I’ve stayed at 3 places: Westin Miyako, Iori Kyoto Machiya and here. I loved all three, but for best overall value and service, Hotel Mume wins! I know another review said the price doesn’t compare to Brighton. However, if you visit during the high season (spring Hanami viewing and fall Koyo viewing), the price is incredible and cheaper than most places, to include Brighton, since they do not charge a high season rate.
The hotel and rooms are well decorated with touches from Japan, China and Southeast Asia. The bathrooms have incredible toilets. Heated seats, bidets, and seats that automatically raise and lower when you enter the bathroom are just a few descriptions of the white throne that awaits you! The bathroom also has heated towel warmers.
The hotel is in a great part of Kyoto. Location is VERY important if you do not wish to take cab rides every where. It is situated on a road surrounded by Japanese antique shops. It is a five minute walk to Gion Corner. It is a 11 minute walk to the nearest subway station Higashiyama (the bus is even closer). It is a 2 minute walk to the prettiest street in Kyoto (Shirakawa-minami Dori). It’s a 15 minute walk to the second prettiest street Ishibei Koji. If you are in good shape then there are several temples/shrines within walking distance: Shoren-in and Chion-in (15 min), Heian Jingu and Nanzen-ji (20 min), Kiyomizudera (35 minutes). I recommend taking a taxi the first time to the hotel since the hotel can be difficult to find without help.
Breakfast was outstanding and I could not get over the fact that the non-alcoholic drinks and refreshments are complimentary throughout the day!
Hisako-san, the owner, exemplifies Japanese service and attention to detail. She strives for perfection and the result is an amazing hotel with impeccable service. There is also internet connection in each room, if you bring a laptop.
I would stay here again!
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