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Matsubaya Inn
Ranked #64 of 374 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

We stayed for just one night in a western style room. The beds were very comfortable, and extremely welcome after nearly 2 weeks of Japanese style sleeping accommodation. The ryokan is about 10min walk from main Kyoto station which also has subway station for good access to the rest of the city. There are a few restaurants and shops around the station area, but we preferred to head to the downtown area where there is much more choice.
Staff/owners were very friendly and spoke good English. Breakfast is additional, 1,000yen for japanese breakfast, but other options such as toast for 200 etc. were available. Unlike some ryokan, there is no onsen/shared baths, but there is a small bath and shower en suite, which some may prefer.
Good value for Kyoto - we paid 14,000 yen for a double room for one night.
Would definitely stay here again, and would highly recommend.

Room Tip: The 5th floor western style room that we stayed in had a kitchenette, which would be very useful for...
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 16, 2012

The ryokan is very comfortable, with gorgeous traditional rooms where you sleep on a futon (quite comfortable although we had to double up and have two futons each!). We stayed in a D-type Japanese style with tatami mats. Room was large and comfortable, with a/c and private bathroom. Staff were helpful and spoke decent English.

The traditional Japanese breakfast was 1000 Yen and had to be ordered by 8pm the night before. Very good experience! Otherwise there were western breakfast choices you could order in the morning.

Easy to find from the train station, and on a relatively quite side street (although there were building works across the road which was a bit noisy in the morning). They sold daily bus tickets for 500 Yen which was really handy (and worth it if you were going to get more than 2 buses a day).

I would recommend it highly for a stay in Kyoto.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

We really enjoyed our 2 night stay at this inn. Good location on a very quiet side street located a 10 minute walk from the train station and a block or two from the main road where you can catch the buses. Our room was an E-type Japanese-style room with tatami mats, Air conditioner, and a shared bathroom off the hall shared with only one other room. We were worried it might be too small but this ended up being a fantastic value and super clean and modern. The bathroom was directly in front of the room and only shared with one other room so never a problem with using it. Super clean, very nice design of the common spaces and helpful and friendly staff. Also appreciated the option of purchasing breakfast there instead of it being included because it gave us the option of eating breakfast at the inn or exploring on our own. Also stayed at two other budget inns with tatami mat rooms in Tokyo and Matsubay surpassed them in quality, cleanliness, decor, and value.

Room Tip: Best value and super clean. Don't be afraid of the E-type rooms on the top floor.
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 25, 2012

Great location for foot travelers arriving via bus or train; about a 10 minute walk which gets you out of the railroad station neighborhood (big bldgs., many people) and into a real neighborhood. Bike rental place nearby and renting a bike or learning the bus system, either one, is best for seeing the spread out temples in this pretty big city. Only minor negative is that I never met or saw any Japanese in this ryokan, which must market heavily to foreigners. I got a double traditional room for just myself because it wasn't clear from the website if the single rooms had bathrooms (still unsure about that) but a double was fine and certainly not too large. Get the traditional Japanese breakfast (1,000 yen extra). You won't recognize more than half of what you are eating, but it's all good.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 25, 2012

Stayed here for one night while in Kyoto and loved the experience. The overall atmosphere of the inn is very welcoming and comfortable and the staff are all extrememly friendly, eager to help and speak english very well.

Location to the train station is perfect, less than 10 minutes straight down the main road.

The room was small (but I had picked the smallest room as I was originally planning to travel alone) and while I thought I booked with a private bath, it only had a toilet in the room with a shared shower (sharing with only one other room) across the hall. Wasn't an issue as I think the other room may have been vacant when I stayed.

The futon and tatami mats were very comfortable and had a great night sleep with the warm duvet and comfortable bedding.

I didn't eat any meals at the hotel so can't comment on that but was pleasantly surprised that the whole inn is equipped with wifi and there are two computers, one in the lobby and one on the second floor, for free use.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 2, 2012

I stayed several nights in various ryokans or minshukus in Kyoto last autumn and enjoyed all of them.
The first night i had selected Matsubaya as a convenient base from the Jr station and the bus terminal for the visits the following morning.
The building is traditional from the outside and new on the inside.
All the staff (family members ?) were charming and spoke very good English.
The room was quiet, spotless clean and came with toilets and bathroom.
There is a computer in the lobby with internet.
Note that there is no elevator but the building is not tall (2 or 3 floors maximum).
Note that there is no common bathroom in this ryokan.
I had ordered the Japanese breakfast and it was delicious.
All in all, a great place to recommend for people who wish to have a ryokan experience without being not far from the Jr station, need to have toilets and bathroom in their own room and English speaking staff.
I will come back for sure :)

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 27, 2011

We spent 2 nights at this great ryokan. The staff were super friendly with excellent english. We emailed ahead to tell the staff we were running late and would be checking in at night. By the time we got there it was almost 11pm, and while walking on the street looking for the right location, one of the staff was already out on the main road waiting for us! I'm not sure how long he was waiting, but it was very impressive!

The room itself was a traditional japanese style room with tatami mats and futon bedding. The futon bedding was really comfortable to sleep on. There is also free wifi access throughout the inn, and also cheap laundry facilities.

We had the traditional japanese breakfast one morning (at extra cost) and it was a real big and yummy feast, definitely worth it. You need to pre-order the breakfast the night before.

Hotel staff were very helpful in recommending locations and helping us with bus routes etc for getting around Kyoto. They also recommended us a very awesome ramen shop nearby, probably the best ramen I've ever had (can't remember the name of it, but it is across the road from the nearby 7/11).

Great stay, will definitely be visiting again!

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: Higashinotoin Nishi-iru, Kamijuzuyacho-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8150, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Shimogyo-ku , Kyoto Station
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#17 Top resorts Hotel in Kyoto
Price Range: $110 - $228 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Matsubaya Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 11
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