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Eco and Tec Kyoto
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   40 Awadaguchi Sanjobocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0035, Kyoto Prefecture   |  
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Ranked #26 of 333 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
4.5 of 5 stars 119 Reviews
Melbourne, Australia
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“exactly what I was looking for...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012

It took me ages to finally find a hotel in Kyoto - most ryokans and hostels seemed too expensive and had shared bathrooms but Eco + Tec had super clean, modern, quiet and comfortable rooms with private bathrooms. We stayed in a twin room for around 11,000yen per night - for Kyoto, that price is totally reasonable. The hotel is located in a pleasant back street in Higashiyama, close to a peaceful canal only a few minutes walk to the subway station. We walked to most places right from the hotel and took the bus from Sanjo station (10 mins walk) to the attractions further out. The hotel provides lots of little extras which sets it apart from the many generic business hotels found all over Japan... there was a help-yourself drinks counter with water, tea, coffee, a welcoming common area, free massage chairs (!!), great Wi-Fi and free laundry. We stayed for 6 nights and loved coming back here at night... the rooms were filled with sunlight in the mornings and birds twittered outside in the trees. There was a separate cupboard in our room to house our open suitcases - a great touch - why don't all hotels have these? The one and only criticism is that the hotel doesn't have an elevator so carrying a 20kg suitcase up the stairs can be tricky. There are only 3 floors though so I guess it's not that much of a drama. All in all, a GREAT hotel experience!

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

This hotel was a wonderful base for exploring Kyoto, being right in the middle of the Philosophers Path, a temple and 'old Kyoto' walk that takes in all of the major sights except for Kinkuji, Ryo-anji and Fushimi Inari. About 5 minutes from our door, we were at the spectacular gate of Chion-In and the unimaginably beautiful old-Kyoto sites that stretch for several kilometres. Gion can be reached by a 15 minute walk hugging the pretty canal on the next street. There are limited food options around though - best take the short walk to abundant Gion. There is a station and major buse routes just around the corner but if you like walking to sights, this hotel is in the perfect location.

Every small thing that makes life a little easier was provided - a front desk staffed from 6am-1am, free massage chairs in the lobby, a large breakfast room with complimentary drinks and food preparation facilities and free laundry facilities (powder was 50 yen). Our room was neat and clean and the hotel is in a quite side street with no noise. Staff were amazing and spoke English.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2011

I stayed in a single room for 4 nights and found the place to be very comfortable, clean and spacious. It was a convenient base to visit the famous temples along Jingu-michi (e.g. Shoren-in, Chion-in, Kodai-ji), museums in the Okazaki area and also Nanzenji, etc along the Philosopher's Walk. All these within walking distance. I particularly liked the fact that they provide free use of washer and dryer (2 each) and clothes pole and hangers you can use in your balcony. As usual, tea and coffee are available in the common area or you can ask for a hot water boiler to use in the room. The staff are friendly and helpful and there are plenty of brochures and maps you can pick up in the common area. Also free internet.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2011

We endorse all the comments below. We stayed nine nights in a twin bed room and though it wasn't huge we got by quite well. The downstairs of the hotel includes an area that's almost like a hostel with tables, microwave, free coffee and tea, and even massage chairs. Even better, washing machines and driers! And free wifi.

The location is almost in the heart of the temple route while remaining in normal Japanese suburb so you get ready access to sights while also getting an idea of what it's like to be a resident. It's very well placed for subway, train and bus connections ot al the places you're going to want to go.

If you're going to be in Kyoto more than a couple of days you'll be wanting to conquer the subway, and the Higashiyama station is about 2 minutes walk away which makes it very easy. Change at Karasuma-oike and go down to Shijo and you're in the main shopping street and only a block away from Nishiki market. Not to mention Daimaru's basement food hall (though we also had a soft spot for Takashimaya's at the other end near the river).

Walking into the restaurant alley of Pontocho (parallel to the river on the western side) takes about twenty minutes and you're passing food outlets, McD's, a decent sake store, an expat pub and so on. And you can walk down the canal to the happening area of Gion in fifteen minutes. Between the subway station and the hotel is a Lawson convenience store where we'd stock up on booze, yoghurt, rice triangles, etc (though I only ever found the Int'l Herald Tribune at the next one 100m uphill).

Trying to find the hotel the first time is a little daunting as you tend to mistrust the map that's on the net but it's actually right. Tip:the hotel is closest to the northern entrance; the lift is at the southern entrance.

There's a very decent restaurant nearby too that we found via http://kyotofoodie.com/teishoku-joint-asuka/ so even if you couldn't be stuffed going out in the evening or hadn't brought home a load of nummies from the department store you can eat well.

I would suggest bringing books though - we only found one English-ish channel on the TV (Fox Japan, 50% dubbed).

  • Stayed October 2011, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2011

First the drawback: the hotel is not that easy to find. Once you did, you will... We attended a conference in the Westin. This is a 10 min foot walk. In the other direction you are in one subway stop or 12 min walk at the river with all the hotels: good location. And it is quite. Since it is in a parallel street to the major roads there is little ambient noise (except the fridge which I took out the plug...)

The rooms are clean, nice and functional. Not posh. But there is free water, coffee, a microwave and a Lawson (some 711 thing) nearby. Oh: the beds are Japanese. Hard.
If you cannot stand this, try another hotel. Otherwise this is great!

The staff is polite and very! nice.

This is - given the price and location - an excellent choice. I liked it and will remember it for future trips.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Montreal, QC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2011

While terribly unfortunate of what had happened in March due to the natural disasters, I got a surprisingly good deal by cancelling and rebooking with them for a May trip instead of March.

I had originally booked a single room, but they offered to upgrade me to a business room for virtually the same price. So that was great!

Check-in was a breeze, though the place is quite small, it had everything I needed: microwave, large flat screen tv, a/c, free internet and a mini fridge. The room is really quiet and the hotel is in a quiet residential area in Higashiyama. There's a lovely little stream with beautiful weeping trees nearby, and it's about a 5 min walk to the subway station. The hotel is quite close to some famous temples and shrines, and the whole area is just really nice to walk and wander around.

The staff is very polite and helpful and always wish you a good day or welcome you back. Their wireless iron is probably the best iron I've ever used (though their ironing board could've been replaced with a better one).

I stayed here for 4 nights and thought it was well worth the money. I would definitely stay here again next time perhaps even longer.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2010

Eco Tec was a wonderful little hostel in the Higashiyama area very close to the start of a shrine walking tour route. Although it was a ways from the main train station it was easy to get to and just a 5 minute walk from the subway station. It is located in a quiet residential area and is close to a number of restaurants and convenience stores.

Although the staff spoke limited English, they were polite and friendly and it was no problem working out what was needed.

The hotel looks rather institutional and unwelcoming from the outside, but it is quite lovely on the inside. It was also clean with nice furnishings.

I opted for the *traditional* Japanese room, which I didn't appreciate meant basically sleeping on the floor (ona think mat). Whilst this wasnt terribly uncomfortable, after a day of walking all over Kyoto it would have been nice to fall into a bed. Next time I would choose a bed, although this was a nice experience.

My room had a traditional table (meaning sitting on the floor) and a large TV. I also had a small patio and sliding glass door. Though small, the toilet/shower facilities were quite good. Towels and amenities were provided and the komono and slippers were a cozy/homey touch. The room was spacious and well appointed. The atmosphere of the whole place was quiet and relaxing.

The only negative thing I would say is that they only have one computer and its in the lobby, with a very slow internet connection. Wi-fi in all the rooms (or at least the lobby) would make this place perfect.

Would definately stay here again and highly recommend it.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 40 Awadaguchi Sanjobocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0035, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Kyoto
#20 Best Value Hotel in Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Eco and Tec Kyoto 2.5*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
「3rd House」 The new stay style which aims at harmony with environment With the service which considered environment, while having you pass comfortably like a house, I contribute to a guest to the earth through management at society.Just 3minutes walk from Higashiyama Station on the Kyoto Municipal Subway Tozai Line, the hotel boasts a quiet location dotted with temples and shrines while being within reach of the bustling shopping district.Eco+Tec Kyoto will ensure you get the most out of your long stay in Kyoto in a style that takes the environment into consideration. ... more   less 
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