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696-1 Higashishiokojicho, Karasumadori Shichijo Sagaru, Shimogyo, Kyoto 600-8216 Kyoto Prefecture
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HOTEL STYLE
Centrally Located
Budget
Languages Spoken
Japanese
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free internet
Vending machine
Massage
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
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Self-serve laundry
Wifi
Internet
Shared bathroom
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Non-smoking rooms
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Shimogyo-ku
Shimogyo-ku is centered around the busy train hub, Kyoto Station. A nexus for commerce, shopping, dining, and hotels, the Shimogyo-ku area is infused with tourists and local business travelers, making it a competitive location for ever-new commercial structures. The shops and cafes here are chic and trendy, as a result, with many recognizable chains. Commuters flood the Shimogyo-ku area twice a day, and with Kyoto Station itself being a modern mega-complex and an architectural marvel, this neighborhood is one of the most contemporary and energetic areas that the city has to offer. Buildings here look futuristic, and huge department stores, shopping arcades, and public meeting spaces provide every possible convenience. It is also nearly the only place in Kyoto where rooftop dining and socializing is available, completing its modern tone.
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This ryokan is basic, and has lots of rules! The Goods: - Short walk from Kyoto Station's north entrance (the side with the bus terminal) - almost a straight shot! - Behind major shopping and near tourist locations (Kyoto Tower, Higashi Honganji Temple, etc.). - Near a grocery store (for those budget-minded -- the store is to the west - don't remember the exact location). - Has an onsen (public bath), self-serve laundry, and drink vending machine. - In-room toilet, shower, sink. - Moderately friendly staff (I got the impression an older family runs it.) The Bad: - The rules. Doors are locked at 11 PM. Guess I can't go listen to jazz at a bar and come back at 1 AM... Kind of killed my tourist evenings. And DON'T put your shoes in the wrong place! - The onsen (at least men's side) is tiny. Two small people, or one mid-size person. And forget late night relaxing: closes at 10 PM. (Dashing back to make the 11 PM ryokan closing then soaking isn't going to work. You're too late.) - The room was sparse (not unusual for a ryokan), but unusually so. Kind of basic, with the obligatory wall picture (old, faded), a table, a TV, an in-room safe, and that's about it. - Hot water was provided for tea in a thermos. By the time I got around to making tea, it was tepid. - I would have appreciated an offer of laundry service, but it's do-it-yourself only. The Ugly: - Mosquitoes! Lifted the toilet lid to be greeted by at least a dozen mosquitoes! At least I had the presence of mind to close the door fast to keep them in the WC! On the bright side, it gave me something to do (kill them) when doing my morning bowel purge. - While generally clean, the room had a tiny bit of mold and mildew (or their stains) creeping in (shower ceiling, grout, etc.). The place needed a good scrub. Good to know: - If you arrive early, they'll store your bag in the hall until your room is ready. Then they'll put it in the room. - The pillows and futon were thinner than most. Ask for two or three pillows if you are a medium to thick pillow person. I used two futons stacked on one another. In summary, I'll stay somewhere else next time.
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This ryokan is within easy walking distance of the north exit of the Kyoto train station (it's a huge advantage, if you're travelling by rail, to have an easy-to-find hotel). There's a nearby convenience store, a few fast food restaurants, and an underground restaurant complex with a variety of moderately-priced Japanese restaurants. Rooms are fairly large for Japan - just be prepared you'll be sleeping on a mattress on the floor. It was a little annoying that the room didn't have chairs. Some of the rooms had a shared bathroom in the hallway. I saw no issues - there were ample toilets, and a separate multi-sink area. I could hear some pedestrian street noise, but it was fairly quiet after 11PM. Be careful - the staircases between floors are fairly steep, and the stairway ceilings are fairly low. It is a very traditional facility. Check-in time and check-out time are very strict. Onsen baths and showers are only open during limited, specific hours. You also have to be back in the facility by 11PM sharp, until 7AM. So it's not the right choice if you want to partake in nightlife. I did notice many of the local restaurants close in the 9PM - 10PM range, so it's still a good place to stay for daytime sightseeing and local dinner. They have Wifi, in-room tea service, and morning coffee in the lobby. Staff was reserved, but helped me with all of my inquiries.
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I spent 3 nights in this hotel with a friend. We had a great time! Yes, there's a curfew and showers are not always available but the shower is actually an onsen where you can relax pretty well. Also the Lady running this place is very kind. We were provided with fresh towels, fresh robes and fresh sweets every day! Also after a heavy rain, I wanted to ask for paper to wrap our shoes in only to find her wrapping our wet and dirty shoes already! Very, very kind Rooms and showers are clean. The Futon is not to hard. Location is great, just a stroll from the station.
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350 m from rail and bus stations,very clean comfy rooms, good value for money, friendly staff nothing too much trouble, even let us check in early, took our cases and rucksacks up too our rooms so we could go sightseeing, very good facilities , bath house was a little small but sufficient, plenty of wc s and sinks on all floors, laundry room, towels, ukatas, hairdryers, toothbrushes and razors available in all rooms, dont look at it BOOK it, bargain !!!!
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I`ve never seen in my life more worst hotel than this. Hotel locate not so far from railroad station, but this`s the only ONE positiv point. Firstly, I found some insects in bathroom a spider and one slug on a wall, they were washed into sewage. Then I went in bed and it turns out that a blanket is a child-size, so my legs from lower half of shin were not covered and my bed was directly under air conditioner and it sould be on, i.e. summer time. Therefore I went to the reception (it was something btw. 11-11:30 pm) where I found unfriendly reception-employee and she couldn`t understand me, what I want. After explaning she gave me seemingly not a fresh winter-blanket and run away on the second floor. 2 minutes waiting, nothing happens, nobody comes back, so I hang the blanket on the door of staff room and went after her to find out, why she gave me used blanket and in that moment this employee sneak through the second backward stairs on the ground floor and stole into her room. Before that, she thew the winter-blanket from the door down on a floor of foyer where the guests come in. Manner and style of this lady awake indignation in me. Then, I demanded to gave me a clean cover of the blanket, this takes more than 4-5 minutes. The winter-blanket she lay and spread on the floor of the corridor, then fold in four and piled up with other "unused" blankets in a closet. After all, as I went down in my room she said something in japanese behind my back. So I would recommend not to use this low quality hotel, it`ll be better to pay 10-20$ more, than receive an horrible treatment and disgusting service like that.
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PRICE RANGE
$32 - $111 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
JapanKinkiKyoto PrefectureKyotoShimogyoShimogyo-ku
NUMBER OF ROOMS
16
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