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“Only worth staying here with a cheap rate”
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Village Kyoto
Ranked #68 of 369 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Only worth staying here with a cheap rate”
Reviewed August 19, 2012

The only disappointing stay I had in my trip to Japan. We got a fantastic rate (50% off) and a huge room so decided to stay here.

English skills at the reception are limited. Staff are borderline rude who don't make you feel welcome at all. The only time this ever happened to us in Japan. So we knew something was not quite right from the moment we checked in.

Room itself was nice, very modern furnishings and futuristic feel. The theme of the hotel is a half-way between a hotel room and ryokan stay. Great curtains to block out natural light - so well you couldn't tell what time of the day it was in the room. Beds could have been better. Air-conditioning was good. The hallways are outdoors (but undercover) so you're exposed to the elements until you walk into your room.

Location is actually quite good - 10 minute walk to Gion district. And really in Kyoto, buses can take you anywhere you need to go. There's a bus stop right outside the hotel. Cheap taxi ride home after one night out in Gion.

The 50% off rate was the only pull to stay here. Without that, I'd look elsewhere for better service.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed August 16, 2012

The room was big compared to the standard in Japan. Fridge and microwave in the room. Supermarket (Gourmet City) relatively close to the hotel. English skills are limited in the reception. If you want a hotel close to the subway choose another hotel. We took a taxi from the closest subway (Karasuma Oike) at a price of 930 yen. It was too far with our backpack in the hot weather. An alternative to the subway you could take bus 206 north and get off at Shijo Omiya. The hotel is only a few minutes away from the bus stop. Although the hotel was fine I would probably try another hotel next time.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed August 8, 2012

We stayed at three places in Japan while there for 10 days and this was the big disappointment. When we first checked in the AC smelled moldy. They switched our room after the tour company complained for us but they were not too happy about it. It was the only place in Japan where as a foreigner I did not feel very welcome from the hotel staff. The location is near a metro stop but otherwise it's just a commercial section of downtown with not much to offer. They had maps and brochures galore but nothing available in English. The bedding is like an uber-futon, but they won't even set it up for you. You're on your own. If you want a ryokan experience, pick a real ryokan in Gion.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed July 3, 2012

This hotel was absolutely wonderful. I must admit, I was a bit wary of the traditional sleeping arrangements at first, but found both the mattress and the pillow very comfortable, though it would be nice to be offered a sheet as the quilt we had was far too hot for the summer temperatures, even with aircon. The laundry within the hotel is very easy to use and so convenient. The website states that they offer Japanese and Western style breakfast, though all that is on offer seems to be Japanese style breakfast, which we didn't eat and went out for breakfast in preference - the only redeeming feature is that this breakfast is offered free of charge. We found the location very good - close to public transport; though a note to those who have a JR pass the railway close to the hotel is not a JR line, so you will have to pay. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed June 29, 2012

I liked this hotel. It is situated in the centre of Kyoto, a short bus ride away from the Gion district, and a 15 minutes bus ride to the main JR station (it is very easy to use the buses in Kyoto). It is a semi ryokan experience. There are the advantages of a ryokan with the privacy of a private bathroom. The room itself was large with enough space for five adults (at a push), and the floor was covered with tatami mats. The room had futons which were exceptionally comfortable. We left our futons as beds during our stay, and used the low table with cushions to sit on (bear this in mind if you are not very flexible). The rooms were very clean and well equipped with a TV, fridge, microwave, kettle and Internet access by LAN cable (no wifi). The staff were polite and helpful. Breakfast was provided in the room each morning at a time specified by the guest. There were three cold choices of suchi, rice, or bread. I enjoyed the breakfast, although it may not appeal to all tastes. I did not use the communal bath area.

Overall, my lasting impression is of a good value hotel, much better than most for the price in Japan. I would certainly stay here again.

Room Tip: Few rooms have good views
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed June 29, 2012

It's a mix of Japanese and western at the Village Kyoto. There's plenty of other reviews which cover the sleeping arrangements. With a 3 year old in tow, it was like a kids play centre. One happy kid = 2 happy parents. This was the biggest hotel room we had in Japan by far.

There's a handy coin laundry on level 6 which is good to use when travelling light like we were.

With a microwave, you can cook at home if you want. Ignore the mini-mart across the road and head down Shijo Dori about 100m or so to Gourmet City which is a much larger supermarket. Plenty of pre prepared food - don't forget to buy some chopsticks on your way out. And breakfast which was very much a take it or leave it proposition (see pics). Just remember Toto, you're not in Kansas any more, so don't expect a bacon fry-up.

My only beef wasn't with the hotel itself, but the location which is about 1km away from the main shopping area and about 3km or so from the station (roughly). This isn't aided by the somewhat confusing underground system where an all day ticket only works on some lines and not others. Carrying a large pack and 2 other bags, buses would have been difficult and getting off the train from Tokyo were confusing. Tip - get yourself a good bus map at the tourist info centre in Isetan/Cube (@ Kyoto train station) and work out the right bus from the station to Omiya station. WIth a flat rate of 220yen and you're at the hotel without a hassle!

All in all, a satisfactory stay. Recommended.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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Reviewed June 7, 2012

We really liked our stay at Village Kyoto. The room was big with a nice view, and the bathroom was separated in toilet, shower and wash basin, which was great because me and my 4 friends shared the room, so we could use the facilities at the same time. There's a subway station and a bus stop only a few minutes away, and it's about a 20min walk to Gion. The only drawback was the breakfast, it was not very tasty, especially the bread version. But the staff was very helpful giving us directions and recommendations for the busses, and spoke English well.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Village Kyoto
Address: 5 Mibu-Bojo-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8804, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > City Center
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Hotel Style:
#21 Luxury Hotel in Kyoto
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Hotel Class:4 star — Village Kyoto 4*
Number of rooms: 81
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