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Reviewed June 7, 2013

Our stay at Gion Hatakana was one of the highlights of our trip to Japan. We really wanted to experience a sense of "old Japan" and Gion Hatakana delivered. It is centrally located in the Gion district, easy walking distance to many attractions, restaurants and shopping, and not too far from public transportation.

The staff were extremely friendly and accommodating and the two meals that we had served in our room were spectacular to look at and absolutely delicious.

I had worried that sleeping on the floor would be uncomfortable, and that our room would be too noisy or too hot. I couldn't have been more wrong. Apart from bending my old knees, our futon beds were extremely comfortable, the hotel was extremely quiet and the air conditioning in our room worked perfectly.

The bathroom was luxurious and the public bath in the basement was spectacular - far better than our visit to some of the famous Onsens in Japan.

In short, we have nothing but praise for this wonderful establishment. If you can afford it, don't miss it!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank RedstoneBoy
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

The property is within a stone's throw to Yasaka Shrine and within 10 minutes from Shijo Doji, which is one of the major shopping areas. Rooms are large, with simple but well-appointed bathrooms and a little sitting area looking out to the treeline (our room was on 4/F, with elevator access). There is a large communal bath too. The food offered at dinner was fantastic and filling. Breakfast service was also good. What a great ryokan experience.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank CHM1
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

Kyoto was the highlight of my trip to Japan and the Gion Hatanaka was the best accommodation I have ever stayed in. The staff were fantastic - honestly the BEST service I have ever experienced. Staff were so friendly and helped us plan our daily activities ie. sites to see and how to get around/ public transport. Gion Hatanaka is also ideally located, very central to shopping areas and within walking distance of many areas/ public transport.

I couldn't recommend this place more!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank H M
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

We stayed for 6 days & didn't want to leave. The food & hot baths were wonderful, but the staff were just so good to us-they made us feel totally comfortable, including the 12 and 14 year old kids. We had very little Japanese language, but it wasn't a problem, in fact nothing was a problem. We felt totally spoilt, and beautifully looked after-it was a very special stay. We'll always remeber it, and the special staff there :-)

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

Great service, arrived early but the staff fixed up the room for us. Bags were taken to the room and we were given an informative run down of events and amenities at the hotel. Great room on the fourth floor, huge size. Afternoon tea and sweets were served in the room by an attentive member of staff who took the time to explain what she was serving. She waited until we went out for dinner before making up the beds. She phoned in the morning and cleared away the beds and set up the room for breakfast. There was free WiFi in the lobby. With only a handful of rooms the hotel was so peaceful. Pricey but well worth it.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank PJ343
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