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Hotel Sanoya
3.0 of 5 Ryokan   |   539 Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8216, Japan (Kyoto Station)   |  
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Ranked #46 of 192 Kyoto B&B and Inns
Tokyo, Japan
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“Pleasant Stay, Wonderful Staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Overall, it was a very pleasant stay. The staff was wonderful and very helpful in assisting my MIL to get the information she needed to see certain shows. The rooms were a decent size, clean, and comfortable. It was nice having the feel of a traditional Japanese room, but also having our own bathroom, which a lot of the more traditional inns do not have. The location is very close to Kyoto Station. I'm a bit partial to staying near Gion, but this hotel's location to Kyoto station was very convenient for sightseeing. I would definitely recommend this hotel for those who plan to do a lot of sightseeing around Kyoto, as it's a great jumping off point.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hotesano, 支配人 at Hotel Sanoya, responded to this review, March 28, 2014
Thank you for your stay.
Our hotel is near here kyoto satation. It`s not far from kyoto station. It`s takes 3mit on foot
Our hotel is traditoinal japanese hotel. It say ryokan in japan.
The room is tatami room with bath and toitet. This is tranditional japanese room.
We have japanese style big pubilc bath.
Please come our hotel. we will good service for you. "Omote nashi !!"
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Singapore, Singapore
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

This turns out to be one of the highlights of our week long Japan trip. We, a family of four (2 adults and 2 kids) booked this hotel after we couldn't find any regular hotels to be available in the first week of April. We gave it a try because some reviews said that they can speak English.

Our kids loved the one room tatami. It feels like slumber party to us. We slept on tatami which was very comfortable. We had one diner and two breakfasts at the place, all turned out well. If you haven't tried the multi-course meal, it's worth a try. We also tried the public same sex bath at the basement. It was nice to soak in the hot bath after a day long of walking. The staff were nice and even though only one or two staff can speak English, it wasn't an issue for us at all. We got through the communication part by hand signals and broken English. They also provides slipper and Japanese robes for you to wear after bath. You can wear the robe to the dinner inside the hotel.

Overall this is a three star traditional inn, not your five star luxury hotel. It's a hybrid between the modern hotel and the very traditional ryokan which requires lots of Japanese to get by. We loved it because the experience. Our kids said we should try the Japanese style next time. The only drawback was we had to get up early for breakfast. Last serving was at 8am. Given the time difference, it was very hard to get up early especially on your vacation.

BTW, if you want coffee in the morning, next door is Seattle Best Coffee which has very good coffee.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hotesano, 支配人 at Hotel Sanoya, responded to this review, March 28, 2014
Thank you for your stay.
Our hotel be like famliy group in japan.because It`s comfortable in tatami room with no shoes.
we wan to be good service for you again. "OMOTE NASHI !!"
we have wifi service.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Overall, the stay is satisfactory, location is great. But I am not satisfied about the meals, when I had already passed my instruction about my diet to the reception. It was communicated not once but twice via phone call in Japanese, but on the 1st day (dinner and breakfast) and the 2nd day dinner itself, they did not turn out to my expectation. They manage to make it right on the final day of breakfast. Other than that, the stay is ok.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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hotesano, 支配人 at Hotel Sanoya, responded to this review, March 28, 2014
Thank you for your stay.
we`re so sorry.we will be ready good service for guest request next time.
we have a lot of meue for foreign guest. we have sukiyaki meal and shabu shabu
This is meat dishes.
please come to our hotel again.
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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

We had a two night stay here and spent most of our time sleeping in the room due to being sick. The room itself was basic Japanese Ryokan style. It was clean and comfortable. The staff were very attentive and kind and took extra care of us knowing that we weren't feeling well which was very endearing. The reception staff had enough English to get by.
Our room had all the facilities including separate bath and toilet but the hotel also has an Onsen in the basement for communal bathing which was clean and not too hot. As with all the Ryokan that we have stayed in the beds aren't made till dinner time leaving plenty of room during the day to move around.
The hotel is a short walk to Kyoto train station were we caught an express train that took us to Osaka in 29 minutes. The station itself has department stores and food establishments throughout so getting something to eat was easy. Due to being unwell we didn't explore any further than our immediate vicinity.
Internet is only available in the the lobby as WiFi however when we tried to use it the password that they provided wouldn't work. The staff tried hard to remedy the situation but to no avail. We were forced to go to a Manga Kissa, which was situated on the opposite side of the station to the hotel, to get internet. That in itself was an experience. The private cubicles are used by people who have missed the last train as somewhere to sleep or by young lovers as somewhere to fornicate. We only stayed the half hour that we needed to use the internet.

Overall our experience at the hotel was a positive one.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hotesano, 支配人 at Hotel Sanoya, responded to this review, March 28, 2014
Thank you for your stay.
we will good service for guest. "OMOTE NASHI !!"
we have no good English our staff. but we will do working for guest.
Please come to our hotel again. we`re looking forward to you.
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

I just spend one night in this hotel, but i enjoyed my stay here...

Rooms
I stayed at japanese style room, the room is nice, they already set up my bed, there is TV, table, and there is other part of the room to sit down. Refrigerator. The bathroom is big for Japanese standard. Clean...

Location
I get lost finding this hotel, i passed it about two times, before there is konbini staff tell me, that i already passed it. I need to ask about 4 persons, to get there. The signboard is very small, mostly in Japanese, the romanji is in the top part of the signboard, so you really need to look up. If you not get lost, you can reach the hotel just about 5 minutes from kyoto station. Which is amazing and very strategic.

Value
I paid 6850 YEN per person, it's without meal plan. For urban ryokan hotel, i think the price is fair enough. There is general public bath (Onsen) for free, i feel so nervous, because it's my first time to try it. But lucky!!! when i get there, there is no one in there, so the onsen is like mine. I get nervous because you need to totally naked in there which is not usual in my country tradition.

Service
I get there early, the front office staff assist me to keep my luggage, they can speak English and understand what i said easily. Check in process is very smooth and fast, my luggage already in my room, there is staff that follow you to the room and explain everything you need. If you are tall, they even notice it, and make change of your room yukata. There is kyoto mochi cake and candy for free at the room, not much, but still free is good...hahaha...when i'm about to take onsen, i made mistake on my yukata tie, i ask them for help, they willing to fix it. The service is amazing and very warm.

Good job Hotel Sanoya!!! Keep it up!!!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Frederick, Maryland
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2010

This hotel is one block from the Kyoto Rail station (which is itself a destination). I was worried about staying so far from most of the traditional sites, which are in the Northeast and Northwest parts of the city, a couple of miles from the station; but cabs are not too expensive, the metro can at least get you close on the way to the sites, BUT ALL BUSES (seemingly) return to the Kyoto station, so taking a bus back from anywhere in the city is uncomplicated, costs only 2.20 yen, is convenient and a great way to see the city like a local would. I recommend cabs TO the general area of the sites, and bus or Metro BACK to Kyoto station.

We stayed in a Japanese-style room (futons, on the floor). It was a comfortable, modern hotel, with very helpful staff, some of whom had very good English skills (one lived in England for a while).....

The not-included breakfast was a traditional Japanese feast with fish, egg, miso soup, etc and was worth the price if you want a big breakfast.

The 10th and 11th floor of the department store in the Kyoto Station have about 30 restaurants of various types and price ranges, if you are interested in "easy access" food. There are also lots of traditional restaurants around the hotel for travelers who are more comfortable taking chances on restaurants with little or no English available..... Also, the food court in the basement of the department store is mind-blowing; the variety of food and size of the space makes Harrod's in London look tiny.

WARNING: Spotting the hotel while walking from the Station is difficult because the English name on the sign is small and fairly high off the ground - The hotel is in the FIRST block after you cross the street from the station.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2009

Hotel Sanoya is one place that has great staff with a great attitude and giving great service.

My family were there from the 24 Feb to 1 Mar 2009. The staff, although speak little English, they went all the way out to help us meet all out needs. From telling us where the laundromat was to taking a cab to the Nishi market, they were really excellent.

As we had more luggages that we can managed, they recommended us the luggage courier service which was common in Japan but we didn't know about.

The hotel is in an excellent location, lots of food stalls available, just a 3 mins walk to the Kyoto station where you can catch the subway, bus and bullet train to any part of Japan.

It is royakan (japanese Inn) style with your own private bath and toilet, something which not many inns have.

The staff never fails to flash their smile and kind assistance. My family (with 2 kids) thoroughly enjoyed our stay there.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 539 Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8216, Japan
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Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Kyoto Station
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Sanoya 3*
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