Nara Hotel

Hotel in Nara

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8.6 out of 10

Founded in 1909, this grande dame has hosted everyone from Edward VIII and Albert Einstein to Audrey Hepburn and the Dalai Lama. It retains a Meiji-era style in its traditional exterior, high ceilings, gorgeous woodwork, refined Japanese and Western restaurants, a tea lounge and beautifully landscaped grounds. Rooms are spacious and comfortable, with big beds, though some have cramped bathrooms.

For historic atmosphere and all nonsmoking rooms, choose the Honkan (main building) over the Shinkan (new building). Rates can vary wildly by season.

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The century old Nara Hotel features classic Japanese architecture and elegant rooms with free WiFi. Located on Nara Park’s beautiful hills, it overlooks the ancient capital’s historic sites. The cosy rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows and warm colours. They come with an LCD TV with satellite channels, a minibar and a bathrobe. From Nara Hotel, the center of Nara Park is a 10-minute walk, Isuien Garden is a 15-minute walk and Todai-ji Temple is a 20-minute walk. Nara Station is a 10-minute bus ride away and connects to Kyoto in 45 minutes, while Kansai Airport is a 100-minute bus ride. Guests can explore the ancient city with Hotel Nara’s rental bicycles. They can relax with a massage or browse in the hotel’s gift shop. French cuisine can be enjoyed in a mixture of classic Japanese and French décor at dining room Mikasa, while Restaurant Hanagiku serves seasonal Japanese dishes. Guests with a dinner-inclusive plan can choose either French or Japanese dinner. Freshly baked pastry and park views are offered at the Tea Lounge.

Important information

Restaurant is closed from Tue 15 Oct 2019 until Wed 25 Mar 2020
Japanese-style room cannot accommodate an extra bed.

<Long-term Renovation Work Notice>
Please note that the property will go through renovation work from 15 March 2017 between 09:00 - 17:00. During this period, guests may experience noise and other minor disturbance between 10:00-16:00. Some rooms in the Main Wing will be unavailable during this period, while the New Wing will remain unaffected.

Features of Nara Hotel


  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Airport shuttle
  • Free parking
  • Internet services
  • Currency exchange
  • Gift shop
  • Bicycle rental (additional charge)
  • Chapel/shrine
  • Shops (on site)
  • Wifi
  • Allergy-free room
  • Designated smoking area
  • Private check-in/check-out
  • Shuttle service (free)
  • Trouser press
  • Airport shuttle (additional charge)
  • Daily housekeeping
  • On-site parking
  • Wifi available in all areas
  • Kid meals
  • Secured parking
  • Street parking
  • Accessible parking

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar


  • Room service
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Laundry
  • Ironing service
  • Fax/photocopying
  • Luggage storage


  • Newspapers
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Lift
  • Heating
  • Air conditioning
  • Vending machine (drinks)


  • Massage


  • Free WiFi available


  • Private parking