The BB is nice and clean, the owner (keiko) is very friendly and the house is spacious and full of character. It is located in close to the main attractions in downtown kyoto, so you should be able to walk anywhere you wanna go. Also, follow the directions in the BB's website on how to get there. The directions are very easy to follow by public bus from the train station.
For those expecting a traditional BB experience, you must keep in mind the following:
1) the owner doesnt live in the house which means that it feels more like a rental house than an actual BB. This is by no means a bad thing, you can get in touch with Keiko at any time using the phone in the house, and it gives you more privacy because the house is practically yours. However, dont expect the usual atmosphere where the owner lives there and you get to see him/her regularly and perhaps his/her family as well.
2) Breakfast is provided in a restaurant. Unlike most BB, breakfast is not homemade and served in the house. But instead you go to a french restaurant/bakery a block away, order something and get it reimbursed at the end.
3) The house is a traditional and charming house. This also means that the walls are thin and you can hear the people in the other room. The fact that is a traditional house also means that there is no shower or bath, you go to the faucet and use a bucket to pour water on you and that is how you shower yourself. The beds are also traditional meaning that they are laid on the floor before you go to bed, they are thin and dont have the usual western springs. I love hard beds so this was perfect for me, but the comfort of the traditional japanese bed will vary depending on the user.
You must understand that this is a traditional japanese old house meaning that there are certain things that are different for what you expect back home. The house is beautiful and it is well kept. The experience is different but special and memorable. So, if you choose this place you must come with an open mind and remember that things are going to be a little bit different from what you are used to back at home.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Guesthouse Keiko is a cozy, beautifully-decorated traditional house located south of the Kyoto Imperial Palace Park, a few meters west of Teramachi Street. Major bus routes and the subway system are minutes from the front door. There are many restaurants and Cafes near the house. And you can walk easily to the down town area. Teramachi is a convenient neighbourhood located right in the center of Kyoto, a few minutes by walk away from downtown, and near all the major bus routes and subway stops for easy access to sightseeing spots. The neighbourhood has some of the best restaurants, cafes, bars and boutiques in the city, and after a long day of sightseeing you can relax in any of the adjacent cafes. There is also a delicious breakfast cafe and bakery right around the corner. ... more less
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