We didn't make our plans to go to Japan until February; we had cancelled last year in April after the earthquake and had been on the fence about when to try again. As the cherry blossom forecast predicted full bloom at the time that we could go in April of this year, we had to change hotels 3 times during our 6 night stay in Kyoto. First up was ANA Hotel, which we felt fortunate to get into, given that everything seemed to be sold out over the weekend of April 13th-14th. We were waitlisted at the Hotel Okura, where we stayed the following two nights, but no room ever became available over the first weekend.
The hotel has a rather traditional feel to it, though we didn't find it unpleasant. The room, which was a standard double (all we could get) was good size and had all of usual amenities. While there was WiFi in the lobby, there was none in the room; there was a LAN line, but not much help with an Ipad. The best thing about ANA was its location. There were plenty of good restaurants within walking distance out the back of the hotel (out back, turn right, go half block and turn left), the Nijo Castle was right across the street, and the Imperial Palace was also close by. The Manga Museum was also just a short walk from the hotel. It made it easy to explore that discrete portion of Kyoto.
We each had a massage (Shiatsu only) downstairs in the spa/gym area. It was a solid massage for about $80/hr, though the facilities were more therapeutic than luxurious. The downside, at least for me, was that the bed was so firm that I had a very hard time sleeping. For the second night, I asked for two more of the down comforters that topped the bed, which I then folded up in thirds and slept on top of, just to provide some extra cushioning. That helped. Beds in Japan, and the pillows as well, tend to run towards the hard side, so if you are sensitive to that, be forewarned and consider that when reading reviews and choosing where to stay.
The breakfast included with the room was of the buffet variety with quite a range of choices, both Western and Japanese. There was an egg station, which as I recall made custom omelets. Softboiled eggs were also available.
One other feature is that the hotel has a shuttle that runs back and forth to Kyoto Station. It was there waiting when we arrived, which was very nice indeed.
Overall, it was a very good hotel that worked well for us, especially given the limited options at the time of our trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The ANA Hotel Kyoto looks almost out of place with its modern exterior nestled amongst the sublime beauty and historic grandeur of Japan s old capital. This however belies the traditional hospitality and classic atmosphere to be experienced within her four walls. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kyoto Ana Hotel
- Ana Hotel Kyoto