Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Asia
Reload this Page >

Need advice on where to stay in Kyoto - Machiya vs Hotel?

Need advice on where to stay in Kyoto - Machiya vs Hotel?

Oct 8th, 2014, 06:02 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 195
Need advice on where to stay in Kyoto - Machiya vs Hotel?

Hi, planning a visit to Kyoto in Feb/March. Looking at the Granvia and the Hyatt. Am quite keen to experience a machiya but unsure of the bedding, heating in the bedrooms, access/proximity to sights and service. I find futons uncomfortable and am not sure of sleeping on tatamis for 7 nights. I have looked at the Aori, Machiya-Residence-Inn and Iori ones and have come across mixed reviews. While we hope to be out all day, a home may offer our family of 4 more space in the event we are stuck indoors. Any advice on machiya experiences and or reccos?
tongsa is offline  
Oct 8th, 2014, 06:22 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 6,892
We did not stay in a machiya in Kyoto but we did stay in one in Kanazawa which could have easily slept 4. The futons were extremely comfortable but we did not like that there was really no place comfortable to sit anywhere, other than on the floor. Every machiya will have tatami mats on the floors. In terms of comfort, you will likely get what you pay for - our machiya was very well appointed and cleaned daily (but not all are). The machiyas you mentioned seem well-situated for touring/restaurants. I would not try to sleep 4 in a room at the Hyatt as the rooms aren't particularly large. I have not heard of the Granvia but its location at the train station is obviously great if you plan to use public transport frequently. Hope this helps.
Craig is offline  
Oct 8th, 2014, 09:03 AM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 32,984
Like Craig, we stayed at a machiya in Kanazawa. There was a lot of space, but as Craig says, no where to sit except on the floor. And you will be sleeping on a futon. If that doesn't sound appealing to you - especially for a week - then opt for a hotel. I expect both the Hyatt and the Granvia have rooms that will sleep four. Do note that you will have to specify a room for four - you can't just book a room for two and expect that the four of you will stay there.
Kathie is offline  
Nov 10th, 2014, 05:53 PM
  #4  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 195
Thanks - I am now planning a night at a ryokan, and a room for four at the Hyatt for the rest of the stay. The Granvia comes with great recommendations but am not sure if I want stay right above a station!
tongsa is offline  
Nov 10th, 2014, 08:21 PM
  #5  
kja
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 21,360
I didn't stay at either the Hyatt or the Granvia, but I did spend a bit of time at the station -- I ate dinner in a restaurant there (maybe on the 2nd floor?) and had a drink in a 15th floor lounge that I believe was part of the Granvia. In neither place did I have the sense of being in a train station. I'm sure there are advantages and disadvantages to each hotel, but I would think the convenience of the Granvia's location atop the train station (which is, BTW, of some architectural interest) would be a decided advantage, not a disadvantage. JMO.
kja is offline  
Nov 15th, 2014, 10:19 PM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 9,220
The Granvia is above a station, yes, but it's a huge building, there's no feeling of being above the rail tracks. The station is immense, and actually I found it quite impressive. The advantages of staying there are a) great links for the days when we wanted to travel a little farther (we went to Yamazaki whisky distillery and to Arashiyama from there) and b) lots of easy food options up on the 11th floor of the shopping mall there, including a branch of KatsuKura, fabulous tonkatsu restaurant.

We combined this with a stay in a gorgeous Kyoto ryokan, Shiraume, which was very comfortable. The futons were thick and comfortable, though I did find getting up and down a little difficult, but I have arthritis in my hips. When sleeping, I was comfortable! Here's my blog post on Shiraume: http://www.kaveyeats.com/2013/03/her...n-me-into.html
Kavey is offline  
Nov 15th, 2014, 10:25 PM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 9,220
Oh, meant to add about the Granvia. We loved the location but the rooms are same old same old as any international hotel chain. We chose not to eat breakfast in the hotel was was overpriced and there were so many bakeries and other options either in the station or once we'd headed out for the day. One evening we went up to the Granvia's bar but didn't stay -- although we were residents of the hotel and the bar was almost empty, we were not allowed to stay unless we both ordered a drink. My husband had but I didn't want one, and wasn't inclined to order one just to use the bar, since we were residents in the hotel, this just p****d me off!
Kavey is offline  
Mar 3rd, 2015, 05:48 PM
  #8  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 195
We just got back - really enjoyed our stay at the Granvia. The station is Incredible - I haven't seen a bigger station complex and discovered something new everyday! We had a suite for the family so it was very comfortable.

The Japanese are sticklers for rules I guess so it can be frustrating at times. We actually found Granvia to be great - service and location both.

We also stayed a night at the Yachiyo Ryokan near Nanzenji on the recommendation of a friend - beautiful rooms, gardens and all. However, I found it quite pricey and the service wanting.
tongsa is offline  
Mar 3rd, 2015, 11:40 PM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 9,220
Location was definitely super, and yes I adored the station itself, and we found some delicious food on the 11th floor. Good to hear you had a fantastic experience at the Granvia, as it's definitely one of the best located!
Kavey is offline  
Mar 3rd, 2015, 11:45 PM
  #10  
kja
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 21,360
Thanks for reporting back, tongsa -- glad you enjoyed your stay! And welcome home!
kja is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
barefootbeach
Asia
4
Dec 17th, 2014 11:50 PM
trafaelwyr
Asia
42
Mar 19th, 2012 05:41 PM
hawaiiantraveler
Asia
13
Oct 24th, 2005 01:52 PM
dgruzew
Asia
4
Aug 25th, 2004 07:37 AM
diannap
Asia
7
Aug 12th, 2004 04:13 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 11:30 AM.