First built in 1888, one of Kyoto's oldest hotels underwent a complete metamorphosis and reopened in 1994 as the city's tallest building, with 17 floors. Its height caused a stir of protest by those who advocate stricter height restrictions; though I usually side with historical preservationists, I must admit that no finer building could have violated the skyline. Its modern facade hints at traditional Japanese latticework, while the spacious lobby, designed after the hotel's original 1920s ballroom, exudes a gracefully elegant old-world ambience. Restaurants on the top floor offer stunning views.
Luxurious accommodations, a great location in the heart of Kyoto, and an English-speaking staff that makes a special effort to be hospitable (their motto is "Service with a Smile") come together to make this an excellent choice. Rooms, built around a central atrium, are the utmost in comfort and grandeur, with deep carpeting, rich textiles, vanities, and large bathrooms that, with the exception of single rooms, have separate shower stalls and tubs. The best views are of the Kamo River, especially from the most expensive rooms on upper floors that also take in the hills of Higashiyama-ku beyond the city. The only drawback is that the indoor pool and related facilities are open to guests only from 7 to 10am (people under 20 not allowed), after which they become a private club (if they're not crowded, you may get in -- but it costs more).
Facilities: 8 restaurants; 2 bars; lounge; indoor pool with Jacuzzi and sauna (fee: ¥3,150/$26/£13); children's day-care center daily 10am-5pm (¥5,250/$44/£22 for 2 hr.); concierge; shopping arcade; salon; room service (6:30am-midnight); in-room massage; same-day laundry/dry-cleaning service; nonsmoking rooms; executive-level rooms.
- © Frommer's 2013
User Reviews for Kyoto Hotel Okura
Excellent hotel but beware if you are a non-smoker
I feel that the hotel corresponds to the general impression from the other reviews, i.e. older hotel but extremely well kept, helpful and kind staff, good location concerning access...
- posted on 11.22.12
- by mhphilemon
Wonderful Service but a bit pricey
Right across the street from Kyoto City Hall, the Hotel Okura´s location is excellent, walking distance to dozens of restaurants and shops (good options all along Kawaramachi Dori and...
- posted on 11.09.12
- by eli_puszkar
Fantastic customer service
This was our first trip to Japan. We were extremely impressed with the kindness and helpfulness of the staff. We were no the 15th floor with a great view of the city and the mountains....
- posted on 10.18.12
- by mgcg1981
- Very Highly Recommended 2010
There are opulently furnished bars and restaurants (Japanese, Chinese, Italian and French) including those situated on the 17th floor sky-lounge complete with stunning views of the city and eastern hills.
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- Kawaramachi-Oike, Nakagyo-ku
- Kyoto 6048558