I went here slightly apprehensively, having read some of the reviews here. I was relieved to find a perfectly acceptable hotel. I think with cheap hotels like this, a lot depends on what you pay and what your expectations are.
I didn't exactly expect a Four Seasons hotel, but I do expect cleanliness and safety and a certain degree of service from the lobby staff.
What I got was a very small room with amenities like a tea kettle, fridge, hair dryer, a fresh yukata every day. Cleanliness was excellent, new towels and sheets every day.
When I arrived there was a slight smell of smoke. I opened the window and this problem resolved itself. The mattress was nearing the end of its life span, but I was too tired to notice :-)
Staff downstairs spoke acceptable English and were very friendly.
The location of this hotel is excellent, in walking distance of downtown Kyoto, Gion and the station. Several nearby convenience stores and vending machines provide food and drink. The hotel provides breakfast for an additional 900 yen a day, but I did not try it.
I stayed in this hotel for 13 nights and encountered no problems.
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