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“Great location, no-frills business hotel” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Toyoko Inn Kyoto Shijo-Karasuma

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Toyoko Inn Kyoto Shijo-Karasuma
Ranked #79 of 349 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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San Mateo, California
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424 reviews
85 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 287 helpful votes
“Great location, no-frills business hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

This hotel is located at the corner of 2 main streets in Kyoto, Shijo and Karasuma. Very convenient location. It is technically a stone's throw away from the metro/subway station. Convenience store, drug store, post office and tons of restaurants are within walking distance. I had a twin room for 2 nights. Clean and basic. Everything worked in the room. Breakfast was served in the morning with choices of small salads, miso soup, onigiri (rice balls), tea and coffee. It was high season when I went so it was not easy to secure a non-smoking twin room. Plan ahead . I would recommend staying at this hotel and I would stay here again.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Vilnius, Lithuania
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67 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

I agree it is clean and in excellent location (metro few meters away, bus stop in front of doors, Nishiki market very close). But still we felt being squeezed into the room. The was no space where to put our suitcase,it stood unpacked for all 4 days stay as wardbrobe is of 4 hangers size. So we did not bother to unpack. It is clearly a budget hotel with a lot of locals staying in. Breakfast is included in the price( noodles, rice, miso). Very hard beds. Next time i would definately stay at Citadines for the same price but more spacious, double of the Toyoko inn size rooms. Location priority did not paid off.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank endis
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Fantastic location, in fact just minutes away from subway station, numerous bus stations just at the doorstep, and 15 minutes train ride away from the Kyoto main station. Good value for money, albeit the room size, the room is very clean, with essential amenities. Guest service is great, there are coin operated washer/dryer available, and of course variety of vending machines at the lobby.

Will definitely return to this chain of hotels for my future Japan trips.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank TeresaCSW
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

I must say that this hotel is very clean. Even better than some 5 star hotel. Very good location too. Room is quite small but all essential amenities are provided. The shower room water pressure is very good. The hotel have laundrette and the staff is very friendly too. Good choice of hotel.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank MLMark
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Brisbane
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9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

I think this group of hotels is really underrated. This one had a fantastic location. Really central. the breakfast was pretty ordinary Japanese style. If you intend on getting out and seeing a lot of Kyoto chances are you won't be in the room for long anyway. The rooms are small but fine and we thought it was great value!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Holland, Michigan
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

This hotel is in a centrally located area of Kyoto and on a main street not too far from the Kyoto Station. The rooms are small but comfortable and they have all the normal amenities including a yakata for your personal use. The hotel serves mainly Japanese cliental and provides a traditional Japanese breakfast each morning. The staff is friendly and very accommodating. A shuttle is available daily but only goes to the subway station. The hotel is a good value and I would gladly stay here on my next visit.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
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45 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Although the hotel is said to be 2 stars, it is very comfortable and you have everything in your room: air-conditioner, fan, toiletries, fridge,etc. The room is very clean and neat, they tidy it up every day. The personnel is polite and always ready to help you. Breakfast is included. Though for us it was a bit expensive, but it is not expensive for Japan.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Property: Toyoko Inn Kyoto Shijo-Karasuma
Address: 28 Naginataboko-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8008, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Shinkyogoku Shopping District
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#8 Best Value Hotel in Kyoto
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Number of rooms: 223
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