Opened in June 2020, the Ace Hotel is a stylish and comfortable hotel right in the heart of the city. It’s tough to beat the Ace for convenience, comfort and location.
Ace Hotel Kyoto interior
Located in the elegant building that used to house the Kyoto Central Telephone Office, the Ace Hotel Kyoto is one of the most stylish hotels in the city. Designed as a collaboration between famed Japanese designer Kuma Kengo and Los Angeles design firm Commune, the hotel is a brilliant fusion of Japanese and international styles.
Ace Hotel Kyoto interior
Some rooms have turntables and carefully curated record collections and all have a spare, elegant and fresh design. Soaking tubs will be welcome after a day of temple hopping. Although hundreds of restaurants, bars and cafes are nearby, if you can’t be bothered to leave the hotel, you’ll find a great Mexican restaurant, pizza place and Japan’s first Stumptown Coffee.
Ace Hotel Kyoto bathroom
The hotel’s biggest selling point is its location: It’s at the corner of Karasuma and Oike streets, meaning you can easily walk to all parts of downtown. And, it’s directly above Karasuma-Oike subway station, where Kyoto’s two subway lines meet.
The rates here are significantly lower than some of the international luxury brand hotels in the city, which makes it a compelling choice for those in search of a stylish and comfortable stay in Kyoto.
Name in English:
Ace Hotel Kyoto
Name in Japanese:
245-2 Kurumaya-cho, Anekoji-dori-Higashinotoin-nishiiru, Nakagyo-ku
Internet: wifi access
Non-smoking rooms: Yes
1min walk from Karasuma Oike Station Exit 5, Tozai & Karasuma subway lines
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