First it's important to realize this is a ryokan style inn. It's great for experiencing some Japanese culture but comes with some inconveniences.
First you are sleeping on the floor on some comforters and a blanket. Some people are ok with that, others might not be. The good thing is the room was quite large considering you are in Japan, and there are enough comforters and space to fit a group of 4 in there if need be. Also comes with a kimono and some tea.
Tradition also dictates that you bathe in a communal bathroom! Might be interesting at first but gets annoying fast, especially as it's not open 24/7! Luckily they have a private shower you can request if needed.
Location was really good. I was tired my first night I arrived in Kyoto so decided just to check out the area. Turns out you are right next to some strips that are dedicated to shopping and tourists. Just shops as far as the eye can see!! Also a pretty good udon and tempura place right next door. Be aware that stores and restaurants in the area tend to close relatively early at around 9-10pm. (In tokyo things seemed to stay open later) The hotel also uses keys and not cards so you drop it off each time before you leave the hotel which is a bit tedious.
Overall I'm glad I got to experience a semi authentic ryokan, but I wouldn't do it again and I recommend if you decide to try it, there's no need to stay for longer than a few days. The hotel itself is good for what it's supposed to be!
Elegant hotel. Wonderful service from all staff. Hotel is located on top of a subway and walking distance to Gion and all shopping streets as well as Niishi Market street.
My room had a lovely view to hills surrounding Kyoto. Hotel has a travel desk which is useful in a tourist town. Great 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!
"Best boutique hotel, in the middle of everything!"
Loved the hotel! It was right smack in the middle of the shopping and food district. An awesome meal was just a 1-2 minutes walk away from the Hotel. Everything is within walking distance from the hotel! The hotel staff were helpful and courteous. Rooms were cosy (but small but isn't every hotel small in Japan?).
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