I stayed in Kyoto after a few days spent in Tokyo.
I stayed at the Mitsui Garden hotel as it was cheap and I was only there for 2 nights. I made my booking via the booking.com website. It cost me ¥ 21000. The hotel was okay and offered all the basics, bed, toilet, shower and closet. The room was small but big enough for me. The hotel offer traditional kimono style bath robes which was nice. The hotel has a lovely indoor public bath, which is part of their spa. The receptionists were very friendly and always willing to help.
Breakfast was good as it had a variety of Japanese breakfast items (rice, miso soup, fish, noodles etc) and some continental (bread, eggs, salad etc).
In terms of location, it is just 3 blocks from the shopping street in Kyoto, and 4 blocks from the nearest metro station, so well situated. There is also a 7 eleven and other local shops just 2 minutes up the road. The 7 elevens have cash machines if you need to withdraw money.
In Kyoto I would STRONGLY suggest having a sufficient amount of cash, as most cash machines do NOT accept non-Japanese cards. I am from the UK and used my HSBC Visa credit card, my Halifax visa debit card and non of the cash machines would take it. My colleagues from France and America also had the same problems with their debit cards. They were lucky that their cards worked at all the 7 elevens. Unlucky for me, non of my cards worked. I was in such a panic of course, but my colleague lent me some cash. On the second day in Kyoto after trying all the cash machines I could find, I came across a City Bank, and to my luck it accepted my card. God had truly heard my prayers as I really gave up hope.
Another tip is to take a map of Kyoto (hotel offers this) as it helps to have it should you get lost and need help from locals. Kyoto is really block based, so its easy to navigate your way based on how many blocks from one location to another.
I was only at this hotel for 2 nights so didn't have a chance to make use of all its facilities. It was okay and very basic, but I would consider staying here again.
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