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“very good location, meager breakfast, internet via cable only” 3 of 5 stars
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Toyoko Inn Kyoto Gojo Karasuma
393 Gojo-Karasumacho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8418 , Kyoto Prefecture   |  
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Ranked #125 of 333 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
4.0 of 5 stars 101 Reviews
Milan, Italy
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“very good location, meager breakfast, internet via cable only”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

We spent 4 nights in this hotel, which is at 30 minutes walking distance from both the famous Gion area and the Kyoto JR station (which is a reference point not only for trains, but also for: tourist information, currency exchange, buses that go about anywhere in town, places where to buy good food, for instance the Andersen bread etc.). So, we have been happy about the hotel location; and the staff was helpful as well, which is common in Japanese hotels. Then...they offered breakfast, which is not common in pre-booked hotels; but: 1- the breakfast table included very little for Western taste, mainly only apple juice, toasts and one kind of jam; and 2-something was always missing: either there was no more tea or coffee or jam, or one of the two toasters was malfunctioning... Of course it's a problem to have one toaster only, when many guests have breakfast at the same time. So we mainly had Japanese-style food; which we like, but not for breakfast!
For the rest: the hotel rooms are clean but very small, which is common in Japan; the Wi-fi connection is in theory available but in practice it did not work; luckily our PC supports the cable connection, which worked well.
On the positive side, the price was reasonable

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Unfortunately, I could not get a weekend reservation because this hotel is very popular. So I had to break up my trip. If you are a Toyoko Inn member, you can reserve up to 6 months ahead, 3 months ahead if you're not. See their website. This staff speaks English well, was nice to tell me that I had enough points to earn a free night, explained that I didn't have to renew my Toyoko membership because once you join it's forever. The breakfast room was full, but if you wait a minute, someone leaves. Breakfast consisted of sausages and various rice and pickle dishes. No eggs. I did my laundry one afternoon in the hotel, no problems. The only disappointment I had was that the taxi driver took me to the wrong Toyoko Inn when I first arrived. Even after I showed him a map. My Kyoto friend told me that many taxi drivers are now retired military who do not know the area. If you're not tired, and not intimidated by the ant hill that is Kyoto station, ask around for the subway line and take the Karasuma subway one stop to Gojo. I believe you get out at exit 2. MacDonald's is on your right, (across the street), and you are at Lawsons. The big street in between is Karasuma. Walk about 10 mins and the hotel is on the left. Look for the white sign (like a banner) with blue Japanese lettering and the dining area in the front. If you hit Circle K, you've passed it. If you hit Shijo station, you've really passed it. If you get lost, just remember you are on Karasuma street between Gojo and Shijo stations.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Gojo is located one train stop from Kyoto station, and a short ten minutes walk to Shijo station where you can connect to Osaka with the Hankyu trains. A short half hour stroll will bring you to the lively shopping area of Teramachi Arcade and Gion. It was also near a pick up point for Japan Sunrise tours which we joined for a one day tour of Nara and Kyoto. Nearby was a nice little restaurant (located on the first floor) which served great shabu-shabu.- we ended going there twice.

Room was very clean as is the case with all the other Toyoko Inns we stayed in. Bed and pillows were comfortable and we slept very well. The staff had a fairly good command of English and helpful with maps and directions. We could leave our luggage at the hotel before check in and after check out.

Rate was very reasonable, and included Japanese style breakfast which I wasn't crazy about but was happy to settle for the 2 types of western style breads and coffee.

Most appreciated was the free wifi in the room.

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  • Stayed August 2013, 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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Jerusalem, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

It is the third hotel of Toyoko inn i stayed in and i kind of like it. very reasonable prices for basic room with basic breakfast but for me it is eaxctly match. it is also very near to the train station which is a great plus.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Raleigh, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

My wife and I recently stayed here for two nights in a large double room. The room was reasonably large, and the bed was very spacious. The room was clean and included nice amenities. Breakfast was included, and had mostly Japanese menu items, but we were satisfied with the few western items that they had. The location was not bad, being about a third of a block from the Gojo subway station, which was only one stop from the train station. There was a Family Mart very close to the hotel, and there was a McDonald's and other restaurants near the Gojo Station. Kyoto is a fairly expensive destination, and this hotel was very reasonably priced. For the money, this hotel is a very good choice for your stay in Kyoto.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Chennai (Madras), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

I stayed here 3 days from 17-19th of April. I really enjoyed the stay for the price I paid. The price includes the japanese style breakfast. The hotel is little far from the JR Kyoto station a bus or taxi ride to the hotel is needed. It is close by the Gojo Subway. The bus stop near this hotel Gojo-Karasuma a 600-700Meter walk will onnect you to the entire Kyoto city. A one day pass for 500 yen will let you cover the Kyoto city and most attractions in and around the places.

--Sightseeing
So if you are travelling independently, please prepare your homework in advance or enquire at the Kyoto Tourist Information at Kyoto train station. Always equip yourself with a Kyoto City Map and a Kyoto Bus Map available free at the staion or at the hotel. It is good to move by bus instead of subway because you get to see Kyoto City instead of being underground.

--Breakfast
Toyoko Inn serves Japanese breakfast comprising of toast, ongiri, miso soup, pickles, white porridge, coffee.

--Television
Mostly Japanese channels. Bring your own laptop to watch your own movies/dvd.

The Family mart is just next to the hotel and there is a McDonalds just 50 Meters away.
Toyoko Inn has clean room, clean sheets, hot water, a kettle, a safe, and in room internet access wifi and pay and use laundry. The rooms are small just like any other Japanese hotel but comfortable. I recommend for this hotel for a budget stay.

Ask for a non-smoking room if you are a non-smoker. The smoking room is intolerable if you are a non-smoker.

I will definitely recommend this place for all. Had a pleasant stay.

-Vijay

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

Perfectly formed single room, which I was pleased and surprised to see meant a double bed, especially as I:m sharing with my son. Only gripe is that on the door, the price is cheaper than I booked with Laterooms, which is annoying. Also, it is slightly more than 10 minutes walk (which they say) from the JR station they recommend, and is pretty much equi-distant from the main Kyoto station. Directions on the bus would have been good.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Address: 393 Gojo-Karasumacho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8418 , Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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#9 Best Value Hotel in Kyoto
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Number of rooms: 162
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