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Eco and Tec Kyoto
Ranked #11 of 369 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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Beijing, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Inexpensive and fantastic”
Reviewed October 17, 2012

We stayed at the E & T for four nights and loved it. It's a great basic hotel--clean, convenient, and in a green, residential area. The staff was very friendly and they have a lot of information about sightseeing and getting around in Kyoto. Highly recommended but book early!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Seville, Andalucia, Spain
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

It's in a very quiet street very close to the main shrines and temples in the city. Also not far from the philosopher's path. I do recommend this place, I'd stay there if I went back to Kyoto. Mainly for the location. What you get is very basic for what your pay, but hotels in Japan are very expensive, so this one is probably a good deal. It's at the level of an Ibis hotel. The personnel is polite, nice and helpful, as everywhere in Japan.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Edinburgh
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

We stayed in this hotel for 4 nights during a very hot August in Kyoto. The welcome was lovely - even including fanning us as we were so hot from carrying our bags from the metro! Our room was very pleasant and practical. Comfy beds, good air-con and enough room to unpack. The extras were great: free use of laundry (and a balcony in your room to dry clothes), free tea and coffee and a pleasant communal space for breakfast (which we bought in local convenience stores), bike rental (and kyoto is great for cycling) and massage chairs. The hotel was in a nice quiet location but really close to the centre, certainly within walking distance, but minutes from a metro anyway. The staff were great, even for Japan, where everyone is very polite and friendly anyway. This was my favourite hotel of my trip and great value for money - it is not 5 star or luxurious if that is what you are looking for, but for this class you couldn't ask for more.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

This hotel is great. My partner and I stayed in a Japanese style room which was very comfortable. We utilised the free laundry, wi-fi, and massage chairs. Staff were very helpful in recommending local restaurants. Located in a quiet but central part of Kyoto - lovely walk along the canal to Gion, easy walk across the river to the busier downtown part of Kyoto. Good restaurants and shops nearby. I'd definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, null, Singapore
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Reviewed July 27, 2012

I stayed at Eco and Tec as a solo traveller in a single room from 15-27 July, so this one is still fresh in my mind.

They do not pretend to be a luxury hotel, with all the bells and whistles, so if you're used to or spoilt by that, then you might be disappointed. I went in with my eyes open and having read the reviews, and this proved to be a delightful stay overall.

Location: It's in a quiet residential neighbourhood in Southern Higashiyama, and is within walking distance of Shoren-in and Chion-In temples, and Maruyama park a little further down. In fact, if you take this route and follow Jingu-michi all the way, you will also eventually come to Kodai-Ji and Kiyomizudera Temples as well, if you can stand to walk all the way and depending on the weather. It's a lovely walk, though, and especially magical at night, especially at Ninenzaka/Sanenzaka (old fashioned lanes leading to Kiyomizu) and the long road from Higashi-dori to Chion-in (the light-up is gorgeous at night).

Tip: Do not miss the gardens at Shoren-in, which is almost outside the door of Eco and Tec, they really are very pretty.

If you go north from the main road, you will eventually come to Heian shrine and Eikando and Nanzenji temples, and a few museums along the way too. In between is also Okazaki park which proved to a delightful pitstop on one fine Saturday morning, when I stayed for a while to watch Little League girls baseball training. The whole area allows you reprieves if you will, to prevent you from being saturated with temple watching, because this is a residential area, so you really just see ordinary people about their daily lives. I wanted this kind of experience, so the location was perfect for me. It's also within walking distance of downtown Kyoto, although this depends on what your definition of walking distance is heh: it usually took me around 15-20 mins, and my usual routes were either to walk along Sanjo-dori, turn left on Higashi-dori and straight all the way to Shijo-dori (this route brings you to Yasaka shrine as well, which is at the junction of Higashi-dori and Shijo-dori), or I'd just take Sanjo-dori all the way downtown, bringing me past the Sanjo shopping arcade first. If you're headed to Gion, take the first route. You'll hit Gion and Shimonzen-dori (also known as shopping street) on your right before you even hit the Yasaka shrine junction.

The area is also very safe, has a few eating places you can eat at within stone's throw (Asuka, Miyako and Rose's Cafe) as well as two Lawson's supermarkets within either side of the Sanjo-dori junction. There are also a few souvenir shops close by selling local crafts, textiles as well as food items, but not obviously not of the same range you are going to get in downtown Kyoto.

Tip: The Heian shrine gardens are very pretty as well, and worth the entrance fee (400 yen, I think), so do try them if you can.

Services: I stayed in a single room so it had a single bed, a writing table, a small cushioned bench and ample storage space for other things. Basic amenities are provided (shampoo, conditioner, body soap, hair dryer) and the bathroom, while small, was fine for me although, as some people have pointed out, the bathtub is deep (may be difficult for some to get in or out?) and the entrance to the bathroom is elevated (see previous issue). These were just minor issues for me, so.....all in all, the bed was comfortable, and I had no issues with anything not working. You can also do your own laundry there: they have a washer and dryer but you have to get detergent from them at 100 yen each sachet. The washer was fine, but the dryer was pretty slow, although in terms of function, both were fine.

There is a computer with an Internet connection downstairs for free in the main lobby area, which is a lovely large communal space, where free coffee, tea, water and vending machines are also available for drinks. Wireless access is limited to the lobby area (I used my Ipad and the connection was very fast), while I believe you get wired access in the room.

The staff were really nice, and were very kind with directions and explanations for various things. They speak varying levels of English though, but they all tried very hard to help, so I did appreciate that. There was a genuineness behind what they did,and they were friendly and approachable. Hats off to Yuka, Sawako, Mr Tsuji and company for a memorable experience there.

All in all, a very memorable 12 nights at Eco and Tec: loved the residential location, the staff and loved coming back to this quiet and modest (but in no way deficient) hotel every night after walking all over Kyoto every day. It was my first trip to Kyoto, and it was truly enjoyable. I miss it already! Would I stay here again? Without a doubt......

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed July 11, 2012

Getting off the subway at Higashiyama station, you follow a beautiful little canal to the residential street where Eco and Tec sits. The location is wonderful, quiet, and not too far from the Heian shrine, Gion, and the start of the philosopher's path. The downstairs communal area is large and has free wi-fi, TV, DVD, a computer, vending machine (not that you need it: there's a Lawson's just near the subway), free tea, coffee and spring water, and free massage chairs.

We stayed in a 3-person room, which was Japanese-style by necessity: it is the same size as a 2-person room (and they have Western-style beds), and futons are necessary to squeeze three sleeping bodies in the room. But at only a little over $100 a night for the three of us, I'm not going to complain. The futons are comfortable, a little smaller than a single bed, but perfectly manageable.

Our room also featured a TV (local channels only), balcony, ample built-in storage, air-con/heating, hairdryer and a standard bathroom. It should be noted that rooms are only cleaned every 3 days. If you are staying less than 3 days, your room is not cleaned and you ha to pay extra if you want fresh towels. But this was no problem for us.The only other minor annoyance is that the stairs are very awkward and cramped. We were on the 3rd floor, so we had to deal with them more than you do if you're lucky enough to stay on the 2nd floor. The staff speak English and are more than happy to help you, so all in all you should stay here!

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Basel, Switzerland
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

I stayed at the Eco and Tec for 4 nights and I thought it was perfect. It's a no frills hostel, but that does not mean it's not nice. The rooms are stylish and comfortable and there is a TV, hairdryer, fridge and balcony. The bathrooms are clean and well equipped with a nice toilet and shower.

You can have your cleaning done by request and extra charge or you can streamline your budget to the max by opting out of having your towels/bedding or laundry done by default. I like this idea.

The location is perfect for exploring Kyoto. It's a short walk from 'Downtown'. We walked everywhere and there is a convenient bus stop close by as well as a subway station.

There is a computer with an internet connection in the coffee room which is free to use. The staff are very friendly and helpful.

I would definitely recommend using Eco and Tec.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Eco and Tec Kyoto
Address: 40 Awadaguchi Sanjobocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0035, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Kyoto
#8 Romantic Hotel in Kyoto
#17 Business Hotel in Kyoto
#20 Family Hotel in Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Eco and Tec Kyoto 2.5*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
「3rd House」 The new stay style which aims at harmony with environment With the service which considered environment, while having you pass comfortably like a house, I contribute to a guest to the earth through management at society.Just 3minutes walk from Higashiyama Station on the Kyoto Municipal Subway Tozai Line, the hotel boasts a quiet location dotted with temples and shrines while being within reach of the bustling shopping district.Eco+Tec Kyoto will ensure you get the most out of your long stay in Kyoto in a style that takes the environment into consideration. ... more   less 
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