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“not quite what i expected” 3 of 5 stars
Review of First Cabin Kyoto Karasuma

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First Cabin Kyoto Karasuma
2.0 of 5 Capsule Hotel   |   331 Kamiyanagicho Higashiiru Karasuma Bukkojidori Shimogyoku | Takanoha square 4F, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8099, Japan   |  
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Ranked #38 of 155 Specialty lodging in Kyoto
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“not quite what i expected”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2010

On Arrival staff had my check in details. Hotel policy check in time is 3pm - I arrived about 10am. Was told I could not chk in till 3pm so went out sight seeing in Kyoto. Was a bit annoyed to find the hotel was nearly empty and there was no real reason why I could not chk into the room straight away.

First Cabin Hotel is more like a capsule hotel than a standard hotel. None of the pictures shown really give a good indication as to the style of the room.

Basically you get a semi double bed with about 75cm of space down 1 side and a little table in the back corner of the room. There's a lockable draw underneath the bed. Bathroom and toilet are shared facilities.

The front "wall" of the room if just a curtain that is kept closed by a magnetic handle.

There's a 32" LCD TV at base of the ed half way tot he roof.

Bed was comfortable, aircon seemed to have trouble coping with the extremely hot weather - 32-36 in the day and not much cooler at night.

The place was spotlessly clean, close to the main kyoto station and had some good bus router near by for sight seeing. Plenty of cheap places to eat near by as well.

The room was definitely not what I was expecting, but for 3 nights it was OK. Would I book at this hotel again - no, but that was more due to the fact of the curtain front wall as it didn't block out all the light from the hall way, and the hotel seemed to be popular with Japanese salary men who would come back rather drunk and snore through most of the night.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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firstcabin_kyoto, お客様担当マネージャー at First Cabin Kyoto Karasuma, responded to this review, December 20, 2013
Thank you very much for the evaluation. The check in time is after 3 p.m. and the check out time is up to 10 a.m. every day. During the time between, staffs will clean the whole hotel area. Therefore, though the cabins are empty, customers still cannot get access to their rooms until 3 p.m..
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2010 via mobile

Staying in First Cabin Kyoto was a different experience to any other hotel I have stayed in before. Being one the first 'cabin' hotel you could expect it to be a little unorganised and completely overwhelmed by this new idea but that is not the case at all. The hotel is very much designed for one night only stays. The business cabin is a first class cabin but no walk way at the side of the bed, a small t.v and in general more cramped.
The first class cabin is very functual. The t.v is bigger and there is more space in the corridor. The pillows are very uncomfortable, so i recommend your own pillow.
Breakfast is very traditional ( salmon, rice ect. )
The bathrooms are large and clean.
Overall a really fun experience

  • Stayed August 2010
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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firstcabin_kyoto, お客様担当マネージャー at First Cabin Kyoto Karasuma, responded to this review, December 20, 2013
Thank you very much for the evaluation. Actually the breakfast menu has been changed with bread, coffee, yoghourt and eggs.
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Address: 331 Kamiyanagicho Higashiiru Karasuma Bukkojidori Shimogyoku | Takanoha square 4F, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8099, Japan
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #38 of 155 Specialty lodging in Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — First Cabin Kyoto Karasuma 2*
Number of rooms: 121
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