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Review: The Chapter Kyoto, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel | Marriott Bonvoy

Hotel The Chapter Kyoto, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
Country Japan
City Kyoto
Room Type Superior Twin with Bathtub
Loyalty Program Status Titanium
Hotel brand Tribute Portfolio
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To the point Here's our review of The Chapter Kyoto, a hotel located less than 10 minutes' walk from Pontocho and the arcaded Sanjo Meiten-gai gallery.

The Chapter Kyoto - Booking

We chose the Hiyori Chapter Kyoto, a Tribute Portfolio hotel, for its location and cost. Indeed, its location is perfect for those wishing to visit Kyoto’s bustling center.

A 10-minute walk will take you to the traditional, historic streets of Pontocho, to the arcaded galleries that house numerous boutiques, and not far away from the historic district of Gion. A stroll through these districts is a must, and you may even come across some geishas. Between restaurants, temples and stores, the hotel’s location is essential!

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Hiyori Chapter Kyoto, Tribute Portolio Hotel

Secondly, the price. Rooms start at $300 or 44,000 points per night. For comparison, nearby hotels are:

  • The Ritz-Carlton, next door, from $1,500 or 94,000 points per night
  • The Westin Miyako in Gion, from $400 or 48,000 points per night
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The Chapter Kyoto - Location

The Chapter Kyoto, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel is located on a busy thoroughfare. A FamilyMart and several restaurants are nearby. You’ll have to walk south (Pontocho) or north to find points of interest.

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Hiyori Chapter Kyoto, Tribute Portolio Hotel

Having rented a car, we had to find a parking space to leave our car for 24 hours. Indeed, it will be tough to park in the center of town unless you pay a high price. We quickly found a parking space next to the hotel for only 1,200 yen per 24 hours.

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Hiyori Chapter Kyoto, Tribute Portolio Hotel

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The Chapter Kyoto - Check-in

Once inside the hotel, you’ll notice a modern, Zen-inspired design using noble, natural materials: stone at the entrance, rock, wood and leather.

A Nespresso coffee machine is available at the entrance, along with a table and two high chairs for those looking for a quick break. To the right is the reception area, and to the left is a relaxation area with access to the dining room.

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Hiyori Chapter Kyoto, Tribute Portolio Hotel
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Hiyori Chapter Kyoto, Tribute Portolio Hotel

The reception is small and warm with its lighting. The setting is relaxing with few motifs on the walls and straight lines.

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Hiyori Chapter Kyoto, Tribute Portolio Hotel

On the same floor, you can also access the public baths, the fitness room and a room for smokers. We’ll take the elevators to the side of the reception desks to get to our room.

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Hiyori Chapter Kyoto, Tribute Portolio Hotel
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Hiyori Chapter Kyoto, Tribute Portolio Hotel

The Chapter Kyoto - Bedroom

The Chapter Kyoto, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel offers 203 rooms, including two signature suites inspired by Japanese tea ceremonies.

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Hiyori Chapter Kyoto, Tribute Portolio Hotel

The rooms have been designed in a modern style to provide an elegant, comfortable setting. Two single beds occupy the room, as well as a sitting area with a bench, an armchair and a small round table. A large-format TV is on the wall, and a wooden chest of drawers contains a safe and a fridge with a kettle and a few tea bags.

However, there is no coffee machine in the room, as the hotel has chosen to make a single coffee engine available to guests at the hotel entrance.

The bathroom is small but well organized and modern, with a large mirror on the wall, a bathtub-shower and a Japanese toilet. Products are dispensed in large containers.

The Chapter Kyoto - Breakfast

The Chapter Kyoto, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel offers breakfast service in its ground-floor Chapter The Grill restaurant, daily from 7:00 am to 10:00 am.

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Hiyori Chapter Kyoto, Tribute Portolio Hotel
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Hiyori Chapter Kyoto, Tribute Portolio Hotel

We’ll have to wait a while when we arrive as space is limited. The buffet is complete with a varied choice of quality products.

The hotel doesn’t offer restaurant service in the evenings, nor a lounge, but for guests with a small appetite, delicious ramen-type soups are available free of charge.

The Chapter Kyoto - Other services

The Chapter Kyoto - Public baths

You can also try out the baths on the first floor, with separate entrances for men and women, overlooking a relaxing garden. Entrance is possible every day between 6 and 10 am or between 2 and 1 am.

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Hiyori Chapter Kyoto, Tribute Portolio Hotel
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Hiyori Chapter Kyoto, Tribute Portolio Hotel
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Hiyori Chapter Kyoto, Tribute Portolio Hotel

The Chapter Kyoto - Gym

You have access to a fitness room, open 24 hours a day, with an interesting choice of equipment.

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Hiyori Chapter Kyoto, Tribute Portolio Hotel

The Chapter Kyoto - Laundry

Another advantage of this hotel is that it offers a laundry room with two washing machines and two dryers. This comes in handy if, like us, you’re travelling around Japan as a family.

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Hiyori Chapter Kyoto, Tribute Portolio Hotel

Kyoto - Activities

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The Chapter Kyoto - My overall impression

The Chapter Kyoto, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, is a perfect choice when you look for an accommodation in the area. We found our stay relaxing, although we would have liked an improved offer for evening catering.

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