoto is one of the world’s greatest cultural destinations, and the sights begin just steps from the hotel. The imperial palace, residence of Japan’s royal family until 1868, is just down the road. Sanjusangendo Buddhist Temple dates from 1266 and is one of the world’s largest wooden structures; inside, 1,000 life-size statues of Kannon (the deity of mercy) flank a giant 1,000-armed Kannon. Visit Kawai Kanjiro House, the residence turned museum of an eccentric 20th-century ceramic artist. Kiyomizu Temple, with its famous balcony offering views of the city, is dramatically perched on the side of a hill. From here, it’s an atmospheric walk through the historical streets to Gion, the largest of Kyoto’s geisha districts.
How to Get There
Enjoyed the vast bed and the big bathroom with bath and clever shower. First rate restaurant where we dined. The beef was so tender. Breakfast buffet was extensive and I liked the fruit and the cooked breakfast.
Modern large hotel with comfortable rooms with fabulous bathroom. Restaurants are expensive but also excellent food and exceptional service. 7-11 one block away (atm and anything else you need), A little off beaten path but there is hotel shuttle to center of town and hotel is not far from Imperial Palace and the Raku Museum.
This hotel is very practical. Clean, okay location and quick service. Breakfast was good, but it ends at 10 AM which is a bit early especially that the waiters give you notice at 9:45 that the food selection will be taken away shortly so we need to get if we want anything else-felt a bit rushed, but the staff was kind and they just follow the rule.
I stayed for 2 nights for leisure. I arrived at 9pm and I took a taxi from Kyoto station to hotel. It costs about ¥2000 and about 15mins ride. There is a hotel shuttle bus to one of metro station and you can look up from hotel website.
The hotel decoration is good. Modern and a bit classic Japan style. I checked in a room at 6/F. It’s the highest and the view is ok. The room size is reasonable and good enough for 2. It’s comfy and clean. The bathroom is good with shower and bathtub. I guess that there’s no dirty hotel in Japan.
For those sport lover, there is no gym room in the hotel but you can run around Kyoto. The breakfast is not good but just ok only. Not much variety of food is available in the buffet restaurant. You can also choose Japanese style breakfast in another restaurant.
Overall, the hotel room and decor are good but not the location and food. So I just give 4 point out of 5.
The staff was expectional with meeting our needs. We had only a short stay here but our room was large and up-to-date. The grand entrance of this hotel is impressive. I would certainly stay here again when visiting Kyoto.