October 2022: Please note Palace Side Hotel has now permanently closed. Please see our Central Kyoto page for other places to stay in the area.
An inexpensive traveler’s hotel next to the Imperial Palace, The Palace Side Hotel is a decent choice for budget travelers who want to be based in midtown.
Overlooking the west side of the Kyoto Imperial Palace Park, the Palace Side Hotel is a basic but serviceable hotel that was designed with foreign travelers in mind. It’s got everything you need: laundry facilities, free internet terminals, an onsite restaurant, and English-speaking staff. Due to its location directly across the street from the Kyoto Imperial Palace Park, this is a good spot for those who like to start their day with a contemplative stroll or a jog.
Most people, however, find that the location isn’t that great for sightseeing: it too far west to comfortably walk to the major sightseeing districts on the east side of town (but, it’s within easy striking distance by bicycle). It’s also very close to a subway station and it not too far from Doshisha University, meaning that there are plenty of cheap restaurants nearby. The major downside here is that the place is getting a bit long in the tooth and some of the rooms need refurbishing. Still, considering the prices they charge, it’s hard to complain.
Karasuma-dori, Shimotachiuri agaru, Kamigyo-ku,
Internet: wifi and LAN cable access
Non-smoking rooms: Yes
3min walk from Marutamachi Station Karasuma subway line
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