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Review of Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Sanjo

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Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Sanjo
Ranked #39 of 352 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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106 reviews
96 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Relaxing stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2011

Had the opportunity for a quick visit to Kyoto during a business trip to Tokyo. The hotel was a good value, but a bit small (I opted for single room). Front desk was helpful. A bit of a walk to the nearest subway station but there is a bus stop nearby. Eco-friendly, as are all other hotels I used while in Tokyo.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kakijalan
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San Francisco Bay Area
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2011

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this hotel. To me it was a cross between a boutique/business hotel. The room was spacious and the size reminded me of American hotel rooms. Very clean and offered lots of chairs and desk space. Nice size flat screen tv, complimentary wired internet, fridge in room, hotpot. The public bath was also a nice treat. Not very large but a decent size for this hotel. Location was very near the train station and to shopping and restaurants. Starbucks right around the corner and convenience stores nearby. Service was great. Price was on the higher side but well worth it.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank hi2wc2000
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Singapore, Singapore
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75 reviews
71 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2011

As others have noted, this Downtown business hotel is a very good choice for tourism as well. Facility is modern, service is efficient, location is very convenient. Access to public transportation is easy (subway station around the corner, plenty of taxi and bus lines in the street), eating facilities nearby are plentiful, including, beside numerous local eateries, Starbuck's and Mc Donald's.

My only warning would be, if you are traveling in couple, the room the Hotel refers to on their website as "Double", and some Hotel Reservation portals do as "Semi-double", is very small and the queen bed is mated on one side to the wall. As a result you will have to crawl over your partner if you want to leave bed. That didn't bother me too much (this bed arrangement is not unusual in Europe) but if you are one of those who find the thing unacceptable, you may want to go with a Deluxe Double room, which seems a more comfortable fit for two people. Bathroom was also very small and certainly not good for relaxation, but we used the Public Hot Bath at the second floor - basically a large Jacuzzi - and we were fine.

In short: add this hotel to your shortlist with confidence. If traveling in a couple, go with the "Deluxe Double" room for better comfort.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank gdilieto
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2011

The hotel is centrally located and reasonably priced. Rooms were adequately sized and the staff were friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank KevinDsTrips
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Tokyo
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138 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 238 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2011

Stayed on night 6 May 2011. Overall, very pleased with the property and would recommend to others. This is part of a popular Japanese hotel chain. Similar US chain would be a Raddison or Sheraton.

GPS coordinates are N 35 00.509, E 135 45.526. It is located on a side street in a high rise business district approximately 300 yards around the corner from Karasumaokie station (exit 6) on Karasuma / Tozai subway line. There is a Starbucks across the street, a few convenience stores within walking distance, but there are no obvious restaurants outside of the hotel.

Paid a total of 9000 yen for two people. This was during Japan’s Golden Week holiday when prices should be higher. Pretty good deal because I do not think most tourists would consider this property to be a vacation destination.

Since the building is surrounded by taller buildings, there really are no scenic views. It was upper end businessman hotel, so everything was nice and very clean. Bed was very comfortable. It included fast and stable Internet connection via LAN cable. There were approximately 10 TV channels, but no English broadcasts—other than a couple bilingual American movies that happened to be shown during our stay. There was a small refrigerator and hot water pot.

The highlight of the stay was the “public bath” opportunity which was included in the price of the room. On the second floor, there was a traditional Japanese Onsen. Enter the onsen, place your clothing in a locker, enter the bathing area, wash yourself outside of the bath, and only then soak in the hot bath. One of the walls was glass, so the bathing area looked outside onto a traditional Japanese garden.

Your room key card is marked “male” or “female”, and it is used to access the gender specific bathing area. I am a guy, my card was “male” and my wife’s card was “female”. When traveling back and forth from the onsen, you are expected to wear a Japanese robe and slippers which is supplied in the room. Took my bath at 2200 and walked past at least 8 other guests wearing their robes, so nobody will look give you a second look in the hallway or elevator. The onsen hours are 0600-0100. If you have never visited an onsen, this would be a good introduction to one. Of course, the room included its own fully equipped bathroom.

The front desk staff did not speak English, but the paperwork and signs throughout the hotel are in Japanese and English. There were taxis waiting outside the hotel at all times. Highly recommend a one or two day pass for the subway and bus lines. One day pass is 1200 yen adult or 600 yen child. Two day pass is 2000 yen or 1000 yen child. Very good value and saves the headache of handling money.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank TokyoBob1975
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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24 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2011

The lobby entrance is very nice, with a view of the garden. The room was not too small, and well appointed. There is free wired internet available, the front desk loaned me an adapter plug at no charge, and there are laptops available for rent if you don't bring your own. The location is great for tourism. We also tried the traditional Japanese communal jacuzzi/shower area (we don't have an English word for this type of thing!). The staff were very friendly, as one grows to expect while traveling in Japan. I would definitely recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank MarsdenArmagh
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santa barbara, ca
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2010

I stayed at this hotel for about 10 nights as a part of a small tour group. The hotel is considered a "businessman's hotel, " i.e. no room service, etc. it was quite comfortable, very well run, and in a fantastic location in central Kyoto that has cafes, restaurants, boutiques, and amazing shopping all just outside the door.
Buy some flowers at a local flower shop to jazz up the bland room decor. My room was very quiet. Free computer use in room, no wi-fi. Onsen bath, which I didn't use, but heard was very nice.
Lobby and restaurant front a beautiful garden. I had buffet breakfast every day, traditionally Japanese, but no problem finding good things to eat.
Hotel caters to groups too, but it wasn't a problem.

  • Stayed May 2010
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank moderngirl
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Property: Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Sanjo
Address: 80 Mikuracho, Nishiiru, Karasuma, Sanjodori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8166, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > City Center , Kawaramachi / Karasuma / Shijo Omiya
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#20 Business Hotel in Kyoto
#22 Romantic Hotel in Kyoto
#25 Family Hotel in Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Sanjo 3.5*
Number of rooms: 169
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
While conveniently located just one minute away from a train station, Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Sanjo is hidden away off the main road. The Japanese garden that can be viewed from the lobby is the former site of a water stream garden and has been reproduced with excavated garden stones and boulders. The hotel is perfect for rejuvenating yourself while taking in a sense of history. Sanjo Street is lined with stylish shops and traditional shop/home buildings that are sure to delight visitors of all ages. Stretch out your arms and legs for a leisurely bath while gazing at the water stream garden to ease the fatigue of the day.This is open until 1:00 late night, so you can use it even after a late arrival. ... more   less 
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