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Hoshinoya Kyoto

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11-2 Genrokuzancho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 616-0007, Kyoto Prefecture
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Ranked #66 of 342 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
27 hotel reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This hotel blends Japanese style and hospitality with modern comfort perfectly. The service was flawless - the boat transport to the hotel, the in-room orientation and check-in, in-hotel dining and personalised service were impeccable. The small, discrete touches made our stay so special: beautiful tea (and tea sets) in the rooms, a selection of atmospheric music to play in your... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The beautiful site on a fast flowing river is relaxing and restful, especially if you are lucky enough to have a room looking directly onto it. The boat trip up and down would be a drag if you stayed longer than a couple of nights, but we didn't and so thought it magical. Service was full of bowing but execution... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was our romantic escape. Just few kilometres outside Arashiyama (Kyoto famous district), in the forest; accessible via private shuttle boat. Perfect welcome with traditional music, tea preparing celebration and sweets. Very attentive staff. Quite delicious, full of choice breakfast (European or Japanese style) and exceptional restaurant. Room 6/6 Bath 6/6 Location 6/6 Breakfast 5/6 Value 3/6

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Ontario
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a fabulously beautiful, peaceful place in the bustle of Kyoto - easy walking to all the sights in Arishiyama - otherwise close to the subway (walking distance off the boat), although we took taxis for convenience (apart from Arishiyama). We had a wonderful room (one-bedroom) overlooking the Ooi river with the sounds and sights (deer) every morning and... More 

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Vancouver
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We arrived here, on the banks of the serene Oigawa river, by private boat. This fabulous resort, a renovated 100-year-old hostelry, blends Japanese culture with modern comforts (e.g., automatic toilet seat). Yuri, our gracious, English-speaking host, discussed our “itinerary”: tea ceremony, incense burning ceremony, and booked a kaiseki dinner, which was superb and room service breakfast was also incredible--lost count... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Certainly, this is a pretty resort. But, oddly, I didn't like it. Hoshinoya is modern ryokan. Very sleek, stylish looking rooms that blend a modern hotel bathroom plucked from the Mandarin Oriental or Grand Hyatt with tatamis and futons. The grounds of the property are equally stylish, sleek, and manicured, even if they are small. The setting is attractive, but... More 

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17 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Waking up and looking out across the gorge was like living in our own Japanese painting - especially on the misty morning when the deer came down to the river. The boat ride to the hotel is very charming, but sometimes a brisk walk was what was needed. The service was at all times thoughtful and professional. The dinners were... More 

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San Francisco, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I stayed at this hotel in late November and had a fabulous time! The hotel is located on a gorgeous river and all of the rooms have amazing views. It's a bit expensive, but definitely worth it for a one of a kind experience. The boat ride to and from the hotel is beautiful! It was a little chilly in... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 via mobile

This Ryokan came highly recommended. The boat ride to the accommodation quickly wore thin with its monotonously slow speed. The service road, a pedestrian footpath actually was quicker on foot and certainly by the 'hotel' small minibus. The staff seemed over worked and even though we gave a schedule of the times and they told us what time we needed... More 

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Mexico
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

They recommend me this as a ryokan, by the first place it is not a ryokan it is a super star hotel, but well the location is amazing and the place where it is located is sooo beautiful, but my experience was terrible. They show in internet a room that you think is the room with that view, because you... More 

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