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Kyoto Rich Hotel
Ranked #218 of 363 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Antwerp, Belgium
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78 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“I got more than I paid for”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2014

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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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Elwing
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2014 via mobile

We chose this hotel because it's quite affordable and looked ok. We were very pleasantly surprised. The rooms are great, western style with everything you expect. The staff speaks English and is incredibly friendly. There's free internet. There is a bus stop right in front of the door from which you can get to all the sites in Kyoto. Highly recommended and a warm thank you to the staff!

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

This hotel is OLD AND DIRTY ! Me and my partner stayed here for 3 nights and i know the saying "you get what you pay for" but i didnt expect our room to be as old, smelly and dirty as it is ! The rooms and overal hotel is so outdated they must have had the same furniture for 20+ years . The bathroom smelt like urine and rooms like cigarettes even though we asked for non smoking room . And the most cunning part of this place of all ? THEY MADE US PAY WHEN WE CHECKED IN !!! So therefor we payed before even seeing our room not expecting it to be a complete s**t hole !!!! Would avoid staying here unless you like the idea of living in old daggy,filthy,smelly rooms !!

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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6 Thank Emlg92
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Hong Kong
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9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2008

Though the rate I get is higher then 25 pounds per night, it is significantly lower than the one of Granvia at the time of my stay.

The hotel is 1 to 4 bus stop away from the Kyoto station (depends on the bus one takes). Gion is within walking distance (10 to 15 minutes). Location is not too good and yet far from bad.

Room is not very spacious while basic necessities can be found. We get a rather noisy refrigerator of which we notice its overnight duty. Staff is able to communicate in English in general. Internet access is available in lobby level with a charge.

Given the relatively low price, it sounds mean to be too critical. I can only say, probably it's not for the rich.

  • Stayed April 2008
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank bilibalahk
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Cambridge, UK
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125 reviews
85 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2008

Generally you get what you pay for, and at less than 6,000 yen (about 25 pounds) per night, including a buffet breakfast, I wasn`t expecting much from the Rich Hotel. There are some negatives about this place - the rooms are very worn, the furniture is old, and mine smelled of stale cigarette smoke, but the bed linen was very clean, as was the bathroom, and after leaving the window open for a bit, it was absolutely fine.

One of the best things about this hotel is its good location on Kawaramachi-dori. The staff were very friendly and eager to please (there are also some very friendly carp swimming around the edge of the lobby!), there`s internet access in the lobby area (100 yen for 10 minutes), and all the vending machine necessities - beer, cigarettes, cup noodles and soft drinks. The breakfast is excellent - as someone has pointed out in another review, it is very much to the Japanese taste (miso soup, fish, rice, etc.) but then you are in Japan. They did also have pastries, cereal, eggs, sausages (and spaghetti!) and should you feel it to be necessary, the staff can also rustle up some beer for you, as the Japanese man on the table next to me did. Breakfast beer costs extra.

If you`re on a budget, this place is worth giving a go and interestingly, on a Japanese website, the reviews of Rich Hotel are overwhelmingly positive.

  • Liked — Value for money
  • Disliked — Very worn and dated
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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St. John
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2007

A group of us had stayed here and it was horrible. The Hotel we very dirty. There were stains on the walls, ripped carpets, ripped and stained mattresses. Mind you, we had about 8 rooms between all of us and all of the room were like this. Two girls (who shared the same room) had bed bug bits all over them after one night!!!! Someone else had blood on their sheets. AVOID THIS PLACE AT ALL COSTS UNLESS YOU DON'T CARE ABOUT FILTH.

  • Liked — Nothing
  • Disliked — Everything
  • Stayed November 2007
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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11 Thank poidog
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Property: Kyoto Rich Hotel
Address: Gojo-agaru, Kawaramachi-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8029, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Shimogyo-ku
Amenities:
Kitchenette Room Service Spa
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Ranked #218 of 363 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Kyoto Rich Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 109
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