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ML International Hostel
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ML International Hostel
Ranked #28 of 39 Specialty lodging in Nara
Reviewed May 9, 2013 via mobile

A very small but so cozy hostel. The beds have double matrasses which makes them the softest bed in Japan. The guy running the place was very nice and helpful. I felt very much at home here and would recommend this place to anybody staying in Nara!

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

We enjoyed 2 nights here under the hospitality of Kosuke who greeted us and made a nice pot of tea when we arrived and introduced us to the other guests. The hostel is 8 beds in one large room, each with a privacy blind and reading light. There is also a small locker each for your valuables. The experience is like staying at someone's home and we felt comfortable there and enjoyed talking to the other travellers. Probably a good place to meet others if you are travelling on your own. There are places to eat nearby and you are right next to the train station which is handy (but not noisy) and Kosuke can give easy instructions for getting to the attractions. A unique experience which I would recommend to those travelling on a budget!

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 6, 2012 via mobile

ML Hostel's name is quite misleading, in truth- it's more of a small apartment with a single mixed dormitory that sleeps eight, a kitchen and a small shower and toilet. Make no bones about it, the place is small and no-frills, but ML makes no effort to hide that fact.

It does not need to. It is easily the cheapest and best accommodation in Nara, situated right next to a Kintetsu train station (which is not as intrusive as it sounds) and a fifteen minute walk from the JR Nara station. The entire "hostel" is air-conditioned, the beds are very comfortable and the owner is very accommodating and helpful, and a pretty proficient English speaker to boot. The small space gives you plenty of opportunity to meet fellow travellers and compare notes and stories too, which I definitely saw as a plus.

ML does not seem to have much exposure on sites like tripadvisor, which is a great shame. Staying here was a fantastic experience, and I would highly recommend it as a cheap and very comfortable base for exploring Nara or taking day trips to Kyoto or Osaka.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

This was more of a homestay than an hostel which was cool wiith us but don't expect the normal perks of a Japanese hostel. The guy who runs it/lives there is a lovely man that left us to lock up the next day as he was going to a wedding! The following day we couchsurfed so staying here was just brief but fine.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: July 2016, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 24, 2016
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  • Stayed: November 2015, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 3, 2015
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  • Stayed: May 2015, traveled as a couple
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Address: 2-11-1-5F Shibatsujicho, Nara 630-8114, Nara Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Nara Prefecture > Nara
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Ranked #28 of 39 Specialty lodging in Nara
Price Range: $12 - $53 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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