Watazen is a nice Ryokan in a great location in Kyoto.
The staff are friendly, the rooms spacious and their dinner and breakfasts are very traditional. I'd say the highlight was the meals - they were delicious and something definitely outside what I would normally choose (dried fish and rice for breakfast - sounds weird but was great). The dinner served in your room is certainly worth doing.
The location is right near the Niskihi food markets (which are excellent), and it's walking distance to both the bus terminal and several stations - including the tram line that goes to Arashiyama.
The hotel itself looks a little dated, but the rooms are very traditional, my only criticism would be that some of the fixtures seemed a little old - that low table you see in the pictures is plastic and ours was a bit worn. It has an Onsen in the basement which is excellent, and almost always deserted when I visited.
My only other recommendation is that it's not really suitable for children - we had an 8 month old who loved the fact that everything was low and he could trash the whole room! If you're not into co-sleeping you will have issues to - Japanese babies sleep between their parents, so no cots are offered!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- WATAZEN is a Classical Japanese Inn with modern amenities, located in the center of Kyoto. It has been a familiar inn for many travelers to Kyoto since [Tenpo Gannen](1830). Today, many people enjoy our traditional harmonious atmosphere in central Kyoto. We are confident that our excellent service and cuisine will make your visit to Kyoto a memorable one. Please enjoy Kyoto and relax at WATAZEN. The cost is from 6300JPY - per person. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Rakuten, Orbitz, Travelocity, Expedia, Ctrip TA, JAPANiCAN, Hotwire, Hotels.com, TripOnline SA, getaroom.com, Cancelon and HotelQuickly so you can book your Watazen reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Watazen Hotel Kyoto