We stayed at this modern ryokan in September. Kyoto was super hot during those days--I am told it's always more so than the other cities because it's sitting in a bowl.
We liked it. We were excited by the whole concept of staying in a differently styled hotel but we also liked that it had all the amenities that one may desire--AC, Wi-Fi, super relaxing shower, tidiness all over. Don't get me wrong, it's not perfect. Like all things Japanese, this ryokan is also very small for your average western traveler. I don't know how many times I have hit so many parts of my body, but hey, it's not like you live there, right?
We thought that the breakfast was expensive and very poor. Not worth it. You can have nice food everywhere you go. The staff was friendly and more or less able to communicate in English. You have to do your futon bed every day and they give you a nice kimono (great for taking pictures, but also quite comfortable).
The location is also good. It's right opposite one of the main temples and right off a big road where you can hop on the subway and on most buses. It's about 15 minutes walk from the Kyoto central station.
In conclusion, I am not in love with this place--I felt that to some extent it was fake--and I wouldn't go back, but I am glad I did and I am happy I made the experience. I would recommend it for no longer than two days. Reasonably priced.
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