kyoto is an incredible city for all the obvious reasons, and it's not bad as a shopping destination either. but we always had a hard time finding a nice place to stay...until now. the recent opening of the hotel anteroom kyoto a few blocks south of the city's main railway station has given fans of affordable hospitality coolness a great option, if not the greatest. initially built as a student dormitory, it has been converted into a hotel featuring 61 guest rooms, of which three have an outdoor terrace, and 50 apartments for long-term visitors. hotel anteroom kyoto's new interior is designed by the acclaimed yamazaki hirokazu who turned it into a haven of cool design. rooms have been decorated with meticulously designed furniture and selected art works to create the welcoming vibe you feel when staying at a friend's place. the apartments have a homey feel - you'd expect nothing less when staying somewhere longer than a week, right? - and are equally stylish. if you're really picky, it's good to know that some apartments can even be customized to your very own aesthetic liking, and we're talking up to the level of of wall paint and floor material. the hotel's facilities include restaurant anteroom meals, and an in-house contemporary art gallery dubbed gallery 9.5. needless to say this place has all the modern amenities that the modern traveller requires, including free internet access for apartment tenants. guess where we'll be staying next time we're in town? location: 7 aketa-cho, higashi-kujo [minami-ku].