Opened in 2010, this rather new addition to the Kyoto skyline has taken the ancient capital's hotel scene by storm. Citadines Kyoto Karasuma-Gojo is an "aparthotel," that is, a mixture of a hotel and apartments, so its rooms are fit for those spending only a couple nights as well as those on extended stays in Kyoto. The stylish design, clean and comfortable accommodations, easy access, and impeccable service have landed Citadines Kyoto a nearly perfect score here on JAPANiCAN.com and put it in the #2 spot out of all Kyoto hotels on TripAdvisor.com (as of Oct. 2012). Keep reading below for more info and some really big pictures.
Citadines Kyoto Karasuma-Gojo is located in the central downtown Kyoto area of Karasuma, just outside Exit 1 of Gojo Station on the subway. The somewhat spartan exterior belies the actually strikingly cool, modern interior, but just a few steps into the lobby will reveal the hotel's true nature. The design is clean, yet stylish, not too over-the-top, but far from bland.
As I mentioned above, the rooms at Citadines Kyoto are meant to be multi-purpose, servicing both short and long stays well. To this end, in addition to the standard hotel fixtures like a nice, comfy bed, a bathroom, and a TV, the rooms are also equipped with full-size kitchens.
Internet junkies also have reason to rejoice; though wired, all guest rooms are equipped with free, high-speed internet connections.
The hotel offers a variety of other facilities and services on-site. Craving the most important meal of the day? Breakfast is available every morning for a more-than-reasonable JPY 735 (current as of Jan. 2012). Packed light for your trip and in dire need of some clean clothes? A coin laundry (washers and dryers) is available right in the hotel.
Citadines Kyoto also offers some great sightseeing services including rental bicycles, kimono-wearing experiences, and gourmet restaurant bookings with pre-arranged transportation, all of which can be arranged after arriving at the hotel.
As always, why take my word for it? Our customers here on JAPANiCAN.com have given Citadines Kyoto Karasuma-Gojo a nearly perfect score, making particular note of the convenient location, quality facilities and accommodations, and especially the friendly, English-proficient staff and great service. On top of this, the hotel is ranked #2 out of ALL Kyoto hotels, and it was named a Travelers' Choice® 2012 Winner, receiving accolades in the "Best Service" and "Trendiest" categories.
Still not convinced? Take a gander at the room rates. Rooms at this acclaimed hotel start from just JPY - per night (room rate for two adults). So what are you waiting for?
Need more incentive? Now until June 2013, all JAPANiCAN.com customers staying at Citadines Kyoto will get a free box of the hotel's popular kawara senbei (traditional cookies)!