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During my time in Kyoto, Japan, I stayed at the Sakura Terrace Kyoto hotel for four nights. It was a gem of a value hotel.
The rate for the hotel when I was there in January was just over $50 per night for every night except for one, which was $85. I had a free night from Hotels.com Welcome Rewards, so my total stay was under $160. Even without that, I would have paid less than $60 for a great hotel.
The Sakura Terrace hotel is in a great location in Kyoto. It’s a short 5-10 minute walk from the main Kyoto train station, or you can also take the subway to Kujo.
It’s a three star hotel, but the reviews are nearly unanimous, this is a great hotel for this price level. The Sakura Terrace currently has 4.5 stars on Tripadvisor, 8.7 on Booking.com, and 4.3 on Hotels.com.
What makes this hotel so great? Let’s start with the rooms.
You’ll notice that this room is huge, especially by Japanese standards. I had a nice sized bed and plenty of room to spread my things out. This was a nice change from the tiny room I’d had in Tokyo. There was even a small, separate sitting area.
It was also a modern hotel, with plenty of charger plugs (with various adapters included!), and of course, a fancy toilet complete with a heated seat.
Beyond the spacious room, the staff & services offered were also great. There is a breakfast buffet that is not included with the room fee, but looked like it had a nice array of Japanese & Western dishes. The hotel offers a spa and sauna, and there is also a nightly happy hour where you can get a free drink.
That in my opinion is the nicest little perk of the Sakura Terrace. It’s nice to be able to go out for the day, then come back to your hotel to relax for a little while before going out again. The happy hour runs from 6pm-10pm, and it’s a great way to either end your day or begin your night. I opted for the sake, since it was the most local thing they had, but they also offered beer, spirits, and other cocktails. Once you have your free drink, you can of course stay for more at a reasonable price.
Despite being so close to the train station, the neighborhood is actually fairly quiet. My room was facing the street, but I had no issues with noise or lights. The location means there are also plenty of bars and restaurants nearby if you head north toward Kyoto station. It was a couple of blocks from Chibo Okonomiyaki, which I mentioned earlier, as well as Coco Curry House, another spot with great Japanese cuisine.
Between the rooms, the services, and the convenient location, I can’t imagine that there’s a better hotel value in Kyoto than the Sakura Terrace.
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