You can't beat this hotel for convenience, since it's located in Kyoto Station and is only a minute's walk to buses and subways serving the rest of the city. Luckily, the lobby is on the second floor, away from the station's foot traffic, though it can still hum with the hotel's many guests. As part of the hotel's inclusive policy that includes being LGBT friendly, it offers amenities geared toward Muslims, including Halal menus available without reservations and, on request, a prayer mat and Qibla direction sign in guest rooms. The hotel also has a list of privately guided tour options, from shopping for antiques to walking and cycling tours. Standard rooms are small, have unexciting views of the station's glass roof, and are rather dark. Because Granvia is owned by the West Japan Railway Company, if you have a valid Japan Rail pass you can get a 20- to 35-percent discount off superior twin rooms, which face over the tracks toward the south, but note that these are on lower floors and soundproof windows don't block all of the noise. The best rooms are deluxe rooms facing north with great views of Kyoto. In any case, if you're in Kyoto only a night or two, this is a great choice, but it can't compete with the ambience of hotels in central Kyoto.
Hotel Granvia Kyoto
JR Kyoto Station, 901 Higashi Shiokoji-cho, Shimogyo-ku
Our Rating Neighborhood In Kyoto Station Transportation Station: (Kyoto, 1 min.) Phone 075/344-8888 Prices ¥32,340–¥43,890 single or double, ¥46,200–¥49,665 Granvia Executive Floor single or double Units 535 Amenities 9 restaurants, bar, 2 lounges, concierge, executive-level rooms, health club w/indoor pool, fitness gym, and sauna (¥1,080; only guests 21 and older allowed), room service, free Internet Web site Hotel Granvia KyotoBook a Room Now
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