The only disappointing stay I had in my trip to Japan. We got a fantastic rate (50% off) and a huge room so decided to stay here.
English skills at the reception are limited. Staff are borderline rude who don't make you feel welcome at all. The only time this ever happened to us in Japan. So we knew something was not quite right from the moment we checked in.
Room itself was nice, very modern furnishings and futuristic feel. The theme of the hotel is a half-way between a hotel room and ryokan stay. Great curtains to block out natural light - so well you couldn't tell what time of the day it was in the room. Beds could have been better. Air-conditioning was good. The hallways are outdoors (but undercover) so you're exposed to the elements until you walk into your room.
Location is actually quite good - 10 minute walk to Gion district. And really in Kyoto, buses can take you anywhere you need to go. There's a bus stop right outside the hotel. Cheap taxi ride home after one night out in Gion.
The 50% off rate was the only pull to stay here. Without that, I'd look elsewhere for better service.
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