Concierge.com's insider take:
If you've only got a night or two in Kyoto, there's nothing as convenient as the 535-room Western-style Granvia, which sits, literally, on top of Kyoto Station, a modern, mammoth, and controversial complex (local wags say that the "mother ship" has landed). You can step off the bullet train—the best way to arrive into Kyoto—and head straight to your quiet, comfortable room. The Granvia is nothing to write home about design-wise, but it has a lap pool, exercise room, and sauna, and you have access to dozens of restaurants, shops, and even department stores, without having to step outside. When you're ready to start sightseeing, the subway runs right from the station, as do most city bus lines.