Some of the best values in Kyoto accommodations can be found in the mid-range bracket. Here’s where you’ll find hotels a step up from standard-issue business hotels, but with prices more humane than those charged by the luxury chains.
If you’re willing to spend between Y8,000 and Y14,000 per night for a single, twin or double room, you’ll find yourself spoiled for choice in Kyoto. There are loads of good-value mid-range hotels in the city and they’re going up all the time.
For this money, you can expect to find what you might call a “smart business hotel” or a somewhat stripped-down version of an international-class luxury hotel. That means a room a bit more spacious than a business hotel room and perhaps a few design touches to spruce up the place. You’ll also likely find an on-site restaurant or two and perhaps a spa of some sort.
This is a list of what I consider the best mid-range hotels in Kyoto, in rough order of preference (best listed first):
- Citadines Karasuma-Gojo Kyoto
The Citadines Karasuma-Gojo Kyoto is an excellent serviced apartment-style hotel on Gojo-dori, in the heart of Kyoto. It’s close to Gojo subway station and within walking distance of downtown. It’s highly recommended.
- Dormy Inn Premium Kyoto Ekimae
The Dormy Inn Premium Kyoto Ekimae is a good-value upscale business hotel located directly across from Kyoto Station. There’s a great rooftop bath and many other interested features. Book 28 days or more in advance and get really cheap discount rates.
- Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo
The Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo is a slightly upscale business hotel located just a bit west of the city center, but within walking distance of Shijo subway station.
- Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto Shijokarasuma
The Daiwa Roynet is an oddly named but decent hotel just south of the main downtown area. It’s within relatively easy walking distance of the southern Higashiyama sights and the restaurants downtown.
- Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Sanjo
The Mitsui Garden on Sanjo is a business hotel with quite a few extras thrown in. It’s a short walk from the Karasuma-Oike subway station.
- Hotel Unizo
The Hotel Unizo is a reasonably priced business hotel right in downtown Kyoto – most of Kyoto’s nightlife and dining options are within easy walking distance.
- Hotel Monterey Kyoto
The Monterey Kyoto is a step up from a business hotel. It’s conveniently located right on Karasuma-dori, within walking distance of all of downtown Kyoto.
- Best Western Hotel Kyoto
The Best Western Hotel Kyoto is a great hotel right in the heart of the city. It’s a stone’s throw from some great restaurants and two subway stations.
- Hotel Hokke Club Kyoto
The Hotel Hokke Club Kyoto is a well-kept business hotel directly north of Kyoto Station. Like other branches of this nationwide chain, it’s good value for the money.
When you compare what the mid-range dollar buys in Kyoto with other cities like London, Paris or New York, you’ll have to agree that Kyoto is one of the best travel values in the developed world.
You’ll find the thickest concentrations of mid-range hotels in the Kyoto Station Area, Downtown Kyoto and Central Kyoto.
If you’re willing to spend a little bit more, you’ll also find some great value in the luxury hotel category. If you’d like to spend less, you’ll find plenty of great choices in the budget hotel category.
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