After ready the previous reviews on TA we decied to book this hotel for a 5 night stay this July, as we were due to be in Tokyo for business and wanted to see Kyoto for a few days first. My experience of this hotel was truly wonderful, from the first email I received from them, to the moment we left!
Hisako, who owns and runs the hotel is an absolute delight. When we first enquired about staying there via email, her replies were always really helpful and detailed - she speaks perfect English. We're were there for the Gion festival (thoroughly recommended!) and she offered to book us tickets so we had a nice comfortable view of the procession.
The hotel it's is brand new, a small 7 bedroom place in a quiet side street right in the heart of the old Gion district. The street itself is famous for antique shops and galleries, and a 2 minute walk and your amongst the incredible old area of wooden buildings and temples. Lest than a 10 minute walk and you're in the heart of the downtown area for shopping, eating and drinking, you don't need to take cabs at all, it's all on your doorstep.
On arrival your bags are taken up to your room, while you sit and enjoy a cold drink in the bar as you fill out the registration. The rooms themselves are a spaceous and delightful mixture of wonderful original antiques and works of arts with super modern and high tech bathrooms. The beds and pillows are super comfortable and the aircon quiet and effective.
Breakfast is delicious, fresh fruit and yogurt, warm rolls and criossants with jam, boiled egg and chilled soup if you want it.
There is complimentary tea and biscuits in the afternoon, and a complimentary cold drink from the bar before you head off to one of the superb local restaurants that Hisako will recommend and book for you. She also prints out a colour picture of the front of the restaurant and a map so you can find it!
Hisako also recommended all her favourite temples and gardens, so you can escape some of the other more tourist filled locals. Her staff were all delightful and helpful too, nothing was too much trouble for them. And they bowed every time as the lift door closed behind you in the lobby!
We loved it SO much I have already booked it for our business trip next year, it already feels like Hisako and her staff are part of the family!!
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