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BnA Alter Museum

267-1 Temmacho, Shimogyo-Ku, Kyoto 600-8024 Kyoto Prefecture
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SLEEP IN AN ART MUSEUM! BnA Alter Museum is a boutique art hotel in Kyoto featuring 31 unique art rooms you can sleep in, created by 15 Japanese artists. The art hotel is just a five-minute walk from Kyoto’s cultural epicenter – Gion and Kawaramachi. Visiting Kyoto's top art galleries, contemporary museums, temples and shrines is easy with train stations and busses conveniently close to the hotel. Rooms with Kamo river views available. By staying in BnA Alter Museum's unique art hotel rooms, you support visionary Japanese artists through a profit share system specially developed by BnA for all BnA HOTELS.
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Highchairs available
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Loulou4770 wrote a review Mar 2024
Minyama, Australia22 contributions12 helpful votes
This hotel is a perfect arty hotel which worked well for our family of 3. Our room was decorated with quirky art pieces and was just the right size for us - bigger than other Japanese rooms we have stayed in. Loved all the art work around the hotel and the bar in the foyer was cool. Great location too!!
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: One thing which was annoying was there were no hooks to put towels in the bathroom.
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Jerry wrote a review Mar 2024
Amsterdam, The Netherlands619 contributions146 helpful votes
About 5 to 10 minute walk from a subway station or shopping area. We had the deluxe suite for 2 nights. Upon entering the room you get an audiovisual exhibition. The room is spacious and has a luxurious feel to it. It has a view and you can lounge in front of it or from the bed. The quality of the bed is good. Amenities okay (coffee and water). There is a special room inside of the room which you can enter from a special way or a somewhat normal way. Inside the room your senses get activated by movement and non movement. Sounds kinda mysterious but i dont want to spoil as much. Staff is kind. Room is clean. Breakfast was a choice menu and it was good.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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jj6558 wrote a review Nov 2023
United States30 contributions3 helpful votes
We stayed in room 704 which was quite large (especially by Japanese standards), although about half of it is empty floor space in keeping with the "minimalist" theme of the room. On that note, we did find the room very serene and relaxing. One side of the platform bed is up against the window, so it has a lovely view of the river and city, but the trade-off is whoever sleeps on that side has to climb over the other person. The bathroom is also large with an excellent shower and separate tub. We stayed 3 nights and there wasn't daily housekeeping. There may be housekeeping for longer stays. We had to leave trash bags, coffee cups, used towels, etc. in a little basket outside the door if we wanted them taken away or exchanged. The front desk staff were friendly and helpful. We would definitely stay here again!
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Date of stay: October 2023
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BW wrote a review Sep 2023
Irvine, California5 contributions4 helpful votes
Love this place. The rooms are small, but that’s to be expected for downtown Kyoto. More importantly, the rooms are beautiful. Every one is literally a work of art, a pleasure to be in. The staff are super professional and helpful too. When I accidentally left a bag of souvenirs in a taxi, the front desk person (Ms. Subata) called the sushi-making class I just left to find out the name of the taxi company, and then called the taxi company and asked them to notify all their drivers, and got the stuff returned, and brought it to me. Amazing. And the cafe on the 2nd floor is just lovely. I’m really happy sitting in there, reading or knitting. And Mr. Sugato who works there is an absolutely astonishing latte artist. Other places, your latte maybe has a leaf on it. Here it’s a Pegasus, a pair of unicorns, a pair of bunnies, an eagle…just amazing.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Get a hot latte from Mr. Sugato at the cafe on the 2nd floor! Also, the rooms that say they sleep...
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Erin L wrote a review Sep 2023
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We loved the art hotel! Our favorite stay on our trip to Japan. We opted to have our room chosen by the hotel on arrival, and we stayed in “my room” which was fantastic. The coffee at breakfast was excellent and the staff were incredibly kind. They also were very helpful with dinner reservations.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Room Tip: Have a coffee at the cafe!
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mmoroz wrote a review Jul 2023
LA24 contributions1 helpful vote
The rooms are very beautiful. Each room is a work of art. It is modern art. Note that I don't understand art at all (modern or otherwise), and I still enjoy the different rooms with their completely unique designs. The hotel build quality is very high. Bathrooms are modern high-end style, beds are very comfortable, everything is perfectly clean. There is an excellent coffee shop on the 2nd floor a bar in the lobby. The location is one my favorite areas of Kyoto. Close to the river, to Gion, but also to many smaller streets with great cafes and restaurants. The staff is amazingly nice and helpful, and speak English. Be aware that because the rooms are art installations, you may not find all the things you might expect: windows may be very small, there may not be a table for the laptop, etc. While I value cool design over practical convenience, and stayed in the hotel several times for weeks at a time, your situation may be different, so if necessary, please call the hotel to double check what furniture etc. your room has.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Room Tip: Try the coffee shop on the 2nd floor, and a bar on the 1st floor.
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Hopper wrote a review Jun 2023
Rockville, Maryland21 contributions12 helpful votes
This is the most unique hotel you will ever stay at! Each room is a piece of art and has a history of the artist and their work. Service was excellent, location central to everything. No closets but we made do! Check out the photos of the rooms and make sure it has what you want as each room is different.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Carefully check what amenities are in each room. No closets for example. Beds on floor.
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Melissa wrote a review May 2023
Cork, Ireland188 contributions88 helpful votes
Five star customer service and a beautiful room. The bed was comfortable and the bathroom was huge. Within 15min walking distance of popular districts and the bus service outside the door brings you straight to the station. The only minor downside was food options in the cafe & you have to pre-order breakfast which we didn't know. Would recommend if you're looking for a gorgeous room with friendly, attentive staff in Kyoto.
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Marcelle C wrote a review May 2023
Vernon, Canada109 contributions26 helpful votes
Liked The bathroom and shower was very spacious. The view from the room was pretty. We liked the bathrobes and slippers. It was convenient that 7-11 was right across the street and that the Gion Shopping district was very close. We enjoyed being able to walk to breakfast and shopping. Our two kids (21 and 19 yrs old) stayed in a room with two double beds called Double Dreams. It was gorgeous! They loved it and had a great sleep. The room could have used a couple side tables. There were safes in the rooms that we stored our passports in when we went out. It was very convenient that the rooms had little fridges to keep our drinks cold. Disliked We didn’t know when the bar and coffee shop in the hotel was open. The hours were not posted so we didn’t know when we could go for a drink or a coffee. On the last day we were in the coffee shop and saw that another guest ordered breakfast! We didn’t know that was an option. If you go up to the counter in the coffee shop you can see a menu but it was not posted anywhere obvious before hand so that was a bit disappointing. The cafe played really weird music that was quite distracting if you were trying to read or check emails. We ended up putting on noise cancelling headphones every time we went to the coffee shop. I guess it’s an artsy thing…we would’ve liked a more calm soundtrack. It was space techno dubstep or something. It was “wow”. The room we were in was very neat and spacious. It was the Continuum Room which had tv monitors that stayed on all night playing very subtly changing digital art. It looked awesome in the daylight but we didn’t realize how much it would light up the room at night. It was very bright. I had to wrap a towel around my head to block out the light and didn’t sleep at all. The next morning we asked for the tv monitors to be turned off so the room could be dark (in order to get some sleep). Don’t get me wrong, the concept and the art was beautiful but should be able to be turned off by the guest in order to be able to sleep. It was brighter than the sun in that room. To be fair, the staff at the front desk did tell us at check in that if we wanted the digital art turned off, we just had to let them know and they’d come up and help. We didn’t go to bed until quite late that night because we were out shopping and having dinner so we didn’t feel right calling the front desk to come into our room and turn off the 6 tv monitors. It would’ve been super awkward. Overall, the hotel was so pretty and the staff were so, so friendly and helpful. When we were leaving, we were able to leave our luggage at the hotel so we could shop before leaving Kyoto. The front desk staff helped us figure out how to get to Kyoto station by bus and were willing to give us umbrellas that would not have made it back to their hotel. So sweet! Thank you :)
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Maggie R wrote a review Apr 2023
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I was very impressed with this artsy hotel. We were greeted by Yukari who is very professional and helpful. She went out of her way to make us feel welcome. I highly recommend the floating bed room with a very nice view.
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Date of stay: April 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about BnA Alter Museum
Which popular attractions are close to BnA Alter Museum?
Nearby attractions include Miyagawacho Koan (0.3 km), Kyoto Kimono Rental Sakura (0.5 km), and L'Escamoteur Bar (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at BnA Alter Museum?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a lounge, and a hot tub.
Which room amenities are available at BnA Alter Museum?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a bidet.
What food & drink options are available at BnA Alter Museum?
Guests can enjoy a lounge, breakfast, and complimentary tea during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to BnA Alter Museum?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ouchigohan Nakashimaya, Tajimaya Shijo Kawaramachi, and Steak House Pound Shijo Kawaramachi.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at BnA Alter Museum?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Japanese.
Are there any historical sites close to BnA Alter Museum?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (3.7 km), Kiyomizu-dera Temple (1.6 km), and Sanjusangendo Temple (1.4 km).
Is BnA Alter Museum accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.