From what we were told, this hotel was once the gold standard of the city. Multiple US presidents had stayed there. No doubt once likely true, this hotel is in dire need of an update. When comparing it to other 5 star hotels around the world, it's obvious this hotel just doesn't hold up. We stayed in one of the nicer rooms and it was the equivalent of staying in a best western. There's no way it warrants the price tag it requests per night.
That being said, the staff was very accommodating, the location was not remote and access to the heart of the city was easy and close by. The view from the terrace and the premium rooms was unparalleled and gorgeous.
Overall with the friendly staff and great views it made for a great experience. If you want old school decadence, this is the place for you, if you are looking for any type of fancy hotel room or modernity, it might be best to look elsewhere.
Traveller from Los Angeles, CA
Just three km (two miles) from downtown Kyoto, this hotel is in the Higashiyama hills overlooking the city. Guestrooms with …More
It's a decent Ryokan but I've seen better. If you are in Kyoto, you have to try the Ryokan experience at least once, just don't expect it to be comfortable. Yachiyo staff are very friendly and helpful, their English is very good. The rooms are old but give you the real experience of been in a Ryokan but expect to have the heater on and little sleep because it gets cold and sleeping on the ground doesn't help. Overall if you are looking to stay a few nights in a mid range Ryokan than this is for you, otherwise lash out and pay for a room at one of the luxury Ryokans.
This is a great hotel for couples, and is in a great location to explore Gion and central Kyoto. The breakfast in the morning is tasty and convenient and the amenities are really top notch. My boyfriend loved the huge TV (even though we didn't watch it) as well as the beautiful canopy bed and built-in music system.
Good location and good value for money.
The breakfast a little expensive for what it offers
The location is very good for visiting the east part of Kyoto.
Next to the hotel you can find a very good coffeeshop.
Gion is not far so you can go there for some drinks or dinner
Traveller from Tokyo
A calm retreat from the city, breath of an ancient capital wrap you, feel four seasons. Conveniently located among old …More
The shuffling of Geisha echoes in this quiet ward between the Kamo River and leafy Higashiyama Mountains. Arthur Golden's Memoirs of a Geisha takes place here in the Gion entertainment district. Visit during July for the Gion Festival. To the east, the high wooden stage of the Kyomizu temple floats above the canopy while traditional shops line the stone steps of Ninzaka and Sannzaka avenues below.
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