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“Indigo House Gion (Upper Level) Hidden Gem”
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24 reviews
Exterior (entrance to Lower Level on left)
Exterior
Living room/kitchen with interior garden
Living room/kitchen
Antique door with interesting glass
Geta on stone
Entryway
Interior garden, with ancient stone lantern
Antique light and glass blocks
Rear bedroom (will have extra wide double bed)
Antique door
Kitchen
Kofusuma with hand-printed paper by Karacho
High-tech toilet with display window
Tokonoma alcove with sutaji window
Compact second bedroom (with double futon)
Luxurious bath with view of garden
Sink
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 3
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki

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ombmom
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5 reviews
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“Indigo House Gion (Upper Level) Hidden Gem”
Reviewed April 29, 2017 for a stay in April 2017
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This is a review for the Upper Level of Indigo House - we loved it! We were a group of two families traveling in Japan (4 adults and 4 children); we stayed in the upper level and our friends stayed in the lower level (which is as nice as the previous reviewers have stated). The upper level has a main bedroom in the back and a tatami room in the front where a futon was laid out and the kids stayed in. Indigo House is an old Japanese house so do not be surprised by the lack of square footage, which is well used and concisely designed. The house has all the modern conveniences: small fridge, microwave, washer/dryer and fabulous shower w/ waterfall shower head. We never once felt crowded or lacked room. Love the binder that Curtis left on both level with wifi info/passwords, restaurant recommendations, mini map of the surrounding neighborhood and other information we found helpful.

The prime location of the house is convenient to Hanamikoji Dori - major street with lots of restaurants and tourist - and Shijo Dori the main east/west road leading into central Kyoto. It's also very convenient to the train as well as bus routes. I would highly recommend this property as a base for your stay in Kyoto!

Visited April 2017

Date of stay: April 2017
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Sara C
2 reviews
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“Charming & Serene”
Reviewed April 12, 2017 for a stay in March 2017

This was my favorite spot we stayed in Japan. The most charming little street and a comfortable, authentic apartment with lovely finishes and the most gorgeous bathroom ever. So insanely quaint. Highly recommend this area of Kyoto with winding streets, temples and cute restaurants at every turn. The Indigo House is very thoughtfully remodeled and the staff were so so friendly and helpful. Love!

Date of stay: March 2017
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Claiyee
Melbourne, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Perfect”
Reviewed January 18, 2017 for a stay in November 2016
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person found this review helpful

My parents, toddler and I stayed for 4 nights in November. There is nowhere better to stay in Kyoto (unless you're staying at another property owned by Curtis).

The area is both serene and atmospheric. It was also extremely convenient to get from the house to public transport, shops, supermarkets, and restaurants.

I adored the atrium within the house and the beautiful finishes on everything. It was a comfortable and relaxing haven to come back to after a day out and it was nice to stay at a property that has obviously been meticulously planned and is well maintained, with a focus on quality. Even the kitchen towels are from Williams Sonoma.

Lastly, Curtis and Junko were both excellent to correspond with. I plan on visiting Kyoto many more times in my lifetime and I can't think of a better place to stay than Indigo House or one of Curtis's other properties.

Date of stay: November 2016
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Pdouble0k
Thailand
1 review
“Atmospheric home right in the heart of Kyoto”
Reviewed January 8, 2017 for a stay in November 2016

Despite it being in the centre of Gion, Indigo House was a super quiet home from home from where you could walk to nearly everything. The spacious bedroom and well fitted bathroom along with the thoughtfully designed kitchenette - complete with interior garden! - made great use of the space. Most of all though, the general design and choice of colours, furnishings etc was just really soothing. As soon as you got into the house you didn't really want to leave. Being able to wander the back streets of Gion and into Kennin-ji temple next door really added to our enjoyment of the city. Would definitely stay here or a similar kind of property again rather than a hotel if we come back. A real enhancement to our trip!

Date of stay: November 2016
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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peacehors...
Menton, France
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Good location”
Reviewed November 18, 2016 for a stay in November 2016

We were very happy with our stay at Indigo House, lower level. The master bedroom was very luxurious for a couple, However the second bedroom was nowhere near the same standard. It is small with nowhere to put or hang your clothes. It faces the street and the outside 'wall' is just an extension of the metal front door, and the noise when the people renting upstairs open their half makes a racket. This wall needs insulation, and there was a terrible draft coming through. This said when I asked the management to do something about the freezing draft and the lights shining directly into the room through the glass wall, they did their best to make the situation better. The very modern amenities were great, some beyond the ken of an elderly traveller, the shower needs an engineering degree! I would highly recommend this accommodation for a couple, and it is located in a great area with good connections to public transport and cultural sites.

Date of stay: November 2016
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Liked best: The lay out of the apartment, lovely atrium and lighting
Liked least: The second 'bedroom'
Traveling group: Extended Family
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Ms_Love2T...
Singapore
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Beautifully restored Machiya (Old Tea House) in Gion”
Reviewed November 15, 2016 for a stay in October 2016

We booked both the lower and upper levels of Indigo house for ourselves and friends (2 couples) and we were in the lower house. We absolutely loved the restoration work done (looks exactly if not better than the photos on the website) - beautifully Japanese (I even noticed the very Japanese styled blinds) but with modern comforts (a small but very functional kitchenette, good bathroom and a very comfortable bed). Both the lower and upper levels (each set up "apartment style") come with an extra tatami style bed room. The main and "extra" tatami rooms are located on either side of each "apartment" so there is sufficient privacy if you want to share with another couple or have kids. The upper level's extra (tatami) room is a tad larger. If you have young kids/toddlers, you may prefer the lower level as it comes without a staircase. There is air-conditioning as well as heating (including the floors). The location is perfect for sight seeing in Kyoto and close to some very famous sights and temples. While Kyoto is touristy for most part of the year, Indigo house is located in a very quiet side street, just off the main tourist attractions in the heart of Gion (itself a must-see). It is very walkable to some of the more famous sights in Kyoto and across the river to Pontocho. I think what sets the Old Kyoto houses apart from other "self serviced" rentals is that the booking office doubles up as a concierge service and offers very personal service. Junko and Saki were most helpful from making restaurant reservations to routing out our journey to our next stop which was Awaji island. We also met Curtis briefly, the man behind Old Kyoto (and who was very hands on with our reservation). We can't wait to come back! Tip - make sure you print out the map the booking office sends you, so the taxi can locate it. Unlike The taxis in Kyoto mainly don't have GPS, so they really need the map (which comes with detailed instructions in Japanese). Oh, and they provide a local iPhone for free - very handy for google maps and getting around locally.

Date of stay: October 2016
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Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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o-cha-cha
Beverly, Massachusetts
2 reviews
“great machiya experience in Kyto!”
Reviewed June 27, 2016 for a stay in May 2016

The little garden in the middle of the Indigo house was so charming! When it rained at night, I enjoyed listening to rain drops (it was so calming sound) in our comfy bed! The house which has nice mix of traditional and modern style is on a quite street. I liked good WiFi connection, and a washing machine/dryer was very convenient - started laundry in the morning and it was all done/dry when we came back at the end of the day : ) There were enough kitchenware/utensils although the kitchen was small. The place was super clean. It was nice to have a iphone for guests use and also umbrellas!

Date of stay: May 2016
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Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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