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“Good for the price. Basic business hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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Urban Hotel Kyoto
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   4-59 Fukakusa Nishiura-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto 612-0029, Kyoto Prefecture (Kyoto Station)   |  
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Ranked #189 of 342 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Toronto, Canada
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12 hotel reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Good for the price. Basic business hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013 via mobile

I was late booking and there was little choice in Kyoto itself and what was available was very expensive. This hotel is about 20 minutes on the JR line from Kyoto. Not a big deal as I had a JR rail pass. Trains run about every 10 minutes or so. They are crowded in rush hour. The hotel is steps away from the station. Not much in the way of dining in the area. Two convenience stores but no 7-11 for non-Japanese ATM cards. The room was quite basic but clean. Reasonable but slow Wi-Fi but the wired internet was fast with my Apple Airport Express. No English TV channels. Staff were helpful. There was a laundry room apparently but I did not see it. Given the same circumstances I would stay there again

Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Patras, Greece
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We stayed 7 nights. it was value for money hotel. Far away from the city center but not difficult to find the way to the Inari Station( 10 min walking). From there u get to the Kyoto station in about 5 min. Trains come very often. Dont forget to visit across the station the Inari Shrine.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

look i guess we got what we paid for.
this hotel is a 15-20 mins train ride (on top of the 10 min walk to station) from Kyoto's city centre, so if you want to be near the action, this hotel is not for you.
As you also might expect from it being a little far away, the staff are not at all trained in even the smallest amount of English - so if you need any assistance finding the temples or trains or food or anything, you wont find much help at the desk.
wi fi is non-existant, they charged us 200 yen (which is nothing) for a wi fi device that didnt work at all, and their computers cost 100 yen per 10 minutes, as long as you can type in japanese characters.
small room (but it was only $99 AUD) - hard bed with traditional japanese pillows.
would only recommend this place if you were on a budget, we only lasted a night.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Prague, Czech Republic
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

beware that the transport to the city is cumbersome: there's a bus very close but only runs once an hour. to make it more confusing, the bus has 2 directions from Kyoto central station - be extra careful to pick the right one.

there's a train station further away (10min walking) - not sure how often the train passes. it's particularily tricky to return at night. a taxi will cost about 2000 yen from the kyoto station.

the hotel is the typical japanese business hotel: tiny rooms, semi-double bed. a highlight is that the room window can be opened.

daily bus tickets for kyoto can be purchased from reception and are a good deal for 500 yen.

Room Tip: pick a high floor to avoid traffic noise
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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dorking
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

We stayed 2 nights, after the overkill of tokyo this made it feel more japanese. Take the jr inari line from the vast and modern Kyoto station and walk into a more laid back Kyoto. The inari shrine entrance is just opposite the station and there are lots of little shops. We took the walk past the canal which had a row of cherry blossoms, the hotel was easy to find.
We did not get offered wifi and were only aware of the Internet computers at the desk that charge 100 yen per 10 minutes.
The breakfast was basic two big chunks of brioche ,egg and salad in the hotel coffee shop. We were travelling with friends who did not have that included when they bought their breakfast they got to eat it in the dinning room away from us which was a bit weird. But actually our breakfast simple as it was, was better.
Worth it, small room and slightly dated interior. I did find someone's t shirt under the bed so cleaning can't have been that thorough.
Overall I liked the slight quaint quality of it and the more suburban area it was based in.my on,y bugbear was the lack of wifi but this appears to have been a miscommunication at the desk as you can have wifi.
Would go again just to walk through the inari shrine early in the morning.

Room Tip: Tiny, quaint but quiet area and close to te inari shrine.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Massillon,Ohio
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29 hotel reviews
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Typical small room in Japan. 10 min from Inari station. Close to Inari shrine which is very nice. Staff speaks some English. Very fast WIFI in the room. Newer hotel. Very bright and efficient. Restaurant on site.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

Well, I don't want repeat everything the others said already. But one info: the hotel has wifi. We asked for wifi at the desk and they gave us a small box, witch could connect to the lan-cabel in the room. It costs 100¥/day. Fair price...have fun here.

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Address: 4-59 Fukakusa Nishiura-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto 612-0029, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Kyoto Station
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
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Ranked #189 of 342 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Urban Hotel Kyoto 3*
Number of rooms: 199
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