Ibis Styles Kyoto Station, review

Falling cherry blossom petals, Ninnaji Temple, Kyoto, Japan. Photo © Gunjan Virk.

Falling cherry blossom petals, Ninnaji Temple, Kyoto, Japan. Photo © Gunjan Virk.

Hotel Ibis Style Kyoto Station is located directly opposite the Kyoto train station (the JR railway station), and is a very convenient hotel to stay especially if you are traveling solo. It is also ideal for those travelers who want to keep Kyoto as their base and do day trips to Osaka, Nara or Yoshino. It is a budget hotel with great service, the only downside being that the rooms are small.

I stayed here for two nights during the cherry blossom season in Japan. It was a last minute booking to see the last of the cherry trees at the Ninnaji Temple famous for late blooming sakura. When I made the booking (which was about a week before), I got the last room available at the hotel. It was a single, non-smoking, economy room measuring 118 sq. ft. (11m²) with a single bed and a view of the city (actually a view of the railway station) for JPY 44252.00, almost double the regular rate. The hotel offered free wifi and complimentary breakfast with the room.

Even though the room was really very small, it was the best and cheapest I could find at that time in the city.

Hotels in Japan get shockingly expensive during the cherry blossom season. If your purpose of visiting Japan is to see the shrines and temples, and know more about the Japanese culture, I would recommend visiting either before or after the cherry blossoms. You will get good hotel deals and will be saved by the throngs of tourists that flood the country during the sakura season! I am not sure but I think fall season with all the leaves changing colors can also get very crowded!

There is a huge shopping center and food market with a number of eateries and restaurants located inside the JR railway station, which is another reason that makes it quite convenient to stay at the hotel. Also, cabs are easily available.

However, I don’t recommend this hotel for those who want to enjoy a luxurious stay. It is only a three star hotel.