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Be Transported Back to 100 years ago in Kyoto!

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3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6

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sushichti
Lille, France
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Wonderful house in a perfect place at Kyoto”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014 for a stay in March 2014

We've stayed 2 weeks into the beautiful Suoan Machiya and we enjoyed a lot this house, the neighborhood and the staff of Machiya Inn.
The house was perfect for the 4 of us (couple + a 4 years old girl + a 1 1/2 year old boy). We enjoyed to sit, eat and have a rest in the living-room. The kitchen is small but very well organize to cook (and it's a pleasure to use very nice plates, bowls, dishes). The bathroom was one of our favorite rooms as you can guess through the pictures. Our children loved to wash them like young Japanese and then play into the beautiful tub.
The bedrooms are very confortable. Our children slept into the Japanese bedroom, on tatami and very soft futons. They were very happy about that (but be careful, this bedroom isn't excatly on the same level of the main bedroom. It's one meter higher).
The area was great. It was our 3rd time to Kyoto and I wanted to stay in this part of the city because it's central, near subways and buses (and taxis), and most of all it's a quiet residential area (for those who have young children there is a playground nearby). There are lots of convenience stores and a very good supermarket 10min by foot (Fresco). We've tasted some restaurants and you must go to the one which cooks wonderful gyoza (2 min by foot) and to the beautiful café Kitone (10-15 min).
Finaly, the staff of Machiya Inn was just perfect, from the person working at the reception, to the cleaning lady and the ones who came very quickly when we had some questions about the house. In fact, these machiyas are the perfect place to stay : you're staying into a genuine old house but you've got all the services of a very good hotel (reception, direct phone, people who help you if you want to book a taxi for example, cleaning ladies, very kind staff).
Just one more thing : these machiyas are perfect place for quiet people. As the houses are made of wood, with thin walls, we can hear people if they make lots of noise (i had to knock on the door of the other house rented by Machiya Inn, just nearby, at 2am, because they had a big party because they were on jetlag ;)
And now, book the house and enjoy !

Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Mar 23, 2014
We are truly delighted that you enjoyed your stay at this house and were pleased with the service you received. We always strive to offer the conveniences of a hotel by ensuring that guests are able to easily contact our staff should they be in need of any assistance. As you pointed out, the house is also in an incredibly convenient central location, making it easy to access public transportation as well as restaurants and the supermarket or convenience stores. We would also like to sincerely apologize for the noise of the next door guests, though it appears to have been an out-of-the-ordinary and isolated incident we are sorry that it happened during your stay. We hope that you will choose to stay at this or any other of Machiya Residence Inn’s accommodations the next time you visit Kyoto. We look forward to making your next stay an even more memorable one.
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GoGatorGi...
Gainesville, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Traditional Kyoto House with Modern Flair”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013 for a stay in April 2013

My family of six stayed at Suo-An and nearby Shoubu-An for two nights. It is a wonderful setting with old Kyoto mixed with modern appliances. Both Inns are tastefully decorated, very comfortable and conveniently located in the middle of Kyoto. The first time visitors, my adult children's partners enjoyed traditional Japanese style home with tatami rooms and futon beds. We ventured near by public bath which was delightful. Hiro was very attentive to our needs and we had a memorable visit to Kyoto.

5 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 5 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
5 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: The location and the atmosphere of the Inn
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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Management Response
Aug 7, 2013
Thank you very much for your considerate comments. We take great care in ensuring that guests experience a balanced view of the traditional and modern Japanese lifestyle, so we are incredibly pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay in both houses. Congratulations on venturing to the public bath. That is truly the quintessential Japanese experience! We hope you will come visit Kyoto and stay here again sometime in the very near future. Warmest regards.
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wombie03
Sydney
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Lovely Machiya”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013 for a stay in May 2013

Lovely old styled place close to transport.
Easy to access.
The place is lovely, but don't expect to be able to cook too much - basic facilities.
Lovely but not a layout that could be sustained for too many days.

4 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 4 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
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4 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 3 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
4 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 3 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
3 of 5 stars Service
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
Jun 8, 2013
Thank you for staying at Suoan. Japanese Machiyas, like this one, are renowned for using a small area of land as efficiently as possible. The kitchen may not feel as spacious compared to a Western kitchen, but the design does adhere to the layout of a traditional machiya. Despite any inconvenience you may have felt with the kitchen, we hope that you were able to experience and enjoy the traditional lifestyle and accommodation of a machiya. We hope that on your next travel to Kyoto you will consider staying at Suoan or at the other machiyas that Machiya Residence Inn has to offer.
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JFT78
Paris, France
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Memorable time in Kyoto”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013 for a stay in April 2013

We spent a great moment in Suo An machiya. This house is very pleasant and comfortable, in a nice and authentic style. The place is very clean, and the staff give us a warm welcome. Everybody, children and friends, have loved their travel. The access is easy and the location in Kyoto is pratical, transports and sites can be easily reached. The pictures of the website are representative.

5 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
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5 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: genral atmosphere of the house
Liked least: access of a too small kitchen for six
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway
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Management Response
May 19, 2013
Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear that you had a memorable and enjoyable stay at Suoan and look forward to your next visit to Kyoto. We wish you all the best.
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OmegaTaur...
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Gorgeous traditional house in the heart of Kyoto”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012 for a stay in November 2012

We stayed in the Suoan Machiya for seven nights as part as our honeymoon tour of Japan and highly recommend it as an ideal base in Kyoto. The house is stunningly furnished with traditional tatami floors and seating, alongside enormous and comfy twin beds and a luxurious modern bathroom. We loved the deep stone bath! The location is perfect - a 15 minute walk to Shijo Dori and Nishiki Market, a 20 minute walk to Nijo Castle and a half hour walk or approx. £5-8 taxi ride to the middle of Gion. The subway is a 10 minute walk away, and the directions provided were excellent. There is a book in the house with maps and instructions to find the nearest supermarkets, convience store, pharmacies and post office, and instructions on how to take the bus to the major sightseeing spots. Hiro-san was welcoming and helpful, and explained how to use everything in the house, and was also kind enough to pre-book us a taxi. The cleaning lady came every 3 days to tidy, remove the bins and change the towels and sheets - it's the most luxurious self-catering we've ever been in! All in all, a fantastic and atmospheric place to stay, a hugely practical and convient location, fully stocked with amenities including wi-fi and a laptop - you really couldn't ask for more. We would definintely stay again!

5 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
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5 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: The mix of traditional decor and modern amenities
Liked least: Struggled with the washer-dryer - but I think that's us, not the property...
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Dec 19, 2012
Thank you very much for your stay with Suoan Machiya Residence Inn. We are so delighted to hear you that you enjoyed your stay and had a wonderful honeymoon trip. It was a great pleasure welcoming you and we look forward to seeing you again next time! Thank you for your time to make such nice comments.
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Montreal
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012 for a stay in October 2012
5 of 5 stars Value 5 of 5 stars Rooms
4 of 5 stars Location 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk 5 of 5 stars Service
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Recommended for:
A romantic getaway Luxury-minded travelers
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Management Response
Nov 3, 2012
Thank you for your stay at Suoan Machiya Residence Inn. We are glad to hear that you were able to make most of the time in Kyoto. It was a great pleasure welcoming you all and we look forward to hearing from you again next time! Thank you very much for your nice comments.
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Simo85
London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Amazing place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012 for a stay in August 2012

Best experience in Kyoto, great place and great service from the management.
Everything was perfect and they were really helpful during the whole stay.

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5 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: Amazing View
Liked least: Not enough bikes for all the people
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
Sep 2, 2012
Thank you for commenting on Suoan Machiya Residence Inn. It’s so great to hear how you enjoyed your stay. It was really nice accommodating you and we look forward to seeing you again next time!

Happy travels!
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