Ratings based on 15 Verified Reviews
They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.6 Room cleanliness
4.4 Service & staff
4.5 Room comfort
4.5 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler
Posted Nov 26, 2013
for Everyoneby Rob from Toronto, Canada
Nice ryokan in a quiet areaPosted Sep 27, 2013
Nice ryokan with helpful staff (sold day pass for bus, held luggage for us). Breakfast was great and authentic but we only did it one morning ($46 for 2 people). We got the washroom in our room which was small but quite adequate. Room was spacious and excellent, just enjoy the unique experience.
for Couplesby A verified traveler from Singapore
Ryokan Sawaya Honten ReviewPosted Jul 22, 2013
Communal bath is well-maintained, and seldom used after 2100hrs. Ryokan owner is very helpful and polite. Ryokan location accessible by bus.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler
Good Japanese style hotel with a very knowledgeablPosted Jul 21, 2013
Pros: Overall good and nice Japanese style hotel - Ryokan
Location: 2 subway stps from the Gion district. Close to the temples (Ginkakuji & Philosophy path)
Good Japanese style hotel with a very knowledgeable and nice staff
for Everyoneby Olson from Venice, CA
Nice ryokanPosted Jul 16, 2013
Pros: Tatami rooms and futon beds were comfortable, easy to relax & sleep in. The same staff surprisingly made themselves available from 7am to midnight!
Cons: I suppose the staff could be a little less shy, but really they were available to help us at any-time, so I really have nothing to complain about.
Location: Near the Imperial park, not too far from Heian Shrine, Ippodo tea shop, Philosopher's walk, record stores, bus stops...
Though Sawaya Honten is realtively near the imperial park/grounds in the middle of the city, it can seem a little far from some of Kyoto's other main attractions. No problem, though since it's just a street away from a bus stop. The accommodations couldn't be better. Very clean, well-kept and comfortable. Bathtub in attached bathroom and also shared bathroom on the first floor. Free internet in lobby.... The staff, although seeming somewhat shy, were nice and helpful. The included breakfast was fantastic (if you like traditional Kyoto/ryokan breakfasts...); I somewhat regret not getting the dinner plan; it's probably really good.
Recommendedby A verified traveler
Posted Jul 9, 2013 on Hotels.com
Recommendedby Elaine from DC
Great experience with the traditional stay in JPPosted Jul 3, 2013 on Hotels.com
The hotel provided the traditional Japanese home setting in the hotel throughout, including both the lobby, hallway and inside the room, even the shower room. The entire ryokan is very detailed designed and very traditional looking. Everything in the hotel gives you a feeling about the traditional japanese life. The room is spacious given that space is a big issue in Japan and very clean! The hotel is a family owned local hotel. The owners are very nice and hospitality is great! I had a wonderful time staying there.
Posted Apr 24, 2013 on Hotels.com
for Everyoneby Haydn from Sydney
Great place to stay, really comfy.Posted Apr 16, 2013
Pros: Definitely the Onsen.
Location: Close to buses but not close to subway or trains though.
The accommodation was great, very cool traditional Ryokan but lots of space! Great for business and families alike. The facilities were great and the Onsen was one of the nicest I have been to in Japan. Close to buses but not close to subway or trains though. The front staff were nice and helpful but we had a bit of a culture clash and it felt a bit creepy at times.
for Everyoneby Jason from Singapore
Late check in time at 4pm.Posted Mar 31, 2013
Pros: Nice Japanese traditional settings.
Cons: late check in time.
The hotel check in time is very very late at 4 pm. Please take note.