KYOTO : Hotel Gran Ms Kyoto…disappointment in a great location / REVIEW

I consider myself a little bit of an expert, when it comes to choosing (and judging) hotels and spend a lot of time investigating all available amenities before booking any accommodation.

Unfortunately the Gran Ms Kyoto hotel wasn’t the best choice. Read below why…

Overview :

Ms.Gran Kyoto is sort of boutique property in terms of size, but otherwise offers mediocre rooms, dreadful bathrooms and it is really only good for overnight stay with no expectations.

Lobby looks promising and the reception staff is friendly but with little knowledge of English. Hotel has no restaurant and it offers no F&B options.

There is a vending machine and free to use laundry with one tumble dryer (always busy).

Main Entrance


central but quietly nestled locality just few metres off the main street, it’s probably the best benefit of this hotel.

Easy walk from the nearest metro and easy access to the main street with plenty of restaurants, covered shopping arcades and fun places to see and do.

“8 MUST SEE” places within walking distance:

  • Gion “geisha” district 15min
  • Kyoto Kamogawa river ( restaurants ) 10min
  • 2 Main shopping streets 2min
  • Covered shopping arcades 5min
  • Nearest grocery store 30sec
  • Nearest Metro station ( Kyotoshiyakusho-Mae ) 5min
  • Imperial palace 40min
  • Museum of Manga 20min


I have booked the Deluxe Twin Room, which is bigger than the standard (micro) room. The décor is nothing much to rave about, but it is ok.

The problem is the bathroom which, is like a plastic “box insert” in to the room. It is difficult to get become the big step and it smelled of wee…

Another bad thing was the window, it didn’t open and it was covered with some vinyl foil. Non existing view and depressing feeling. Also, noise from the corridor can be heard in the room.

Bed was comfortable enough, room includes fridge, small safe and desk.

Wi-Fi was free but the signal didn’t cover the entire room…weird !


I didn’t really come across many staff except the receptionist’s, where everyone was helpful but with minimal English language.

The only staff I saw were the cleaners, which always occupied the room when I returned from the outside.

Dining / Entertainment :

Hotel doesn’t have any food or beverage facility. There are a few breakfast places nearby. Expect long queues to get seated though.

Grocery shop is next to the hotel so it is easy to get basic staff like a water, umbrellas etc., ATM is also inside!

Facilities :

  • Reception,
  • Laundry room,
  • Vending machine

Who is it for :

If you are going to spend the entire day exploring amazing Kyoto and need just a bed to sleep, this could be a good option. Otherwise, keep searching elsewhere.

What makes it special :

  • location

Not so good :

  • room decor / view
  • bathroom size / smell
  • no breakfast
  • weak Wi-Fi

Verdict :

well…I personally wouldn’t stay in this hotel again. It has too many cons and the bathroom smell really put me off.  Also the inconvenience to search every morning for place to eat breakfast and blocked window view didn’t help…NEXT !

Travelling to Singapore, Tokyo or Prague ? More Hotel reviews HERE 

Kyoto is amazing … don’t forget to visit Fushimi Inari shrine with thousands of torii gates




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