This is a Ryokan style hotel with tatami mats in main room, toilet in small side closet, and sink in room. Shared baths on the basement floor were clean and very comfortable. We spent two nights, mid-week during Cherry blossom season. Very convenient location to major shrines and temples in Kyoto area. Staff are friendly, main desk staff speak some English while room staff typically do not.
Hotel is right next to Tozai subway exits 2 and 3 on south side of Oike Dori (street) across from Kyoto city office buildings (city hall). Honno-ji shrine is behind the hotel and can be accessed from three paths nearby. There is a good underground mall connected to the subway station with restaurants and shops including a nice grocery. Plenty of shops and restaurants within 5 minute walking distance.
Some things to be aware of:
- There was no A/C in our rooms on the 6th floor and with outdoor high temp around 20 degrees C the hotel rooms were very warm
- As noted by others, hotel lobby is very smoky. If you don't like smoke it can be uncomfortable even passing through
- WiFi is only available on ground floor (lobby), but you can stand outside the main door and get a good signal. Nice for those who want to avoid smoke
If you are expecting western style hotel rooms this is not a good fit, but if you are up for a more traditional Japanese experience it is a good place to stay.
We absolutely loved staying here. The staff was so friendly, the space was beautiful and clean. Our room had plenty of space and even included a snack of tea and mochi when we got there!
I would say that it is worthwhile to purchase breakfast here. Yes it is a bit pricey, but we felt it was absolutely worth it in terms of the quality of food and how luxurious it felt. You receive a kaiseki-style assortment of small dishes (included roast fish or tofu, depending on the day), a full pot of tea, and coffee and/or orange juice. All this is in their beautiful dining room.
The ryokan also has little free events every now and then: while we were staying there, there was a shaved ice station one day and a zither performance another day. Wonderful stay!
We chose this hotel because we wanted a unique experience. We loved staying here! The traditional room was everything that we expected. During the day, the room is set up for tea. In the evening, futons with fluffy duvets are set out. Thanks to another guest review, we found the laundry room on the 4th floor. The beer vending machine in the lobby made our Canadian hearts flutter. The area is quiet but bust shopping area is very close. The hotel is very clean. Highly recommend this to travellers who are looking for an interesting experience - this is not for you if you need 5 star service and amenities.
Lorna from Amherst Island, Canada
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