Stayed at K's House Kyoto early Feb 2013 and was extremely happy with the hostel. Only about 15mins walk from Kyoto station and impossible to get lost on the way. If you've ever visited Japan you will know that cleanliness is somewhat of a national obsession (pretty sure that the public toilets are cleaner than my own!) and this standard is kept at K's House.
We were staying in a private room with ensuite, and found it immaculately presented with a pretty comfy bed, a touch firm but that seems to be the norm in Japan anyway. Room is compact but still fit two Westerners with lots of luggage no problem. And best of all, a full height shower! After two weeks of capsule bathrooms in other parts of Japan, I was in heaven. Toiletries were provided as well (shampoo, conditioner, body wash etc) plus a couple of towels.
Common areas were excellent as well, lots of comfy couches and tables to hang out in. Two full kitchens provided for guest use, so if you're on a cost saving trip this would be excellent to keep most meals in-house. Strong wifi available for free or a good amount of PC's scattered about for use at a nominal charge (like 100Y for 30mins). Also used the clothes washing and drying facilities a couple of times, also cheap (300Y for a big load to be washed and dried).
Did also pop into the cafe/bar for a couple of drinks and the buffet breakfast a couple of days, pretty nice space and the food and drink was reasonably priced.
Best of all K's House Kyoto is smoke-free, something you appreciate after staying in some accommodation in Japan that still allows smoking in the rooms.
Would absolutely recommend K's House Kyoto to any travellers - incredibly good value for money, very friendly staff with a good amount on English speakers, clean, tidy, great location. Was totally bummed to realise (too late) that K's also operates in Hakuba, where I could have saved a lot of money staying instead of the lodge we ended up in. As there are a fair few K's Houses scattered around Japan now, next time we visit I will be sure to book in to one or more of these hostels again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- K's House Kyoto is located only 9 min walk from JR Kyoto station. We offer you a variety of rooms as well as dorm beds and also spacious lounge, fully equipped guest kitchen, internet access and English speaking staff. We wish to offer all you global travelers a comfortable & memorable stay in Kyoto and also an opportunity to be in a cross cultural atmosphere and to meet new friends! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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