APA Hotel Kyoto-Gion Excellent

555 Minamigawa, Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Gion, Kyoto, Japan, - See map
3.5-star Hotel
Free Wi-Fi
8.1
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APA Hotel Kyoto-Gion Excellent

"2 minutes walk to famous Hanamikoji Dori, 1 minute walk to Yanaka Shrine and bus to lots of sightseeing spot including Golden Temple are just at the h..."

Paula - April 5, 2019

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Popular landmarks
Gion 130 m
Nishiki Market Shopping District 1.25 km
Kiyomizu-dera Temple 1.25 km
Sanjusangendo Temple 1.73 km
Kyoto Station Building 2.52 km
Nijo Castle 2.57 km
Ginkakuji Temple 3.28 km
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine 4.06 km
Kinkakuji Temple 5.83 km
Arashiyama 9.38 km
Nearby landmarks
Japan Kanji Museum & Library 50 m
Miyata Engetsudo 60 m
Shimamoto 60 m
Kobijutsu Kondo 60 m
Toyoda Aisando 70 m
Miura Shomei 70 m
Kasagen 70 m
Yoichibe 80 m
Rokkakuan, Gion 80 m
Gion Wabiza 80 m
9.2

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390 meters from city center
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Exceptional reputation
Recommended by 88% of guests
Excellent cleanliness
8.2 rating for cleanliness
Excellent service
8.2 rating for service
Excellent comfort
8.0 room quality and comfort

In the heart of Gion, with so much beauty and so many temples and shrines in easy walking distance.

Megan | December 24, 2018

Excellent location!

Megan | December 24, 2018

  • 370 meters to public transportation

  • Located in heart of Kyoto

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Air conditioning

  • Daily housekeeping

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Value for money7.9
Location rating9.2
Nearest airportOsaka International Airport (ITM)
Distance to airport38.6 km

Rooms available at APA Hotel Kyoto-Gion Excellent

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  • Room size: 18 m²/194 ft²
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at APA Hotel Kyoto-Gion Excellent?

Check-in is from 03:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hotel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

How do I get to APA Hotel Kyoto-Gion Excellent?

For those who wish to drive their own cars, APA Hotel Kyoto-Gion Excellent has a car park that's close to the hotel. Parking is available for an additional charge. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Kyoto with private transportation, the hotel can arrange taxi service.

What is the smoking policy at APA Hotel Kyoto-Gion Excellent?

APA Hotel Kyoto-Gion Excellent is not 100% smoke-free. The hotel offers its guests both smoking and non-smoking rooms. You can request your preferred room type during booking, but please keep in mind that rooms are subject to availability.

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What people love about APA Hotel Kyoto-Gion Excellent

  • 8.4
    Excellent

    "A good place to stay if you want to live in the Gion area."

    Cheng

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    November 18, 2018

  • 10.0
    Exceptional
    Location

    "Good Location, very nearby those famous Kyoto location."

    Siang

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    March 29, 2019

  • 9.2
    Exceptional

    "I will stay here again if I visit Kyoto in the future!"

    Monica

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    August 18, 2017

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APA Hotel Kyoto-Gion Excellent is located in the best location for sightseeing in Kyoto. Visiting the center of Kyoto city from the hotel is very convenient and easy. This modern accommodation facility is in a location which is 2minutes walk away from Yasaka-shrine and Hanamikoji St. The street is very famous because it is the location where people can meet Maikos. There are many restaurants serving delicious Macha and Japanese style food which are located near popular landmarks.

The hotel is fully equipped with free Wi-Fi, 24h functioning front desk, luggage Storage and parking lots. Which hopefully will deliver a full-filling time to you during your stay.

For you to have a satisfying time, all the room are contained with ample amenities. The massage parlor in the first floor (bear hug) is the best place to relieve from your fatigue. Please check out the first class service and the heart of “OMOTENASHI” where you only can see at APA Hotel Kyoto-Gion Excellent.

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10.0
Exceptional

"We enjoyed our short stay very much as we do in all APA Hote..."

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January 26, 2019

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Food and dining

Restaurants on site

京野菜 彩旬
Cuisine:European, Japanese

Nearby restaurants

Japanese cuisine
Japanese cuisine
Kitao Gion
50 m Japanese
Mantsune
100 m Japanese
Teppan Tavern Tenamonya
110 m Japanese
American cuisine
American cuisine
Starbucks Coffee Kyoto Gion Hotel
10 m American
Kyo Cafe Komusa
80 m American
Kashiwaya Mitsusada
410 m American
Asian cuisine
Asian cuisine
Korean Restaurant Goseong
90 m Asian, Korean
Ajoshi
180 m Asian, Korean
Gion Yorozuya
220 m Asian

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10.0
Exceptional
Amber from United States
Solo traveler
Twin Room Non Smoking
Stayed 2 nights in September 2014

THE place to stay in Kyoto”

Location, service, value

APA Kyoto-Gion is WONDERFUL. The staff are super friendly. The rooms are amazingly clean and the perfect size for single travelers. The location is to die for. Food and shops line the main road just outside the door, Gion is just around the corner on the left, and Yasaka shrine is right across the street on the left. When you arrive for check in the staff is very polite and quick to get everything sorted. I was given a rewards card (absolutely FREE) to use for future stays with any of the APA hotels in Japan and a coupon for a free one-hour extension to be used at any APA hotel in the next year or so. I will DEFINITELY make this my go to place for future Japan travel!

Reviewed September 15, 2014
8.8
Excellent
Greg from United States
Couple
Double Bed Non-Smoking
Stayed 4 nights in August 2018

Great Location”

My wife and I traveled to Kyoto from Osaka. We took the Hankyu Line over JR because the terminal stop at Kawaramachi was just a 10-minute walk to the hotel in Gion, near the Yasaka Shrine. This was the perfect location for us as we explored the eastern side of Kyoto from the Ginkakuji to Kiyomizu and further south to Byodo-in and Fushimi Inari. The hotel room was small but comfortable and well designed. If you're traveling with large suitcases, it might be too tight. Check-in/out was quick and easy, having pre-paid thru Agoda. The front desk is on the second floor, and we bypassed it most of the time during our four-night stay. So we didn't interact much with staff, but had no needs or complaints. Many top sites are within walking distance, and several nearby buses take you everywhere else. This is a colorful part of Kyoto, where dozens of visitors rent yukata (summer kimono) to stroll the streets, and you can still catch a rare Geisha or Maiko going to or fro.

Reviewed September 03, 2018
9.6
Exceptional
Andreas from Singapore
Couple
Twin Room Non Smoking
Stayed 1 night in April 2018

Best Kyoto location”

Great hotel. We stayed at another place during our stay in Kyoto (slightly south of Kyoto Imperial Gardens), but this APA hotel, located in the heart of the Gion district, was way better. 10/10!

Reviewed May 06, 2018
8.7
Excellent
Kim from Norway
Group
Twin Room Non Smoking
Stayed 6 nights in July 2011

Excellent location in the heart of Gion”

Location is excellent and the staff are friendly

kyoto gion hotel is located in shijo-dori very close to the shrine. which is a prime location to walk to many temples and to spot geisha. if you walk shijo-dori towards the downtown area you get to two streets on the right hand side immediately after the river which are excellent for restaurants, izakaya and pubs. its also packed with girls bars if thats your thing. the reception is open 24/7 and there is internet in the rooms. the rooms are a tad small, but its manageable. the aircondition was working well and kept the room at a nice temperature.

Reviewed August 13, 2011
9.0
Exceptional
Bryce from United States
Solo traveler
Single Non Smoking
Stayed 1 night in July 2013

Amazing bed in great room with fantistic location ”

Bed, price, location

Had a great stay. The concierge helped us with finding a geisha show and tea ceremony. It was probably THE most comfortable bed I have ever stayed in and very roomy for an Asian hotel room. The location is perfect, very close to bus and metro line as well as one of the big attractions of Kyoto, a temple garden thing that was really cool and the price was the best bang for my buck I had during my entire Japan vacation. Highly recommend, especially if you are looking to stay in the Gion district which was really beautiful.

Reviewed August 10, 2013
10.0
Exceptional
Megan from United States
Solo traveler
Twin Room Non Smoking
Stayed 7 nights in December 2018

Great hotel”

Excellent location! In the heart of Gion, with so much beauty and so many temples and shrines in easy walking distance. Area is also full of restaurants and a 10 min walk to downtown with endless options. Easy access to local transportation. Taxi from Kyoto station is about 1400 Yen. Room was very clean, comfortable, and quiet. In a twin room, one bed gave a very soft mattress the other was very firm. I had getting little interaction with staff, but it was good. Starbucks on the first floor was nice. I stayed here 7 nights and would absolutely stay here again in the he future.

Reviewed December 24, 2018
8.8
Excellent
Bomer from Philippines
Couple
Double Bed Non-Smoking
Stayed 2 nights in December 2016

Review of our stay at APA Hotel Kyoto-Gion”

This is the first, among the 4, APA hotel we've stayed during our Japan trip. We were surprised by the cleanliness of the room and the location. Its really in the heart of Gion and the cleaners do clean the room on the daily basis. All toiletries were also replenished in the process. The size of the room is also reasonable. Overall, its really value for money.

Reviewed December 19, 2016
9.6
Exceptional
Dominika from Poland
Solo traveler
Single Non Smoking
Stayed 3 nights in January 2017

Best choice in kyoto”

It's more like 4* hotel. Best location in gion, starbucks on a side, bus stop with buses to kyoto station 30m away from the hotel. Many small supermatkets around, lots of souvenir shops and small boutiques. Hotel has beautiful rooms, love the wallpaper!, english tv channel, fridge etc you couldnt ask for more. 100% will stay there when visiting kyoto again.

Reviewed January 20, 2017
8.4
Excellent
Phillipa from New Zealand
Solo traveler
Single Non Smoking
Stayed 3 nights in June 2018

Excellent”

Fantastic location in Gion and the staff were friendly and helpful! However, this is very obviously an older hotel and though I had a no smoking room there was a definite smell of stale smoke at all times.. on with the A.C No self service laundry facilities onsite which was a little inconvenient. A coin laundry is located a couple of blocks down but required my limited Japanese to read the signage and actually locate it.. I would recommend and stay here again myself purely based on friendly staff and great location, just aware that the facilities are more dated than other APA hotels I have stayed in.

Reviewed June 25, 2018
9.3
Exceptional
Yasminbee from Singapore
Couple
Double Bed Non-Smoking
Stayed 3 nights in February 2013

Great location, great room, above Starbucks”

Great room, central location

this was the best hotel we stayed during our 2-week vacation in japan. the location around this hotel (gion) is the best place to experience the kyoto culture. it is also very near to all the sightseeing spots in higashiyama. there are 3 different subway lines which we can choose depending on where we're going and it's walking distance. it's also near to takashimaya. we can see geishas walking about in the area.

Reviewed February 23, 2013
8.7
Excellent
Jane from Singapore
Solo traveler
Twin - Smoking
Stayed 2 nights in December 2015

Excellent Location to explore Kyoto”

Location!

perfect location to explore the streets of Kyoto. We went dessert eating whenever we could. The hotel is close to several bus stops and Kyoto is indeed better explored by buses rather than subway. During our first trip we stayed at Kyoto station area, but find that with this second trip, Gion is a much better choice.

Reviewed December 08, 2015
8.3
Excellent
Fatma from Indonesia
Solo traveler
Twin - Smoking
Stayed 2 nights in October 2012

Great location and represent well the city”

Location is all matter in choosing this hotel

Cant explain enough that hotel location is all matter in Kyoto, especially when the travel is about understanding the culture. In Gion, both night and day, the charm of Kyoto is all in the air. Though the hotel is small, luckily with the room not facing the street made staying and resting in this hotel was very comfortable. The staff also very helpful.

Reviewed November 04, 2012
9.3
Exceptional
Karl from Germany
Solo traveler
Single - Smoking
Stayed 4 nights in June 2013

Right in the middle of everything”

Large room, quiet and clean

The hotel is centrally located. During day time there are many places to visit, and during night time there are more bars and restaurant than you can handle. The room was a good size, not really large, but larger than usual. This made it more comfortable. The bed is great, good internet connection, but the best it is quiet. Although it looking directly on a busy street, it is very quiet in the room. And, clean. 3 different restaurants in the building, if you don't feel like moving a lot. The staff is friendly, and knowledgeable. you actually get good help if you ask. And, the price is reasonable. The only problem was that the stay was too short. There is too much to be seen and done in Kyoto

Reviewed July 10, 2013
10.0
Exceptional
Pia from Australia
Couple
Twin Room Non Smoking
Stayed 2 nights in June 2018

Great stay”

Staff were wonderful, the room was very clean and the beds very comfortable after a long day traipsing around Kyoto's streets. The hotel is just down the road from one of the many shrines and also from the Ponto-cho district, which is very historical and amazing to see many women dressed as geisha's. Vending machine on our floor and ice available on the floor below. Air con lovely and cool in the 31 degrees that we experienced. The APA was integral to our holiday enjoyment. Would recommend.

Reviewed June 11, 2018
10.0
Exceptional
Erin from United States
Couple
Double Bed Non-Smoking
Stayed 3 nights in September 2018

Great location!”

Perfect location! So close to tons of restaurants, coffee shops, bars within walking distance. Also close to metro! Loved the Gion area. We were able to walk to a couple different temples and shrines within 15-20 min of hotel. Room is small (typical in Japan) but clean and comfy bed. Pillows are very flat but we were able to get bigger ones on request. Breakfast was pretty good with Asian and Western options. Great value and would stay again!

Reviewed September 29, 2018
8.8
Excellent
Michal from Poland
Couple
Double - Smoking
Stayed 4 nights in April 2017

Excellent location, small room though”

Pros: - location in a heart of Gion District - close to subway station and bus stop - breakfast available at the hotel Cons: - very small room (barely enough space to exist for 2 people, but that seems to be standard size in Japan - we had the same size room in Tokyo) - price ( that was Sakura season though and it is Japan after all)

Reviewed April 17, 2017
8.7
Excellent
Neriya from Israel
Family with young children
Twin - Smoking
Stayed 3 nights in August 2012

All you need from a hotel”

Great location, small but functional

Nice old hotel in the middle of gion, the location is wonderful, walking distance from many attractions and there's a bus stop located just next to the hotel. The room was small but very functional, with all the ameneties needed. we stayed with a 9 months old baby, the hotel didn't have a baby cot and anyway the room was too small to accomodate one, but we managed. There's WiFi in the room, but not all the time, not so sure why. there's a starbucks at the first floor, which is a great way to start the day. All in all, we were very pleased

Reviewed August 25, 2012
9.3
Exceptional
Devon from United States
Solo traveler
Twin - Smoking
Stayed 2 nights in July 2013

Gion is a Good Location”

5-10 min walk to the Gion-Shijo Station. Shopping district with a lot of traditional types of stores. Great for the Gion Matsuri (Gion Festival).

Good it was perfect for the festival which I wanted to see and located very close to Yasaka Shrine so easy to find your way back to the hotel. As Yasaka Shrine is a major land mark. The staff was friendly and knew when to leave their guests alone. Also with an APA member's card the check-in was quick and very easy. Not to mention I had a street view from the 5th floor of the hotel. Which came in handy for observing the parade of the festival.

Reviewed July 24, 2013
9.6
Exceptional
Mei from United States
Group
Twin - Smoking
Stayed 5 nights in December 2016

Exceptional”

I found out that I've made a mistake on the booking and booked smoking rooms instead of non smoking rooms. To my surprise, the front desk staff did everything within their capability to get us non smoking rooms. Not only did the front desk miss got us non smoking rooms but one of the rooms had an amazing view of the temple and mountains. It was gorgeous. I think that room was actually upgraded. Lodging in Kyoto is generally pricey. This hotel fitted our lower end budget. It was clean and not too far from the subway. There was a bus stop right outside the hotel. There is a cool walk alley with

Reviewed June 20, 2017
10.0
Exceptional
Boon from Australia
Couple
Double Bed Non-Smoking
Stayed 1 night in May 2018

Nice location and value for money”

Very convenience location and very close to attraction. Consider very cheap when you are at the heart of Gion District. Nice staff and hotel room very clean and updated. Highly recommended to traveler looking to stay close to Gion District .

Reviewed June 03, 2018
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