Beautiful hotel, but overpriced
Posted Sep 16, 2016
The building of Kyoto Brighton hotel is everything you would expect and more with a 1920's vibe, glass elevator and immaculately decorated lounge and bar. Our room was much nicer than the photo indicated and we were given free bottled water and matcha tea.
However, during our stay we asked 3 times for help booking a restaurant and each time we were told to come back later or tomorrow or to ask our next hotel. For the price of the hotel, I found this extremely disappointing. we also dined in the teppanyaki restaurant downstairs which was mediocre and totalled around 50,000JPY, severely overpriced. We had the western breakfast buffet twice and it was everything one expects a breakfast buffet to be, but again nothing overly special (2,100 JPY).
Overall, I would not stay there again, it was cold and unfriendly with a location that could be more convenient. However, another travel companion loved it, so I think it comes down to personal preference. If you are looking for western comfort during your stay and frankly do not care about money (like at all) it's not a bad place to stay, but if you're looking for a genuine Japanese experience look elsewhere.