This modestly priced hotel has been a hit with budget travelers for more than 45 years. It's located just west of the Imperial Palace, which has expansive park-like grounds popular with joggers, and keeps rates down by offering bare-boned small rooms (all nonsmoking) with the basics of fridge, desks too small for any serious work, free Internet connections (for free Wi-Fi, you'll have to go down to the lobby), and aging tiled bathrooms. The most expensive twins and doubles have kitchenettes with a hotplate and microwave, making them good for longer stays, but there's also a communal kitchen. Some rooms face the greenery of the palace, but they're also noisier due to busy Karasuma Dori. Probably the most impressive things about the hotel are the artwork in most rooms created over the years by artists who have stayed in the hotel, free Japanese lessons offered once or twice a week, and occasional mini-concerts held in the lobby.
The Palace Side Hotel
380 Oukakuen-cho, Karasuma Shimodachiuri-agaru, Kamigyo-ku
Our Rating Neighborhood West of the Imperial Palace Transportation Subway: Marutamachi (exit 2; 3 min.) Phone 075/415-8887 Prices ¥ 6,300–¥7,300 single, ¥10,200–¥12,000 double; discounts for stays longer than 2 nights Units 120 Amenities Restaurant, bar, Thai massage room, rental bikes (free 1st hour, then ¥800 for 12 hr.) Web site The Palace Side HotelBook a Room Now
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