This is a tiny little hotel on a side street in the middle of the city. The rooms are individually decorated and they are all extremely tasteful. But what makes the place really special is the host. She made us feel like we were guests at a really good friends house. She made all our dinner reservations for us before we arrived (we picked the restaurants so getting a commission was not her motivation). My husband really wanted to visit a tea farm in Uji and had made arrangements with a local tea grower. Our host, spent more than 45 minutes making sure that the person will pick us up, got her contact information just in case, printed out train times etc... The first night, we decided to walk back from dinner so we were quite late to be back (we had dinner at a temple way out of center of the town). When we arrived back at the hotel, we saw the receptionist made a phone call. The next morning we were not surprised to hear that our host wanted to make sure we came back to the hotel safely.
All the recommendations she had for us in terms of which temples to visit etc, were spot on. We ended up skipping a lot of touristy places with tons of kids and tourists and ended up going to zen gardens in the middle of neighbourhoods, with very few people around- much more zen-like than all the crowds and noise.
and the breakfast and the afternoon tea/cookies were to die for! I will not stay at any other place in Kyoto- its a tad expensive but totally worth it. I was so happy with the whole experience that I gave her a big hug when leaving the hotel although I know its not in asian culture... My Mediterranean roots gave no other way of responding to this much hospitality and grace...
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