Kyoto is a ‘must go’ city if you are exploring Japan. To make my trip worth, I spend a few days at Sakura Terrace The Gallery. The location of this property is perfect for someone who prefers to stay near Kyoto Station. Located adjacent to the rail station, this business hotel has 220 rooms which is divided into 2 wings; North and South wing.
The lobby is located at the North wing. The hotel is an open-air concept. I was there during winter, there was a fire pits to keep you warm. Check-in was quick. However, please note that there will be charges for early check-in and late check-out.
The architecture of the hotel reminds me of a dormitory.
I was in the North Superior Double room on level 2 that comes with a balcony facing the South wing. I could also see Kyoto station from the balcony but do not fret, you can hardly hear any noise from the station since the location of the hotel is about 2 blocks away. The size of the room is 19m, considered big by Japanese hotel standards.
All rooms are equipped with free WiFi.
Comfy double bed.
No minibar or bottled water provided. However, you are welcome to enjoy free drinks every evening. Also, self-serve hot and cold drinks available all day at the lounge area.
No wardrobe available but a small section to hang your clothes. The hotel also provides bath amenities. Unfortunately, the public bath is located at the south wing. You have to battle with the cold during winter to get to the south wing.
Bedroom slippers were provided for your use. The room is not sound proof. You can expect to hear noises especially the nightly music performances at the lounge area.
Small bathroom with bath amenities.
The room charges doesn’t include breakfast and I didn’t tryout their restaurant. However, the menu price list seem reasonable. Hands down Sakura Terrace The Gallery is the recommended place to stay in Kyoto.
Sakura Terrace The Gallery, Kyoto
Address: 39 Kamitonoda-cho Higashi-kujo Minami-ku Kyoto, 601-8002, Japan
Check In: 2:00 PM | Check Out: 11:00 AM
Getting there: Alight at Kyoto Station. Use the west exit. Keep a look out for Hotel Ibis as a landmark. It is about 3 minutes walk to the Hotel. (Directions)