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Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Launch (June 2018)

Earlier this month, a new hotel in the heart of Kyoto city opened its doors to travelers from all over the world with its strategic location (5 mins walking distance from Hachijo East exit of Kyoto station), spacious modern rooms and amenities, international bilingual staffs and impressive design aesthetics.

Would like to Thank Don from distantdystopia (Donny) for getting in touch with me and I finally get to meet the impressive Japan travel guide blogger here in Kyoto! You guys should check out this blog for more interesting articles about Japan: donnykimball.com/ 

I’ve seen many people moaning on social media recently about the new Japanese law on private lodgings for platforms like Airbnb but then again the safest alternative is always book either hotels or hostels as they have a separate regulation on running such services and it’s much stricter compared to private home lodgings. To save yourselves future disappointments on these kind of cancelled bookings, I’ll be sharing more about legit hotels around my area, Kyoto for reference purposes so the next time you guys can just click on my tag “KYOTO” for all posts related to it.

Personally I like staying near Kyoto station because it’s easier to get around Kyoto either bus bus, train or subway and the bullet train station is there too for those who are utilizing their JR pass would maximize their trip by covering nearby cities around Kansai Region like Osaka, Hyogo, Wakayama, Okayama, etc.

Now back to Daiwa Royal’s introduction:

The hotel’s core inspiration is derived from “wa ”(traditional Japanese style), giving guests a taste of Kyoto’s charm- The calm and traditional atmosphere that this city has to offer its foreign visitors but within the comforts of the hotel itself. There are many unique features built in Daiwa Royal like their large check in counter LED screen which portrays the scenic view of Kyoto’s breath-taking seasons, it also interacts with guests via movements like waving. Something people of all ages would love to try especially children. Check in is also made convenient as Daiwa Hotel’s staffs are all trained in both Japanese, English and their respective native language like Korean, French, China, German, etc.

Guests staying at the hotel can also enjoy flavours of Kyoto by a native Italian Chef at their all day dining “La Terazza”. Their vast menu consists of western, Northern Italian and Japanese cuisines catering to the preferences of the majority and there are also private rooms located next to the restaurant for private gatherings or functions for Guest’s usage.

This building itself consist a total of 272 rooms (all non-smoking but there are designated smoking areas) and goes by these categories:

  • Superior Double (20 m2)
  • Deluxe Double (25-28 m2)
  • Premier Double (33 m2)
  • Deluxe Twin (handicap rooms available- 25-28 m2)
  • Premier Twin (33 m2)
  • Executive (33-53 m2)
  • Suite (44-81 m2)

Guest can enjoy exclusive and personal service on the Executive floors (7th-9th floor), breakfast, tea time snacks and light meals during cocktail time are free in the executive lounge and guestrooms are each equipped with a 60 inch TV for the guest’s convenience and relaxation.

Suite Room

Superior Double

Junior Suite

One thing I love most about Daiwa Royal hotel is that each room comes with a “Handy” phone that guests can use for free as in to take out with them as they tour around Kyoto whether to use its internet data, make both local and international calls (limited to 5 designated countries) or get information on the latest tourist attractions happening nearby. And it’s FOC,I’ve personally tried using a Handy phone once during my stay in one of the hotels in Shibuya and it’s really useful especially when my pocket Wi-Fi decides to die on me halfway or I need to make a call to a friend I’m supposed to meet but can’t because my current Malaysian phone number is blocked from roaming (stupid REDONE policy, don’t ever port over to their services, major regret now).

So yea, if any of the hotel you stayed in provides one, it’s definitely a big bonus!

Their beds are from Simmons, it’s considered a luxury bed brand ensuring that your night sleep is comfortable and there are fashionable looking Yukata(s) provided for guests to use as nightwear, it’s much more relaxing compared to normal bulky bathrobes.

Room furnishings:
  • Simmons made bed 
  • Free Wi-Fi 
  • 50/60 inch Plasma TV 
  • “Handy” free smartphone 
  • High Quality Bathroom Amenities (Laura Ashley) 
  • Yukata Nightwear 
  • Shower and toilet 
  • Humidifier and air purifier 
  • Coffee Machine (all rooms) / Matcha machine (only executive floor) 
  • Security safe 

Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande has been accepting bookings since earlier this year before they officially launched in June 2018, and you can easily find it’s listing on major websites like Booking.com, Expedia.com and Tripadvisor.com.

Rates varies according to season and demand, so best to plan ahead and book early to avoid full house if you want to try staying here during your visit to Kyoto. So far I’ve seen their updated promotional price of $88 per night instead of $168, but it depends which month you pick.

Website: www.daiwaroyalhotel.jp/kyoto/
Address: 〒601-8005 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Minami Ward, Higashikujo Nishiiwamotocho, 15
Phone: 075-950-6186


1 comment:

  1. All the rooms looks amazing! The suite room definitely takes the cake. Thanks for sharing babe.


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