Decent hotel, but not worth the money
Posted Jan 6, 2016
Hotel is a traditional Japanese ryokan. However, the quality is that of a Japanese school trip. It is decent, but dated. Stayed over oshugatsu (New Year season) so pricing was higher than usual. Typical ryokan room with tatami, futon, small TV, and tea setup. Rooms can be noisy due to squeaky doors (which can easily be resolved by mgmt, but haven't been addressed.) Walls are thin, so expect to hear some noise from next door rooms. Could smell smoke from nearby rooms/smoking area. Onsen is artificial. It's a hot bath, but not natural water. Kyoto is wonderful and for people wanting a traditional experience on a budget, this is sufficient. However, if you truly understand Japanese tradition, you'll be disappointed. Location is decent. Not a lot very close (<5 min walking) to the hotel, but if you're willing to walk 15 minutes, you be be near many "hole in the wall" restaurants and shopping area.
Also, the price you pay is the price you pay. You will not be nickel and dimed here.