Urban Hotel Premium Kyoto Nijo

Stay in style at this comfortable, inexpensive hotel

By Peter Sidell    - 2 min read

The sights of Kyoto are pretty spread out, so wherever you stay you'll be near some of them and far from others. For the second half of a trip one time, I looked at my options and chose to be near (a) what I wanted to see, and (b) the subway, and this hotel met both of those needs.

Like others in the chain, Urban Hotel Nijo is modern and stylish, with a restaurant occupying most of the ground floor, the entrance tucked in at the side. Next to the lobby there's a 'community room' where, when it's not being used for business, you can relax with a newspaper, avail yourself of the Wi-Fi, or choose from a selection of gifts.

Here's the hotel
Here's the hotel

My twin room was a fair size, certainly adequate for a very light traveler like me; the muted earthtones were gentle on the eye, with a couple of nice, small prints around the bed as an accent, and fun touches like a wicker stool and a round table hugging a corner of two walls. There's no bathtub, but the shower and toilet share the modern design, the solid floor tiles a big plus; if the glass doors aren't to your liking, there are screens available to provide some privacy.

The public baths are up on the seventh floor; there are separate bathrooms for men and women, swapping over each day. One has a (very compact) sauna, the other mineral baths, but in both, as you sit in the bath you look out through large windows at a gravel garden with artfully arranged trees, adding a meditative zen aspect to your relaxation.

My fun little round table
My fun little round table

Other assorted good points: there's free coffee in reception; the roomwear (which you can wear to the spa) is pretty funky; and before my stay I exchanged a couple of emails with the hotel, which were answered reasonably promptly and in capable English.

The main nearby sight is mighty Nijo Castle, a must for any visitor here, and the neighbouring Shinsen-en garden. By way of your practical needs, there's a supermarket just a minute or two down the road, and a good range of restaurants and cafes within easy walking distance.

Getting there

It's pretty far from Kyoto station, but just a few minutes' walk north from Nijo station, on the JR Sagano line and the Kyoto Subway Tozai line. If you're using the bus, the hotel is immediately next to Senban Kyunijo stop, served by a handful of routes from Gion and Kyoto station.

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Peter Sidell

Peter Sidell @peter.sidell

I came to Japan from Manchester, England in 2003, and have travelled a lot since then, around Japan and in Asia. When I'm not working, I write satire and perform stand-up comedy in and around Tokyo. Check YouTube for a taste.

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Elizabeth S a month ago
When I travel to Kyoto I like to split my nights at ryokan and modestly priced hotels. This looks very simple and it's so economical.
Sleiman Azizi a month ago
No doubt about it, you always manage to find good value accommodation.
Peter Sidell Author a month ago
I do get a discount through the website I use, but I was still taken aback at how good the value was here!
Kim a month ago
Comfortable and inexpensive in Kyoto is always good!