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HOSHINOYA Kyoto

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11-2 Genrokuzancho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 616-0007, Kyoto Prefecture
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I stayed with hoshinoya in may this year. The hotel is located a bit far from the city. It would be helpful if the hotel actually could help arrange transportation service. The cab driver we used never heard of hoshinoya before so he got lost when we were really close to the destination. lol... The hotel itself is pretty small... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited this place in May, having just been in Tokyo. Amazing!! the best hotel I have ever stayed in ever. So calm and serene, zen springs to mind!! From the arrival up the river by boat, to the Japanese traditional room (Small flat really) With tatami matting to the rice paper partitions you can slide to suit. and an fantastic... More 

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Hoshino_Resorts, お客様担当マネージャー at HOSHINOYA Kyoto, responded to this review

Dear CL50, Thank you for taking time to review our property, HOSHINOYA Kyoto. We are so pleased to hear that you could have a good time here with as at your stay in May! As you mentioned, we don’t have TV on purpose. We are surrounded by mountains and this natural setting, which has been loved by Japanese since Heian... More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This is a GREAT place. Already, I have decided that I want to go back. That next time I would spend two days in the premises and take advantage of few things that did not take advantage this time around. I love the location. Our tatami room was overlooking the river. It rained the first evening and we found ourselves... More 

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Hoshino_Resorts, お客様担当マネージャー at HOSHINOYA Kyoto, responded to this review

Dear nikosstephanietasos, Thank you so much for this wonderful review of HOSHINOYA Kyoto and also thank you for choosing HOSHINOYA Kyoto from among a numbers of hotels in Kyoto. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your recent stay. We are also happy to hear that you liked the location, room amenities, and menu of the whiskey bar. I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Located in a beautiful area in the middle of excellent gorge, with a great view of the purest river it is an excellent place to spent one, mostly two nights. Service and food are excellent, sleep quality is great, everything is near perfect. It's just that there is not much to do nearby and the hotel is not easily accessible... More 

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Hoshino_Resorts, お客様担当マネージャー at HOSHINOYA Kyoto, responded to this review

Dear ab2030, Thank you for your kind comments about service and food. Our staffs are so pleased to hear that you had a good time here with us. We truly appreciate your genuine compliments and we look forward to welcoming you back soon! Sincerely, Guest Relations Manager More 

Dublin, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This ryokan was wonderful. The staff were friendly and attentive, the room spectacular and the setting tranquil and scenic. It was a good place to stay for a few days, with easy access to the northern parts of Kyoto, but if you want a more central location, consider what we did, which was to stay at two different ryokans while... More 

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Hoshino_Resorts, お客様担当マネージャー at HOSHINOYA Kyoto, responded to this review

Dear Christine M, Thank you for taking time to review our property. We truly appreciate your genuine compliments. As you said, the atmosphere here in Arashiyama is different from the one in the Centre of the city. The natural setting in Arashiyama has been favored by locals since a long time ago. There are seasonal events such as cormorant fishing... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I should blame myself of not looking into details before booking the hotel. I thought they have onsen, but it doesn't. We were quite disappointed due to this, but who can we blame. Other than that, the service and the scenery of the hotel is just stunning. If you choose to stay here, please do dine at their restaurant. We... More 

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Hoshino_Resorts, お客様担当マネージャー at HOSHINOYA Kyoto, responded to this review

Dear Tsui K, Thank you for taking time to review our property and also thank you for choosing HOSHINOYA Kyoto from among a numbers of hotels in Kyoto. In the meantime we regret that we could not meet your expectation in regard to onsen, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your recent stay here with us. We truly... More 

Pasadena, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

I think the Hoshinoya's greatest strength is also its weakness. As a hotel, it does wonderfully-- everything is beautiful, the staff are kind and helpful, and the scenery is stunning. However, the Hoshinoya's main selling point is that it's secluded; it's pretty much impossible to walk to the hotel on your own at night. You can take the boat during... More 

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Hoshino_Resorts, お客様担当マネージャー at HOSHINOYA Kyoto, responded to this review

Dear DaisySRose, Thank you for taking time to review our property. Our hotel is situated in a protected heritage site and panoramic forest-lined scene could be enjoyed from our boat. We provide shuttle services for 24 hours upon requests and the path along with the river is suitable for a morning walk. As you mentioned, Arashiyama is becoming one of... More 

Cozumel, Mexico
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

From the moment you arrive to the hotel area you feel pleased and relaxed, with the river ride to the hotel. Room view is to the river and a mountain with no construction across the river, and rooms are modern design of typical ryokan rooms with modern amenities. Area has a great bamboo forest and temple/gardens. Food in hotel has... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I really loved the serenity of this place and the tremendous staff service. Fantastic memories and hope you like these pics! I stayed for a period of 4 nights in a standard room. I also used some of the hotel activities such as the rickshaw ride and the kimono dressing which are highly recommended. Tended to eat outside but the... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

If you're looking somewhere to stay for a couple of nights to get away from the city, somewhere with great views and relaxed atmosphere, this is it. Hoshinoya is what people say it is. It is a bit secluded, it does take some time to get into Kyoto, but it was a lovely place to have a break from our... More 

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Western Kyoto
Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and impressive vistas during the Hanami cherry blossom viewing season mean that it is busiest in warmer months, though also gorgeous in the fall, when the mountains and hills along the banks turn multi-colored. Historic and engaging, even the rail cars in Western Kyoto seek to exemplify its traditional nature and scenic beauty. Many people, including natives, come to visit the 1,200 rakan statues at the Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, which is still in use as a religious site.
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