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“5 Star Service at Bargain Price in Kyoto”

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Kyoto Brighton Hotel
Ranked #20 of 366 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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Greenville, South Carolina
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“5 Star Service at Bargain Price in Kyoto”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2011

My wife and I spent 4 days at this hotel and we were thrilled with the level of service, hospitality, and room. We stayed in a newly renovated deluxe room with oversized Queen bed and it was one of the best rooms I have ever stayed at in Japan. The large shower area was especially nice. The room included a divan and spacious desk area. Everyone at this hotel seems to speak good English and they are all anxious to help you in any way they can. We were especially impressed by the Concierge service. My wife was slightly ill one night and the concierge went out of their way to help us. There restaurant recommendations were very good and they even set us up at a great Tempura restaurant at 25% discount because the concierge knew the chef. I was a little concerned about this arrangement until I went on internet and found out the Ten-you restaurant was top rated and our meal reflected the ratings - it was excellent. The only negative to this hotel is its location. There is a free shuttle every 20 minutes to a subway station but if you travel the city by bus as I like to do, you will have to walk 10-15 minutes to the nearest bus stop. My wife and I don't mind walking so this was not a problem. We took the shuttle each morning and then walked 5 minutes to a Starbucks a quick breakfast. from there it was another 5 minute walk to a bus stop so location never was a problem for us. The best part of this hotel was the price - I was able to get the room for $145/night on hotels.com - a great bargain.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2011

The hotel itself is great and we got a real good price for our room which was huge.

As others have said the location isn't great but the shuttle bus which is on a loop between the hotel and downtown every 20 mins helps with that.

Eating at the hotel is very expensive though - continental style breakfast of tea and toast £20!!! Couple of nearby coffee places do more for much less though.

Staff are super helpful and speak excellent English.

No wifi but there is LAN access and a cable for you to use hidden in a drawer!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2011

I stayed at the Brighton Hotel for 4 nights during the peak of the Koyo (autumn leaves) season this past November. The hotel is spotless and the service impeccable. The rooms are large by Japanese standards. Despite the atrium layout, the room was very quiet. I believe this is partly due to the hotel's location in a residential neighborhood, and partly because the guests appeared mainly to be middle-aged or older Japanese couples. There is also an reception hall for weddings and meetings, but the whole place was very serene - not like a business hotel, for certain. I think I saw only one non-Japanese person during my stay, but not to worry, as the level of English on the part of the hotel staff is very good. I arranged for my large suitcase to be sent to my hotel in Tokyo (the next stage of my trip), and the bellhop took care of everything with a high level of professionalism and courtesy. There is a Michelin-starred French restaurant in the hotel, but I did not have a chance to try it.

If there were one potential drawback, it would be that the hotel is not particularly near public transportation. There is free shuttle bus that runs every 20 minutes, from about 8 AM to 9 PM or so, from the hotel to one of the entrances to the Karasuma-Oike subway station. It is quite punctual. I did walk once from Marutamachi subway station to the hotel, and that took about 20-30 minutes. I often took taxis; during regular hours, there would always be a queue of taxis waiting outside. Fares to most areas of interest would be about 1000-1500 yen. Note, though, that one morning I needed to go to Kyoto Station at 5 AM to travel to Hiroshima, and there were no taxis at that hour outside, but the doorman called for one, who arrived in about 5 minutes.

As I had mentioned, the hotel is located in an essentially residential area, so there's really not much in the way of shopping or tourist sites. There are some small local restaurants which are nice, and if you just want a simple snack, there is a 7-11 convenience store nearby. It is extremely quiet and somewhat dark at night, but there always seemed to be people walking their dogs, or riding bicycles - it seemed quite safe.

I would definitely consider staying here again on a future trip to Kyoto.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled solo
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Bellevue, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2010

The hotel was well kept, clean, lovely and comfortable. Delicious breakfast. Light atrium with a couple of restaurant choices and a pastry bar in the center. Attentive staff that speak clear English. A short tax ride to anywhere in town. We actually walked to most places in the daytime. This hotel has great bathrooms! After more than two weeks in China - or just traveling around the States - this bathroom was a welcome change. While ot large, the shower was separate from the tub, and water was collected in hidden drains under the base of the kidney shaped tub. The toilet had a heated seat, and a control panel for amenities such as bidet. And they put extras in the drawers such as headbands, hairbrushes, laundry soap, and more. The neighborhood will reveal good restaurants, a French boulangerie, a soy sauce manufacturer with tours and demos, and more. Explore! Don't miss the fish market downtown and the Gion district. Walk or bike along the river lined with parks.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Frodsham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2010

The Brighton was a very high class hotel and represented excellent value for the price. It was a little way out of the centre of Kyoto, but the hotel ran a shuttle bus to the subway station every 20 mins.10 mins from the Imperial Palace.Rooms spacious, modern,clean and well supplied.As with most Japanese Hotels meal prices were very high and there were no nearby restaurants which was the only real drawback.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Kyoto Brighton Hotel
Address: 330 Shiteicho, Nakadachiuri, Shinmachi-dori, Kamigyo-ku | (West side of Gosho), Kyoto 602-8071, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Nishijin District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 366 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Price range (per night): $198 - $554
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Kyoto Brighton Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 182
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Award Winning HotelLocated at heart of Kyoto with newly renovated Atrium lobby and bar. The hotel has won 4 Black Pavilion on Michelin's guide in 2012 and is located near Nijo Castle, Nishi-jin and other must see tour spots. Facilities and servicesFree shuttle bus to Karasumaoike is available. Also there are 6 restaurants/bars offering cuisines from traditional Japanese to contemporary Western with chef from International Culinary Olympics Japan team. Spacious Guest roomsRenovated in 2010, all rooms include hotel's original brand Dream Journey Bed, large size bathtub and a cotton waffle bathrobes with night shirts. Flat-screen TV is viewable from both the bed and dining area. ... more   less 
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