Finally arrived at the hotel after hours of flying. We arrived in Haneda and had a 3 hour layover before going to Osaka Itami airport. We then took a bus to Kyoto station and transferred to the hotel shuttle bus which took us here in about 15 mins.
Westin is a huge hotel which is slightly outdated and in need of a renovation. They wouldn’t let us check in as it was still late morning and told us to come back in the afternoon, but were happy to keep our bags for us.
We went sightseeing and came back in the late afternoon to get checked in. They upgraded us to the Junior Suite to my delight which was thanks to my SPG Platinum Status. I chose a complimentary sake for my platinum amenity as breakfast was included with my status which was a nice gesture.
As with all Japanese hotels, the staff takes you up and explains about the hotel.
We walked in and there was a small room dedicated for luggages, coats and jackets and an ironing board.
The living room of our suite with our welcome drink and snacks.
I actually sore this sake at the convenient store and it was pretty cheap. Maybe 500 starpoints next time!
As with all SPG beds I find them quite consistent and comfortable. It was a large king sized bed.
There were 2 TVs in the suite – I thought the TV was a bit small but hardly watched any TV anyway.
The bathroom was decently sized as well with a separate toilet. They should have a sliding door rather than one that opens as it was a tight squeeze to get in and close the door which I hate.
There was a bathtub and a seperate shower in the room. I’m not sure about wooden doors in bathrooms – seems like it will decay sooner! The shower pressure was good and the bathtub decently sized.
After taking some photos, I decided to check out the Executive lounge as it was complimentary as part of my SPG status. It was also canapes time in the late afternoon. There was a bar with some spirits, coffee and soft drinks. I was asked to go to the second floor as the lounge was packed at the time i went. Upstairs was pretty much the same size and much quieter. However you had to go downstairs to get your drinks.
The views you get were quite nice looking over the mountains and the town.
My favourite beer in Japan. Yebisu Malts.
Came with some canapes which they bring it out to you.
Upstairs also had a small collection of books which you can read. Mostly in Japanese.
Another view of the upstairs lounge.
We did try the breakfast at the lounge one day but found it underwhelming. We actually had 3 choices of where we wanted breakfast, lounge, western and japanese. It was a no brainer to opt for the Japanese option so we went to the restaurant for it.
Located at the Shisan restaurant which was pretty big as well. I doubt it will ever have full capacity here.
There were these couch seats that we opted for.
The decor was nice in here.
I’d imagine breakfast would be similar every day but they change the fish and a few items daily. We came here twice during our stay. The breakfast was amazing. Miso soup, rice, egg, fish, small appetisers, fruits, seaweed, chawanmushi etc. Much better than the terrible sausages and eggs we had prior. I think this breakfast retails at 2500 – 3000 yen so having this twice is worth 6000 yen for both of us.
Tofu and fish. Japanese cook fish so damn well.
Tofu, leek in a broth. Have it with the below sauce as well.
Japanese Pickles are a must with ume, daikon and some other pickles. Goes well with rice. Also had some small white bait
I don’t know what this is, but it was some sticky dish with fish cake or something in it? It was nice nevertheless.
Overall, I enjoyed my stay at the Westin Kyoto. The concierge were super helpful and made a reservation for us as well which I will review next. Each night would have been close to $200-250 AUD which I thought including the breakfast and canapes and a suite upgrade was well worth it.
I did visit the gym which was pretty old. There was a pool and the standard equipment like bike, treadmill and some weights etc. Nothing to rave about.
It is a little far from the main area but you can take a train and walk 2 mins to get to the hotel which is pretty convenient. The Japanese breakfast was amazing and wouldn’t mind staying here as they clearly treat platinum SPG members well. It is also very quiet as its more in a residential area.