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Sparkling Dolphins Inn Kyoto

56 Kamigoryocho, Higashi Kujyo, Minami-ku, Kyoto 601-8015, Kyoto Prefecture
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Sparkling Dolphins Inn Kyoto
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Ranked #66 of 88 B&Bs / Inns in Kyoto
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  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 via mobile

This hostel is clean and fairly central. Minutes from the train station as well. They offer bike rentals, laundry and kitchen. There is one shower and one toilet. If you're thinking of a good nights sleep forget it. There aren't matresses on the bed but super thin mats you can feel the wood through. If you sleep on your side... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

As previously mentioned, you need to go to a separate hotel to check in first, so make sure before you leave to get a copy of their access map via their website. It will make things a lot easier. Both hotels were easy to find and Sparkling Dolphin was only a12 min walk from Kyoto station. When we saw our... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Stayed there for 3 nights fm 26th-28th March. We spend 1 hr going round looking for this place. Reception area was so crammed with the 3 of us with suitcases. Have to remove our shoes and use commmunal slippers which was digusting. The doors swing outwards and it was difficult to carry our luggages whilst holding out the door. Luggage... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Stayed 3 nights at this hostel. The male owner was not so friendly. Poor electrical wiring in the kitchen which was not informed earlier to us. My wife was scolded by the male owner for using the microwave and water heater at the same time. No water kettle provided in the room by the way. Overall, the room was extremely... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Stayed at this place last November 14. Is a bad experience for a group of us. The place is rather run-down, lift got foul smell, towel provided for guest was torn badly (worst than those i used to clean the floor at home), owner not friendly at all. On our last day, it was pouring heavily and we got stuck... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

The owners of this Inn were very sweet and helpful. The rooms were fine. The only complaint I have about it was that the stairs up to our rooms were outside, and had a lot of mice droppings on them so you really need to have slippers to put on between the genkan (entry way) and your room. It would... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

This is a terrible experienced. I would like to share that we have not located the hotel after 1 hour of looking for it and because of our frustration and dissatisfaction, we decided to give up and find another hotel. This is my first time to book through Agoda and this is a dissatisfying experienced.I hope they reevaluate the hotel... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

For a large group the quite narrow entry is a challenge, however upon entry the kitchen and large, beautifully rough-hewn wooden table are relaxing and welcoming. Rooms are barely large enough for the huge, soft futon, but SLEEP is our priority so we don't need space for hanging out in the room. Private baths help the relaxation level as well.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

The Dolphin is a Japanese style apartment hotel. Japanrstyle means that it's got tatami flooring and you aleep on rolled out futons. We've been travelling on japan for a couple of weeks with a 2 year old and 8 month year old, and found Japanese style a lot easier. There is a communal dining, anf kitchen area.it was really quiet... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

I stayed with 3 friends in a five bed room. The inn is a 10 minute walk from the train station, so very convenient for dropping your bags off and start exploring Kyoto. The person at the front desk was very welcoming and helpful. The room was clean, comfortable and with a private bathroom. The place is not perfect, but... More 

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