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“Ryokan-Lite and not great” 2 of 5 stars
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Village Kyoto
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   5 Mibu-Bojo-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8804 , Kyoto Prefecture (City Center)   |  
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Ranked #127 of 343 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Ryokan-Lite and not great”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

We stayed at three places in Japan while there for 10 days and this was the big disappointment. When we first checked in the AC smelled moldy. They switched our room after the tour company complained for us but they were not too happy about it. It was the only place in Japan where as a foreigner I did not feel very welcome from the hotel staff. The location is near a metro stop but otherwise it's just a commercial section of downtown with not much to offer. They had maps and brochures galore but nothing available in English. The bedding is like an uber-futon, but they won't even set it up for you. You're on your own. If you want a ryokan experience, pick a real ryokan in Gion.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 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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Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

This hotel was absolutely wonderful. I must admit, I was a bit wary of the traditional sleeping arrangements at first, but found both the mattress and the pillow very comfortable, though it would be nice to be offered a sheet as the quilt we had was far too hot for the summer temperatures, even with aircon. The laundry within the hotel is very easy to use and so convenient. The website states that they offer Japanese and Western style breakfast, though all that is on offer seems to be Japanese style breakfast, which we didn't eat and went out for breakfast in preference - the only redeeming feature is that this breakfast is offered free of charge. We found the location very good - close to public transport; though a note to those who have a JR pass the railway close to the hotel is not a JR line, so you will have to pay. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

I liked this hotel. It is situated in the centre of Kyoto, a short bus ride away from the Gion district, and a 15 minutes bus ride to the main JR station (it is very easy to use the buses in Kyoto). It is a semi ryokan experience. There are the advantages of a ryokan with the privacy of a private bathroom. The room itself was large with enough space for five adults (at a push), and the floor was covered with tatami mats. The room had futons which were exceptionally comfortable. We left our futons as beds during our stay, and used the low table with cushions to sit on (bear this in mind if you are not very flexible). The rooms were very clean and well equipped with a TV, fridge, microwave, kettle and Internet access by LAN cable (no wifi). The staff were polite and helpful. Breakfast was provided in the room each morning at a time specified by the guest. There were three cold choices of suchi, rice, or bread. I enjoyed the breakfast, although it may not appeal to all tastes. I did not use the communal bath area.

Overall, my lasting impression is of a good value hotel, much better than most for the price in Japan. I would certainly stay here again.

Room Tip: Few rooms have good views
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  • Stayed June 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

It's a mix of Japanese and western at the Village Kyoto. There's plenty of other reviews which cover the sleeping arrangements. With a 3 year old in tow, it was like a kids play centre. One happy kid = 2 happy parents. This was the biggest hotel room we had in Japan by far.

There's a handy coin laundry on level 6 which is good to use when travelling light like we were.

With a microwave, you can cook at home if you want. Ignore the mini-mart across the road and head down Shijo Dori about 100m or so to Gourmet City which is a much larger supermarket. Plenty of pre prepared food - don't forget to buy some chopsticks on your way out. And breakfast which was very much a take it or leave it proposition (see pics). Just remember Toto, you're not in Kansas any more, so don't expect a bacon fry-up.

My only beef wasn't with the hotel itself, but the location which is about 1km away from the main shopping area and about 3km or so from the station (roughly). This isn't aided by the somewhat confusing underground system where an all day ticket only works on some lines and not others. Carrying a large pack and 2 other bags, buses would have been difficult and getting off the train from Tokyo were confusing. Tip - get yourself a good bus map at the tourist info centre in Isetan/Cube (@ Kyoto train station) and work out the right bus from the station to Omiya station. WIth a flat rate of 220yen and you're at the hotel without a hassle!

All in all, a satisfactory stay. Recommended.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the car park side (Western)
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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20 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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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London
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94 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 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
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 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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Address: 5 Mibu-Bojo-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8804, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > City Center
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#29 Luxury Hotel in Kyoto
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Hotel Class:4 star — Village Kyoto 4*
Number of rooms: 81
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