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Granbell Hotel Kyoto
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Granbell Hotel in Gion

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Granbell Hotel is in the hub of the Gion district , so not only will you get nightlife but the Japanese feel to their culture . Took the traditional & successfully mixed it with a contemporary vibe.

Full of history & culture. Wandering the streets of Gion , you may spot geishas trotting to work.


Location is ideal because you are very close to a main shopping street, restaurants and subway station is a 5 minute walk.

You are a 10 minute walk to Kawaramachi Railway Station. Nishiki Market is walking distance on a main boulevard also very close. If you need to go to Osaka it is a 55 minute drive.

Location of this amazing hotel is ideal.

Hotel’s Amenities

Upon my arrival at the hotel , I automatically felt the cross breed between modern and Japanese zen influence. It embodied minimalist clean lines with the right use of pattern and space. Calming & serene atmosphere natural wood and colour to enhance the mood.

Entrance Area Granbell Hotel
Entrance Area Granbell Hotel
Clean Lines and Natural Colours at Granbell Hotel
Clean Lines and Natural Colours at Granbell Hotel

The front desk employees all beautifully dressed with colourful kimonos almost purposely drawing attention to them! The hospitality and service I received from the staff was remarkable.

Front Desk Reception
Front Desk Reception

Granbell Hotel offers complimentary WiFi, luggage storage, 24 hr reception service and delicious breakfast between Japanese style and western type.

Breakfast Room
Breakfast Room
Japanese Style Breakfast
Japanese Style Breakfast

An Onsen warm bath is offered in the ground floor. A very common hot spring used in Japan to relax your body and your mind. Just be mindful of Onsen etiquettes.

Be sure to catch the Maiko show ( young apprentice training to become a Geisha ) . She will answer your questions, perform a show and you can take a picture with her. This show was phenomenal and really felt Japanese culture.

The Rooms

To maximize on space, rooms are relatively small in hotels in Japan. I felt comfortable in the room I had . It created a warm and cozy atmosphere. Although I was facing the outside street , it was still quiet enough to sleep peacefully.

Comfort and Quietness in  Japanese Style Rooms
Comfort and Quietness in Japanese Style Rooms

The room was very clean , and everything was in immaculate conditions . Feel the life of Japanese people how they eat and sit comfortably on low chairs and tables.

Low Japanese Style Table & Chairs
Low Japanese Style Table & Chairs

The Granbell Hotel is in a pivotal area of Kyoto, cultural hub of Japan. During my stay , I learnt that it has a unique contrast , its people and culture .

Japan is timeless.

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Although I was hosted, all opinions are sincerely my own.

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