I stayed at Gojo Guesthouse for 5 nights in the 4 bed female dorm and 3 of those nights Ihad the room to myself. What a great experience this place was. Their futons are very comfy, the air conditioner works wonderfully, the staff is extremely kind and are very accommodating! The cafe downstairs is chill, the staff have a good choice of music, and you pay less for stuff because you're staying upstairs. They serve alcoholic beverages and non, the non alcoholic beverages are a little pricey so you should probably just head to the 7-11 just a minute walk from the front door.
Be aware that there is the Gojo Guesthouse and Cafe and the Gojo Guesthouse Annex. Don't just Google the guesthouse and try to find your way because it'll take you to the Annex not the Cafe! Definitely follow the directions you're emailed to the T!
Gion is basically right next to this place, the actual Gion bus stop is 2 bus stops down from Gojozaka (the nearest major bus stop/terminal). Kyoto station is maybe 15-20 minutes from it by bus. Kiyomizudera is just down the road (seriously, 10 minute walk to the mouth of the road to Kiyomizudera) There's a few restaurants right near the hostel but you can find other places with just a few more minutes of walking. The subway is just down the road, maybe a 5 minute walk.
They rent bikes, sell day bus passes, have a coin washer(200yen) and dryer(100yen for 20 minutes) but they also have a place you can hang your stuff to dry if you don't want to or can't put it in the dryer. They have a little kitchen with a community fridge, microwave, a hotplate and dishes you can borrow and then wash. The showers were good, it's mixed shower stalls but they have floor to ceiling walls on the stalls so its alright. There is a Japanese toilet upstairs and 2 western style toilets downstairs.
They have a great lounge which doubles as the cafe. During my stay they had a gyoza party and a pizza party. I don't know how frequent these happen but they were fun and the staff did an awesome job getting people to participate and make even an introvert like me feel like I was at a party with friends from home.
For those like me who dont particularly enjoy stairs, they are the only way up and down so if you don't like stairs, you're kind of out of luck.
Still, stay here, its amazing. Nuff said! :P
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A place where you would want to come back. We try to keep a cozy, home-like atmosphere where you can relax and chill out after your long day of traveling. In our 100-year-old “machiya”(an old traditional Japanese house) we have shared bathrooms, shower rooms and a kitchen, also free WI-FI which can be used anywhere inside. In our cafe on the first floor, you can choose to sit alone and enjoy your moment, or share the long table with other travelers and share your fun experiences from your trip.Located in Eastern Kyoto within walking distance from ・Kiyomizudera Temple・Higashiyama・Sanjusangendo・Gion・Kodaiji Temple・the downtown areaand・Ginkakuji・Philosopher's Path・Heian Shrine・Yasaka Shrine・Maruyama Park・Fushimi Inari Shrine・Tofukuji Templeby bicycleetc.・We provide futon and linen for each guest.・Shared Shower room and Toilet・All guests receive a Map and Free drink ticket for the frist night.・We provide breakfast set from 8:30 am for 2 hours,at 300 yen.【Facilities】・All rooms are Air conditioned・3 Shower rooms(There are some public baths nearby)・Kitchen・Lounge room・Safety Box・Free Wifi・Cafe【Rental , Sale】・Bicycle rental 500 yen per day(only 4)・Bath towel 100 yen・City Bus 1 day pass 500 yen【Check-in / Out】・Check-In time is 15:00 ~ 22:00 and Check-Out time is 11:00 ~.・No curfew・Reception open from 8:00 ~ 22:00.・We can keep your luggages at reception,before Check-In or after Check-Out.・We don't accept credit card. We require full payment upon Check-In time. ... more less
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