Easy to get to from the station. Several attractions are within walking distance (15-25 minutes). Convenient for sightseeing, shopping, eating, train, bus etc. Room and bathroom were small but well furnished and designed. Breakfast is fairly extensive and good for having once.
Booked a double room this time which apart from the bed, has more general living/storage space which is quite above average for Japanese standards.
Unlike my previous stay which coincidentally was on the safe floor, In-room wifi connection this time was very good.
I checked in about an hour early and was advised my room was immediately available which was a plus.
Although I had a morning checkout (11am) the staff were happy to store my luggage at reception for a couple of hours which avoided the need to use the lockers at the station.
Dean from Sydney
ibis Styles Kyoto Station is located right in front of JR Kyoto Station, which is just a minute's walk away. Guests also …More
My favourite part of the hotel is the hot bath and the massage chair in the room after a long day of sightseeing. The room was small but it's about that size by the city's standard. A bit squeezy with our 2 year old in the same room.
The experience with the hotel staff was mixed. We met a friendly front staff who went the extra mile to explain the route with drawing and Kanji (since we know Chinese) and another one who seemed quite impatient when asked for help on direction (even though there was nobody else in the queue).
The breakfast was simple but has a sufficient spread for people who prefer Jap or Western.
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.
This is not a traditional ryokan, but a rather standard building. It is Japanese-style with tatami mats in the rooms and futon mattresses. The room was pretty small, but was clean and comfortable. The owners were friendly and spoke some English, and provided a local map and info on the bus routes (plus they sell the day pass for the city bus). They also had some pamphlets for day trip packages, and sold postcards, Kyoto maps, and Yukata robes.
Their website claims they now (October 2011) serve breakfast, however when I asked the first morning, he said that they don't. There are a couple convenience stores nearby, though, and we picked up some pastry breads to keep in the room for mornings.
They do have wifi in the rooms - I had trouble connecting, but my traveling companion connected easily. There's also a TV.
The location (a few blocks south of Kyoto station) is a little remote from many of the interesting parts of Kyoto, but there's a subway station a block south, and the city bus terminal is at Kyoto station. It was an easy walk to To-ji Temple (five-story pagoda), which I could see from my 4th floor window.
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