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“nice room, helpful staff, good location” 4 of 5 stars
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Village Kyoto
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   5 Mibu-Bojo-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 604-8804 , Japan   |  
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Ranked #124 of 332 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
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“nice room, helpful staff, good location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

We really liked our stay at Village Kyoto. The room was big with a nice view, and the bathroom was separated in toilet, shower and wash basin, which was great because me and my 4 friends shared the room, so we could use the facilities at the same time. There's a subway station and a bus stop only a few minutes away, and it's about a 20min walk to Gion. The only drawback was the breakfast, it was not very tasty, especially the bread version. But the staff was very helpful giving us directions and recommendations for the busses, and spoke English well.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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London
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2012

We stayed as a couple for 3 nights at around £150 a night. We had a large room with woven vinyl floor, tatty unit along one wall and ripped vinyl futons. You had to make your own bed up from the futon, so then had to sit on the stained dirty cushions on the floor or make up your bed each day. Breakfast was served to your room - plastic tray of cold rice, sushi or bread option plus one green tea bag to make a drink to go with it. Bathroom was tiny, but did have Japanese style bathing on first floor, although ladies area was so busy - strange as a westerner seeing a queue of naked women waiting to shower. The view out of our window was straight into the rooms in the building next door, so close you could have touched it! Therefore we had to keep the blinds closed all the time - dark and depressing. Bedding smelt dirty on our first night we wondered if it was from the previous people staying there, but was changed the next day.

Room Tip: Buy a 500y a day bus pass to travel around, Kyoto is a big place.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2012

This hotel tries to come across as a semi-authentic ryokan experience, which has to be your taste. We didn't really care for it. We (3 adults) shared one of their smaller rooms together, but we tried to be out as much as possible. We found the rooms to be very uncomfortable, as there was really no place to sit down anywhere, except if you went through the hassle of folding back your bed into a chair. Sitting on your bed on the floor just isn't so nice to come home to after a full day of sightseeing. Furthermore, we found the rooms to be incredibly small, especially considering the money that you pay. Beds were unexpectedly quite alright. Location was decent, although it was a good 20-25 minutes walk to the shopping area and about 15 minutes to the nearest train station (Nijo Station).

Clearly, this type of hotel is just not our thing. We didn't get a chance to try out the onsen since it it not something we particularly enjoy, but I'm sure it is quite a nice addiction for people who do. Overall I would suggest that you think long and hard about what kind of hotel you feel comfortable in before booking this one.

Room Tip: When traveling with 3 persons, don't go for the smallest room as we found it to be too small.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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n yorks
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

Stayed here with my son and husband in a large room which accommodated up to 5 people, plenty of storage space, comfortable futons, nice linen, including the pyjamas for tripping down to the onsen. Walked miles during the day so lovely to soak in the onsen in the evenings. Breakfast is pre ordered the evening before with a choice of rice, sushi or bread based menu. Location was good, a 10-15 min walk taks you to the main shopping areas but plenty of bus sops to get to the major sites- just make sure you have a decent bus map- available at reception. Reception staff were very helpful and directed us to good noodle and yakatori bars

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Sydney
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Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012 via mobile

Just stayed at Hotel for 3nights at Village Kyoto. Location wise quite central. About 5min walk to Omiya train station which is about 1-3 stops away from the main strip of Kyoto. You can walk this distance also especially in the evening after dinner and taking the bus is slower due to the traffic!

Thought I'd write a post abt the location of the hotel as this was what I was seeking when I was trying to decide when booking. :-)

Reception is friendly and depending on who you get at reception, mostly receptive to offering assistance. You can purchase a all day bus pass at reception or anywhere else in the city bus stops for 500 yen. Half price for children 6-11. Most bus rides around the city charge a flat fee of 220yen. So if you want to be using buses more than once it would be advisable to purchase the ticket.

Being close to a train station is also very useful but we usually took a bus to Kyoto station then a jr to some attractions.

The room is quite roomy. Like previous reviews it's a take on a jap style room and the kids enjoyed making the beds every morning into couches though I'm sure the novelty would wear off if we had stayed longer!! Toiletries provided. Laundry room on 6th floor 200 ye for washing, 100 yen for 30min dryer and laundry powder 50yen. So was good to have that amenity! Bathroom small but no complains there. Everything was nice and clean. And the bedding super comfortable.

The room rate also came with a cold brekky delivered to your room at the designated time each morning of your stay. A choice of vege sushi (nigari & vege rolls), a rice bento or a western style meal (2 sweet bread rolls plus ham egg & mash). It was sufficient for us and nice to not worry about getting brekky but it's not a huge western style portion ;-)

We left our bags both at check in (we got there at noon when checkin was 3pm) and checkout when we went to do more sightseeing before our train) and happy to report no additional charges like previous reviews :-) management must have acted on that! ;-)

Stayed April 2012
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Brisbane, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

After a week or more of taking two hotel rooms for our family of four, Village Kyoto was a welcome change! Modern, roomy and well priced, it accomodated our family of four plus my sister, who travelled with us for week, without any problem. Coming through the door, you entered a hallway with full length wardrobes and a place for shoes. The bathroom was off to the right (in our room anyway) and a door opened from the hallway into the bright and airy main room. With tv, kettle, microwave, cups and a few other bits and pieces, the room also contained massive built in cupboards tht contained the bedding, and had room for luggage. We loved staying here, particularly after some of the miniscule hotel rooms we'd stayed in previously.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Tokyo, Japan
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2011

This hotel is conveniently located on major bus and train / subway routes to most of the major sights in Kyoto. Dining options in the immediate vicinity are somewhat limited but there are many restaurants a short bus/train ride away. We found an excellent Indian restaurant a short walk from the hotel (ask the concierge for directions). The hotel room design is a sort of Asian / Western modern fusion with design with futons and tatami mats but we found the design to be somewhat uninspiring and the furniture provided was not very comfortable. Breakfasts are small "obento" lunch boxes brought up to the room each morning but the food quality was very average - similar to what you would expect to buy from a Japanese convenience store. The communal baths on the ground floor were pleasant and a nice way to unwind at the end of a long day of walking around Kyoto.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 5 Mibu-Bojo-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 604-8804 , Japan
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#25 Luxury Hotel in Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Village Kyoto 4*
Number of rooms: 81
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