Great location, traditional Ryokan style
Posted Apr 6, 2014
This is a Ryokan style hotel with tatami mats in main room, toilet in small side closet, and sink in room. Shared baths on the basement floor were clean and very comfortable. We spent two nights, mid-week during Cherry blossom season. Very convenient location to major shrines and temples in Kyoto area. Staff are friendly, main desk staff speak some English while room staff typically do not.
Hotel is right next to Tozai subway exits 2 and 3 on south side of Oike Dori (street) across from Kyoto city office buildings (city hall). Honno-ji shrine is behind the hotel and can be accessed from three paths nearby. There is a good underground mall connected to the subway station with restaurants and shops including a nice grocery. Plenty of shops and restaurants within 5 minute walking distance.
Some things to be aware of:
- There was no A/C in our rooms on the 6th floor and with outdoor high temp around 20 degrees C the hotel rooms were very warm
- As noted by others, hotel lobby is very smoky. If you don't like smoke it can be uncomfortable even passing through
- WiFi is only available on ground floor (lobby), but you can stand outside the main door and get a good signal. Nice for those who want to avoid smoke
If you are expecting western style hotel rooms this is not a good fit, but if you are up for a more traditional Japanese experience it is a good place to stay.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jun 16, 2014 by reception, Hotel Management
Thank you very much for staying at our hotel.
We hope you had good stay at our hotel and
enjoy in Kyoto,Japan.
If you get another chance to visit in Kyoto,
We hope you will stay at our hotel again.