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Gion Hatanaka
Ranked #30 of 379 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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Reviewed December 3, 2013 via mobile

Just 3mins walk from main building of hanakata to Gyugin in 石屏小路!Very histotical experience!Close to 八阪神社!Great Location!Its a hotel so luxury,delicate yet subtle!has the best restaurant in kyoto with exquisite fine dining experience!Chef will only use local best seasonal ingredients to cook for limited customers,very artistic yet VIP dining atmosphere!Great Jacuzzi and spacious toilet!comparable to any 5star hotel suites yet only 2/3 of the price!Remarkable!

Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 14, 2013

The Ryokan is beautiful, the rooms were comfortable and the public bath was really good. Service was also really good. The Kaiseki meal and breakfast we had at the Ryokan were both excellent as well. The location is also, in my opinion, one of the best in Kyoto. Right in the middle of Gion, next to plenty of temples and shrines; good food, shopping and sightseeing all in one. Please note however that this Ryokan is quite expensive and its something that should be factored in if you're deciding on whether to stay here.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

We stayed at the Gion Hatanaka with another family in early Oct. (each family had two adults, a 13 and 11 yr. old) and really enjoyed it. The service was fantastic. Megumi met us at the door and remembered everything about our reservation including some food allergies. We were able to leave our luggage early.
Our rooms were clean, quiet, lovely and spacious. The futons were comfortable. We are a tall group (my husband is 6'8"/200 cm) and we fit just fine. Since we were eight people, we ate dinner and breakfast in the banquet room. I don't remember her name, but the same employee checked up in and served all of our meals - she was delightful.
The bath was lovely and featured high quality shampoo and conditioner. Strong wifi was available in the lobby for free. The location was excellent - in the middle of Gion.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

Gion Hatanaka was a nice introduction to ryokans but didn't shine in terms of service or food. Having said that the rooms are lovely, it's in a convenient location and is definitely an experience.

The rooms were larger and quieter than I'd expected. We could not hear any other guests from our room (apparently this can be a problem with other ryokans), though the fridge was unusually noisy. The communal bath is lovely (though it's indoors, not outdoors) and it was great to have a nice deep cedar bath in the room too.

Having meals served in your room is a lovely experience, though our meal seemed a little rushed and, while visually stunning, was not as delicious as at restaurants (I guess to be expected). The breakfast and dinner are quite large and offer a good variety of food.

Gion Hatanaka is in a convenient location - close to the subway and a short taxi ride to Kyoto station.

Overall, the Gion Hatanaka was a lovely ryokan experience but the staff seemed less friendly and service-orientated than our other stays in Japan (spent over a month in Tokyo and Kyoto staying at international, Japanese and business hotels). It seemed the staff were a little tired of visitors - it was a peak time given China's Golden Week.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

We are so happy to have chosen this ryokan as our first ryokan experience. As we had expected, the Japanese hospitality was always attentive and impeccable, spotlessly clean in the room, toilet, communal bath etc. Their staff is very helpful and articulate in English that makes life so much easier for foreigners looking for advice in food, transport and tours. If you are looking to stay in the Gion district, where the geisha and maiko are traditionally bred, cultured and trained, this location is perfect. We loved walking and exploring hidden alleyways leading to beautiful private gardens and inns, and occasionally spotting maikos in their full regalia walking around so gracefully and elegantly. Top marks for a 2 night stay. Reliable wi-fi service in the lobby area.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

I booked this ryokan for my trip with friends to Japan because we wanted to experience Japanese culture at least once. At about 25,200 yen pp per night, we had 4 people in one room on the top floor and with plenty of space to move around despite having two very tall guys with us. Our room looked out to greenery and it was peaceful area. There was barely any noise coming into the room from outside or inside the ryokan. It looks very traditional and blended in with Yasaka Shrine just beside it, literally.

Service was excellent, very polite and helpful. If you do not speak Japanese, it still should not be too much of a problem. The ryokan provided a set of booklets etc upon arrival that teaches you how to use the bath etc and information on the ryokan. We walked around the ryokan ourselves to explore and saw a nice small garden and the bath area looked out to a garden outside although view was limited due to the condensation on the window. Nevertheless, the bath was wooden and interiors were Japanese style yet classy and clean. The area to pre cleanse was large and it did not feel awkward at all for us throughout the entire experience. Toiletries were all provided and shampoos and conditioner were lovely to use. Apparently, it is the largest bath in Kyoto. If you're looking for a real onsen experience, you would have to head out because most hotels in the city do not have access to real spring water.

We bought the breakfast and dinner package as well and were served some interesting dishes! I would not say it is challenging to eat as most of them were made from commonly used ingredients around Asia, but they were interesting in the way the chef used them and hence the food had pleasant and delightfully new tastes. Presentation was lovely and the lady who served us would explain to us what we have on our table. The small samplers filled us to the brim despite their serving size!

Sleep quality was excellent as well. Futon was so comfortable my friend almost wanted to buy a set home so she could relive the experience. Other than that, there was nothing we could complain about and can see ourselves coming back again for something simple like a time of relaxation and reflection or something more exciting like some pampering and living and breathing the atmosphere in Gion.

Warning though, this is traditional styled inn but it is expensive and I would expect they have to provide guests with a exquisite experience. Hence some features are modern like the toilets and glass windows etc. So if you're looking for something 100% traditional as though you're out in the mountains by the lake etc, this is not the inn for you. If you are looking for comfort, quality and still experience what a real ryokan stay is like, this would be suitable for you.

Room Tip: Very private place so I reckon any room would be quiet yet easy to get around.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Stayed here for 5 nights. Overall a good experience, but you certainly pay for it (although we only had dinner in the Ryokan one night, which was enough for us).

Admittedly It was my first ryokan experience, so I can't compare, but for me the highlights were:
- Location was perfect, right next to Yasaka shrine in Gion. The streets around it are some of the best preserved in Kyoto, and it's quiet, yet still relatively close to the centre of town
- Service was excellent, the entire staff were super helpful, very welcoming and nice
- The rooms were spacious, ours had a nice leafy outlook, futon very comfortable, a very tranquil experience
- The Kaiseki dinner was very lavish, there were a lot of different plates all perfectly presented. However, the food was all pretty foreign for our tastes - you need to be a courageous eater to finish everything (or just super hungry!). We only ate one night in the Ryokan, which considering the price, was a good decision. There are TONNES of good restaurants in Kyoto and it would be a shame not to have explored them

My main negatives were:
- The price - we paid about $370 a night for both of us (excluding the night we ate dinner in the Ryokan, which was much more). Be wary that the prices they quote are per person
- Wifi only available in the reception area
- The inside of the Ryokan does feel a bit more "modern" than I'd expected - eg there was a lift, they have TVs in the room etc. But it's still very authentic

Overall a great experience though and I'd recommend it to others.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Yasaka Jinjya Minamimon Mae Higashiyama ku, Kyoto 605-0074, Kyoto Prefecture
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Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#7 Top resorts Hotel in Kyoto
#10 Luxury Hotel in Kyoto
Price Range: $340 - $949 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Gion Hatanaka 4*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gion Hatanaka is located in the hart of Gion, which is the anchent district of Maiko and Geiko (Geisha) flower town. It is one the the most well known district for its history and culture. 15 mins walking distance from world heratage Kiyomizu Temple and many others in just a brath of walk away.Hotel features traditional Japanese accommodations and a spacious public bath overlooking a zen garden. Free Wi-Fi is available.The spacious rooms at Gion Hatanaka feature large windows and a balcony. Room includes a flat-screen TV, a sitting area and a private bathroom with a wooden bathtub.The hotel has in-room meals (Breakfast/Dinner) with seasonal local dishes. Guests can enjoy spa treatments in their room, and with an advance reservation, the hotel arranges Japanese Geisha dance performances and Kyoto tours.We follow the very traditional methods, ingredients, and philosophy of Kyoto Kaiseki cusine. No compremize can be made with our preparation therefore, special menu with food restrcitions are not accepted. Shabu-Shabu, Sukiyaki, or hotpot dish can be prepared with a prior notice. Kyoto Station is a 15-minute drive away. Kawaramachi Train Station is a 10-minute walk from the property. ... more   less 
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