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Hotel Mume
Ranked #1 of 376 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 21, 2010

We only stayed in the Hotel Mume for 1 night, but it was a highlight of our travels in Japan. The hotel itself is absolutely beautiful -- stylish and intimate feeling, and the rooms are stunning but very comfortable. The staff are unbelievably gracious and helpful, and the welcome/happy hour invoke a real feeling of generosity. The breakfast was so delicious, and the staff kindly accommodated my food allergy!

This hotel is really well-located. It is expensive, but it is worth every penny and I wish I could have stayed there longer.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 20, 2010

Hotel Mume is an unusual place in an unusual city. Each detail in the hotel was meticulously chosen, and the experience is more like staying in a luxuru
ious residence, than in an hotel. Breakfasts were elegant, rooms are very comfortable withthe most modern bath fixtures I have ever seen. Location is excellent --right in the heart of Gion. Each day we were given a carefully planned itinerary fot the day`s sightseeing. My Blackberry was not working and the owner lent us a laptop for our entire stay. Cannot say eonough about this wonderful property.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 20, 2010

There may be larger, more luxurious hotels in Kyoto, but no one will match the hospitality, services, and local flair of Mume. Yes, its more expensive than other choices, but how many places will let you relax with tea and an introduction to your sightseeing plans while your bags are put in your room? The staff at Mume is was dedicated to my comfort and happiness. And the hotel, though small, was a blissful respite from larger, more commercial properties.

Its important to remember that there are many sites to see in Kyoto. No hotel will be accessible to all. Mume's location in the Gion District is close to Chion-in Temple, Heian-jingu Shrine, the Kyoto Museum of Traditional Industry (Dento Sangyo Fureai-kan), Nanzen-ji Temple, and Maruyama Park. Shirakawa-minami Dori, Old Kyoto and Pontocho Alley are walkable as well.

Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 19, 2010

We stayed one night and were booked for additional nights but decided for the price we would stay elsewhere. We stayed at Hotel Granvia for 2 nights and also one week at the Brighton. These 3 are all good hotels, but the pricing at Brighton of around $150US was by far the least expensive and the room was our favorite.

Mume has nice rooms, although Granvia was larger, and Brighton was significantly bigger than the others. As for location, Mume is nice, but we loved walking the gardens and open spaces of the Imperial Palace, which is two blocks from Brighton. Location is not that important anyway, as we ended up taking $10 cab rides all over the city from each location.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 14, 2010

One night wasn't enough. Wonderfully located for exploring the temples and streets, this hotel exceeded every expectation. Yes, expensive, but great value in all the expected areas (decor, service) plus also in the unexpected - such as recommendations for dinner (have shabushabu at Mikaku - you'll remember it for the rest of your life). Beautiful breakfasts with freshly baked breads, sleeping in fluffy (low) beds, great toiletries and more. Can't wait for the chance to return. Save up and stay here!

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Reviewed June 9, 2010

We stayed at the Hotel Mume for 3 nights - in the Butterfly and Moon rooms. We had a great stay...everything is as described on trip advisor. The staff is wonderful and could not have been more helpful in making sure we had a great stay. Great location and good price.

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Reviewed June 8, 2010

Jwell maintained. I wished they had brighter reading lights and more drawers in the closet, but those were the only quibbles.

Lobby - small and intimate - come in through the red door to be greeted by very attentivust wanted to add my two yens worth. We just came back from Kyoto and stayed at the Hotel Mume for 4 nights. Since there were four of us we booked two rooms - they were the black ones (Butterfly?). Since the hotel only has 7 rooms altogether (2 on the 2nd floor, 3 on the 3rd floor and 2 on the top floor) it felt very intimate. Our rooms did not share a wall with any other rooms so were very quiet, despite facing the small street in the front. I can imagine the rooms facing the rear (ie the stream) would be even more quieter (if that was possible). With black walls and Chinese style lanterns and fixtures the room was very nicely decorated. The washroom was glassed in but there was a shade to give users privacy from others in the room. The toilet was of the standard Japanese variety (ie full of auto seat openers, heater, wash and dry), but to westerners who are in Japan for the first time, the toilets are worth an exploration. Rooms were very clean, roomy (for Japanese stds) and e staff. The door was locked so all guests have to ring a doorbell - felt quite secure. Many times staff would open the door even before we rang the bell - not sure how they knew we were coming.

Dining - a small breakfast area / bar overlooking the stream in the rear was very relaxing. The breads and fruits for breakfast were very delicious as well the condiments. Waiting staff were extremely attentive and polite. We were asked for time of breakfast and were always told to avoid 8-9am, but we never had an issue as there were only one other table occupied. Sort of wished they just let us come for breakfast whenever we woke up rather than having to "reserve" the night before.

Staff - By far the major reason why this hotel deserves the marks given to it. Extremely well trained. The lady with the high pitched voice (sorry did not remember her name and she did not wear name tag) was probably the manager/owner and gave us fantastic information on how to get to sights and suggetions of out of the way sights that did not have the crowds. We liked those the best rather the normal temples/shrines. Since this was my second time in Kyoto, I appreciated the out of the way places as I had been to all the others already. Another woman would run to the end of the street to get us a taxi whenever we asked and provided excellent food places to try.

Location - just a bit north of Gion, well within walking distance of any subway station, and a short taxi ride from the main Kyoto station. Just a walk around the neighbourhood gave us an insight into Kyoto normal daily lives.

Things to do - visit the bamboo forest in the N-E of the city - rent a bike from the shop right near the JR Rail station and cycle around. The area is flat and spread out enough that a bike is the way to go. Perfect way to spend a day.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with family
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Address: 261 Shinmonzen dori, Umemotocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0064, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Gion
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #1 of 376 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Number of rooms: 7

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