This is one of Kyoto's oldest hotels, with a history dating back to 1888. You can't tell that by looking at it, however, as it underwent a complete reconstruction in 1994 that turned it into a 17-story hotel. In a nod to its earlier life, the hotel designed its lobby after the original 1920s ballroom, but rooms, which wrap around a central atrium, are thoroughly modern. The city's tallest building, it offers stunning views from top-floor restaurants and from more expensive rooms on upper floors, with panoramas of the Kamo River and the hills of Higashiyama rising beyond the city. In addition to restaurants located inside the hotel, there are two others managed by the hotel that are worth the journey: Awata Sanso, located in a traditional Japanese house and offering kaiseki, and The Garden Okazaki, a French restaurant with a garden and free shuttle service from the hotel. Okura has a satellite office in Kyoto Station, where you can drop off luggage for delivery to the hotel (¥300 per bag), but there's also free shuttle service to the hotel. Unfortunately, its fitness facility is a members' club, so access is limited and it's off limits to those younger than 18. Note, too, that the cheapest double is actually a single room with a semi-double-size bed (bigger than a twin bed but not quite full-size), but it's an option for people who want to stay in this great central location for a cheaper price.
Kyoto Okura Hotel
537-4 Ichinofunairi-cho, Kawaramachi-Oike, Nakagyo-ku
Our Rating Neighborhood At the Kawaramachi-Oike intersection Transportation Subway: Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae (1 min., below the hotel); Bus: 4, 17, or 205 to Shiyakusho-mae (2 min.); free shuttle from Kyoto Station Phone 075/211-5111 Prices ¥23,760–¥26,136 single, ¥27,324–¥59,400 double, from ¥53,460 executive double Units 323 Amenities 10 restaurants, 2 bars, lounge, children's day-care center (¥5,250 for 2 hr.), concierge, executive-level rooms, indoor pool w/Jacuzzi and sauna (¥2,100 in the morning, ¥3,150 in the afternoon and evening, including use of a gym), room service, free Wi-Fi Web site Kyoto Okura Hotel
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