We stayed in a twin room at Econo-Inn Kyoto for 4 nights in late October 2012. I would highly recommend this place to budget conscientious travellers. We booked early so the price was so very reasonable that we were able to spend more on savoring the local cuisine and desserts. The room is small, or dorm-like, but clean and comfortable, though the bathroom is stamp-sized. Location wise, it is not the most desirable location if one insists on staying close to the major traffic hubs, but it is close enough to a bus stop which connects to major sightseeing places. Free coffee, tea, and wi-fi downstairs in the lobby.
This place is operated by a family so different family members take shift staffing the front desk. They are genuinely willing to help and accommodating, even though sometimes their English is not fluent. Our Air Canada flight was delayed for 3 hours so it would be well passed 11PM for us to check in so I contacted them by email before leaving Canada. (Not to mention we had to cancelled the domestic flight from Narita to Itami Airport) They were willing to accommodate our late arrival and advised us of some recommended traffic alternatives. We made it to the inn before 11PM and obviously they were waiting for us.
The inn is located in a quiet neighbourhood where a supermarket and a convenience store are both in walking distance. Kiyomizu Temple is just 25 minutes by foot. If you plan to go to Fushimi, a train station to Fushimi and Uji is just 5 minutes away. I would definitely stay here next time when I visit Kyoto.
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