We are a family of 6 with four little girls so finding a place to accommodate us in Japan is not easy. The staff spoke great English and gave us some tips on things to do/places to go. Great public bathhouse around the corner from there that the kids loved. We stayed in a room that had a kitchen and plenty of room for our family that was clean and well kept just about a block from the main hotel. We would stay there again in a heartbeat.
"Wonderful traditional Ryokan style accommodation!"
This gem blew us away!!! A beautifully restored >100 year old traditional Machiya accommodation at a stone's throw from Nijo castle. The 1st floor room with garden view is unbeatable in terms of privacy / traditional Japanese Ryokan feel. Traditional Japanese futon bedding was surprisingly comfortable and warm (and great fun). The bathroom (shared, but with only 4 rooms in the hotel it is available virtually all the time) is a modern, comfortable sauna experience that we enjoyed maybe even more than the rest of Kyoto :-)
Worth every penny, and more!
I had a great experience at this Comfort Inn and am baffled by all the reviewers complaining about the location. It is a safe fifteen-minute walk from Kyoto Station, a huge transportation hub, and a bus bound for the station stops across the street every ten minutes. There are also several temples, shrines, and museums in walking distance. The rooms are nothing extravagant but they're secure, clean, and comfortable. The staff checked me in speedily upon arrival and were helpful, warm, and spoke good conversational English. They also sell day passes for the bus, which was very convenient, and provide a fresh, tasty, and diverse breakfast buffet that offers both authentic Japanese fare and western staples. If I returned to Kyoto with twice the budget I had on this trip, I would probably still book the Comfort Inn Kyoto Gojo!
Kotoya Toji guesthouse is an excellent renovated Japanese style home, with tatami mats, sliding doors and a wonderful backyard shrine. There is a new bathroom and laundry attached and the kitchen is also modern and clean.
The guesthouse is located in a less touristy district of Kyoto, meaning a bit of a walk to the main Kyoto station and beyond. It is situated next to a main roadway, which does mean some road noise. On the other hand, it is right next door to the wonderful To-ji temple district, and a short walk to the excellent Umekoji Park, including the Kyoto Aquarium and a great playground for kids.
We stayed 4 nights last week (Mon- Fri). The staff were friendly, helpful, welcoming.. really nice. Nothing was a problem- including extending our stay. We loved staying here. The rooms are small but perfect for a couple... might be a bit intimate if friends were travelling together. Separate toilet but shower is in the room- the shower was awesome! You can store away your things under the bed and fold up the mattress futon to sit on it.. all very practical and organised. Laundry services and kitchen small but good too. Wifi was fast and reliable. We based ourselves here and explored Kyoto and a day trip to Hiroshima. The info they provide in the folder in the room is fantastic. We had amazing meals at a restaurant 5 mins walk along the road (same side) - has a tomato in its symbol/ name- we ate there 3 times it was so good. We hope to be back, it was a wonderful stay!
It was a little tricky to find, but we asked the staff at the nearby Family Mart and then it was easy.
Great location in a quiet street, walking distance to many sights, but also very close to the subway.
Convenience stores are close, for items that can be heated in the microwave, situated in a communal dining area.
Very friendly staff - and very helpful.
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