As part of the architectural wonder that is Kyoto station, the Granvia is a thoroughly modern hotel. Dark wood interiors, glass-fronted bathrooms with Japan’s famous hi-tech toilets, rainshowers and generously sized rooms where you may see but not be disturbed by the bullet trains below. Club Rooms and suites command the best views over the city. Service here is exemplary with bellhops to meet you on the platform and a great English-speaking concierge team. Note that there is a ¥1,000 charge for the swimming pool but this is much more reasonable than the charges at most other deluxe hotels in Japan.
To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.