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Backpacker's Ryokan Budget Inn
Ranked #2 of 114 B&Bs / Inns in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
Hong Kong, China
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Good budget choice”
Reviewed February 19, 2012

We were impressed with the price and comfort of the Budget Inn for a family group. We spent one night there on our last night in Japan and it was perfect with easy access to the station and Osaka airport bus. Staff as everyone says are terrific and the maps and info they provided were most useful and the best we found in Kyoto. Little details like electrical adaptors in the room were appreciated. The room was lovely tatami, clean and fresh futons. Small but ample luggage space and a useful little fridge, kettle etc. Would stay there again definitely.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed January 30, 2012

We stayed at the Budget Inn as a family with 2 adults and 2 children in November 2011. The hotel is a very short walk from Kyoto station, and is relatively easy to find.

When we arrived we were warmly greeted at the capsule ryokan reception by a girl who spoke perfect english, as she explained all of the necessary information about our hotel, and then walked us back to the budget inn to show us to our room and make sure we were comfortable. Aside from the end of the stay when we dropped off the key, that was the only interaction with the Budget Inn staff that we had (or needed).
As far as the room was concerned, it was comfortable, but unremarkable. Exactly as I expected for the reasonable price that is charged. The bathroom was very small and cramped, with some mould present. The toilet and entryway was similarly dated, but functional, and the living area was big enough to lay out 4 futons, with not a lot of space to spare. The hotel itself was very quiet. We didn't see or hear any other guests, and aside from some noise in the streets outside later in the night as people walked home, it was very quiet.

All in all it is a good hotel, but I don't think I would stay there again. Why I hear you ask? Nothing to do with the hotel itself which was fine, or the service, which was great, but simply the location. The hotel is only a short walk from Kyoto station, so access to trains, taxis and buses is always at hand, but Kyoto station was always insanely crowded (so much so that we avoided the area unless we absolutely had to), and the Budget Inn is simply too far away from the main Shijo shopping districts (Kawaramachi, Teramachi, etc). This meant that dining and shopping options around the hotel were limited unless we were prepared for a long walk or a public transport commute. For this price range, we stayed in another "traditional" style hotel room later in our trip right in the middle of the Shijo shopping district, and the eating, shopping and entertainment options available within a few minutes walk of our front door made the stay far more enjoyable.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Sunshine Coast QLD
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Reviewed December 26, 2011

The Budget Inn was our 'introduction' to Japan and it didn't disappoint at all. Very like a home away from home. Close enough to Kyoto station but very quiet neighbourhood - we felt like were immediately immersed in Japan. Staff were fantastic - answered all our questions and offerred great advice. Very proficient in English and appreciative of my VERY limited Japanese ! Great value for money and wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Irvine, California
2 reviews
Reviewed December 6, 2011

we stayed at Budget Inn 7.5 years ago for our honeymoon. We came again this November with our daughter. The stay was as wonderful as I remembered before. The staff was friendly and helpful. The room was clean and neat. The location was very convenient; since it's close to the Kyoto station, we were able to take various trains and buses, and always got a seat. Again, thank you so much for providing a home in Kyoto. We hope to come again soon.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Jochiwon, South Korea
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Reviewed October 7, 2011

While in Kyoto, we stayed at both the Budget Inn and Capsule Ryokan and had an excellent experience at both. The staff are very knowledgeable, remarkably proficient in English and willing to help guide you in planning your trip through Kyoto. The price was just about unbeatable for Japan.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Washington DC
1 review
Reviewed September 17, 2011

Very friendly, helpful staff. Clean rooms, internet access, great traditional Ryokan experience for a very reasonable price. I was impressed!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Seoul, South Korea
2 reviews
Reviewed September 17, 2011

Great location - about 7 mins walk from kyoto station. Very clean with all the mod cons..including illuminated automatic toilet seat riser...temed the 'green monster'. However still managed to keep a traditional edge!

Staff very helpful.

Would highly recommend.

They also have a sister hostel...capsule inn. This is a dorm style hostel but with capsules for beds. Much smaller space but cheap and cheerful.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Backpacker's Ryokan Budget Inn
Address: 295 Aburanokoji-cho, Aburanokoji, Shichijo-sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8231, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Shimogyo-ku
Amenities:
Kitchenette
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Ranked #2 of 114 B&Bs / Inns in Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We proudly offer clean Japanese-style en-suite rooms for the price of youth hostel dormitories in Kyoto and we offer cheaper dormitories too. However, please do not expect luxury. We do not offer meals, daily-maid, etc. If you need more than the basics, we cannot meet your needs. On the other hand, we provide best value for money; such as great location, Japanese lounge, free kimono-try, wifi and information book. ... more   less 
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