I visited the Hyatt Regency for the first time seven or eight years ago. Today it remains one of the best hotels in Kyoto. The service is excellent. Its location is ideal for easy access to all the important attractions around the city.
The owners were an absolute star. They gave us a map and pointed out all the excellent spots to see and do. They even had bikes we could hire for the day! This guesthouse is beautiful and extremely close to all things in Kyoto. We had an excellent time in Kyoto, thank you to Guesthouse Soi!
The staff is helpful and courteous and the location is perfect - close to subway and bus stops and walking distance to Gion. We initially had a problem with our room, but the hotel put us in another room and solved the issue. We don't recommend the breakfast - there is a Starbucks located 3 blocks west.
"Nice hosts, nice room, nice bed but horrid pillows"
Nice stay overall but hotel VERY difficult to find. Hosts are very friendly but don't speak English (they provide sheets with instructions). They brought tea and Japanese cookies every night in our room. The house is clean and very charming, close to several interesting shrines and temples. In our case, the major inconvenience were the pillows : very small, soft and filled with small balls... pretty impossible to get a good night sleep unless you like to sleep with your head flat. The house is difficult to find (we took the bus from Kyoto station and wandered in the area for an hour with our suitcases). It is better to take a taxi.
I loved staying here! It is quite a ways from Kyoto station so you might want to take a cab. The family that runs Hennka treat you like you are a part of their family. The room was large, comfortable and clean. Hennka was a great value and let me explore places I might not have seen otherwise during my stay in Kyoto .
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.
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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