If you’re looking for a stylish hotel right in the heart of the Gion entertainment district, at a reasonable price, you should take a close look at the Kyoto Granbell Hotel.
There aren’t many hotels located in Gion but this new hotel is one of them. Like its sisters in Tokyo, the Granbell is sleek and stylish, with some nice Japanese touches. The rooms are on the small side, which is typical for mid-range Japanese hotels.
There’s a nice restaurant and bar and you can relax in the onsen-style bath after a day of sightseeing.
So, if location and price are important to you, have a close look at the Kyoto Granbell.
Name in English:
Kyoto Granbell Hotel
Name in Japanese:
27 Yamato-cho, Yamatooji-dori-Shijo-sagaru, Higashiyama-ku
Internet: free wifi access
Non-smoking rooms: Yes
2min walk from Gion-shijo Station Exit 6, Keihan line
Official site: (English)
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