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Kasui-en is part of Westin Kyoto hotel. Pretty much japanese style room, old but renovated (Do we want to stay at "brand new Japanese style"?). The bath tub is Japanese style, smells good but little tight.
but there are equally good or much better rooms...More
We chose to stay at their Japanese rooms, to add to our 'cultural Kyoto' experience.
While we're glad we experienced this once, we wouldn't choose it again, especially when travelling with small kids.
The Japanese rooms are not functional. Basic furniture has to be moved...More
Kasuien, the ryokan type is an excellent way to enjoy a bit of Japanese style in practical and modern hotel services. It's not a real ryokan but it has a small garden behind. We also stayed in a western style double room which is spacious...More
My girlfriend and I visited Kyoto on vacation and chose the Westin Miyako specifically for its Japanese Wing. We thought this would be a good compromise for the authentic Japanese-style room experience but without the hefty prices of a ryokan.
The room was disappointing. While...More
This hotel's greatest asset is its manager, Mr. Suter. I don't know when he sleeps, because he seemed to be roaming the hotel, speaking to guests, so much of the time. If you have a problem, he will address it.
At first sight, this hotel...More
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of
local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.