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“hotel that grows on you” 4 of 5 stars
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Village Kyoto
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   5 Mibu-Bojo-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8804, Kyoto Prefecture (City Center)   |  
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Ranked #72 of 347 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Hong Kong
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53 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“hotel that grows on you”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

at first we were a bit shocked when entering the door as there was only a sofa and a low bar table in the room; we had to unfold our futons ourselves... but the kids loved it. the rooms are large enough to sleep 3-4 people, are equipped with a big refrigerator and everything else you need to make your own tea or coffee in the morning. Village Kyoto is located about 900 Yen worth of a taxi ride from Kyoto station, but you can take the bus for a cheaper option. rooms and baths are clean and the staff friendly and helpful. we would definitely come back.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Singapore, Singapore
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16 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

I was feeling skeptical with this hotel due to mixed review however we did not make a wrong choice. This hotel is clean and neat. It looks new as well.

It is near to a train station where you can hop on to Arashimaya easily. There is also a shin-omiya station but this line does not bring you to Kyoto station. Its not a problem, just hop on to their city bus to reach kyoto station. The nearest subway connecting to Kyoto station is Shijo Station which is about 20mins walk. I strongly recommend you to get 500Yen a day bus pass to visit all the temples. It is very easy and convenient.

The hotel room comes with tatami mat and its spacious in japanese standard. You can choose to sleep on futon or roll down the sofas into sofa beds. The room comes with boiling flask, a microwave (very useful!). There is also a communal hot bath at level 1 for you to soak in.

Tv channels limit to japanese channels so its quite boring at time. Aircon was a bit erratic, it blew air every now and then but its not a problem for us.

The hotel provides free bento breakfast. Its a small bento to keep you full but not very full. We opted for the japanese bento and had the same bento for the next 3 days. Nearby, you can try Lotteria fastfood, a new japanese burger chain which serves quite good burgers like MOS burger.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank StewieDoff
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Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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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33 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank OMICPH
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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89 reviews
75 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars 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
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Thank 4ontheroadMD
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Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars 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
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank CPH21
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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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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#22 Luxury Hotel in Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Village Kyoto 4*
Number of rooms: 81
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