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Kyoto Guest House Lantern

152 Nishiyaoya-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8269, Kyoto Prefecture
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Ranked #87 of 174 Specialty lodging in Kyoto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014 via mobile

Stayed in the tatami dorms, which look new. The whole place seems nee. Its clean, nice bathrooms, full kitchen, plenty of areas to hang out in. Close to he main train station, cheap bus ride to the nightlife areas. Super chill staff that speak english really well.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

二泊したかったものの五山の送り火の影響からか宿泊できず、次の日一日だけ宿泊しました。 が、一日だけでよかったと思っています。 こちらはチェックインが16時以降とのことだったので荷物だけでも置きたくチェックイン時間前に寄らせていただきましたが、玄関を入っても何の反応がなく、こちらを見つめていた他のステイしている方に話しかけようとしたところその人がどうやら受付の人のようでした。その方は終始笑顔を作ることもなく、むしろチェックイン時間前に来たことに不満があるようでした。 一応その際は荷物だけでもと断り、置かせていただいたのですが、受付にて他の海外の方に対しては笑顔で元気よく話している姿を見てここは海外の方専用だったのかなと思いました。 その後用事を済ませ16時を回ったことを確認し、再度チェックインを受付にてお願いしたのですが、相変わらずにこりともされませんでした。泊まるにあたり必要な書類に情報を埋め提出したのですが、受付の方から今度はどこの部屋に予約したかを聞かれました。自分は和室ドミトリーで予約していたことを伝えたのですが、受付の方から500円プラスで男ドミトリーに移りませんかと尋ねられました。なんでも海外の方が8ベッド中7つを使用しており、男ドミトリーのほうは6ベッド中1人しか泊まっていないのでとのことだったのですが、特に英語に抵抗もなかったため気にならない旨を伝えたところ『お客さまがでなく、海外の方が。。。』と言われました。 服装に汚れや匂いといったこともまずなかったと思いますし、なぜそのような対応をされたのか理解できませんでしたが、もうこのゲストハウスは日本人のお客に対してそのような態度しかできないのであろうと割り切り、男ドミトリーに+500円で移ることを承諾しました。 ゲストハウスとしては綺麗で使い勝手はいいとは思います。しかし、それは人が泊まる宿としては当たり前のことと自分は考えていますし、このような対応はゲストハウスとして理解できません。 自分の時は男性の方が受付をしていたのですが、他の方とはことなり、まだ女性のほうが対応はまともだったように感じました。 I don't wanna stay here again. A receptionist guy always talked with me without smile but for foreigner, he talked with smile:( Additionally when I went there before check in time just to leave my baggage. He looked like he got annoyed When I went to the reception after check in time... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Room is facing the door and next to the street so a little noise to be expected (as well as from the dining room crowd above). Tatami room size is big, usual by Jap standards for its pricing.. The guesthouse experience may be a tad too biosterous/rowdy... a first for me, while overall experience is not bad but would choose... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

I stayed there because I could not get on an overnight train to tokyo. The hostel is around 15 minutes walk from the Kyoto station. Do print a map out from Google Map because it is not easy to find it. Even though I reached the hostel after 11pm(the designated check-in timing), the owner was very kind and helped me... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Stayed here for 8 nights with family at the family suite room. It is a Japanese style room, pretty spacious and enough for 4-5 people. Arrived at Kyoto station and took a cab there (5 min drive). The place is not exactly well-known so I suggest to print out a map and showed it to the driver. Check-in was smooth,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

We spent 8 days in tokyo and we stay in Lantern for 4 nights. It's really good. Clean and warm guest house and owner can speak fluent Mandarin!! Excellent haha. And location is close to Kyoto station. Highly Recommend~

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

We definetely recomment this place! We stayed at a BEAUTIFUL and spacious japanese style twin room. The guesthouse itself is really spacious and very well kept. There are comfortable air conditioned Common areas like fully equipped kitchen, dinning room, living room with big screen tv, laundry room and several nice bathrooms). Whatever you need... staff is great. The place is... More 

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

Two Aussies travelling through Japan. Can recommend Lantern. Clean ryokan setting, friendly vibe, not too crowded. Close to the main attractions and the station. Nice bathrooms and tea room. Wishing everyone happy travels, Max

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Shimogyo-ku is centered around the busy train hub, Kyoto Station. A nexus for commerce, shopping, dining, and hotels, the Shimogyo-ku area is infused with tourists and local business travelers, making it a competitive location for ever-new commercial structures. The shops and cafes here are chic and trendy, as a result, with many recognizable chains. Commuters flood the Shimogyo-ku area twice a day, and with Kyoto Station itself being a modern mega-complex and an architectural marvel, this neighborhood is one of the most contemporary and energetic areas that the city has to offer. Buildings here look futuristic, and huge department stores, shopping arcades, and public meeting spaces provide every possible convenience. It is also nearly the only place in Kyoto where rooftop dining and socializing is available, completing its modern tone.
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