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Super Hotel Kyoto Shijokawaramachi
Ranked #72 of 369 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Brooklyn
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“I've stayed in literally hundreds of hotels, and this is by far the worst.”
Reviewed November 27, 2013

It just doesn't get more depressing than the Super Hotel Kyoto Shijokawaramachi. You know how some hotels leave you a disposable razor? This place should give you an unlit oven and a noose. The room is literally less than five feet bigger than the bed, with maybe a foot between the bed and the cheap, half-sized vinyl couch. The desk and even the TV are covered with paper ads. The bed felt like a cement slab topped with a couple layers of cardboard. The walls are scratched and scuffed from a thousand other visitors.

The worst part, though, was the window. Frosted glass, so you couldn't see through it, and locked so you couldn't open it. Which means you're paying $100+ to stay in a tiny, dirty white cell. The difference between this place and a prison? A prison has a workout room.

Anyway, people need to be warned. We're not just at the bottom of the barrel: we're drilled through it and now we're boring through the floor. I would sooner cancel my vacation than stay here again.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Changhua County, Taiwan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed September 15, 2013

優點 / Advantage :
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位於京都中心,附近有四通八達的巴士和地鐵,到哪邊去都很方便。附近就有商店街、百貨公司,以及京都的廚房:錦市場 就在這邊。
Located at in central Kyoto.
There's bus and subway to anywhere conveniently.
Besides, shopping street, department stores are nearby.
And most important: Gion, and "The kitchen of Kyoto" - Nishiki Ichiba is quite near.
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五分鐘左右就可以到地鐵站、公車站。
It only takes 5mins to subway, bus station.
3.
京都的飯店都有點貴,以這間的位置來說,算是很平價的選擇。
Hotels are expensive in Kyoto.
But, based on this location, it's inexpensive !
4.
有提供溫泉,可以去泡湯。但是要注意男女生入浴時間,以及人數限制。
Offer hot spring.
But notice that, time for ladies or man use, and amount limits.
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早餐是現烤麵包、沙拉、熱食,以及即溶熱湯、跟飲料。
Breakfast : Freshly-baked bread, Salad, hot food, and instant soup, hot cold drinks.
Delicious :)

缺點 / Disadvantage :
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標準的日本商務旅館,房間非常小,同時間只能打開一個行李箱。
Standard Japan biz hotel, very small !
Only can open one luggage at the same time.
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當然,廁所也是非常的小。
Certainly, bathroom is very small, too.
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房間內沒有無線網路,但有有線網路。
No Wifi in room, but LAN.
4.
房間窗戶只能開一個小縫隙,不開冷氣會有點悶。
The window only allow to open a small interstices. It's a little bit stuffy, without air condition.

Others, Tips :
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如果夠早預定、或是安排在週五六以外的時間,價錢可以便宜不少。
If you booking early enough, or booking except Fri. and Sat., might be more cheap.
2.
盡早 Check-in,有許多種類的枕頭可以挑選。
Check-in ASAP, you can choose pillow that you like.

Room Tip: 盡早 Check-in,有許多種類的枕頭可以挑選。 Check-in ASAP, you can choose pillow that you like.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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MALAYSIA
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed August 16, 2013

The Super Hotel Kyoto Shijo Kawaramachi
is located smack in the middle of everything!
An asset considering how much you’ll be walking in a city like Kyoto. This modern budget hotel rises way above the word “budget” in every aspect. Clean, safe and comfortable with provisions for pajamas and a wall of pillows for your perusal. There is also an Onsen, Japanese bath, within the hotel catering to both male & female at different times…complimentary of course! Breakfast was plenty & adequate. Staff quality a level on it’s own!!! The rooms are small but the considerations are 100%. Apart from bath gel & shampoo, there’s even a mini bar, bedroom slippers & complimentary green tea sachets and kettle! At this price, you’ll not be dissappointed!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 16, 2013 via mobile

My family spent 4 nights here and felt really good. If you want room not to be cleaned, do remember tell the check-in staff before 10 in the morning. All beverages are serviced during breakfast so enjoy yourself though you have rare choice. By the way, they can say very good English. A tiny room but with good location.

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Singapore, Singapore
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed June 23, 2013

I have membership at Toyoko Inn, but the in-house hotspring was the deal breaker for me. They do not seem to have twin rooms at this branch but there are rooms that sleep two people and three people at a squeeze. (Bearing in mind that this is Japan, a single room in a business hotel will be just large enough for you to walk across in two strides.) Do not expect a view from your room.

If you can read Japanese, get on their Japanese website and book the special offers available there. Weekends are busier than weekdays and there tend to be queues for breakfast and the hotspring bath on weekends. Other reviewers already mentioned that thing about the pillows.

Breakfast selection is decent and has freshly baked bread, salad, soup and cooked food that changes from day to day. (That's not pain au chocolat--that's red bean paste in your pastry.) Internet is available if you camp in the lobby or have your own netbook in your room.

The hotel is within walking distance of Nishiki Market, Teramachi, Pontocho, the riverside and Gion. Transport links are excellent as the hotel is near Kawaramachi Station and the bus stops outside allowed me to visit other attractions.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed June 16, 2013

This is a decent no frills hotel. Most guests I saw during my 4 nights stay are Japanese. So I think the Super Hotel chain is popular among the locals. I booked through the Super Hotels main website. It seems they offer better rates. Don't worry, they have English option on the website.

One thing to note is: I did try other booking websites to book, but they indicate no more rooms available on my dates. However, when I went straight to the hotel website, there are still rooms available. Thus, I have this feeling they allocate only certain number of rooms to middleman websites, then keep the rest of the rooms for guests who went directly to them (at better rates too).

Yes, the pillows are lengendary hard. I am used to hard pillows, but this is not just hard, they are stuffed with plastic beads. So really need to get the normal pillows from reception fast. We stayed 4 nights, to we held on dearly to our pillows lol.

Staff are very friendly and helpful. They also allowed us to keep our luggage in a locked storeroom when we check out, but too early for our flight.

The best thing of this hotel will be the location. Just the location itself, I will forget any negative aspects of this hotel. It is smacked right between the modern and traditional Kyoto. On one side, I get all the giant shopping malls like Takashimaya and Daimaru. On the other side, I get Gion and all the traditional houses and geishas.

Will reccommend and definitely stay again!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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den haag
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed April 21, 2013

Not that much wrong with this hotel, just don't expect
1) a room with character (walls are all empty, no atmosphere at all)
2) a relaxed breakfast (no cosy tables available, tables are lined up, everyone just sits in straight a row, breakfast-quality is reasonable though)
3) a comfortable pillow (if you don't want to sleep on a rock hard pillow, be sure to arrive before 7 pm (the pillow-cupboard at the reception is probably empty if you arrive later, i just don't get this pillow-policy of this hotel).
On the plus-side: it's hard to beat the location of this hotel and the onsen is a nice plus!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Super Hotel Kyoto Shijokawaramachi
Address: 538-1 Shinkyogokudori, Chukyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8042, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Shinkyogoku Shopping District , Kawaramachi / Karasuma / Shijo Omiya
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Ranked #72 of 369 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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Number of rooms: 177
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