This central Kyoto hotel is a two-minute walk from a subway station and a bus stop. Attractions within 1.6 km (1 mile) include Kyoto International Manga Museum, Higashi Honganji Temple, Gion Corner, Nijo Castle, and Kyoto Tower.
A total renovation of this Kyoto property was completed in 2012. The on-site Toh-Lee restaurant serves Chinese fare for lunch and dinner. Bar Anchor features seasonal cocktails and single-malt Scotches. A Starbucks is on the main floor, just off the lobby. Additional amenities at the Karasuma Kyoto Hotel include a large meeting room, business services, exhibit space, event catering, concierge services, tour assistance, currency exchange, a grocery/convenience store, a gift shop/newsstand and laundry facilities. A safe-deposit box is provided at the front desk. Secure parking is available for a surcharge.
This Kyoto hotel has 244 guestrooms offering complimentary WiFi and wired (high-speed) Internet access, flat-panel TV with satellite service and OnCommand video, direct-dial phone, refrigerator, safe, and slippers. For a single surcharge, guests can watch up to 150 movies in their rooms. Beds come with down comforters. Connecting and adjoining rooms are available and iron/ironing boards can be provided on request. Bathrooms feature bathtubs and showers with handheld showerheads, bathroom phones, hair dryers and complimentary toiletries. Cribs (infant beds) are available upon request (surcharges may apply).
Pros: The staff was nice. Breakfast was good; an assortment of western, Japanese and Chinese foods.
Cons: The room was small by western standards. The bathroom was claustrophobic.
Pros: Location is great for various sightseeing.