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4.0 of 5 Ryokan   |   4-44 Bishamoncho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0812, Japan (Gion Higashiyama / Kita Shirakawa / Kurama / Yase / Ohara)
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Ranked #117 of 192 Kyoto B&B and Inns
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
Trevor L Warana, Australia
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Warana, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm here on a solo trip, my wife and I have stayed in the Gion area previously and not far from Kinoe. I can't agree with some of the reviews here, I'm a non-smoker and have spent the last six weeks in Shikoku at a different location each day that did smell of smoke. My room at Kinoe has the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

A friend recommended Kinoe and she was right: this is a great place where you can have an authentic Ryokan experience. The location is fantastic, in Gion and close to many of the temples/streets/restaurants etc you may want to visit. The food is delicious: I had both kaiseki dinner and japanese breakfast and highly recommend it. The place is clean,... More

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Chatham, New Jersey
20 reviews 20 reviews
5 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

We did get the desired excellent ryokan tatami dinner and breakfast nicely served, but after declining the first room because of the nauseating tobacco smoke odor our second (large) room seemed clean, but the duvet and pillows smelled of smoke. We too had the experience of being able to leave luggage on arrival but could not get in until 3... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Although generally I have high standards, this was absolutely the most egregious false advertising of a hotel/ryokan that I have found during my world travels. There was no such thing as a non-smoking room which I was promised. All the rooms have been smoked in. The hotel was not cleanly and had cooking smells throughout the entire day. The heating/cooling... More

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San Francisco, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Can't beat the location for getting to many of the major sites very quickly, but in my mind, it wasn't worth the tradeoff for the dated decor, half-hearted service, and faint smell of smoke that lingered even in our disinfected room. We were disappointed with the location on a main street, which made our night noisy and undermined what charms... More

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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44 reviews 44 reviews
8 hotel reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

This was a treat of a stay - I was here mainly for the food. The ryokan itself is very small; it is located on a corner of a small street and a semi-mainstreet. The entrance is on the quieter street. There are a few restaurants in the area, and a kimono rental shop, as well as shrines and city... More

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4 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

For a Ryokan, you shouldn't be paying these prices. The staff are friendly, the rooms clean as you would expect, but I expected much more for the price e paid. Having to pay per person is surprising. If you want the ryokan experience, shop around a bit. If you can, visit a Ryokan in the Japan Alps for better value.

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Hollywood, Florida
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120 reviews 120 reviews
43 hotel reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

We arrived in Kyoto and wanted to check in to the hotel slightly before 3:00 p.m.. the front desk said absolutely not! I left my bags and went to lunch, at 2:40 I came back to the hotel and asked if I could check in, the answer was no! Unlike our stay at the Kyoto Hotel Okura, which had a... More

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Yokohama, Japan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

Stayed 3 nights in mid April for cherry blossom viewing. This was my 2nd stay at Kinoe. Though Kinoe's service did not satisfied me when I stayed last Autmun, I chose Kinoe this time mainly because it's location, food and size of the room. Unfortunately, I'll not choose them again. Quality of service was getting worth, 2nd and 3rd night... More

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Los Angeles
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

This was a very expensive but really disappointing ryokan. The location and very helpful staff are the only reasons to stay here. The rooms are large but depressing. Smoking is rampant and the food was mediocre. My traveling companion accurately described this as the 'Motel 6 of ryokans'. Worst of all, it was ridiculously expensive. Probably the worst cost/value of... More

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Address: 4-44 Bishamoncho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0812, Japan
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Gion Higashiyama / Kita Shirakawa / Kurama / Yase / Ohara
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Hotel Class:4 star — Kinoe 4*
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